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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...)

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co. to Present East Coast Premiere of APPROPRIATE, 11/4-12/1
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2013

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is pleased to announce the East Coast premiere of Appropriate, an audacious comic drama written by native Washingtonian Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed). Jacobs-Jenkins' brazen reimagining of the classic Southern family drama will continue Woolly's season-long excavation of the secrets that lie beneath America's sunny exterior. (more...)

MIAMI'S RICHMOND HEIGHTS Offers Vintage Photographs of Richmond's Memories
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2013

Arcadia Publishing is excited to announce the richly illustrated book, Images of America: Miami's Richmond Heights by Patricia Harper Garrett and Jessica Garrett Modkins in stores December 2, 2013. This mother daughter duo made it their mission to preserve the rich legacy of this community. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by. (more...)

RISING WATER TRILOGY Gets Readings at NJ Rep
by Marina Kennedy - Sep 19, 2013

John Biguenet's wrote 'Rising Water Trilogy' based on his experience with Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Metropolitan area audiences will share Biguenet's very personal understanding of the effect of natural disasters in these readings. (more...)

Azuka Theatre Extends DUTCH MASTERS Through 9/29
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2013

Azuka Theatre is pleased to announce that it is extending its Philadelphia Fringe Arts show, Dutch Masters, by one week. Dutch Masters, originally set to close September 22, will now run through September 29, 2013. Tickets cost $25 and are available throughwww.azukatheatre.org or by calling (215) 563-1100. All shows are performed at the Off-Broad Street Theater at 1636 Sansom Street. Subscriptions and more information are available at www.azukatheatre.org. (more...)

Review: FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN Unmasks Two Racial Icons
by Michael Dale - Sep 13, 2013

Will Power's provocative comic drama is inspired by a photo of Muhammad Ali and Stepin Fetchit. (more...)

The Clash Releases Deluxe 'Sound System' Box Set
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2013

Designed and compiled by The Clash, the new deluxe 12-disc Sound System collects for the first time all of the band's seminal studio albums remastered, plus three CDs of demos, non-album singles, B-sides and rarities; Also includes a DVD which couples all of the band's videos with unseen footage from the archives of Julien Temple and Don Letts (more...)

BWW Reviews: HOLY DAY (THE RED SEA) is a Frighteningly Real Look at the Worst Aspects of the European Settlement of Australia
by Barry Lenny - Oct 8, 2013

The latest offering from the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild is the multi-award winning Adelaide playwright and screenplay writer, Andrew Bovell's Holy Day (The Red Sea). (more...)

Author Kate Loss Accuses Dave Eggers of Stealing Book Idea - Cries Sexism, Irrevelence of Women
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2013

Kate Loss, author of THE BOY KINGS, has accused Dave Eggers of stealing her book idea because he is a man and we live in a sexist world. (more...)

Rodney Demery Releases New Book NO PLACE FOR RACE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2013

Shreveport, LA, October 30, 2013 – Viewers of CBS' reality show, Undercover Boss know that CEOs and company owners learn valuable information when working undercover within the ranks of their business. By the same token, spend 24 hours with veteran homicide detective, Rodney Demery and chances are the gut-wrenching scenes will haunt you forever. Frustrated at the lack of action by our nation's leadership to keep our communities safe, Demery sites real-actionable solutions in his book, No Place For Race: Why We Need to Address Economic and Social Factors That Are Crushing Us Every Day. (more...)

