In White America

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BWW Reviews: Portland Stage Cries the Blues in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Sep 30, 2013

'Blues are a way of understanding,' Ma Rainey tells her band in the second act of August Wilson's 1984 play set in a 1920s recording studio in Jim Crow era Chicago. And, indeed, Wilson uses music as a means of making sense of the African-American experience in a world scarred by racism and violence. The Portland Stage's new production, which opens its 2013-2014 season, is a tautly directed, intensely acted interpretation of Wilson's meditation on what it is like to be black in a white man's world. The play, which uses the a quasi-musical blues structure of long, seemingly improvised solos interspersed with short rhythmic exchanges of dialogue, builds slowly and tensely to its chilling climax. Along the way, it penetrates the recesses of the musicians' hearts, their troubled pasts and their tenuous presents. And it examines the high cost of 'making it' In White America, where, for all their artistic talent and success, these determined entertainers remain faceless and invisible. Delivering Wilson's prose with an engaging blend of humor and pathos, the Portland Stage Company's cast scales the poetic heights of the playwright's genius. (more...)

The Actors' Gang to Present Premiere of 'I am not a racist, but..'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2008

The Actors' Gang invites audiences to witness the development of a new work-in-progress. With its signature take-no-prisoners style, The Gang takes a bold, funny, sad and incendiary look at what it takes to bring America's history of racism out of the shadows and shine a light on how it still envelops us today in ' 'I am not a racist, but...',' conceived and directed by founding member Cynthia Ettinger and created by the acting ensemble. (more...)

The Actors' Gang to Present Premiere of 'I am not a racist, but..'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2008

The Actors' Gang invites audiences to witness the development of a new work-in-progress. With its signature take-no-prisoners style, The Gang takes a bold, funny, sad and incendiary look at what it takes to bring America's history of racism out of the shadows and shine a light on how it still envelops us today in ' 'I am not a racist, but...',' conceived and directed by founding member Cynthia Ettinger and created by the acting ensemble. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BUT I CD ONLY WHISPER, Arcola Theatre, November 2 2012
by Gary Naylor - Nov 4, 2012

Gary Naylor sees a play about the grip violence holds its various victims. (more...)

THE COWARD, ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL & More Set for Stage Left's 33rd Season
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2014

Stage Left Theatre has announced added performance for their hit production of Principal Principle by Joe Zarrow, as well as the programming for its 33rd season - Against the Grain. The company will offer three mainstage productions that center on characters who choose to fight against the expectations placed on them by others - for better or for worse. (more...)

IN WHITE AMERICA by Paul Barlin is Released
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

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Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox to Lead the Cast of THE OLD FRIENDS at Houston's Alley Theatre, 8/15-9/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

The "Alley Theatre @ UH" season begins with Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox in award-winning Texas playwright Horton Foote's The Old Friends, a Southwestern premiere. (more...)

Playwright, Poet and Activist Amiri Baraka Passes Away at 79
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2014

The New York Times reports today, January 9, 2014, playwright, critic, activist, and one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters, Amiri Baraka, has passed away after weeks of failing health. He was 79. (more...)

Photo Flash: Remembering Amiri Baraka
by Walter McBride - Jan 10, 2014

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, playwright, critic, activist, and one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters, Amiri Baraka, has passed away after weeks of failing health. He was 79. BroadwayWorld remembers the playwright below. (more...)

'Year One of the Empire' Presents Talkback Series
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2008

A series of talkbacks and a free panel discussion will also be presented in conjunction with the premiere of Year One of the Empire. Directed by Alex Roe, performances begin February 29 at The Metropolitan Playhouse. Opening night is set for March 7th. (more...)

Stage Left Theatre Presents THE FISHERMAN, 2/18-4/1
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2012

Stage Left Theatre announces the upcoming World Premiere of The Fisherman written by Jayme McGhan and directed by ensemble member Drew Martin. The Fisherman is the third production of Stage Left's 30th season. Press opening is Saturday, February 25thth at 8 PM, and the show runs through April 1st. (more...)

IU Filmmaker's Doc 'Blacking Up' Examines Racial Identity Through Hip-Hop Music & Culture
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2010

When young whites embrace rap and hip-hop culture, is it an example of America moving toward being a colorblind society. Or is it just another case of cultural theft and mockery? (more...)

Stage Left Theatre Presents THE FISHERMAN, 2/18-4/1
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2011

Stage Left Theatre announces the upcoming World Premiere of The Fisherman written by Jayme McGhan and directed by ensemble member Drew Martin. The Fisherman is the third production of Stage Left's 30th season. Press opening is Saturday, February 25thth at 8 PM, and the show runs through April 1st. (more...)