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Linda Armstrong



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BroadwayCon: A theater lover’s dream

BroadwayCon at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center this past weekend was the best it gets for theater lovers.

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‘Jitney’ is the best play on Broadway!

It has been too long in coming but, at last, August Wilson’s “Jitney” has made it to Broadway. And “Jitney” is the best play there!

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Broadway’s ‘Phantom’ brings diversity to lead roles

The “Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway, at the Majestic Theatre, has boldly cast the first African-American as Raoul (Jordan Donica) and the first Asian-American as Christine (Ali Ewoldt).

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2016: The year in review in Black theater

The year 2016 was full of brilliance for Blacks in theater. The year began with the phenomenal work of Lydia R. Diamond, “Smart People,” which was presented by Second Stage Theater and starred African-Americans Mahershala Ali and Tessa Thompson, along with Joshua Jackson and Anne Son.

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‘Cats’ is dazzling!

I have never seen anything like it. A production that had people dressed as and acting like cats. A musical that has the audience come to an understanding of the things that these animals go through.

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‘Rudolph’ is great family fun through Dec. 18

When you were a child, did you look forward to the holiday season because you knew that Channel 2 was going to run “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?” I know I did.

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‘“Master Harold” … and the Boys’ is theatrical brilliance

Poignant, riveting, captivating and disturbing are the words that come to mind as you watch the timeless production of Athol Fugard’s “‘Master Harold’ … and the Boys” playing at the Pershing Square Signature Center on West 42nd Street.

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The 44th annual VIV Awards—Oh what a night!

Last Monday night was the annual heartwarming Black Theater family reunion, acknowledgement of extraordinary talent and a love-fest.

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‘Autumn’—An explosive political play

The Billie Holiday Theatre recently presented the politically explosive play “Autumn.”

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Anna Deavere Smith gives voice to the everyman

I don’t know anyone else who has the gift to interview people—to capture the person’s words and essence, tone of voice, facial gestures, nervous ticks such as stuttering, way of sitting and particular body movements that clearly depict that a different individual is addressing the audience—than Anna Deavere Smith.

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