Theatre/Stage

by Raynard Jackson -- Two weeks ago, I went to the theater to see Jordan Peele’s latest movie, "Us." This was his follow-up movie to the box office hit Get Out. Peele is an extraordinarily gifted writer. He has written for...
I really wasn't in the concert mood but my wife really wanted to attend the 90's Block Party Concert series. So we went. Good call, sweetheart! Headlined by Teddy Riley and Guy, the tour also featured Dru Hill, Faith Evans,...
When she was a struggling actress many years ago, Ann Perry Wallace dreamed of performing a one-woman play. This weekend, that dream will come true. “I was a struggling, young actress working in Chicago at Roosevelt University in international admissions,...
Award-winning poets Ranieka Johnson and Aneisha Wright had such a successful run with an event called “Black Chick Monologue” that they decided to take another step forward with “MENace to Society.” “(We) discussed the day-to-day issues that black women faced,”...
“The Color Purple” is in full swing here in Memphis. I attended opening night (Tuesday) at the Orpheum, with the house packed and rightfully so. It is a special story. The book by Alice Walker and the subsequent movie...
by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, Special to The New Tri-State Defender An artful, multi-media presentation of Alzheimer’s awareness will soon take the stage at Southwest Tennessee Community College, allowing live-stream viewers throughout the Mid-South to post comments as the action...
I've heard quite a bit about "The Room Where it Happens," which apparently is a number in the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton." I'll know for sure soon enough. While "Media Night" isn't until Wednesday night, "Hamilton" begins its run at...
“Hamilton” is here. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Brooklyn Cobbige has. The 12-year-old knew all the songs inside out even though she’d never seen it – before Tuesday night, that is. Her father, Greg, took her to opening night of...
by Tracy Sow, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Hattiloo Theatre’s production of “Raisin” is the musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s timeless “A Raisin in the Sun,” which depicts a black family’s struggle to achieve the American dream. Set in segregated...
Whatever you do, don’t call Naturally 7 an a cappella group. Not that they’d mind — that’s how they got started — but a cappella just isn’t accurate, not anymore. When the internationally renowned group takes the stage at...