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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Review: An ode to the traditional black church, “Crowns” serves up powerful mix of gospel music and “hattitude” by Kelundra Smith

Hats and religion have a complicated relationship, especially when it comes to women. They have been used as a device to impose modesty on women by keeping their heads covered, and they also…

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Review: Horizon’s “Citizens Market” reminds us that we are a nation of immigrants by Kelundra Smith

“It seems to me that in America no one is really from here.” These words, uttered by recent Ghanaian immigrant Akosua, rendered with humor and sincerity by Jasmine Thomas, underscore Cor…

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Review: Atlanta Theatre Club hits comedic stride with “A Funny Thing Happened” by Kelundra Smith

The title of the play A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City is a pretty good indication of what to exp…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

A Boom in Filming Gives Atlanta Stage Actors Room to Maneuver by Kelundra Smith

Thanks to Tyler Perry’s studio and a flurry of big-budget movie shoots, theater performers have an easier time supporting themselves.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Review: “Revolt” at 7 Stages hits (and also misses) the gender revolution of #MeToo by Kelundra Smith

What if instead of working 40 hours per week, missing time with family and losing sleep, Mondays were optional? What if marriage didn’t come with the expectation of having children? What i…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Review: Aurora’s Spanish-language comedy “El Gran Dia de la Madre” serves up the giggles by Kelundra Smith

Violeta (Irma Cristancho) hasn’t seen her daughter Cotillon (Joselin Reyes) and granddaughter Prudencia (Limara Meneses Jiménez) in years, and she is determined to make amends with her fa…

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Pop-Up Magazine producer Tina Antolini talks bringing journalism to life onstage by Kelundra Smith

Eighteen months ago, Pop-Up Magazine invited Peabody Award-winning radio producer Tina Antolini to step out of the studio and go on tour telling stories in front a live audience. Pop-Up Maga…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Review: Topher Payne puts a hilarious spin on modern motherhood in “Morningside” by Kelundra Smith

Topher Payne has developed a reputation for creating insightful women characters, and a strong all-female ensemble cast illuminates his hilarious script in the world premiere of Morningside,…

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: Aurora Theatre’s “Burnpile” is a coming-of-age story that needs sharper focus by Kelundra Smith

In the 2012 Oscar-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild, screenwriter Lucy Alibar tells the story of a father and daughter who find their marginal existence living on the Louisiana bayo…

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Tupac Musical Gets a Second Chance by Kelundra Smith

An Atlanta theater still believes in “Holler if Ya Hear Me,” which makes use of the rapper’s songbook but stumbled on Broadway in 2014.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review: “Between Riverside and Crazy” at True Colors is uneven but has its meaningful moments by Kelundra Smith

“Don’t be the old black in the new white world.” These words, uttered by Detective Audrey O’Connor, hang in the air in Stephen Aldy Guirgis’ 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Betwee…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review: Horizon’s “Blackberry Daze” is a hot, sweet summer treat of a juke joint musical by Kelundra Smith

A lot of people want Herman Camm dead, and no one can really blame them. This devil in a three-piece suit slides into Mae Lou’s bedroom just after her beloved husband dies. But, he also ha…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Preview: Director Martin Damien Wilkins grapples with slavery and freedom in “Father Comes Home” by Kelundra Smith

If offered the opportunity to stab your master in the back, would you? Odysseus, the protagonist of Homer’s Greek epic The Odyssey, certainly would have. When a slave named Hero, however, …

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Preview: With guitar in hand, the beloved Pete the Cat springs to life at Center for Puppetry Arts by Kelundra Smith

When 24-year-old Anna Claire Walker moved to Atlanta after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in musical theatre from Auburn University, she was determined to get involved with the city…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: “Selma” star Tara Ochs grapples with racism and white privilege in one-woman show by Kelundra Smith

Viola Liuzzo left her husband and five children in Detroit to assist civil rights workers in Selma, Alabama, and never came back home. Liuzzo was killed on the day that would become known as…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review: Weak acting fumbles the strong story in New African Grove’s “A Soldier’s Play” by Kelundra Smith