The Unbroken Vessel Tackles Cross-Cultural Marriage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2013

Olusesan Odetunde debuts with a rarity of an oeuvre titled 'The Unbroken Vessel,' a brilliantly written story of love across race and class. With well-developed characters heightening its excellent and convincing storyline, the author is certain to make a name in romance discussion circles as he covers the sensitive topic of cross-cultural marriage and multi-ethnic tensions. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BLACK AT THE ASSASSINATION Deserves A+ for Compelling History Lesson
by Buster Spiller - Oct 21, 2013

Directed by Becki McDonald, who makes some excellent directing choices with her large cast of fifteen adult and children actors by combining brief oratory, traditional dialogue, and injecting cast members into the audience to DRAW viewers dead smack into the action. This created a theater experience that is equally educational, entertaining, and thought-provoking. Use of mixed media was also a component but the limitations of the performance space really hampered full immersion into the subject matter created by Robertson and Spencer in their script. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Balagan's THANKSKILLING Offers Crude and Crass Holiday Fun
by Jay Irwin - Nov 30, 2013

It's the day after Thanksgiving and suddenly I feel myself getting attacked from a Thanksgiving turkey. No, it's not my Sister's cooking but the world premiere offering from Balagan Theatre of "Thankskilling, The Musical". It's still the completely offensive and hilarious show I saw in the summer as part of Balagan's Summer New Works readings but now a little more fleshed out. And while the humor is still there the production felt it needed a little more cooking time. The bird was just a tad underdone. (more...)

Award-Winning Drama FOUR Debuts on DVD 1/14
by Movies News Desk - Nov 26, 2013

Based on the play of the same name by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award-winning playwright Christopher Shinn, first-time Director Joshua Sanchez's award-winning drama FOUR debuts across all digital platforms beginning December 17th (more...)

Selina Elliot Releases 'Obsession'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2013

An unlikely romance develops between a headstrong young woman and her vengeful captor in Selina' Elliot's sprawling new historical fiction, 'Obsession' (published by AuthorHouse). (more...)

New Fiction Reveals Life of Vegas Stripper
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2013

Learn about the business of strip clubs and how strippers are misunderstood outcasts through the experiences of a sympathetic Las Vegas stripper Sapphire, a 23-year-old African American from New York. In the dazzling, opulent world of the Vegas sex industry, she becomes the consummate teasing Eve, making all the boyish, awkward, lascivious fantasies of big credit customers come true. She services anyone from divorcés, rappers, and Chinese billionaires. Valerie Diamond and Dr. Don McGann's 'Stilettos in Vegas' offers up a dazzling tour inside Vegas strip clubs and its underworld charms. It comes with a chilling reminder that the industry is controlled by hardcore mobsters and that more and more beautiful young women are flocking to Las Vegas to have their day in its golden sunshine. (more...)

BWW Review: Thompson a Virtuoso in the Fascinating SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF
by Michael Dale - Mar 4, 2014

Terry Teachout's solo play and John Douglas Thompson's completely captivating performance make for compelling tributes to an artistic original. (more...)

Harry Kendall Dowdy Jr. Releases CRIMSON WATERFALL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

History is created by the individuals who move through it, whether they experience triumph or tragedy. This new book chronicles the lives and accomplishments of author Harry Kendall Dowdy Jr.'s extended family, covering his direct line and that of six families related to it: Scarboroughs, Clarks, Westons, Wrights, Shivers and Scotts. As well as revealing true personal stories, Dowdy puts his relatives into historical context, describing little-known facts and people from the past. (more...)

OCPA Kicks off 2014 New Play Series with Four One-Acts Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2014

The Orange County Playwrights Alliance kicks off the 2014 edition of its Discoveries new play series with staged readings of four new one-acts from playwrights with Orange County in common and a sense of adventure in mind. All four plays deal with perception versus reality. Today's March 29 listing features works from dramatists produced across the West and America. (more...)

OCPA Kicks off 2014 New Play Series with Four One-Acts, 3/29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

The Orange County Playwrights Alliance kicks off the 2014 edition of its Discoveries new play series with staged readings of four new one-acts from playwrights with Orange County in common and a sense of adventure in mind. All four plays deal with perception versus reality. The March 29 listing features works from dramatists produced across the West and America. (more...)

Black Ensemble Theatre to Present BPI Black Playwright's Festival, 4/8-13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Black Ensemble Theater (BE) announces its 9th annual Black Playwright's Festival, April 8-13, 2014, as part of the company's Black Playwright's Initiative (BPI). The Festival will take place at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street. This fun and daring Black Playwrights Festival brings new scripts to the BE stage for innovative and engaging readings. These scripts have all been developed by BPI members through the BPI process. (more...)

