Somebody cared enough about a young black girl killed by a white cop in the powder keg summer of 1969 to give her a story. Nothing much was known about the girl—just her name, age and how she died. But she matters. Playwright Monica Bauer gives Vivian flesh, passion and purpose in the affecting play […]
Review: People for Whom the World Spins and Turns
The Essential Theatre’s new play People for Whom the World Spins and Turns is best described by its subtitle A World Premiere Play about Addiction & Recovery. It is a thoughtful and timely production by physician-playwright James J. Hsiao that makes a real contribution to understanding the challenges of our growing addiction problem.
The Resurrection of Alice, a story of an African American child bride
When your marriage commendation sounds as if it’s really a funeral eulogy, run. If you can’t, then vomit. As 7-year-old Alice tells it, “If you keep bad things inside, they make you ugly.” Yet, 30-year-old Alice, who for years swallowed a hollow marriage to an older man, is nothing but strong, funny, and beautiful.
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