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Linda Armstrong

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Billie Holiday Theatre streams ‘12 Angry Men…and Women’

The Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn always finds new ways to demonstrate what a treasure it is to the Black community in New York City.

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Black Theatre Coalition: Working to eradicate racial inequity

Black Theatre Coalition (BTC) is an idea whose time is now! The “Illusion of Inclusion” is such a powerful thought and so appropriate when it comes to Black people and the American theater.

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Harlem’s own National Black Theatre gets first OBIE Award

For 65 years the Annual Obie Awards Ceremony has been acknowledging the best in Off- and Off-Off Broadway theater.

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Viola Davis, Stacey Abrams on the importance of the Census: 'Our Voices, Our Votes, Our Time'

Communities of color tend to be hesitant about filling out the census and that is why Black Theatre United held a virtual Town Hall, "Our Voices. Our Votes. Our Time" with actress Viola Davis.

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Artistic community to hold ‘While We Breathe’ benefit July 29

Members of the artistic community are coming together on Wednesday, July 29, at 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT on www.whilewebreathe.com and Youtube Live to use their talents to create original works to address this historical time in our country

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COVID-19 emergency grants for artists

The arts community has suffered greatly during this pandemic. Since mid-March, all types of live performances have ceased.

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Bye-bye Broadway—’til 2021

Theater is vital, it is healing, it is a chance to escape from the everyday and into a fantasy reality that is performed on the stage.

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‘A Strange Loop’ shines at 65th annual Drama Desk Awards

African Americans were well represented at the 65th annual Drama Desk Awards, televised on NY1. “A Strange Loop,” a musical written by African American Michael R. Jackson, won five Drama Desk honors, including the top honor for best musical.

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A call to arms to sustain theaters of color

Please join me in this call to arms to sustain theaters of color, which are possibly facing a lack of funding in 2021!

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Sharing my love and pride for a member of the graduating class of 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has had so many devastating effects on all of our lives, and as the mother of a graduating high school senior, I know the disappointment, sadness and feeling of being cheated that so many young people and their families are feeling.

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Free NFT readings, discussions by industry greats in June!

The new reality for theater is free programming and live streaming.

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PR maven Keith Sherman on being positive during the pandemic

During these uncertain times, it’s always refreshing to hear that someone has something positive to celebrate.

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Actress Kara Young talks life during COVID-19

I had the distinct pleasure of seing an incredibly talented young actress named Kara Young for the first time in a play called “The New Englanders.”

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Billie Holiday Theatre presents its #StayAtHome reading series online April 18

If ever there was a creative, rich source for theater in Brooklyn, it has been the Billie Holiday Theatre in Restoration Plaza.

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Broadway Sings for PRIDE offers daily video to uplift the spirit

During these very difficult times, people need something beautiful to help lift their spirits. That is what "Broadway Sings for PRIDE" is hoping to provide.

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Online theater options to enjoy from the NYPL, theater orgs

When it comes to experiencing the arts, some of the best resources we currently have are online with the libraries and theater companies who are offering families some prime entertainment and relaxation, and a chance to escape reality and experience something different.

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“Stew” sizzled with energy, family drama and vicious cycles that can befall families!

Zora Howard is a great talent. This playwright penned, “Stew,” a play that told the story of three generations of the Tucker family women and played recently at the Walkerspace at 46 Walker Street, presented by Page 73 Productions.

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‘Blues For An Alabama Sky’ has a timeless message

Pearl Cleage in a visionary! Her work, making its New York debut after being performed for 25 years throughout the country, was conceived before its time.

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TCG gala honors NBTF and David Henry Hwang in grand fashion!

During my 32 years as a theater critic I have often proclaimed that “Theater is a gift from God,” because when done well, it allows an audience for 2½ hours to escape their reality and buy into the reality that is being presented on stage.

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This play has heart, rhyme and a message about mankind!

There is no fourth wall, there is a lot of heart, appreciation, originality and a countless number of rhymed words that will make your heart sing.

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‘Soldier’s Play’—Pulitzer power on Broadway

“A Soldier’s Play” is a theatrical masterpiece! It is a master class in what a Broadway play should be.

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BroadwayCon 2020: A theater-lover’s dream

The weekend of Jan. 24-26 was a theater-lover’s dream as the fifth annual BroadwayCon 2020 took place at the New York Hilton Midtown.

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Atlantic Theater production touches the truth and the heart!

Theater that is a reflection of life is captivating to watch! It is funny, it is real, it is moving, it is sad, it is stirring!

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Black Theater Year In Review, Part 2

2019 was truly a year of Splendor for Black Theater!

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Norm Lewis was fantastic at Feinstein’s/54 Below

Norm Lewis has been gracing the 54 Below stage for the last five years and his show “Naughty and Nice” definitely lives up to the title.

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Black Theater Year In Review, Part 1

2019 was truly a year of Splendor for Black Theater! It was a year where the great, superbly talented, Andre De Shields, “FINALLY” received his first TONY Award! After 50 years in the business De Shields won his First Tony Award for his role as Hermes in the brand new, very original, Broadway musical “Hadestown.”

