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Thirty Years Later, Fires in the Mirror Still Burns

With January LaVoy stepping in for writer and original performer Anna Deavere Smith, Theater J’s glossy production feels almost too slick to honor Smith’s as-told-to account of 1991 Crown Heights Riots.

Crown Heights, Brooklyn may have been a fast-gentrifying province of Hipsterville for the past decade, but 30 years ago it was still an affordable community populated largely by working-class Black Americans and recent immigrants from Caribbean nations […]

On Your Feet! Taps Into Your Senses

Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s love story, told en español, swivels themes of dashed dreams, generational clashes, and what it means to look and sound “American.”

It’s hard to explain the phenomenon that is Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s personal and professional partnership. How to describe to folks who haven’t followed their journey throughout the years (or gotten an earful of it from your parents) the “Conga”-themed rollercoaster that millions of fans worldwide rode—the heights of pride to hear Latino-influenced rhythms with…

There’s Always the Hudson Laughs the Pain Away

Trigger warning: Trauma is funny in Paola Lázaro’s latest play at Woolly Mammoth through June 5.

“Honey, let’s go see the play about sexual trauma, suicide, and addiction for date night” is not a sentence most people would respond to positively […]

Monday Arts Roundup: Theater Season Reveals

News this week includes Jill Biden and Selena Gomez working together for youth mental health, supporting under-represented ballet dancers, and the Phillips’ new chief curator.

It’s that time again for your weekly roundup of art-related news, headlines, and stories you might have missed […]

Show Way Connects the Threads of Black Liberation

The Kennedy Center’s production of Jacqueline Woodson’s gorgeously illustrated book finds the brighter side while reminding us there’s still further to go.

A “show way” is a quilt that often contains coded maps or instructions for enslaved people to escape to freedom […]

Voices of Zion Bring Back Black Georgetown

Alliance for New Music-Theatre’s production combining opera, musical, and church gospel exposes—and celebrates—Georgetown’s Black roots.

Before gentrification and discriminatory public housing policies plagued Georgetown, before the neighborhood became synonymous with White wealth […]


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