Reviews

Vanessa Bell Calloway's interview on Women of Power featured on the Centric Network


Donloe's Lowdown
By Darlene Donloe

When Vanessa Bell Calloway straps on the persona of Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston, in the one-woman show, Letters From Zora: In Her Own Words, currently playing at the Pasadena Playhouse through May 18, all the audience can do is hold on tight and go along for the ride.

Vanessa Bell Calloway, an eight-time NAACP Image Award nominee best known for her roles in the box office hits Coming to America and What’s Love Got to Do With It, brings it all together in a performance that can only be described as brilliant! Her voice, her style, her cadence and her delivery and her attitude, all combine to bring Hurston’s words to life.

Vanessa Bell Calloway Exalts ‘Letters From Zora’
By Dennis J. Freeman

I was on the scene at The Pasadena Playhouse yesterday for the closing performance of Gabrielle Pina’s one-woman show, starring veteran actress Vanessa Bell-Calloway, and when I say she was spellbinding and magnetic, I MEAN IT!
The show is 90 minutes with no intermission, and not once did a moment in the show lag. From the moment Vanessa took to the stage she had us lasso’d and hooked! There was no turning back. For  an hour and a half she embodied Zora Neale Hurston (the American folklorist, anthropologist, and author during the time of the Harlem Renaissance), and it wasn’t until the final curtain (at least, for me) that I was able to catch my breath and float back down to my seat.