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Neurodivergent actors take the stage at ArtsEmerson
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Neurodivergent actors take the stage at ArtsEmerson
On Thursday, Jan. 23, five actors with intellectual disabilities will take the stage in Back to Back Theatre’s “The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes” at ArtsEmerson. In 70 minutes, the powerful performance vacillates from hilarious to heart-wrenching to deeply intellectual and back again. 
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An artful cacophony by Terence Blanchard quintet
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An artful cacophony by Terence Blanchard quintet
On Saturday night, Jan. 18, Terence Blanchard and his quintet, the E-Collective, gave a concert at the Berklee Performance Center, presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston.
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Artist Anthony Young explores generational trauma in AREA Gallery show
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Artist Anthony Young explores generational trauma in AREA Gallery show
The brushstrokes of Anthony Young’s paintings are laced with generational trauma. In his show “Passage: A Space Between Too Much and Never Enough,” running at Boston’s AREA Gallery through Feb. 2, Young explores with delicacy and dynamism the roots of this trauma and the ways to overcome it.
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Lyric Stage Company debuts ‘The Cake’
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Lyric Stage Company debuts ‘The Cake’
Through Feb. 9, the Lyric Stage Company debuts a show as sweet as its name. “The Cake,” written by Bekah Brunstetter, follows a traditional Southern baker named Della who is thrown into moral conflict when her deceased best friend’s daughter Jen asks for a wedding cake for her same-sex marriage.
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A black family grapples with Alzheimer’s in debut of play ‘Smoked Oysters’
Several years ago, playwright Mary M. McCullough overheard a longtime married couple bickering about why the husband wouldn’t leave the house. McCullough jotted down a few lines of dialogue and put it away. Now, drafts later, that conversation reemerges in the debut of McCullough’s play, “Smoked Oysters,” playing at Greater Egleston High School in Roxbury Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 20–22.
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Youth curators of color shine in ‘Black Histories, Black Futures’ at MFA
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Youth curators of color shine in ‘Black Histories, Black Futures’ at MFA
There’s a new group of art curators at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and most of them are still in high school. “Black Histories, Black Futures,” opening at the museum Jan. 20, showcases the talents of young scholars as part of new partnership between the MFA and local youth empowerment organizations.
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‘Child’s Play’ at the Society of Arts and Crafts reveals light and dark in playtime
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‘Child’s Play’ at the Society of Arts and Crafts reveals light and dark in playtime
Through Saturday, Jan. 18, creators at the Society of Arts and Crafts in the Seaport are looking through the lens of childhood wonder in “Child’s Play.” Here, adult artists create whimsical, play-inspired pieces that both reignite the wonder of early play, and, if the viewer so desires, analyze the sometimes dark forces behind that play.
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Actor Brandon Michael Nase gives new life to ‘Old Deuteronomy’ in ‘Cats’
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Actor Brandon Michael Nase gives new life to ‘Old Deuteronomy’ in ‘Cats’
“Cats” opened at the Citizens Bank Opera House in Boston on Jan. 7 and runs through Jan. 19. The show features new sound design and direction, as well as new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler of “Hamilton” and “In The Heights” fame. Brandon Michael Nase, who’s currently starring in the show’s North American tour as the wise feline Old Deuteronomy, says that in the world of musical theater, there’s an adage that actors often use: “When there’s nothing left to sing, you have to sing.”
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Spirit & Song: Handel and Haydn Society performs Emancipation Proclamation Concert
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Spirit & Song: Handel and Haydn Society performs Emancipation Proclamation Concert
On Dec. 31 at Trinity Church in Boston, the Handel and Haydn Society performed its 2,500th concert. Fittingly, it was the annual Jubilee Day Concert celebrating the emancipation of slaves in the United States, this year sporting its new name, the Emancipation Proclamation Concert.
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Millennium Gospel Choir in concert at MFA Boston
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Millennium Gospel Choir in concert at MFA Boston
Recently, the Millennium Gospel Choir performed its 19th annual Christmas concert at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Now a three-concert event spanning Friday and Saturday, the program draws capacity audiences, many of whom, like the singers, return year after year.
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Actors’ Shakespeare Project brings the Bard’s work to life in comedic romp
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Actors’ Shakespeare Project brings the Bard’s work to life in comedic romp
Actors’ Shakespeare Project rings 2020 in with a laugh. Running through Jan. 12 at the Charlestown Working Theater, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” is a humorous romp through the Bard’s canon, with the cast taking on some of his most famous characters with wit and skill.
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2019 arts year in review
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2019 arts year in review
It was a spectacular year for artists of color in Boston. Diverse voices thrived in theater, visual art, music, dance and performance across the city. Before we dive into all the arts 2020 has to offer, we’re looking back on a few of the many wonderful works of 2019.
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