BWW Reviews: Portland Stage Cries the Blues in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOMBWW Reviews: Portland Stage Cries the Blues in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
by Carla Maria Verdino-SŁllwold - 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...)

50th Anniversary Production of IN WHITE AMERICA to Play New Federal Theatre, 10/15-11/1550th Anniversary Production of IN WHITE AMERICA to Play New Federal Theatre, 10/15-11/15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2015

 Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will revive Martin Duberman's 'In White America,' one of the signature plays of the Civil Rights Era, in a Off-Broadway production October 15 to November 15 at Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street.  The famed documentary play traces the American quest for racial equality from the earliest days of the republic to the Little Rock crisis of 1957, with dialogue drawn from historical letters, speeches, journals, songs and other personal accounts including recordings of former slaves. Charles Maryan directs an ensemble of seven which includes actor-turned-newscaster-turned-actor Art McFarland. (more...)

New Federal Theatre to Stage 50th Anniversary Production of IN WHITE AMERICANew Federal Theatre to Stage 50th Anniversary Production of IN WHITE AMERICA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2015

Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre kicks off its 47th season a rare revival of Martin Duberman's In White America, not seen in NYC for 50 years! In White America, directed by Charles Maryan, will begin performances October 15th, with opening night set for October 29th at the Castillo Theater (543 West 42nd Street). This limited Off-Broadway engagement will continue through November 15th only. (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...)

Martin Duberman's IN WHITE AMERICA Begins Updated Run at Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre TonightMartin Duberman's IN WHITE AMERICA Begins Updated Run at Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2015

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will revive Martin Duberman's In White America, one of the signature plays of the Civil Rights Era, in a Off-Broadway production tonight, October 15, to November 15 at Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street. (more...)

50th Anniversary Production of IN WHITE AMERICA to Play New Federal Theatre, 10/15-11/1550th Anniversary Production of IN WHITE AMERICA to Play New Federal Theatre, 10/15-11/15
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2015

 Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will revive Martin Duberman's 'In White America,' one of the signature plays of the Civil Rights Era, in a Off-Broadway production October 15 to November 15 at Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street.  The famed documentary play traces the American quest for racial equality from the earliest days of the republic to the Little Rock crisis of 1957, with dialogue drawn from historical letters, speeches, journals, songs and other personal accounts including recordings of former slaves. Charles Maryan directs an ensemble of seven which includes actor-turned-newscaster-turned-actor Art McFarland. (more...)

Martin Duberman's IN WHITE AMERICA to Play Updated Run at Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal TheatreMartin Duberman's IN WHITE AMERICA to Play Updated Run at Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2015

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will revive Martin Duberman's In White America, one of the signature plays of the Civil Rights Era, in a Off-Broadway production October 15 to November 15 at Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street. (more...)

BWW Review: The Minstrel Show RevisitedBWW Review: The Minstrel Show Revisited
by Barnett Serchuk - Nov 5, 2015

Frederick Douglass once described blackface performers as '...the filthy scum of white society, who have stolen from us a complexion, denied them by nature, in which to make money, and pander to the corrupt taste of their white fellow citizens.' (more...)

BWW Reviews: BUT I CD ONLY WHISPER, Arcola Theatre, November 2 2012BWW 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...)

Queens Theatre to Present Limited Engagement of Classic Stage Adaptation of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRDQueens Theatre to Present Limited Engagement of Classic Stage Adaptation of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2015

Queens Theatre today announced the cast for this month's rarely seen New York City stage production of Harper Lee's classic To Kill A Mockingbird. Directed by Rob Urbinati, To Kill A Mockingbird is playing a two-week engagement with performances beginning on Friday, November 13th and extending through Sunday, November 22. c (more...)

'JAZZ, JEWS, AND AFRICAN AMERICANS' Exhibit to Host Panel Discussion, 11/22'JAZZ, JEWS, AND AFRICAN AMERICANS' Exhibit to Host Panel Discussion, 11/22
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

The exhibition Jazz, Jews, and African Americans: Cultural Intersections in Newark and Beyond, co-produced by New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark, Jewish Museum of New Jersey at Congregation Ahavas Sholom, and WBGO Jazz 88.3FM, will present a panel discussion regarding Jazz, Jews, and African Americans, a FREE exhibit. (more...)

