If a first impression is a lasting impression then Bahamian playwright Cindy Johnson is unforgettable, particularly in her on-stage persona as Aunty Tingum in her hit production, “Every Secret Thing.”
Move over Tyler Perry because there’s a new writer in town, who anticipates that her plays will not only be seen in The Bahamas but around the world. While Perry’s character Madea carries a gun around in her purse, Aunty Tingum brandishes a machete in her dress.
“Every Secret Thing” debuted on March 18 at First Assembly of God where she attends church, and the play was sold out translating into a full house to Cindy’s delight. The hilarious cast is comprised of members of First Assembly, which is pastored by Pastor Deion Gibson.
Even out of character, Cindy’s lively personality is captivating right from the start. A native of New Providence, Cindy is a mother of four children, two of whom make up the cast members – Jasmine and Lashawn – along with church members in her play.
In reality, Cindy talks about how God has transformed her life, so the purpose of her play is not only to provide a good laugh, but to ultimately lead lost souls to Christ.
“The purpose is to save souls, to make people laugh and to bring joy out of hurting people because no matter what you are going through God can bring you through,” she testifies. “There is nothing you can do that God can’t deliver you from.”
Adding more details about the play, Cindy explains that Every Secret Thing is a story about love, betrayal and faithfulness to God. The plot is replete with an unfaithful husband, a rebellious daughter, betrayal of a best friend, a player, the power of a praying mother, and of course, Aunty Tingum, who is a no-nonsense woman and therefore the one to “talk sense” and set things straight.
“It’s full of action with a heap load of comedy and laughter from the beginning,” Cindy shares. “But there’s always a lesson to be learned.”
Not to worry, though. For those who missed the play the first time around, they will have a second chance at seeing Aunty Tingum in action accompanied by her cast members in June.