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Who’s Culture is it Anyway?

July 16, 2014 by


A Review of the Potomac Theatre Project’s production of David Edgar’s Pentecost, Directed by Cheryl Farina David Edgar’s play, Pentecost is rarely produced because of its large and ethnically diverse casting requirements, the political and complicated nature of the subject matter, and because the play poses a question that most people find difficult to answer: what […]

Shakespeare… the Harlem Way

July 6, 2014 by

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The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by Justin Emeka, opened last night at Marcus Garvey Park. This is the company’s second season in the park, following an uproarious run of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” last summer. After attending a performance last year, I had been waiting for this summer’s play […]

Romeo N Juliet by The Classical Theater of Harlem

July 4, 2014 by


The Classical Theater of Harlem, (CTH), has their own version of Shakespeare in the Park.  This summer everyone’s favorite star crossed lovers take the stage at the Richard Rodger’s Amphitheater, in Marcus Garvey Park.  Romeo N Juliet, directed by Justin Emeka who edited and adapted the timeless tragedy to bring colorful characters of Harlem to […]

Holler if you Hear Me on Broadway

June 26, 2014 by


Last weekend two of the things that are near and dear to my heart melded together: Broadway and the music of Tupac Shakur. You see, I entered my adulthood during the time that Tupac took his place in the world of rap. So when I heard that there was a Broadway play based on his […]

Bryonn Bain’s Lyrics from Lockdown Incredible True Story of Being Wrongly Incarcerated

July 27, 2012 by

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Bryonn Bain’s amazingly true story needs to be told. Wrongly accused of a crime he didn’t commit due to a frightening combination of mistaken identity and racism, Lyrics From Lockdown is a haunting and beautifully written tale of Bain’s incarceration and transformation into a leading prison activist. The performance at the National Black Theater this […]

Chester Gregory Discusses Being Brown on the Great White Way

March 28, 2012 by

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The Great White Way was given a dose of black magic this past week during the Apollo Music Café’s “Black Magic: A Broadway Cabaret.” The evening featured the stellar talents of Tony-award winner Lillias White (“Fela” and “Chicago”) and Chester Gregory (“Dreamgirls” and “Sister Act”) performing songs that were made famous by black entertainers on […]

Review: Children of a Future Age-Young Theater Artists Shine

March 27, 2012 by

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The spirit of William Blake could very well be called the fourth character in this three-hander production of Knud Adams’ sophisticated Children of a Future Age. Doses of thick symbolic poetry are ladled into the story and blend seamlessly with the characters millennial speech patters, with poems emerging briefly like a whale peeking through ocean […]

On the A with Souleo: Did hip hop kill the funk

March 20, 2012 by

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There are few things more powerful than strong, fierce, and bold women of color that challenge the status quo. This past weekend, independent artist and entrepreneur, Nucomme, paid homage to one such iconic figure in “Betty’s Story: A Tribute to Betty Davis.” The event, which was held at the Apollo Music Café, attempted to conjure […]

3 Things you need to know about the inaugural Harlem Arts Festival

March 13, 2012 by

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Harlem is going through another renaissance. Whether it’s prime real estate, good food or arts & culture that you’re looking for, you no longer have to leave the neighborhood to get it.  To celebrate this revitalization and to capture the energy and essence of what’s going on Uptown, a group of local residents have created […]

My Image Studios under construction

February 1, 2012 by

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The journey Back in 2007, I met with the developers of the Kalahari. Carlton Brown and Walter Edwards, of Full Spectrum, were extremely excited about the opening of their first green residential development in Harlem.  The development was to include space for a custom-designed, state-of-the-art movie theater, dedicated to showing independent black and Latino films. […]

Under a Microscope: Stick Fly on Broadway

December 26, 2011 by

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Kenny Leon is on fire. Just ask him. Two plays he directed are currently playing on Broadway to packed houses, featuring star performers, and are being considered in the context of his past work which include a slew of August Wilson’s plays, and Lorraine Hansbury’s classic, A Raisin in the Sun. When it comes to […]

Renaissance has a Name: Harlem

December 13, 2011 by


Every show has an audience. The question is does the environment make the artist, or vice versa? It is critical that my neighbors in Harlem make an effort to join this conversation, and this play is a firecracker to ignite the process. When I attended Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale last Sunday, […]

Classical Theatre of Harlem and Hip Hop Theatre Festival present SEED, a Love Letter to Harlem

September 20, 2011 by


If you see one show this season, go see SEED. If you are a Harlem resident, you have absolutely no excuse not to see it. The show is playing at the National Black Theatre on 126th and 5th Ave right across the street from Applebees. This new play by Radha Blank is produced by the […]

Tape Revival: At What Point is it Rape?

