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Review: ‘Detroit ’67’ at The Stagecrafters Theater

Two young black men stumble upon an expensively dressed but badly beaten young white woman in the ghetto. What do they do? If it’s Detroit in 1967, you certainly can’t involve yourself with the hospital or the police. Do you just look the other way? But Lank and Sly are basically good people, so they […]

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Review: ‘Black Nativity’ at ANKH Repertory Theatre and The Finest! Performance Foundation

Productions of Langston Hughes’ holiday classic Black Nativity are numerous in the DC area this holiday season, but the joint production by ANKH Repertory Theatre and The Finest! Performance Foundation offers an updated, thought-provoking version of this holiday classic. You may have seen Black Nativity before, but you’ve never seen it like this. Originally premiering […]

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Review: ‘Black Nativity’ at New Freedom Theatre

Fifty years is a very long time for an arts group to exist in this changing world and economy, but Freedom Theatre is celebrating its golden anniversary with a reconceived production of its traditional favorite Black Nativity. I first saw Black Nativity in a tiny theater in the Broad and Master complex in a production […]

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Review: ‘Black Nativity’ at Theater Alliance

I saw Black Nativity last year at Anacostia Playhouse and was so thrilled by it (as I wrote in my rave review), I had to go again this year. I went  expecting to see a reproduction of a splendid show every bit as good as before. That’s what theaters typically do when they remount a […]

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The Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture: Watch the Entire Ceremony Here

 Hollywood actors, singers and local talent fuel the opening ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture One-hundred years in the making, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened with magnificent fanfare on Saturday, September 24, 2016 on the National Mall. The museum, home to over 3,000 artifacts, is […]

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‘Black Nativity’ at Theater Alliance

If it is true that theater originated as worship and ritual—as a healing form of human communion with sacred mystery—then that history is surely raising the rafters of the Anacostia Playhouse these days. The joyous occasion is the return of Theater Alliance’s acclaimed Black Nativity, Langston Hughes’ poetic “song play” based on Gospel narratives of […]

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‘Black Nativity’ at Theatre Horizon in Norristown, PA

With an original twist on the classic Christmas story, Horizon Theatre’s joyful Black Nativity overflows with exuberance and heart. The book and songs are a combination of classic Christmas classics as “Joy to the World,” “Go Tell It On the Mountain” and “O Come All Ye Faithful,” gospel songs, and Poet Langston Hughes’ beautiful words. Act I […]

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‘Akeelah and the Bee’ at Arena Stage

How do you spell T-E-R-R-I-F-I-C  S-H-O-W? Those of us with Millennial-generation children are used to the intensity of youth sports, like football, lacrosse or soccer, being played outdoors on a turf field. Helicopter parents hover, screaming insults at the referees, and shrieking even more loudly to override the coach’s instructions to their kid. For some […]

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DC Black Theatre Festival: ‘Letters from Zora: In Her Own Words’

 The Harlem Renaissance was magically rebirthed through Vanessa Bell Calloway’s phenomenal one-woman performance of Letters from Zora: In Her Own Words at the gala opening for the 6th Annual DC Black Theatre Festival. Zora Neale Hurston, African American folklorist and novelist, surely would have snapped her fingers,  sassy hands-on-hips, proudly proclaiming once more, “Baby I’m Here,” as  […]

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In the Moment: ‘Anne & Emmett’ at MetroStage

Created and handsomely rendered with boundless love, heart and soul, the short-run Metro Stage/Race and Reconciliation in America (RARIA) production of Anne & Emmett was a production of grace and enlightenment. Its poignancy in the face of the theme of the crushing-out of the young lives of Anne Frank and Emmett Till held me in […]

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‘Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey’ at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Inspired by the 1923 novel, Cane, by Jean Toomer, and the work of other renaissance artists, this multimedia presentation fronted by Jasmine Guy provided a look into the general trends and opposing factions that that transversed the Harlem Renaissance from the return of African American soldiers after World War I through the early 1930s. ‘Raisin’ Cane: […]

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An Interview with Jasmine Guy on ‘Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey’ at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on January 24, 2015

On the evening of January 24, 2015, the renowned star of stage, television, and film, Jasmine Guy will present for one-night only, “Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey,” along with the acclaimed Avery Sharpe Trio (Sharpe with John Blake on violin and Kevin Sharpe on percussion) at the George Mason Center for the Arts. “Raisin’ Cane” is a panoramic […]

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‘A Raisin in the Sun’ at Compass Rose Theater

I don’t believe He brought me this far (to leave me.) In 1959, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun was a groundbreaking, electrifying original work of theater when it made its debut on Broadway. Today, the recognized American drama masterpiece and its potent themes are as relevant today as it was more than fifty […]

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‘The Art of the African-American Spiritual’ at National Chamber Ensemble by Jane Coyne

The National Chamber Ensemble presented The Art of the African-American Spritual at Artisphere on Saturday evening. It was a delightful concert with talent abounding, and the setting was most enjoyable. The evening kicked off with a warm welcome from guest host Linda Jacobs Washington, who welcomed the audience and introduced the concert in a refreshingly […]

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The cast of "I Too Sing America: The Life and Poetry of Langston Hughes." Photo by JD Knight.

‘I Too Sing America: The Life and Poetry of Langston Hughes’ at Howard University by Veronique MacRae

In celebration of the prolific poet, novelist, social activist, playwright and columnist, James Mercer Langston Hughes, a proponent of racial consciousness and cultural nationalism devoid of self-loathing, Howard University Department of Theatre Arts continues its 2012-2013 season: Reclaiming The Black Body: Identity, Discourse, and Politics with the world premiere of I Too Sing America: The […]

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