I Am Not Your Negro (2017)

Raoul Peck takes a unique approach to documenting the meditations of the late Harlem-born author James Baldwin, who lived as an expatriate in Paris for most of his adult life. Peck gives thirty pages of the writer’s observations over to the voice of actor Samuel L. Jackson. He then inter-splices  ...

Blue Door

A man with a serious case of insomnia is forced to take a serious look at his life choices in “Blue Door” at the Moxie Theatre. Lewis (Vimel Sephus) is a professor of mathematics at a prestigious university. While the majority of  ...

Rigoletto, English National Opera

The ENO has revived an original Jonathan Miller production that took flight in 1982 – it received rave reviews regarding its unique and authentic stage work. Back in 1982, Miller’s innovation came from shifting Verdi’s original 19th century Italian Renaissance setting to the 1950s, a world of organised crime and  ...

Black Choreographers Festival

The Black Choreographers Festival celebrated its 13th year by returning to the Malonga Casquelourd Center where it was performed in 2005. As Kendra Barnes, BCF co-producer suggests, ‘”it is like returning home.” The unique program featured the special talents of Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Ibrahima Diouf, Phylicia Stroud and Deborah Vaughan  ...

Nancy Karp + Dancers

“…reestablish identity and place” Nancy Karp and her company of six dancers have attempted a complex work, evoking “memory/place” as the title suggests. The three-part piece, accompanied by live music throughout, is complex, moving and often mystifying. Dealing with issues of uprootedness and displacement, Karp uses the dance space  ...

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Picasso and Einstein walk into a bar. That’s the setup; “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” is the extended, absurdist punchline. Set in Paris in 1904, Freddy (Donald Faison) is getting the bar ready for business. He is joined by Gaston (Hal Linden), a grouchy regular, and Albert Einstein (Justin  ...

The Pirates of Penzance, English National Opera

Returning after two years is Mike Leigh’s inimitable production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, which is notably stronger in direction and performance compared to its first outing. It didn’t make the cut for some critics who complained about its cavernous and abstract staging for the London Coliseum's  ...

Between Riverside and Crazy

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The desperate, proud man at the center of GableStage’s excellent production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning dramedy “Between Riverside and Crazy” spreads his arms wide and yells his name as if for all of New York City to hear. It’s a  ...

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Against the current rage of Islamophobia infecting our nation, the world premiere of "The Thousand Splendid Suns" at ACT's Geary Theater explores the plight of Afghani women. Based on Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling 2007 novel, this theatrical adaptation by Ursula Rani Sarma, a co-production by ACT and Theatre Calgary,  ...

The Real Thing

”I believe in mess, tears, pain, self-abasement, loss of self-respect, nakedness. Not caring doesn’t seem much different from not loving.” ― Tom Stoppard, “The Real Thing” Aurora’s outstanding production of Tom Stoppard’s award-winning 1982 play, “The Real Thing,” has already been extended because of early ticket demands. And  ...