September 15, 2011 by


The first question that came into my head after watching Knife Edge Production’s remount of Stephen Belber’s Tape, was “Why this play? Why now?” Even as the query formed in my mind, I had already arrived upon the answer. Here is a play produced by actors, to give themselves meaty roles that would showcase them […]

50 Bats. $10 Tix. 5 Plays. 3 Survivors. 1 Free Beer.

July 20, 2011 by

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How do you get a bunch of twenty-somethings to go to the theater? With beer of course. The Bats, The Flea Theatre’s resident company of emerging artists, keeps their audiences coming back for more in their ongoing summer showcase #the SERIALS @ The Flea. For only $10 you get a ticket and a beer. And […]

Mario Fratti’s Quartet: Symmetry and Equality in Four Movements

June 17, 2011 by


The walls of Mario Fratti’s apartment on West 55th St. are padded with the kind of well worn antiques, posters, and mementos that have witnessed a life in the theater. His living room window looks into the window that Tennessee Williams used to sit at in the mornings and write. They would wave to each […]

Daniel Beaty’s ‘Tearing Down the Walls’ Sings of Harlem’s Challenges and Hope

May 13, 2011 by


As a proud Harlem resident, I considered it a privilege to be witness to the triumph of Daniel Beaty’s latest work, “Tearing Down the Walls,” now playing at the Riverside Theatre through May 29th. To attend this world premiere musical about Harlem is to take part in a community forum, where the audience’s reaction and […]

Harlem School of the Arts Raises the Bar

May 4, 2011 by

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Last month, from April 9-16, the Harlem School of the Arts Theater Department presented “Flyin’ West” written by Pearl Cleage and directed by HAS faculty member, Willie Teacher. Set in Nicodemus, Kansas in 1898, the play follows the lives of African-American homesteaders in the American West. Immersed in the rapidly changing and cataclysmic landscape of […]

El Gato Teatro Makes Her Home in Harlem

April 18, 2011 by


El Gato Teatro, a dance theater collective led by Harlem resident, Gabriella Barnstone premiered its latest work Nuevo Laredo at Dixon Place last week. El Gato Teatro fuses dance, theater, text, music, and sheer entertainment to create powerful works of art and magic. The production features stunning mask work, sharp design, and a sound track […]

Tearing down the walls

March 24, 2011 by

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Review of The Killing Room by Daniel Keene

March 22, 2011 by


Darkly comical and creepy, Australian playwright, Daniel Keene pays a visit to the end of the world and finds that the ancient themes of blood feud, brotherly competition, and greed still dominate. In the opening scene, a scraggly man in a dingy brown nightgown sits up on his hospital gurney and asks, “How can you […]

Anthony & Cleopatra

March 21, 2011 by


Haiti’s Children of God

February 14, 2011 by


Infused with music, art and magic, Haiti’s Children of God is an inspiring, uplifting portrait of hope that follows two young lovers struggling to navigate the forces of their society and their love of country and humanity. Directed by Fulton C. Hodges Lighting Ken Harper Sets by Tony Davidson Stage Manager Judy Codrington Technical Director […]

James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in roles of a lifetime: Driving Miss Daisy

February 13, 2011 by

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By JJ El-Far I had the privilege of watching two of the greatest working actors on Monday night in Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy at the Golden Theatre. Both James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave alone could carry their own show, drawing in crowds and filling the house each night. Together, their ability was simply […]

Driving Miss Daisy Actors Fund Special Performance

February 2, 2011 by

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By: J.J. El-Far The Broadway company of “Driving Miss Daisy” has announced that their Special Benefit Performance for The Actors Fund will be dedicated to the memory of Vanessa Redgrave’s siblings, Lynn and Corin Redgrave. The benefit performance is scheduled for Monday, February 7 at 8pm. All proceeds will go to The Actors Fund. “With […]

