Your husband of many years has been in a terrible auto accident and is in a coma. As the texts in his phone start to ring, you learn he has been having an eight year affair. This is the premise of Chisa Hutchinson’s world premiere one-woman show, Proof of Love.
Constance Daley (Brenda Pressley) has been at the hospital by her husband’s side for 5 days. He is in a coma and not expected to survive. To pass the time Constance has started a one way conversation beginning with how she met her husband, through how her ordered life has become unravelled. She has sleuthed her way into finding out how her husband’s accident occurred as the location of the crash was miles off from where her husband was suppose to be playing cards.
During the conversation, Constance is forced to realize what she thought was her happily secure upper-class black family, wasn’t so secure or truthful. She is forced to evaluate her prejudices within the Black community. As she discovers the evidence of an eight year affair she seeks to come to grips as why her husband would pick a lowly clerk named Lashonda, instead of her. She wonders if Maurice’s attraction is because he came from the projects and she was raised upper class and he could never really reconcile himself to that fact.
The set by Alexis Distler, is the hospital room where her husband lies, but it is more like a palatial penthouse. This leaves Ms. Pressley too much room. Instead of feeling trapped, she is like a caged lion without the will to roam.
Despite the circumstances, we rarely see emotion. Ms. Presley performance is one note. I wonder what director, Jade King Carroll was thinking?
Proof of Love is about betrayal. Betrayal of husband, up bringing, class, where you have come from and where you have made it too. Are we all suppose to feel bad if we have succeeded or at the least feel misplaced, no matter who we are? According to Proof of Love we are.
Proof of Love: Presented by Audible, Inc. at Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minette Lane, until June 16th.