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Musical production spoofs, celebrates ‘Hamilton’
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Arts & Culture
Musical production spoofs, celebrates ‘Hamilton’
Huntington Theatre Company is presenting a touring production of Alessandrini’s “Spamilton: An American Parody,” on stage through April 7 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End.
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Onstage sensation
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Onstage sensation
Eartha Kitt’s spirit is alive and well and currently in residence at Cambridge’s Multicultural Center for the Arts during the Bridge Repertory Theater’s run of “Who is Eartha Mae?” The one-woman show, created and performed by powerhouse triple threat Jade Wheeler, explores the many layers of Kitt, from the persona she wore on stage to the childhood trauma she kept buried inside.
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#HellaBlack Performance celebrates unapologetic black art
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#HellaBlack Performance celebrates unapologetic black art
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the Boston Center for the Arts’ Mills Gallery came alive with the sights and sounds of black talent. “#HellaBlack: BCA Mixtape Vol. 1” was a one-night pop-up celebration of Boston’s wide-ranging artists of color.
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In The News: Anna Deavere Smith
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In The News: Anna Deavere Smith
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ArtsEmerson’s acrobatic ‘When Angels Fall’ explores a dark future
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ArtsEmerson’s acrobatic ‘When Angels Fall’ explores a dark future
On Feb. 20, the Cutler Majestic Theatre will be transformed into a startling, beautiful and sterile vision of the future. “When Angels Fall,” a play by director and former circus performer Raphaëlle Boitel, explores a technology-driven futuristic world. Boitel created the show in collaboration with Tristan Baudoin, who designed the set and lighting to work in tandem with the actors.
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Arts & Culture
‘Suitcase Stories’ shares immigrant, refugee experiences live
At the Somerville Theater on Feb. 1, Reem Niyazi sits on stage in front of a microphone. She tells the audience about her work as a journalist in Iraq, where she was targeted and attacked while reporting on women’s rights and humanitarian issues. This is her first time telling this story in English. Niyazi is one of many immigrants and refugees who take the stage to bare their souls during “Suitcase Stories,” a traveling live performance series telling foreign and U.S.-born immigrant stories.
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Boston Latin School tackles bold, important theater with 'Da Kink In My Hair'
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Boston Latin School tackles bold, important theater with 'Da Kink In My Hair'
This term, the Boston Latin School theater department tackled “Da Kink in My Hair,” a 2001 play by Trey Anthony about black womanhood. Student directors Samantha Lee and Azhani Duncan-Reese say the show was part of an ongoing effort to perform plays that tackle social justice issues. The play will be performed at the Massachusetts Thespian Festival at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School on Feb. 9.
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Dorrance mesmerizes with ‘Myelination’
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Dorrance mesmerizes with ‘Myelination’
Myelination is a biological process crucial to brain function. It is also the title of a sensational work by choreographer Michelle Dorrance. Dorrance and her company, Dorrance Dance, performed the Boston premier of “Myelination” last Friday night at Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, in the first of two shows presented by World Music/CRASHarts.
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Living a triggered life
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Living a triggered life
On Jan. 25, Keith Mascoll’s one-man show, “Triggered,” returns to Boston for a single performance at the Calderwood Pavilion. After three sold-out shows at Hibernian Hall last year, Mascoll’s project returns to the Boston stage in a longer format sponsored by The Boston Foundation.
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Home is where the ‘Heartland’ is
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Home is where the ‘Heartland’ is
Language, culture and philosophy blend in “Heartland,” playing at New Repertory Theatre in Watertown through Feb. 9.
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A Moor in the military
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Arts & Culture
A Moor in the military
The Bard returns to the American Repertory Theater with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s “Othello” playing January 13 through February 9. Director Bill Rauch has reimagined the story, utilizing Shakespeare’s original text but setting the play in a contemporary military camp with more modernized character backstories.
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Silhouettes & symbolism
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Arts & Culture
Silhouettes & symbolism
Live theater takes on a whole new meaning in Manual Cinema’s production “The End of TV,” presented by ArtsEmerson January 16-27 at the Emerson Paramount Theater. Void of dialogue, the show uses shadow puppetry, silhouettes, a live band and projection to tell the story of two women who were once workers at the same auto plant in a fictional Midwestern city. Flo, elderly and white, slips between reality and her television screen while Louise, young and black, struggles to make ends meet.
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