Throughout the past theater season, Black actors, playwrights, directors and technical professionals have done amazing work,
The holidays are upon us once again, and hopefully this will be a season filled with joy. One marvelous way to usher it in is by going to see “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular” at Radio City Music Hall, located at West 50th Street and the Avenue of the Americas. Every year, my daughters and I look forward to this production bringing out the warmth and love of the upcoming holiday season, and we haven’t been disappointed yet. The “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” is absolutely amazing.
“Nightmare: Killers2” is scary good! It is the most fun you will have while you are screaming from fright and laughing as you run through the halls of the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, located at 107 Suffolk St., between Rivington and Delancey streets.
Ten years ago, playwright David Lamb opened up everyone’s eyes when he boldly created a hilarious play that looked at the stereotypes that exist between Blacks and Hispanics titled “Platanos Y Collard Greens.” He looked at whether these two groups could find love and have a successful relationship with all the odds stacked against them.
Ten years ago, audiences began to be thrilled by the hilarious and culturally revealing play “Platanos Y Collard Greens,” written by David Lamb. In the original production, Lamb looks at whether Black and Latina love can survive and examines many of the cultural stereotypes that exist in society.
In “The 411 On Bullying, Gangs, Drugs and Jail: The Formula for Staying in School and Out of Jail,” written by Warden Howard Robertson, speaks from his personal experiences and interviews he conducted with young men on Riker’s Island. Robertson speaks directly to young readers in a language that is on their level
Anyone who has experienced just one of the late August Wilson’s plays knows that they have seen a treasured piece of theatre—one that helps chronicle Black life in this country.
There is an amazing production playing at ARS Nova Summer Fling on West 54th Street that’s full of powerful songs, stirring performances and engaging characters. Based on real people, “Shida: A New Musical” takes the audience on an emotional roller coaster ride. This production is the creation of its star, Jeannette Bayardelle, who also wrote the show’s book, music and lyrics. “Shida” delivers a very dramatic story about child molestation, a broken family and broken dreams.
“Choir Boy” is very moving theater! It looks at prejudice, tolerance and understanding for homosexual youth. This play, written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, features gospel music and takes a very candid and vivid look at the hurtful, prejudicial way a homosexual boy is treated at an all-boys private prep school. He often finds it difficult to keep his head up. It is sad to watch as this young man handles all types of insults, but it’s also touching to see that, despite the attacks, he stays confident in who he is. In fact, he even briefly finds love.
“Choir Boy” is very moving theater! It looks at prejudice, tolerance and understanding for homosexual youth.