National Black Theater in Harlem in danger of foreclosure

February 1, 2011 by

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Today’s New York Times featured the troubled story about the National Black Theater and its financial woes. The building, with a fully functional theater with space to spare and retail space galore, takes up an entire block along 5th Avenue between 125th and 126th Street. As a cruel twist of irony, the area is finally […]

Theater Review: Harlem Renaissance Celebrity Wedding

December 9, 2010 by


Review of The New Federal Theatre’s production of Knock Me a Kiss Play By Charles Smith, Directed by Chuck Smith December 8, 2010 By: J.J. El-Far I had the pleasure of seeing the New Federalist Theatre’s joyful production of Knock Me a Kiss this past week at Abrons Art Center at the Henry Street Settlement. […]

‘Knock Me a Kiss’ premieres in NYC

November 26, 2010 by

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KnockMe a Kiss’ premieres in NYC – Read also: NY Times

Theatre Special: Passing Strange

November 5, 2010 by

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The City College of New York is revitalizing theater in the heights of Harlem. See the musical production of Passing Strange recently on Broadway at Aaron Davis Hall. Book and lyrics by Stew; Music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald; created in collaboration with Annie Dorsen and directed by Alfred Preisser. It’s a heartfelt and hilarious […]

Little Rock at The Dwyer

August 28, 2010 by

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The true story of The Little Rock Nine – – their sacrifices, struggles and triumphs told on stage for the first time. Written and directed by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, catch Little Rock in Harlem during the culmination of Harlem Week 2010 along its journey to Broadway. All seats are complimentary. Due to limited seating, RSVP’s […]

Homage 3:Illmatic

August 1, 2010 by

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HOMAGE 3: ILLMATIC is an original play written by Harlem based playwright Shaun Neblett. Paying homage to the spirit of rapper NaS’ classic album, Neblett’s play tells the story of a man who must focus on doing something with his life or fall victim to the covert evils around him. A selection in this year’s […]

For Color Girls filming in Harlem

June 5, 2010 by

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THE COLORED GIRL, originally uploaded by NARMER.

Harlem School of the Arts runs out of funds; Forced to shut doors

April 3, 2010 by

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In 1985, Jane Henry led Shukrani Brown, Hussain Walker and Malik Lewis in a violin class at the Harlem School of the Arts. By TRYMAINE LEE/New York Times: April 2, 2010 For nearly 50 years, the Harlem School of the Arts has given generations of mostly black and Latino children entree into worlds often otherwise […]

3 Mo’ Divas at The Apollo

December 17, 2009 by

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3 Mo’ Divas Created by Marion J. Caffey Sunday, December 27, 2009 @ 600 pm Apollo Theater Marion J. Caffey’s celebrated production returns to the Apollo by popular demand. Starring Nova Payton, Laurice Lanier and Jamet Pitman, 3 Mo’ Divas is a musical extravaganza that captivates audiences with thrilling performances that include soul, opera, jazz, […]

MacBeth at the National Black Theatre

December 13, 2009 by

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MACBETH Written By William Shakespeare Directed by Timothy D. Stickney Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 7:00 pm The National Black Theatre Take Wing And Soar Productions closes its 6th Annual Classical Lab Reading Series with Shakespeare’s tragic tale MACBETH. Associate Artistic Director Timothy D. Stickney leads special guest stars John D. Thompson and Stephanie Berry […]

Celebrate 95 Golden Years!

November 25, 2009 by

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Pioneer dancer Marion Coles, 94, dies

November 9, 2009 by

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Marion Coles, who danced in the Apollo Theater chorus line in the 1930s and was still dancing seven decades later in the tap ensemble the Silver Belles, died Friday. She was 94. Read more… [NYDN]


October 5, 2009 by


October will welcome a number of highly anticipated musical theatre transfers to Broadway.  Following an acclaimed Off-Broadway engagement at 37 Arts, Fela! arrives at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Oct. 19. The work explores the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and […]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

July 30, 2009 by

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The critically acclaimed PULSE ENSEMBLE THEATRE, now celebrating its 20th season, will present its 5th season of HARLEM SUMMER SHAKESPEARE with free performances of Shakespeare’s “A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM“ beginning on August 6th, 2009. The company will perform in various venues all over Harlem during the month of August. On August 6th at 6 PM […]

The Wiz presented by the Harlem Rep Theatre

July 10, 2009 by

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