Young Jean Lee's STRAIGHT WHITE MEN to Premiere at Wexner Center, 4/10-13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Acclaimed playwright/director Young Jean Lee returns to the Wexner Center for the Arts, April 10-13 for the world premiere of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, a provocative new work presented with an all-star cast (Austin Pendleton, Scott Shepherd, Pete Simpson, and James Stanley) and finalized through the support of the Wexner Center Residency Award program. (more...)

NATIVE SON and THE GOOD BOOK to Make World Premieres in Court Theatre's 60th Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Court Theatre announces its 60th season under the continuing leadership of Artistic Director Charles Newell, Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, and Board Chair Marilyn Fatt Vitale. The company's ambitious 2014/15 season will feature the World Premiere of Native Son adapted from Richard Wright's classic novel by Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater; Euripides' Iphigenia in Aulis translated by Nicholas Rudall and directed by Artistic Director Charles Newell; Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson; and the World Premiere of Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare's The Good Book, directed by Lisa Peterson. Closing out the anniversary season is Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon's The Secret Garden, based on the beloved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and directed by Artistic Director Charles Newell with music direction by Doug Peck. (more...)

Jennifer Graham's New Memoir, AN IMMORAL PROPOSAL, is Available Now
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

Love drives all great stories but, unlike this one, most relationships are not punishable by law! The stakes were very high for Michael and Jennifer Graham living under apartheid in South Africa during the 70's; he was an educated, wealthy White Man and she was a factory clerk, classified by the government as 'coloured' - meaning 'a person who fails to pass for white.” (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Milwaukee, WI - Week of 1/26/2014
by BWW - Jan 26, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/26/2014 for Milwaukee, WI (more...)

Debbie Allen, Jenifer Lewis & Marc Shaiman to Team on 'Sunset Boulevard' Homage VENTURA BOULEVARD
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014

Debbie Allen and Jenifer Lewis are set to team up for an homage to SUNSET BOULEVARD to be titled 'Ventura Boulevard'. Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman (Sleepless in Seattle, The American President, Hairspray) will compose the score. (more...)

BWW Review: Company One and ArtsEmerson Proudly Take on Genocide
by Nancy Grossman - Jan 17, 2014

Company One and ArtsEmerson collaborate to present the New England premiere of Jackie Sibblies Drury's play WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT A PRESENTATION...about the little known genocide of the Herero of Namibia by German colonialists early in the twentieth century. According to the playwright, "The play is about whatever you think it is about." (more...)

Award-Winning Drama FOUR Debuts on DVD Today
by Movies News Desk - Jan 14, 2014

Based on the play of the same name by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award-winning playwright Christopher Shinn, first-time Director Joshua Sanchez's award-winning drama FOUR debuts across all digital platforms beginning December 17th before landing on DVD today, January 14th 2014, from Wolfe Video. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Milwaukee, WI - Week of 2/09/2014
by BWW - Feb 9, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/09/2014 for Milwaukee, WI (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Delaware - Week of 2/02/2014
by BWW - Feb 2, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/02/2014 for Delaware (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Milwaukee, WI - Week of 2/02/2014
by BWW - Feb 2, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/02/2014 for Milwaukee, WI (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Milwaukee, WI - Week of 2/16/2014
by BWW - Feb 16, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/16/2014 for Milwaukee, WI (more...)

The UUA Bookstore Celebrates Black History Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

Black History Month offers Unitarian Universalists an opportunity to examine the influential roles that African Americans have had in shaping our faith movement. Through the month of February, get 20% off titles with an African American focus by using the code 'BH14' at checkout. Some notable selections are below. (more...)

