- Playwright Stanley JacksonI reviewed Baobab Stage Event/Play( May 15 2017) I attended the final showing of Miss HenriFayeLou’s Gospel Stage Play “In Search of Hope”. the production was very well done, entertaining, and thought provoking as you try and navigate all the twist and turns of Hope the idea and Hope the character. Being a Playwright, and at times critical in how I now view productions due to my constant wonderings of, how did they do that, where is the sound coming from, the lighting, etc. I must say all was very well and flawlessly done in the Baobab theater. though entrenched in the production, I often found myself distracted by the amazingly quaint and cozy surrounding that is this theater. the decor and the feel of its surroundings had me wondering more and more about what production of mine could be held in this amazing venue. As i am in the process of my relocation back the the Valley, I will continue to sing the praises of the Las vegas Black Gospel Theater Company for a job well done and this new found Gem that is the Baobab Stage!! Congrats Las Vegas!! you got a good one!!hope to see from that stage soon!
- Mary Ellen OBrien reviewed Baobab Stage – 5 star Mar 12 2017 Burlesque She 3/10
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The best kept secret in town. The word needs to get out. For between $20 and $30 you have the feeling of being part of a bigger seen. The acts varied, professional, enticing and brought to you by the incomparable Wassa. In that she has the venue. During a break go out and try her fashions. I have 17 of her pieces . They are often one of a kind and always reasonably priced. Her personality is bigger than life. Her success she wears gently and modestly. Please try this venue and boutique. To keep prices this low and offerings this high yes, The seats might need a little tending to. But I’ll opt for the flavor of a local, intriguing, original show, with fun shopping before and after. And no I’m not related to Wassa! She is just my hero.
- Jeanette Barron reviewed Baobab Stage — 5 star
October 2 at 10:54pm ·
Bartender was amazingly friendly! Stage is phenomenal like a woman!
Linda Hopson reviewed Baobab Stage — 5 star
September 30 at 5:11pm ·
We have seen several wonderful shows here with such diverse cultures all coming together. I love the boutique and the ambiance! It is definitely a hidden treasure.
- Chyna Williams reviewed Baobab Stage — 5 star
June 30 ·
I had an awesome experience! I would have never guessed that they had such a setting behind the small store front! Las Vegas lacks in the culture area I’m glad to be a whitnesses to something amazing , I look forward to becoming a regular here! Great acts and atmosphere all together! If you haven’t been to POETRY NIGHTS you missing out!
- Gary Anderson played that room with Ronnie Rose Band a bit back … love it ! feels like the old East Village Off-B’Way/Workshop theaters like 2nd Avenue, etc. Going to be some great music there for sure (as there obviously was last night). Dec 1st ’15.
- Junita J. Caldwell reviewed Baobab Stage — 5 star
July 20 ·
Best place to see a live show. It’s Upclose, Fun, and always Entertaining. From Jazz to Poetry, Tribal Nights and Burlesque there is something special you can catch in every show.
- Tra Chisley reviewed Baobab Stage — 5 star
June 13 ·
A true “diamond in the rough” entertainment facility! Some of the best shows for a small amount of money, especially for Vegas! “Tribal Night” is just simply fantastic!
- https://vegaspbs.app.box.com/s/4fp7kxvzwguzuupnkob7 PBS SHOWCASE OF THEATRE
- TRIBAL NIGHT http://knprnews.org/post/tribal-night-brings-music-world-las-vegas
- Tribal Night Brings Music Of The World To Las VegasShare
By AMY KINGSLEYListen
Almost 50 performers will take the stage at Boabab Theater for tonight’s Tribal Night. Performers and musicians from Asia, Africa and the Caribbean will jam alongside dancers and fashion models. This semi-regular performance draws from the ranks of the city’s Cirque du Soleil performers. Many come from other nations and seek outlets for their creativity. And for listeners who have never heard a kora or a balafon, the performances provide an education.GUESTS
Thank you Loppo and Wassa for helping my show be a huge hit. People are still talking about it. I Have never signed an autograph before and last night I signed 30. Can’t wait to sit with you guys again and have the show go from great to awesome. If available next week, I am game for talking about the next show and what changes/additions you suggest. One of Steve Dalys spies were there last night and he approached me as well and said he couldn’t believe I hadn’t been discovered for my own show. I’m on cloud 9 and ready for the next level. I trust both of u very much and ready for your guidance. Maybe we can turn the show, big enough into a once a week show. Can’t wait to see the ReD DRess. Thank you again for use of your beautiful stage and priceless advice.
