By Lynn Nottage

In the title role, Joy Vandervort-Cobb is a red-satin-swathed menace, joking one minute and jabbing the next, keeping them forever watchful of her potential wrath. The Pure ensemble member is always commanding, but when she trains her formidable stage presence on a truck stop diner devil, there’s enough fire in the greasy spoon to cause serious damage. It should also be flagged that the flash parade of Clyde’s getups and hairdos, by way of the stylings of Ambernice Tolliver, is worth the price of admission alone. Vandervort-Cobb owns every bit of fire engine red lycra and distressed denim. She swaggers around Richard Heffner’s effective set, with its rolling stainless tables reconfigured as need be, and a backwall cutout, where she rings in new orders and suspiciously surveys the staff

Joy Vandervort-Cobb in CLYDE'S