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A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway—Entertainment, etc. by Dwight Hobbes

 

 

A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway
 

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer

 

 

Things on Broadway have grown fairly interesting, and are showing signs that they may just stay that way if the producing team of Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones have anything to say about it. Tennessee Williams’ enduring classic A Streetcar Named Desire is getting a twist. Cast in the lead roles for the production in Manhattan at the Broadhurst Theatre, opening for previews on April 3, running April 22 through July 22, are Black actors. It could be seen as simply a gimmicky take-the-money-and-run tactic, except that Byrd and Jones were behind the similar re-tooling of Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof back in 2008 with Terrence Howard, Anika Noni Rose, Phylicia Rashad and James Earl Jones. And even the most cynical mind dares to be heartened by the fact that producers Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones are Black, that Byrd and Jones might just have an investment in making the Great White Way, well, a little less White. Continue Reading →

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Entertainment, etc. – Next Day Air, Undercover Brother — double-barrel fun

 

 

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer

 

Here’s a do-it-yourself DVD double feature for you, if chuckalicious, rib-tickling comedy is right up your alley, whether as usual fare or just a change of pace: Next Day Air and Undercover Brother. If you don’t own either one, this is a great excuse to request them at your local library, or a perfect reason to use your rent-a-film account. Whatever, set aside an afternoon or evening, pop the corn, pour some soda and sit back. Next Day Air, a raucous romp, is, it bears noting, not quite family entertainment, rated R because of foul language, explicit drug content, and no nudity but some frank sexuality. So, watch this one without little kids around. Continue Reading →

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