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Mental health takes center stage in ‘Next to Normal’
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Arts & Culture
Mental health takes center stage in ‘Next to Normal’
In “Next to Normal” at Central Square Theater, a picture-perfect Black family gets ready for their day. Mom makes lunch, dad prepares for his workday as an architect, and two clever teens assemble their school supplies. But the picture, and the audience’s understanding of it, begins to crack as Mom’s bipolar disorder seeps into their daily routines and emotions.
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Teen Empowerment’s ‘Senseless Smoke’ creatively tackles youth gun violence
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Teen Empowerment’s ‘Senseless Smoke’ creatively tackles youth gun violence
The opening scene in “Senseless Smoke – Live,” a theatrical production based on a film of the same name, brings to life the fears and uncertainties of living in a culture of gangs and guns. As well as efforts to overcome the pathologies of that life.
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‘Morning, Noon, and Night’ tackles pandemic trauma, technology and family
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Arts & Culture
‘Morning, Noon, and Night’ tackles pandemic trauma, technology and family
In “Morning, Noon, and Night,” local playwright Kirsten Greenidge tackles post-pandemic emotions through the lens of a mother-daughter relationship. We got through the pandemic, the play posits, but did we get through all the trauma and emotions that came with it?
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‘A Strange Loop’ brings queer Black representation to the stage
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Arts & Culture
‘A Strange Loop’ brings queer Black representation to the stage
When Dorchester native Kai Clifton saw “A Strange Loop,” it was the first time he had ever seen a queer Black character represented at the heart of a musical. After years of studying and participating in theater, Clifton finally felt like he belonged.
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‘Company’ Broadway tour gets a fresh, diverse face
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Arts & Culture
‘Company’ Broadway tour gets a fresh, diverse face
Stephen Sondheim’s 1970s comedic musical “Company” gets a modern upgrade in the Broadway tour production in Boston this month.
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Glance inside the mind of artist Daniel Callahan in ‘Come On In – Live’
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Arts & Culture
Glance inside the mind of artist Daniel Callahan in ‘Come On In – Live’
A dusty Sony boombox. A pile of books. An easel. A brown coat rack. A stack of cassette tapes. These are the contents of multidisciplinary artist Daniel Callahan’s mind. Or, at least, the way he will soon visualize them on stage.
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Puddingstone Creatives presents musical rendition of poem ‘The Crucifixion’
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Arts & Culture
Puddingstone Creatives presents musical rendition of poem ‘The Crucifixion’
James Weldon Johnson’s “The Crucifixion” is getting a local musical twist this Easter season.
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Actors’ Shakespeare Project brings August Wilson’s 'King Hedley II' to Hibernian Hall
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Actors’ Shakespeare Project brings August Wilson’s 'King Hedley II' to Hibernian Hall
King Hedley II returns from a prison sentence in 1985 to find his Pittsburgh community in crisis, burdened with violence, the effects of redlining and the unfulfilled promises of Reagan economics.
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Get schooled with Front Porch Arts Collective’s ‘Exception to the Rule’
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Arts & Culture
Get schooled with Front Porch Arts Collective’s ‘Exception to the Rule’
Boston theatergoers will be transported back to high school in Front Porch Arts Collective’s production of “Exception to the Rule,” a poignant and comedic piece that explores the lives of six black high schoolers stuck in detention.
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‘Crown of Times’ a play about Black hair returns for one night only
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Arts & Culture
‘Crown of Times’ a play about Black hair returns for one night only
Michele Avery and Yvette Modestin share a passion for artistic expression. They have known each other for over 20 years and have partnered on various creative projects. So, coming together to produce a play about the intricacies of Black hair was a natural next step.
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Fatherhood, friendship star in ‘A Case for the Existence of God’
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Arts & Culture
Fatherhood, friendship star in ‘A Case for the Existence of God’
In a dreary cubicle in Idaho, Keith, a Black, gay mortgage broker, and Ryan, a white, divorced yogurt plant worker, bond over their young daughters and the need for emotional connection and support.
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A riveting ‘Trouble in Mind’ at Lyric Stage
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Arts & Culture
A riveting ‘Trouble in Mind’ at Lyric Stage
After its successful Off-Broadway run in 1955, “Trouble in Mind,” a play by Black actress, playwright and producer Alice Childress (1916-1994) was slated for Broadway. But Childress resisted demands to soften its edge.
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