The most recent offering from the dynamic duo partnership between Netflix and Marvel, “Luke Cage,” is a love letter to Harlem, and more specifically black culture, and features many cameos from prominent people.
My expectations were not high going into “Moby Dick” at the Alliance. There was no way that a play could match the quality of Melville’s classic novel.
This novel — written by Atlanta teen Emily Rose Ross — asks us to consider some tough questions. Are dogs pets? Or are they beloved family members? Is it safety or slavery if a dog is collared? What’s a good owner? Should dogs even have owners? This book raises questions!
When her boyfriend breaks up with her for a girl easily defined as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, Beatrice reinvents herself as Trixie Giovanni, a sunflower-loving, French-speaking, bubbly young girl with an affinity for mismatched shoes in order to win him back.
“They’re killing people everywhere just for being black.” This line of dialogue by a slave in the aftermath of a slave rebellion, can be spoken 185 years later and still mean the same thing.
When Nat’s wife Cherry says, “They killing everybody, just because they’re black,” immediately, there was a gasp from the audience. What more is there to say?
I like to play the game of anticipating how a show will end, but in the case of this musical, I lost.
If people can see others stories’ being told, they can start to understand them. Understanding leads to empathy and empathy leads to change.
Victoria Schwab’s book deals with humans and monsters, and sometimes they’re interchangeable, depending on the character. The power of music was a good theme to approach, so I did. “I’ve always found people who play an instrument to be vaguely supernatural. Music is how August nourishes himself, but for Kate, it represents a fear of silence.”
As everyone is hopping onto the “Hamilton” bandwagon, people must not forget the magnificence of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first notable work, “In the Heights,” which won four Tony Awards in 2008 and was actually the first hip-hop style musical introduced to the Broadway stage.