The cast is universally outstanding. Suzette Azariah Gunn presents a conflicted Nya, a mother who has done everything she can to make the right decisions, not only for her students, but for her son. In spite of this, her wards are failing. The woman's physical and emotional stress is obvious in what is a stunning performance.


Gut-wrenching performance is particularly moving. If that doesn’t get those on the periphery of the pipeline to listen to these mothers and act in their interest, nothing will.



Suzette Azariah Gunn is wonderful as Nya. Nya is a complex character whose inner struggle demands portrayal by an actress who is matronly, relatable, and empathy worthy. Gunn is all of these things and more. Her concern for Omari's future, his safety and her fear that her parenting is the cause of his trouble, is moving.



Gunn delivers a powerful performance, matching King’s fiery sermons with her own passionate arguments on changing the world. She, too, is larger than life somehow, speaking on behalf of society: sharing Black Panther beliefs, roasting King’s “bougie“ assumptions, referring to God as a “she” with steadfast conviction, and ultimately carrying a secret set to redeem us all.


The physical aging that the actors do is subtle but spot-on. Gunn ages from age 17 to 60 and doesn’t play Christina at 60-ish hunched-over and fragile, just a little slower and stiffer.

Gunn and Alexander make us feel that we know these people, and, even when they are foolish or infuriating, we care about them.

*Winston-Salem Journal*


Gunn's performance illuminates Kennedys vision so well

         and shows the vibrant contradictions


Suzette Azariah Gunn infuse young actor  Millie with new-generation sophistication and savvy.

*News Observer*

The characters in Trouble In Mind largely drove the sarcastic humor evident in the first act through their spot-on line delivery, especially those of Wiletta Mayer (Katherine Hunter-Williams) and Millie Davis (Suzette Azariah Gunn). Wiletta’s deeply sarcastic lines were furthered by her humorous facial expressions, while Millie’s sassy, acerbic tongue earned many chuckles from the crowd..

*The Daily Tarheel*

Suzette Gunn is a spitfire as sharp-dressed African-American actress Millie Davis, who believes that if you have some of the finer things, flaunt them

 *Triangle Arts and Entertainment*


Suzette Azariah Gunn gives

a new lease on the title role.
   Gunn delivers a deeply heart felt performance
 *New York Post*

Suzette Azariah Gunn delivers monologues by turns coolly articulate and wildly out of control as the self loathing character in despair
Critics Picks

 *Daily News*

Suzette Gunn has a fierce emotional vitality as Juliet

Suzette Azariah Gunn is an exceptional Sarah because she believably and admirably maintains what must be an exhausting level of anxiety throughout the play.

*Off Off Online*

Suzette Gunn is a fiery and sympathetic Juliet

*American Theater*

"Suzette Azariah Gunn's Sarah in "Funnyhouse of A Negro" is one of the best female performances of the year on or off Broadway"
    *New York Sun Tony Review Board*
"Gunn's fragility is often heartrending"

  *Amsterdam News*


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