PRESS AND REVIEWS
CABARET – Tribute to Sarah Guillot-Guyard
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 | 2 a.m.
If, in every tragedy, there can be found triumph, we experienced that at Baobob Stage at Town Square late Thursday night and early into Friday morning.
It was a triumph of art and heart, of support and passion, of laughter and love.
The night was a benefit for the late “Ka” artist Sarah Guillot-Guyard. The show was dubbed, simply and fittingly, “Cabaret,” for its swiftly organized lineup of diverse performers. The evening was organized by the theater’s landlord, resident artist and fashion maven, Wassa Coulibaly.
Originally from Dakar, Senegal, Coulibaly stages a weekly production — which she wrote — at Baobob Stage titled “Red Dress” that addresses the stark subject of women who attempt to rise from impoverished, oppressive cultures and find freedom and opportunity in the United States. She sells women’s fashions, which she designed herself, from a boutique connected to the Baobob Stage theater (Baobob is named for a tropical, gourd-bearing tree found in Coulibaly’s home country).
More pertinent to this event, Coulibaly is an artist with “Zumanity” at New York-New York. She has been a member of Cirque du Soleil’s adult show since the cast convened for workshops in 2002. That makes her a member in long standing in the Las Vegas Cirque family and an apt individual to stage a night of support and assistance for the young children of Guillot-Guyard and her ex-husband and the children’s father, Mathieu Guyard. The father is part of that Cirque family, a member of the “Ka” cast, in fact, as is his current wife, Kelly.
The performance was filled with music and magic and mime. And acrobatics, too. In the audience were dozens of Cirque performers from the company’s longest-running Vegas production (“Mystere”) through the newest (“Michael Jackson One”). Also showing support by their mere presence were performers in shows that usually vie with Cirque for business — especially “Absinthe,” which was represented by about a half-dozen cast members, among them Melody Sweets, Tony “Tightropes” Hernandez and Angel Porrino.
Though the event was for a somber and sobering cause, the stage show was hardly that. “Zumanity” artist and noted fitness buff Todd Ty Hambrick walked onstage in a beaded bikini bottom fashioned by Coulibaly. Vegas spoken-word artist Sean Critchfield unleashed two bracing pieces of slam poetry. Benedikt Negro of “O” performed a classic mime act (battling gravity and a white balloon).
Gyulnara Karaeva ably tumbled across the stage to a music piece punctuated by gaseous bodily sounds. Agnes Roxane, leader of the Perfect Body Brigade, performed a sizzling striptease (even the self-aware Hambrick was impressed by that number), and a dance troupe of Coulibaly, Silvia Vrskova, Kelly McDonald, Hanifa Jackson-Adderly and Leysa Carrillo closed out the night.
But before that final, spirited dance number, “Mystere” artist Ross Gibson, a close friend of the Guillot-Guyard family, had the most difficult assignment of the night: to read a note written by Mathieu Guyard to the audience. Gibson, in his haughty British accent, handled the task expertly, first announcing the night’s take of $3,796.
After a cheer for that figure, the crowd went silent as Gibson read the message:
“To our friends and colleagues in Cirque and around Las Vegas, we cannot strongly enough express our gratitude to each and every one of you. To be around the love and support you have given not just our family at home, but also to the ‘Ka’ family over at MGM. This has been an equally trying time for them. And for those of you who were able to attend the dress rehearsal on Tuesday (the day the show returned to the stage), that day we all witnessed the strength and power of a show community coming together to help carry an entire cast back onto their stage. On behalf of the entire cast and crew of ‘Ka,’ we thank you.
