Two Naomis: 12/01/16
The original Electric Company "Love of Chair" sketches has forever warped my reaction to the name Naomi. Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick maybe can answer the four decade's old question: "But what about Naomi?"
In all seriousness, though, the story is about the troubles of blended families — especially when two children are so close in age. To make the stakes even higher, both girls share the same name and the same taste in shoes. Neither girl is prepared to have their mother and father dating each other. They don't want to be expected to get along.
Although this blended family is also a biracial blending, that's by far the least concern of the girls. Both Naomis love their lives in New York and they each have their own special take on what makes the city theirs. They have their favorite restaurants, parks, stores, places to go. New York being a large metropolis has lots to offer and many different ways to be interpreted.
Part of becoming a family (even couples) is learning how to bring together those favorite things and experiences and to make new ones. The parents have already done that on their dates but now it's time for the two girls to find their middle ground and to find things that the entire new family can to together.