In the Shaw Festival's current winning production of The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God, Natasha Mumba stars as the eponymous, sparky protagonist. And the adjectives are pouring in. "Fierce and funny," praised one critic, while The Globe's own J. Kelly Nestruck saw her as "charmingly confrontational."
It's an auspicious beginning to the Shaw career of Mumba, also in the ensemble of the festival's Alice in Wonderland. Trained at the National Theatre School of Canada, the actress shines in playwright Lisa Codrington's adaptation of Bernard Shaw's 1932 novella of the same name, in which a young African girl, abandoned by her missionary for being too inquisitive, takes the phrase "seek and ye shall find" to heart.
Her quest, obviously, is a search for God. Good luck with that, but Mumba's own future adventures would seem to be on much firmer ground.
The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God continues to Sept. 11, at the Court House Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., shawfest.com.