“As often as you can say it, ‘thank you’ never seems to be strong enough to express how we feel for what people are doing here tonight. As a family, this means the world to us. And for the two children, Emi and Ethan, this will mean the world to them, too. They have been dealing with the loss of their mother in ways that make us question whether they really are still just children. Their maturity and motivation is honestly overwhelming and is a lesson to us all. A lesson that, no matter what, life must go on. Although nothing will ever bring back their mother, fundraising events like tonight’s will definitely bring forth a solid future, and for them and for that, we, and they, are eternally grateful.”
The kids were not at the event, which started long after their bedtime. But the celebration of circus, and Cirque, went on and on. There is risk in what they do, accepted and invited. When tragedy happens, the Cirque family closes ranks and embraces — and lives for another night.
The LAS VEGAS SENTINEL-VOICE
Baobab Stage adds to local culture
Bits ‘n’ Pieces
By Erika F. Washington Special to Sentinel-Voice Sentinel-Voice photos by Erika F. Washington
The baobab tree is known as the tree of life. It can hold hundreds of gallons of water and live for thousands of years. The Baobab Stage has been breathing life into the culture scene of Las Vegas for more than a year, so it’s fitting that a theater in Town Square bears the same name.
Owned by Wassa Coulibaly, the theater has become a creative outlet for local professional performers for more than a year.
“Everybody is looking to do something outside our normal routine. Everyone was really excited to do something else,” said Coulibaly.
So it’s not uncommon to catch a show on the small stage featuring Cirque de Soleil singers, acrobats, tra- peze artists and dancers. In fact, Coulibaly has been performing a solo dance number in “Zumanity” since it opened at the New York, New York hotel more than nine years ago.
The intimate theater seats about 200, tiny in comparison to the 1,261 seats in the Cirque Theater, giving the audience a chance to really feel a part of the performances. Every Sunday at 2 p.m. Coulibaly also gets the chance to stretch her creative talents with the show in which she is featured and also wrote.
It started out as a poem. But slowly over time, Coulibaly turned “Red Dress” into a full-length play complete with songs and choreographed dance scenes
reminiscent of her homeland Senegal.
“It’s based off of things I’ ve seen and some experience. And as I wrote, it just kept getting bigger,” said Coulibaly.
The story centers around a young girl trying to find her way in the world. She is young, naive and surrounded by men who only want to use her for her body.
It’s a story of sex, prostitution and redemption. You are drawn in from the beginning as Zalo, the main character played by Coulibaly, tells the audience she has no idea how she got there. After being shunned by her family for being ‘unclean’ she runs away from her small African village with an American man she falls in love with. He brings her to New York City to live the American dream, or so she thinks. She meets a cast of characters on her journey who are all full of despair, greed, shattered dreams and, ultimately, hope.
Las Vegas audiences have always had their pick of productions filled with sexual undertones, but this is the first time many get to witness a story performed on Las Vegas Blvd. that is about sex but isn’t sexual.
Sherida Devine, who plays multiple roles in the show, really wants the community to “embrace the variety” this show offers the audience.
“It’s challenging to get people in the seats so we can show them the difference between entertainment and art,” said Coulibaly. “It’s challenging because there is not a lot of theater here… and we don’t have the means to advertise, but it’s slowly happening through word of mouth.”
Coulibaly also designed
the costumes for the production. Patrons can purchase her designs in the Wassa Wear Boutique inside the theater.
For the next few weeks, the Baobab Stage is also featuring the body percussion show “Molodi Live.” Billed as an hour and a half of fresh and innovative, high-energy movement, the performance ensemble takes body percussion to the extreme. The multicultural artists use their bodies as instruments, blending Greek fraternity stepping, tap, gumboots, beatbox, poetry, and hip-hop dance with “guerilla theatre.”
“I want people to know that this show is a product of people coming together… finding a place and sharing a passion and a zest for life. There are so many ways to express yourself… dance is a wonderful thing, music is a wonderful thing, and when you add the two, it can be dynamic,” said founding member Antwan Davis.
The Baobab Stage is located at 6587 South Las Vegas Blvd., inside Town Square, near the Yard House restaurant. Visit the website www.baobabstage.com.