The song “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” is perhaps the quintessential representation of America’s enchantment with World War II. It evokes in the imagination parades of heroes going off to …

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Preview: Mark Kendall takes on the experience of being black in Alliance’s “The Magic Negro” by Kelundra Smith

The Black Experience obstacle course starts at the Middle Passage and goes through the Civil Rights Movement, but, uh oh, there’s a Flavor Flav moment and the entire race is set back. Bett…

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review: True Colors’ “Exit Strategy” is sound and solid, but yearns for a deeper commitment by Kelundra Smith

The teacher’s lounge is traditionally a place that operates under the Vegas rule, but in Ike Holter’s play Exit Strategy, at True Colors Theatre through March 19, he takes the audience i…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Review: Alliance’s poignant “Too Heavy For Your Pocket” delivers a story for then . . . and for now by Kelundra Smith

During the summer of 1961, a few months after the Supreme Court ruled that segregation on public transportation violated the Constitution, hundreds of young men and women, both Black and whi…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Preview: Playwright Georgina Escobar breaks down her feminist fantasia “Sweep” by Kelundra Smith

On January 21, people watched awe struck by women marching all across the world. On every continent, they marched for reproductive rights, to end genital mutilation, stand against domestic a…

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Preview: Aurora Theatre’s “The Mountaintop,” imagines Dr. King’s final hours in Memphis by Kelundra Smith

“Make a career of humanity, commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and finer world to live in.…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Review: Theatrical Outfit’s “Thurgood” struggles in search of Marshall’s historic persona by Kelundra Smith

When Thurgood Marshall started studying at Howard University Law School, there were 160,000 white lawyers in the United States and less than 1,000 African American ones.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Review: True Colors’ “Smart People” uses juicy dialogue to evoke race and class by Kelundra Smith

There have been countless times when someone has told the joke about a rabbi, a priest and another random character walking into a bar. But, what about the one where an actress, a neuroscien…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Review: Despite awkward casting, Serenbe’s “Of Mice and Men” evokes Steinbeck’s spirit by Kelundra Smith

In a time where it seems everyone has a newsfeed, it is hard to imagine a period where living “off the fat of the land” was the American Dream. Less than a century ago, during the Great …

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Review: Full of song and sequins, “Dreamgirls” delivers a glamorous and sweetly nostalgic punch by Kelundra Smith

Whatever happened to glamour?  Glamour is different from The Fabulous Life Of television show or the product placement opportunity that red carpets have become, but

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Preview: Playwright Lee Nowell digs beneath the headlines for “Beyond Reasonable Doubt” by Kelundra Smith

Troy Anthony Davis had three close calls with death before he was executed via lethal injection on September 21, 2011 at 11:08 p.m. The first

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Preview: Playwright Janine Nabers Atlanta’s child murders as catalyst in “Serial Black Face” by Kelundra Smith

Janine Nabers was studying to be an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London and had an intense craving to play iconic roles in

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Review: Playwright Lauren Gunderson reframes “herstory” in “The Revolutionists” at 7 Stages by Kelundra Smith

“Sometimes revolution needs a woman’s touch.”  Playwright Lauren Gunderson, a Decatur native, is emerging as one of the most noted feminist playwrights in the country.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Review: “Black Nativity” lifts the spirit as it takes the audience to the foundation of American music by Kelundra Smith

The African-American church has served as the inspiration and foundation for American popular music and dance crazes since the 19th century.  During a traditional black

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Preview: Pearl Cleage’s “Tell Me My Dream” brings theatrical message to middle-school kids by Kelundra Smith

Playwright Pearl Cleage’s 13-year-old grandson was getting tired of the theater. He had seen a few too many productions of Charlotte’s Web and was outgrowing

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Review: Horizon’s “Informed Consent” takes on the challenges of belief, science and love by Kelundra Smith

All human DNA is 99.9 percent the same, and it is the 0.1 percent that makes everyone unique. For genetic anthropologist Jillian (Bethany Anne Lind),

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