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"Fences

First Nighter: Denzel Washington Good, Not So Good in "A Raisin in the Sun"

David Finkle | Posted 04.03.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

With Washington's return to The Great White Way in the revival of Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 A Raisin in the Sun at the Barrymore, he does a tremendous favor. Once again, as he did with his limited-runs Julius Caesar and Fences, he brings large audiences--especially African-American audiences--to a theater and to theater in the larger sense.

Interview: Keeping August Wilson Alive

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.26.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If there was a Mount Rushmore for the faces of America's greatest playwrights, Ruben Santiago-Hudson says, August Wilson's face would be among them.

What This Mother Has Lived To Regret

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 09.06.2013 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

My father told us daily, 'Children are to be seen and not heard.' So, when I had children I determined that they would be allowed to have minds of their own, and I let them know that their thoughts, opinions and ideas mattered. And then, I lived to regret it.

Dr. King's Volcanic Mountaintop Seductively Explosive

Lonna Saunders | Posted 12.18.2011 | Entertainment
Lonna Saunders

This is not a play for the faint-hearted, but it is a celebration of life, love, and country.

What Happens To Art Post-Heist?

Stealing Beauty | Posted 10.07.2011 | Arts

A spate of high-profile art thefts—among them the San Francisco Picasso heist that led to the discovery of a veritable museum in the thief’s Hobok...

Our Field of Dreams in Bristol, Connecticut

Jim Wallis | Posted 10.05.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Political fights in Washington are done for the moment. We're on vacation now. We got to Bristol. My children are full of excitement. And it is time to play ball!

Is Oprah Headed To Broadway?

The Theater Loop | Posted 07.10.2011 | Arts

Oprah Winfrey has long said she would love to return to acting. But as her iconic, Chicago-based talk show approaches its final episode, Winfrey clear...

Dog Ears Music: Volume 153

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week, we review tracks from As Tall As Lions, The Emotions, Two Cow Garage, Ethel Waters, and other artists.

August Wilson's Fences Banned in Rockford, IL Schools

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

Fences is about a black family. Can a white portray a black and still be faithful to the playwright's intentions?