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The Tempest storms through Harlem

This summer’s uptown iteration of Shakespeare in the Park brought The Tempest to the island of Hispaniola. I have attended the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s summer Shakespeare productions for the … Continue reading

July 24, 2015

Who’s Culture is it Anyway?

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 … Continue reading

July 16, 2014

Shakespeare… the Harlem Way

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, … Continue reading

July 6, 2014

Romeo N Juliet by The Classical Theater of Harlem

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, … Continue reading

July 4, 2014

Holler if you Hear Me on Broadway

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 … Continue reading

June 26, 2014

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

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 … Continue reading

July 27, 2012

Chester Gregory Discusses Being Brown on the Great White Way

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 … Continue reading

March 28, 2012

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

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 … Continue reading

March 27, 2012

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

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 … Continue reading

March 20, 2012

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

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 … Continue reading

March 13, 2012

My Image Studios under construction

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 … Continue reading

February 1, 2012

Under a Microscope: Stick Fly on Broadway

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 … Continue reading

December 26, 2011

Renaissance has a Name: Harlem

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 … Continue reading

December 13, 2011 · 1 Comment

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

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 … Continue reading

September 20, 2011 · 1 Comment

Tape Revival: At What Point is it Rape?

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 … Continue reading

September 15, 2011 · 3 Comments

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

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 … Continue reading

July 20, 2011

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

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. … Continue reading

June 17, 2011 · 1 Comment

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

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 … Continue reading

May 13, 2011 · 1 Comment

Harlem School of the Arts Raises the Bar

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 … Continue reading

May 4, 2011

El Gato Teatro Makes Her Home in Harlem

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, … Continue reading

April 18, 2011 · 1 Comment

Tearing down the walls

March 24, 2011

Review of The Killing Room by Daniel Keene

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 … Continue reading

March 22, 2011 · 1 Comment

Anthony & Cleopatra

March 21, 2011 · 1 Comment

Haiti’s Children of God

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 … Continue reading

February 14, 2011 · 1 Comment

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

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 … Continue reading

February 13, 2011

Driving Miss Daisy Actors Fund Special Performance

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 … Continue reading

February 2, 2011

National Black Theater in Harlem in danger of foreclosure

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 … Continue reading

February 1, 2011

Theater Review: Harlem Renaissance Celebrity Wedding

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 … Continue reading

December 9, 2010 · 1 Comment

‘Knock Me a Kiss’ premieres in NYC

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

November 26, 2010

Theatre Special: Passing Strange

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 … Continue reading

November 5, 2010

Little Rock at The Dwyer

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 … Continue reading

August 28, 2010

Homage 3:Illmatic

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 … Continue reading

August 1, 2010

For Color Girls filming in Harlem

THE COLORED GIRL, originally uploaded by NARMER.

June 5, 2010

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

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, … Continue reading

April 3, 2010

3 Mo’ Divas at The Apollo

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 … Continue reading

December 17, 2009

MacBeth at the National Black Theatre

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 … Continue reading

December 13, 2009

Celebrate 95 Golden Years!

November 25, 2009

Pioneer dancer Marion Coles, 94, dies

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 … Continue reading

November 9, 2009


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. … Continue reading

October 5, 2009 · 1 Comment

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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 … Continue reading

July 30, 2009

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