USA Network to Air IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, 2/15
by TV News Desk - Feb 10, 2014

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Chairman Bonnie Hammer today announced the newest classic in the ongoing Characters Unite Film Series to use the power of storytelling to increase awareness of social injustices, stimulate productive dialogue and encourage further progress. USA Network will commemorate Characters Unite Month and Black History Month by presenting 'In the Heat of the Night' with limited commercials on Saturday, February 15 at 9/8c. The film, which was groundbreaking in its powerful portrayal of racism in America and played a role in advancing the civil rights movement, won five Oscars including Best Picture. Film, television and music icon Quincy Jones, who composed the music for the film, will give a special introduction. (more...)

The Met to Open THE AMERICAN WEST IN BRONZE Exhibit, 12/18
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2013

Through some 65 bronze sculptures by 28 artists, the traveling exhibition The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925, opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 18, will explore the aesthetic and cultural impulses behind the creation of statuettes with American western themes so popular with audiences then and now. (more...)

BWW Reviews: GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS Soars at National Theatre
by Elizabeth Bruce - Dec 27, 2013

The most recent version of the famous and often controversial opera, PORGY AND BESS by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin, re-titled as THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS, is now playing at DC's National Theatre through Dec. 29, 2013. The opera, which has garnered scores of awards since its first performance in 1935, has been re-mounted by the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge with a creative team including Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, who adapted the book, and Dierdre L. Murray, who adapted the musical score. THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS opened on Broadway in 2011. (more...)

DEBUTANTE BALL, BOUNDARY WATERS & More Set for RAW STAGES New Works Festival
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

History Theatre will once again partner with the Minnesota History Center to present four staged readings of new scripts that are currently being developed by Minnesota artists. This year's RAW STAGES New Works Festival will include a revised script by Eric 'Pogi' Sumangil about Minnesota's Filipino community (Debutante Ball), along with three newly commissioned scripts from Carlyle Brown (Boundary Waters), Jeffrey Hatcher and Chan Poling (Glensheen), and Garrison Keillor (Radio Man). (more...)

The Met Opens THE AMERICAN WEST IN BRONZE Exhibit Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2013

Through some 65 bronze sculptures by 28 artists, the traveling exhibition The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925, opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 18, will explore the aesthetic and cultural impulses behind the creation of statuettes with American western themes so popular with audiences then and now. (more...)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Presents THE AMERICAN WEST IN BRONZE, 1850-1925, 12/18-4/13
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2013

At the turn of the 20th century, artistic representations of American Indians, cowboys and cavalry, pioneers and prospectors, and animals of the plains and the mountains served as visual metaphors for the Old West and, as such, were collected eagerly by an urban-based clientele. Through some 65 bronze sculptures by 28 artists, the traveling exhibition The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925, opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art onDecember 18, will explore the aesthetic and cultural impulses behind the creation of statuettes with American western themes so popular with audiences then and now. It is the first full-scale museum exhibition devoted to the subject and brings together examples from public and private collections nationwide. (more...)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Presents THE AMERICAN WEST IN BRONZE, 1850-1925, 12/18-4/13
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2013

At the turn of the 20th century, artistic representations of American Indians, cowboys and cavalry, pioneers and prospectors, and animals of the plains and the mountains served as visual metaphors for the Old West and, as such, were collected eagerly by an urban-based clientele. Through some 65 bronze sculptures by 28 artists, the traveling exhibition The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925, opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art onDecember 18, will explore the aesthetic and cultural impulses behind the creation of statuettes with American western themes so popular with audiences then and now. It is the first full-scale museum exhibition devoted to the subject and brings together examples from public and private collections nationwide. (more...)

THE AMERICAN WEST IN BRONZE, 1850-1925 to Open 12/18 at Metropolitan Museum of Art
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2013

At the turn of the 20th century, artistic representations of American Indians, cowboys and cavalry, pioneers and prospectors, and animals of the plains and the mountains served as visual metaphors for the Old West and, as such, were collected eagerly by an urban-based clientele. Through some 65 bronze sculptures by 28 artists, the traveling exhibition The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925, opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 18, will explore the aesthetic and cultural impulses behind the creation of statuettes with American western themes so popular with audiences then and now. It is the first full-scale museum exhibition devoted to the subject and brings together examples from public and private collections nationwide. (more...)

