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Culture, The Exhibitionist Boys to Men in <i>Master Harold</i> at the Aurora

Boys to Men in Master Harold at the Aurora

Enacted in 1950, The Population Registration Act in South Africa classified its citizens by their race. It was the legislative foundation on which apartheid — the policy of racial segregation — was officially built. It’s not a coincidence that…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist L. Peter Callender Stars in Classic South African Play at the Aurora

L. Peter Callender Stars in Classic South African Play at the Aurora

There aren’t a lot of famous people who actor and director L. Peter Callender would like to meet. Actress Halle Berry is on that list, along with President Barack Obama and ballet dancer Misty Copeland. And then there’s South African…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist L. Peter Callender Takes on the Role of Mugabe as a Powerful Man Haunted by Ghosts in "Breakfast with Mugabe"

L. Peter Callender Takes on the Role of Mugabe as a Powerful Man Haunted by Ghosts in "Breakfast with Mugabe"

To play Robert Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980, L. Peter Callender read everything he could find about the man known for fighting British colonial rule in his country and treating his opponents brutally once in power. He…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Heat Is On

The Heat Is On

African-American Shakespeare Company’s production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof excises neither “redneck” nor the n-word from the original script. Director L. Peter Callender “hasn’t changed a word,” aside from creating his own hybrid of playwright Tennessee Williams’ multiple…
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Calendar, Night&Day Razor Sharp

Razor Sharp

It's the opposite of a chick flick: Tony Kelly's play Blade to the Heat is a manly thing, brought to you in sweaty realtime. It's got no chick appeal, (although women like it fine) and it's not a movie with…
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World Music

Orange juice, international fiscal responsibility, close friends who turn out to be mass murderers — there's a lot on playwright Steve Waters' mind. Flipping back and forth between Brussels and a nonexistent village in Africa called Irundi, World Music deals…
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Culture, Stage All Hail the <i>King</i>

All Hail the King

The second-to-last installment in August Wilson's 10-play cycle of African-American life takes place in a depressed, almost bombed-out 1985. Reagan has liberated Grenada; Prince dominates the radio; rap is on the rise. "King" Hedley Jr. is an ambitious street hustler…
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