Baltimore City, Maryland, is one of the stars of Ms. Rose’s brand new movie, Water in a Broken Glass which premiered at York Road’s Senator Theatre on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 7 p.m. Those familiar with our city will certainly recognize the beauty of some of its neighborhoods and streets with which Director Jamelle Williams-Thomas surrounded the audience.
The movie was extremely true to the book except for Tonya’s occupation. In the book she was a sculptor, but in the movie she is a painter. Tonya, as portrayed by Billie Krishawn, kept her love life at a distance since the young woman’s love she would not acknowledge in high school. Tonya has to build a showing of her paintings to earn a monetary contract. So, of course, love comes along to disrupt everything. Her potential love life will become a big distraction to her work.
She meets handsome, larger-than-life accountant, Malcolm, who is looking for love after a break-up, played by the dimpled, reasonably muscled and tattooed Wes Hall. Malcolm is fun to be with and quietly magnetic and Tonya thinks she’s in love.
Who comes into Tonya’s life next but the cultured and sophisticated older woman, Satin, played by Toni Belafonte. Satin is a bookstore owner who knows about art, and is on her way out of her current relationship with Robin, played by Lee Avant. To complicate matters further, Meyoki, an old flame from high school who Tonya refused to acknowledge comes back into her life for one evening of dancing. Meyoki is portrayed by Shani Ashley Francillon. Tonya has to wrestle with old yearnings that she thought were out of her life. By this time, Tonya probably thought she was in love with three different humans.
Billie Krishawn was absolutely believable as Tonya. She played the confused young woman who doesn’t know who she wants with compassion. In a way, Tonya hopes to keep both Malcolm and Satin.
Tonya’s Aunt Jo, played by veteran and award-winning actress, Victoria Rowell, was wonderful in helping Tonya see what she was doing in her love life. Best friend, Nikki, played by Candiace Dillard, also had Tonya’s back. By the time Tonya realized what she really wanted, she felt she couldn’t have it because it had been taboo all her life.
The audience was laughing and talking back to the screen often in nearly a standing-room only crowd. I dare say that many in the audience could identify with Tonya’s dilemma of confusion in finally deciding who to stay with. I’m also glad that Wes Hall’s character Malcolm did not have to hit a wall breaking his hand like his character did in Ms. Rose’s original book after Tonya broke up with him.
I was also fascinated with the variety of natural hair styles and interesting outfits that Toni Belafonte’s character Satin wore in the movie.
I would love to see the movie again. Ms. Rose’s movie was worth coming out for on a cold and rainy night.
Written by Rosa L. Griffin