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"By The Way, Meet Vera Stark" (Starring Sanaa Lathan) Opens Off-Broadway Today! Reviews Are Good!

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 9, 2011 12:53 PM
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It opened tonight, May 9th. Any of you out there see it in previews, or tonight? I'm referring to Sanaa Lathan starring in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Lynn Nottage's new play, By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, as a black maid in Hollywood pursuing her dream of making it in the movies, while also grappling with racial stereotypes through several decades of the 20th century.

Directed by Jo Bonney (The Break of Noon, Fat Pig), the show officially opened today, May 9 at New York's Second Stage Theater, off-Broadway, NYC, and will run through mid-June. I plan to see it before it leaves, and will share my thoughts afterward.

The few reviews I've read thus far have been positive, with praise being heaped on Sanaa Lathan's performance in what is being called "an intriguing look at black Hollywood.

If you're in NYC in anytime between today and June 19th, you might want to give it a look... that is if the $75 ticket charge isn't too much for you.

In the meantime, check out these images (above and below) of Lathan in action, on stage, in the play:







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  • Maitefa | May 11, 2011 3:48 AMReply

    I've seen this play & recommend it. Lynn Nottage display's killer wit and the cast is fantastic! Sanaa is great as expected. It's both topical & historical & offers the pleasure of seeing real Black characters addressing real issues with fire & laughter. Don't come sleepy -- it's not boring, but it is long. The second act could have been trimmed a bit.

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