The superlative performances in The Actors' Group production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom were so convincing during opening weekend that when Ma Rainey halted the recording session to demand Coca-Cola from her white producer, a theatergoer left his audience seat to hand her his personal soda can.
This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.
Do all sons want to be "better" than their fathers? Do all fathers want the same for their sons -- that they grow to be "better" -- or do they secretly, perhaps unconsciously, always want to be someone their sons can look up to in every which way?
Times are great for the Broadway industry today, and I want to keep it that way. And if you ask me how we do that? I believe that a focus on diversifying our workplace, our audience and our belief systems is the best insurance policy we can possibly get.
Larry David's been called a lot of things in his life -- brilliant, genius, funny, neurotic, offensive -- but never, has anyone thought the Seinfeld co-creator and Brooklyn-born Jew could be a catalyst for peace in the Middle East.
Tepper's story however, is just as interesting as those brought to life on film, and itself makes for an inspiring coming of age tale about a girl who sets her mind on a dream and grabs every opportunity to accomplish it.