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Calendar, Performance The Filth and the Fury

The Filth and the Fury

WED 10/29 Whether you're talking about the raunchy innuendo of early belters Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, the '70s smut-peddling of musical comedian Blowfly, or the mainstream lasciviousness of Prince and 2 Live Crew, sex has always been a popular…
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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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Culture, Stage

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

For reasons I doubt anyone can explain, the acting in this show seems to be split down the middle of the stage. As long as the action stays on the right -- in the band room where Ma Rainey's session…
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