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Calendar, Night&Day Civil Rights -- and Wrongs -- on Broadway

Civil Rights -- and Wrongs -- on Broadway

Had she not refused to change its title and its ending, Alice Childress' Trouble in Mind, from 1955, would have been the first play by a black woman produced on Broadway. That might seem a bitter irony, given what it's…
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"Trouble in Mind": Theater Review

Had she not refused to change its title and its ending, Alice Childress' Trouble in Mind, from 1955, would have been the first play by a black woman produced on Broadway. That might seem a bitter irony, given what it's…
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Calendar, Night&Day Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

Recently, we heard someone say she was proud to be an American, because America is the home of the civil rights movement. Music lovers might add that America is also the home of Mahalia Jackson, the world's greatest gospel singer…
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Fences

August Wilson's Pulitzer-winning play gets a moving production from the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Alex Morris deftly captures the pride and the fury of Troy Maxson, a former Negro League baseball star now, in 1957 Pittsburgh, a garbageman fighting to raise…
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Culture, Stage “Sonny’s Blues” Doesn’t Work on the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Stage

“Sonny’s Blues” Doesn’t Work on the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Stage

Ernest Hemingway wrote only two plays in his life. It's surprising that he didn't write more of them, as he apparently found drama easier to pen than prose. "The making part of a play comes after the writing of it,"…
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Music, All Shook Down

SF Theater Openings and Closings

SOMA gets a Boxcar, meanwhile the Academy of Art waves cash in front of the departing Lorraine Hansberry News Report by Chloe Veltman, SF Weekly Theater Critic I always get excited when I hear news of new performing arts spaces…
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Music, All Shook Down SF Weekly: Newsom To Save Black Theater

SF Weekly: Newsom To Save Black Theater

"... while it's easy to see the Academy of Art as the bad guy in all of this, the Lorraine Hansberry's management might also be partly to blame for the mess. ..." By Chloe Veltman…
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Culture, Stage Face the Music

Face the Music

The world has changed radically since cabarets first appeared in late 19th-century Paris. But despite enormous shifts in everything from the Earth's temperature to the devices we use to communicate with one another, cabaret lounges have remained pretty much the…
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Like a Dog on Linoleum

Solo performances often teeter on the uncomfortable edge between tiresome personal confessional and manic multiple personality disorder, but Leslie Jordan transcends the genre by bringing a performance to the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre that is hysterical, poignant, and, dare I say,…
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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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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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Seven Guitars

The Lorraine Hansberry is in the middle of a noble project to mount all of August Wilson's plays about the 20th-century black experience. When he's finished, Wilson will have a 10-play cycle; No. 9 debuts this April in Chicago (it's…
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Calendar, Night&Day The World According to Wilson

The World According to Wilson

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson loves to share this story (which I heard him tell at a theater conference): An African-American woman who usually doesn't attend theater hears of a local black ensemble and decides to see a show. When…
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Culture, Stage Ageless

Ageless

This fascinating solo show about R. Buckminster Fuller starts with a long, awkward pause. Ron Campbell dresses like Fuller in middle age, wearing a banker's suit and horn-rimmed glasses. He stands next to a desk cluttered with icosahedron-shaped Tinkertoys and…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Pen Is Mightier

The Pen Is Mightier

Though some people are more comfortable pretending that racial tensions don't exist, outspoken African-American playwright August Wilson refuses to let us forget it. The prolific dramatist and self-described "race man" has made it his life's work to confront parts of…
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Black Nativity

If Dickens' didactic tale of goodwill and repentance is not your cup of eggnog, you may want to snag yourself a ticket to the Lorraine Hansberry Theater's rendition of Black Nativity. A gospel play that came out of the Harlem…
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Culture, Stage Bzzzzzzt

Bzzzzzzt

Bee is about race: Koreans ("yellow") and African-Americans ("black"). It's also about the nasty swarm of racial violence incited by the Rodney King verdict in 1992, and about a Korean guy from L.A., living in Vegas, who's invisible to all…
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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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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Ntozake Shange and Kahil El'ZabarNew Jersey native Ntozake Shange, neé Paulette Williams, has pursued the spoken word as a communal art form since the early '70s. Far from a hermetic wordsmith, she's brought her stories to the masses as theater…
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