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Black girl speaks: a play and artistic movement

 

 

 

Talitha V. Anyabwele’s Black Girl Speaks, makes its area premiere, launching the 2012-13 national tour, at a most appropriate venue, North Minneapolis’ Capri Theater. After all, where better to honor African American women with this celebrated production than the heart of the Black Twin Cities. Author-director-performer-producer Anyabwele states this theatrical experience is, “a series of monologues and spoken word pieces threaded together to chronicle the lives of Black women throughout the Diaspora. “Everything…from our relationships with our mothers, daughters and sisters and lovers and husbands to experiences with our careers to molestation, [the show has] very deep topics in our community we typically shy away from. And at the end I always applaud the Black woman for triumphing, the fact that we are standing as strong and beautiful as we are today.”

It was first staged in 2005 and, standing on spontaneity as a significant part of its strength, has never in its history as an international vehicle been done exactly the same way twice, letting the work thrive as art that continually evolves. Continue Reading →

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My Secret Language of Wishes: Gifted actors wasted on cloying, convoluted play

 

 

Cori Thomas’s My Secret Language of Wishes at Mixed Blood Theatre is a sterling showcase for gifted actor Brittany Bradford. Bradford plays Rose, a sensitive, brightly spirited teenager severely afflicted with muscular dystrophy and is utterly convincing. In fact, the full cast is quite capable with Nora Montanez, Taj Ruler, Jevetta Steele, Signe Harriday and Mo Perry all turning in solid performances. Had they a viable script with which to work, this would have been a powerful production. Instead, the ensemble makes its way through a static morass of inert storytelling that, indeed, tells — time and time again — a great deal more than it ever shows. Continue Reading →

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