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‘one in two’ highlights the humans behind statistics

Whenever I hear that Donja R. Love has written a play I rush to go and experience it. This is one very gifted playwright and I adore how passionately and compassionately he writes about the issues of Black queer men.

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Anna Deavere Smith’s genius at play in Signature Theatre’s ‘Fires in the Mirror’

Anna Deavere Smith’s brilliance, love for her fellowman and her portrayal of the racial tensions that arose in 1991—when 7-year old Gavin Cato died under the wheel of a car in the Grand Rebbe’s motorcade...

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Anna Deavere Smith’s genius at play in Signature Theatre's 'Fires In the Mirror'

Smith’s intensely conceived and written work is one of the most beautiful examples of journalism come to life.

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Black Spectrum Theatre in Queens: Sassy Mamas and so much more!

The Black Spectrum Theatre Company in Queens is absolutely a great place to experience marvelously entertaining theater.

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'The Best Things In Life' brings holiday classic to modern day!

David Lamb is well-known and appreciated for his very funny plays “Platanos & Collard Greens,” and “Platanos, Collard Greens & Callaloo,” and he has now penned “The Best Things In Life.”

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B’way reaches out to Black audiences with ‘Let’s Do Broadway’

The Broadway League recently held a spectacular event at the National Geographic Center to inspire African American engagement, awareness and access.

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‘Radio City Christmas Spectacular’—Back and better than ever!

Every year my family and I look forward to starting the holiday season and getting that spirit by going to Radio City Music Hall.

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47th annual AUDELCO: Acknowledging Black theater greatness!

The marvelous 47th annual Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Awards, which recognize and reward excellence in Black theater, were recently held and it was a stupendous event! The atmosphere in the Tribeca Performing Arts Center

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Go and be moved by ‘For Colored Girls…’ at The Public!

There is something so engaging and mesmerizing about hearing the masterful words of the late Ntozake Shange, through her brilliant piece, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf.”

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‘Reparations’ demonstrates the theft of innocence

The Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn has always proven itself to be a treasured, pull-no-punches company which presents theater about the Black experience that teaches the audience something and enriches our lives.

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‘Tina’ is a solid hit!

“Tina” is a solid hit! Writer Katori Hall, with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, has created a musical theater masterpiece. Adrienne Warren is a singing POWERHOUSE.

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2nd Annual Black Theater Preview: spectacular at the Schomburg!

The 2nd Annual Black Theater Fall Preview, sponsored by Walk Tall Girl Productions, AUDELCO and Project1Voice, was an immense occasion at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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A talk with the two Mufasas of Broadway’s ‘Lion King’

Disney’s “The Lion King” is celebrating over two decades on the Great White Way! The musical’s lead character of Mufasa has been mainly played by Alton Fitzgerald White for the majority of the 20 years and has been taken over since July 10, 2017, by its current Mufasa, L. Steven Taylor.

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ComicCon 2019: The best as always!

Every year my two daughters and I look ridiculously forward to New York ComicCon, and New York ComicCon 2019 was absolutely phenomenal at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on 11th Avenue by 34th Street.

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Keith Hamilton Cobb discusses ‘American Moor’

Recently I sat down with Keith Hamilton Cobb and we talked about his career and “American Moor.”

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‘The Great Society’ sets new theater standard

“The Great Society” is a theatrical triumph! Written by Robert Schenkkan, and playing at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center, it has a captivating, historical story that shows us all the conflicts that went on with President Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) during his administration and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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‘Freestyle Love Supreme,’ improv at its best

Have you ever been to a Broadway show where your participation influenced the flow of the evening?

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Lilli Cooper talks ‘Tootsie’

Lilli Cooper is an amazing talent, and is magnificent in Tootsie as Julie Nichols. Her extraordinary performance garnered her a 2019 Tony nomination.

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‘American Moor’—an affirmation of classical talent

Keith Hamilton Cobb has created and stars in a brilliant, thought provoking play called “American Moor” playing at the Cherry Lane Theatre at 38 Commerce Street in Greenwich Village.

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‘Betrayal’ is interesting on Broadway!

The complexity of human relationships is the focus in Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on W. 45th Street.

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“Moulin Rouge” is a B’way phenomenon

“Moulin Rouge” is a wildly fabulous, sexy, seductive, funny love story! “Moulin Rouge” is an attitude, a way of life! Before the show officially starts the audience is submerged into this very imaginative.

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“Sweet Lorraine” is stunning theater

“Sweet Lorraine,” premiering as part of the inaugural RAVE Theatre Festival is a moving, compassionate production.

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NEC production of 'Imminently Yours' carried powerful message

One of the purposes of Black Theatre is to powerfully tell our stories, enrich our lives and let the world know the struggles and the issues that Black people have not only endured, by managed to thrive through.

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Channelling Eartha Kitt In 'Down To Eartha'

What do you really know about Eartha Kitt?

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