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Film, "Black Nativity": Langston Hughes, the Musical

"Black Nativity": Langston Hughes, the Musical

Black Nativity Kasi Lemmons' musical drama has a peculiar relationship to its declared source material, the Langston Hughes play of the same name. Langston Hughes exists in the movie's universe, to the extent that teenaged protagonist (Jacob Latimore) is named…
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Culture, Encore Our critics weigh in on local theater

Our critics weigh in on local theater

Black Nativity. The theater has long been compared to organized religion; both the stage and the pulpit offer divine intervention in their own contrasting ways. But the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre's perennial holiday production literally turns the auditorium into a…
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Culture, Stage

Black Nativity

The theater has long been compared to organized religion; both the stage and the pulpit offer divine intervention in their own contrasting ways. But the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre's perennial holiday production literally turns the auditorium into a church. Based on…
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Calendar, Night&Day Baby Jesus, Reborn

Baby Jesus, Reborn

Langston Hughes' Black Nativity is a "gospel song play," which means a brief play about the birth of Christ with a whole lot of gospel songs. It ranks with The Hard Nut as an irreverent, joyful tonic to holiday treacle…
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Stage Capsules

A Black Nativity After years of holding off (and trying not to compete with the Allen Temple in Oakland, which performs it every year), the Lorraine Hansberry Theater has assembled its own Black Nativity. Langston Hughes' musical version of the…
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