Renowned Playwright Releases TO BREAK EVERY YOKE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2013

Award-winning playwright Ms. J. E. Franklin, the creator of the plays 'Black Girl' (Drama Desk Award) and 'Christchild' (John F. Kennedy New American Play Award), publishes an empowering new book about freedom: 'To Break Every Yoke.' Her latest work introduces stories of real people who triumph over forces which hold them in some form of bondage, two of which are inspired by her personal experience. (more...)

Ike Okwuonu Releases LOOKING FOR AFRICA IN AMERICA
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2013

First-time author Ike Okwuonu publishes Looking For Africa in America, a work of fiction inspired by African-American culture and dealing with the controversial issues such as injustice and racial discrimination. Okwuonu's book has for its main theme the behavioral power of positive change and for its concept the 'promotion of love, good relationship and productivity, as well as facilitating the improvement in the America's economy.' (more...)

BWW Reviews: Trinity Street Players' SUNSET LIMITED A Complex Dialogue on Religion
by Jeff Davis - Aug 5, 2013

An hour and a half of two men sitting in a small apartment discussing religion doesn't scream "riveting theatre," but under the right circumstances, anything is possible. Case in point: Trinity Street Player's current production of The Sunset Limited. While the show may not be action packed, it is a thought provoking and well-crafted work. (more...)

THE GREAT ERASURE Now Available as eBook
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2013

The first issue of *Radix Journal*—*The Great Erasure* —is now available worldwide as an eBook. (more...)

Black Ensemble Theatre Presents BPI Black Playwright's Festival, Now thru 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2014

Black Ensemble Theater (BE) announces its 9th annual Black Playwright's Festival, today, April 8-13, 2014, as part of the company's Black Playwright's Initiative (BPI). The Festival will take place at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street. This fun and daring Black Playwrights Festival brings new scripts to the BE stage for innovative and engaging readings. These scripts have all been developed by BPI members through the BPI process. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Kenny Leon's Sterling Second Go at A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by Michael Dale - Apr 4, 2014

If Kenny Leon would like to keep on mounting productions of Lorraine Hansberry's riveting classic every decade I'd be most happy to go see them all. (more...)

Tickets on Sale for The Public Theater's THE URBAN RETREAT and MANHATTA, 5/15-25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced today that single tickets are now on sale for Public Studio's two inaugural plays, THE URBAN RETREAT and MANAHATTA. The two plays will be presented as pared-down productions and run in repertory from Thursday, May 15 to Sunday, May 25 in The Public's Shiva Theater. (more...)

Young Jean Lee's STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Premieres at Wexner Center, Now thru 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

Acclaimed playwright/director Young Jean Lee returns to the Wexner Center for the Arts, today, April 10-13 for the world premiere of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, a provocative new work presented with an all-star cast (Austin Pendleton, Scott Shepherd, Pete Simpson, and James Stanley) and finalized through the support of the Wexner Center Residency Award program. (more...)

A TIME TRAVELER'S TRIP TO NIAGRA Premieres at Hudson Guild Theatre this May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2014

America-in-Play will present the premiere of A Time-Traveler's Trip to Niagra, Following the Bold Adventures and Strange Detours of an Unlikely Group of Travelers Across Time and America. Running May 3-18 at the Hudson Guild Theatre (441 West 26th Street), this unique comedy interweaves two journeys up the Hudson River: one by bus in 2014 and one by steamboat in 1828. From upper class Brits taking a tour of the Early Republic to a modern brother and sister taking a bus ride upstate to trace their roots, the two trips converge at the iconic and spectacular Niagara Falls and aim to investigate the relationship between the American landscape and identity while exploring ties between past and future. A unique 'Dime Museum' exploring Americana and the play will be open 30 minutes before each performance. (more...)

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