Friends! The Musical Parody will bring back fond memories

It’s been 15 years since the last episode of the hit TV series “Friends,” but don’t tell that to the packed house at Broadway Playhouse. The iconic show, featuring an ensemble cast starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, can still be seen worldwide and also here in... Read more »

MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM

The Exploitation of Black Artistry In 1982, August Wilson play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom catapulted him into the national spotlight; which was one of the ten-play Pittsburgh Cycle that chronicles the twentieth century African American experience that didn’t take place in Pittsburgh. This particular play fictionalizes the real-life of Gertrude Malissa Pridget, known as the... Read more »

A Doll's House, Part 2

Courage To Face Extreme Adversity The year was 1868 when the ‘Father of Modern Drama,’ exiled Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen wrote one of his most famous works: A Doll’s House. Ibsen’s three-act play that dealt with the fate of a married woman living in Norway who wasn’t afforded the simple opportunities to have self-fulfillment in... Read more »
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The Producers

The Best Show In Town In 1967 Mel Brooks wrote and directed ‘The Producers’ starring Zero Mostel as Max Bialystock, the has-been producer who was once on top of the world as the King of Broadway and Gene Wilder as Leo Bloom, who played the accountant a young man who is highly nervous and prone... Read more »

PIPELINE

Youth of Color: The Riveting Truth From School to Prison School-to-prison pipeline is not a hashtag in social media garnering attention to unite for a more significant cause; however, Victory Gardens Theater decision to bring attention to the injustice within this process gets five stars even before the play begins. Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline deals with the... Read more »

Nina Simone: Four Women

The Woman Behind The Music Nina Simone, an independent soul who wore many hats in her lifetime, was named Eunice Kathleen Waymon when she was born on February 21, 1933. She was a pianist, musician, singer, author, an activist in the Civil Rights Movement. Nina changed her name when she became a singer hoping this... Read more »
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HOW TO CATCH CREATION: REVIEW

Breathing Life Into Conception Goodman Theatre brings to the stage a story of love, desire, loss, hope and inspiration where friends and lovers intermingle and a twisted act of faith. The art of love can be seen everywhere, but what happens when your creative inspiration is no longer there, and you feel as though the... Read more »

PHOTOGRAPH 51

Memory and History Coming Unbound Rosalind Elsie Franklin was a chemist and X-ray crystallographer who made contributions to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA. Best known for her work on the X-ray diffraction images of DNA, particularly Photo 51, Franklin has been primarily recognized for her contributions in the discovery of the structure... Read more »

X- MARKS THE SPOT

An X-Traordinary X- Experience We have five senses, and they play a significant role in how we effectively go about our daily lives to perceive the world around us. When we lose one of our senses, the brain adapts to the loss by giving itself a makeover; which improves the other senses learned behavior.  Take... Read more »
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IN THE BLOOD

The Voice of Otherness  Red Tape Theatre, known for bringing to the stage plays that have incredibly provocative storylines, brings us ‘In The Blood,’ written by Suzan-Lori Parks. Directed by Chika Ike, In The Blood, parleys a novel set in 17th-century Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony, The Scarlet Letter, the masterwork of Nathaniel Hawthorne about Hester... Read more »