THE COWARD, ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL & More Set for Stage Left's 33rd SeasonTHE 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...)

Philadelphia Theatre Company Gets Steamy with SEX WITH STRANGERS This SpringPhiladelphia Theatre Company Gets Steamy with SEX WITH STRANGERS This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Philadelphia Theatre Company's next production promises to excite with SEX WITH STRANGERS by Laura Eason on April 8-May 8 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Broad and Lombard Streets).  Directed by David Saint, the production features Kyle Coffman as the young, brash writer Ethan Kane and JoAnna Rhinehart as novelist and teacher Olivia Lago.  (more...)

IN WHITE AMERICA by Paul Barlin is ReleasedIN 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, 8/15-9/7Betty 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 79Playwright, 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...)

New Federal Theatre Dedicates 46th Season to Amiri BarakaNew Federal Theatre Dedicates 46th Season to Amiri Baraka
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre kicks off its 46th season with 'The Amira Baraka Project' - featuring a revival of his early acclaimed play Dutchman from 1964 and the world premiere of his final play, Most Dangerous Man In America (W. E. B. Du Bois), written fifty years later. Dutchman, directed by Woodie King Jr., will begin performances February 5th, with opening night set for February 20th at the Castillo Theater (543 West 42nd Street). This limited Off-Broadway engagement will continue through March 8th only. (more...)

Photo Flash: Remembering Amiri BarakaPhoto 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...)

New Federal Theatre Kicks Off 46th Season with DUTCHMAN TonightNew Federal Theatre Kicks Off 46th Season with DUTCHMAN Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre kicks off its 46th season with 'The Amira Baraka Project' - featuring a revival of his early acclaimed play Dutchman from 1964 and the world premiere of his final play, Most Dangerous Man In America (W. E. B. Du Bois), written fifty years later. Dutchman, directed by Woodie King Jr., will begin performances tonight, February 5th, with opening night set for February 20th at the Castillo Theater (543 West 42nd Street). This limited Off-Broadway engagement will continue through March 8th only. Most Dangerous Man In America (W. E. B. Du Bois) follows in May. (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, 2/18-4/1Stage 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...)

Cast Announced for SEX WITH STRANGERS at George Street Playhouse, 3/8-27Cast Announced for SEX WITH STRANGERS at George Street Playhouse, 3/8-27
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2016

George Street Playhouse today announced the cast of Laura Eason's Sex With Strangers, which runs March 8 through March 27 at the New Brunswick theatre.  Kyle Coffman (Newsies, West Side Story on Broadway) will portray young, brash writer Ethan Kane; JoAnna Rhinehart (TV's Elementary, Damages) will play novelist and teacher Olivia Lago.  The production will be helmed by George Street Playhouse Artistic Director David Saint. (more...)

IU Filmmaker's Doc 'Blacking Up' Examines Racial Identity Through Hip-Hop Music & CultureIU 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...)

BroadwayWorld's 2015 List of Lists Roundup - Updating Live!BroadwayWorld's 2015 List of Lists Roundup - Updating Live!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 28, 2015

As we count down the last days of 2015, New York City's top theatre critics have been taking stock of the theatre season- deciding on their personal choices for their favorite productions of the year. (more...)

Stage Left Theatre Presents THE FISHERMAN, 2/18-4/1Stage 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...)

Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox to Lead the Cast of THE OLD FRIENDS at Houston's Alley Theatre, Now thru 9/7Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox to Lead the Cast of THE OLD FRIENDS at Houston's Alley Theatre, Now thru 9/7
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 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...)

Cast Set for Amiri Baraka's Last Play at Woodie King Jr's New Federal TheatreCast Set for Amiri Baraka's Last Play at Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre will continue its 46th season dedicated to Amira Baraka with the world premiere of his final play, The Most Dangerous Man In America (W. E. B. Du Bois).  Performances will begin May 28th, with opening night set for June 11th at the Castillo Theater (543 West 42nd Street). This limited Off-Broadway engagement, directed by Woodie King Jr., will continue through June 28th only.   (more...)

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