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April 1st, 2014
thesmithian

jellysnack:

Australian cast of The Lion King sings on a plane.  Because actors are nerds no matter where they are.

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December 2nd, 2013
thesmithian

…this compellingly acted three-character work, directed with a sure and steady hand by Kamilah Forbes, brings to mind the socially conscious family melodramas of the Great Depression. As in those plays, people face off in searingly articulate confrontations that reveal how an oppressive world has warped them.

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September 25th, 2013
thesmithian

Tarell Alvin McCraney creates rich societies that are equal parts magical realism and salt-of-the-earth familiarity, and I always understand why his characters want to stay in the bayou or the drag house or the prep school, even when they’re not sure they belong.

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August 7th, 2013
thesmithian

…Australian casts are predominantly white: our plays are overwhelmingly by white writers. It’s simply not enough to have multicultural actors. We need more diverse playwrights…we’re just not showing a representative range of Australian voices, cultures and traditions on our main stages. Despite indigenous Australians and those from a culturally diverse background numbering 7.3 million and making up 34 per cent of the population…

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art:  actor Ursula Yovich

…Australian casts are predominantly white: our plays are overwhelmingly by white writers. It’s simply not enough to have multicultural actors. We need more diverse playwrights…we’re just not showing a representative range of Australian voices, cultures and traditions on our main stages. Despite indigenous Australians and those from a culturally diverse background numbering 7.3 million and making up 34 per cent of the population…

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art: actor Ursula Yovich

July 17th, 2013
thesmithian
I’m almost done acting…The world has gotten too mean for me, it’s…too bitchy. All the websites and…the blogging and all the people giving their opinion and their hatred…it’s all so mean-spirited, it’s all so critical. It’s sport for people…fun to get on at night and unleash their own self-loathing by attacking someone else who they think has a happier life…
July 17th, 2013
thesmithian

As the stage version of The Color Purple arrives in Britain…[a recollection of] the upset and uproar the novel caused among African Americans…

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July 9th, 2013
thesmithian

…a…story as familiar to the Chinese as “The Odyssey” is to Western audiences, but the director, Chen Shi-Zheng, has modernized it with a vengeance. Working with Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, the creators of Gorillaz, he has wrought a Chinese rock opera in Mandarin with mythic themes and a razzle-dazzle staging that incorporates animated sequences, kung-fu fighters, acrobats and contortionists. It has a little something for everybody…

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…a…story as familiar to the Chinese as “The Odyssey” is to Western audiences, but the director, Chen Shi-Zheng, has modernized it with a vengeance. Working with Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, the creators of Gorillaz, he has wrought a Chinese rock opera in Mandarin with mythic themes and a razzle-dazzle staging that incorporates animated sequences, kung-fu fighters, acrobats and contortionists. It has a little something for everybody…

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July 9th, 2013
thesmithian

…playing at … [Los Angeles’] Rogue Theater through July 28 is “One Night in Miami…”, which imagines a hotel room confab between Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, Jim Brown, and Cassius Clay.

more. and it’s written by Kemp Powers.

June 10th, 2013
thesmithian

Courtney B. Vance…won the first Tony Award of the night, taking the trophy for best featured actor in a play…Vance, who was previously nominated for Tonys for “Fences” and “Six Degrees of Separation,” won for playing a newspaper editor opposite Tom Hanks in “Lucky Guy.”

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Courtney B. Vance…won the first Tony Award of the night, taking the trophy for best featured actor in a play…Vance, who was previously nominated for Tonys for “Fences” and “Six Degrees of Separation,” won for playing a newspaper editor opposite Tom Hanks in “Lucky Guy.”

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April 29th, 2013
thesmithian

“Motown: The Musical” is the biggest box office hit among the new productions of the 2012-13 season, grossing $1,213,611 last week—better than any other musical except the blockbusters “The Lion King,” “Wicked” and “The Book of Mormon.”

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