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Get To Know Katori Hall, Award-Winning Playwright Of "The Mountaintop" & Now Screenwriter

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 6, 2011 7:26 AM
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We had the pleasure of attending a reading of her latest work-in-progress play last night, here in NYC, but, unfortunately, aren't allowed to say anything about it. For those just joining us, you should get acquainted with 29-year-old Katori Hall, who seems to be on the verge on an explosive career spurt, with her award-winning play, The Mountaintop, which we've written about a lot on this site, making its Broadway debut this fall, with Samuel L. Jackson starring.
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Well It Ain't Exactly August Wilson...

  • By Sergio
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  • May 5, 2011 1:24 AM
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Any of our readers in the Houston/Austin/Waco Texas area who are looking for something to do this Mother's Day weekend, do I have some good news for you. The romantic comedy stage play Cheaper to Keep Her with Vivica A Fox and Brian McKnight, written by Ja'Caryous Johnson will be performed in those cities over the weekend.
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2011 Tony Awards Nominations Announced! "Scottsboro Boys" Racks Up 12! The Details...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 3, 2011 12:34 PM
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As I wrote yesterday, star of stage and screen, Anika Noni Rose, joined Matthew Broderick this morning in announcing the nominees for the 2011 Tony Awards (essentially the stage equivalent of the Oscars - theater's highest honor), and as I suggested then, this year's list of potentials has a decent representation of African American talent, some who just might actually walk away with some hardware when the awards ceremony is held on Sunday June 12th, broadcast live, beginning at 8/7c on CBS.
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A Leading Lady in a Maid's Uniform: A Closer Look At Sanaa Lathan As Vera Stark

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 1, 2011 12:13 PM
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A mockumentary about the fictional character (Vera Stark) that Sanaa Lathan plays in Lynn Nottage's new play, By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, currently running at 2nd Stage Theater in New York City.

7 Pics Of Sanaa Lathan In Action On "Vera Stark" Stage

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 27, 2011 8:06 AM
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Currently in previews at New York's Second Stage Theater, 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.
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Oprah on Broadway?

  • By Jasmin
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  • April 25, 2011 4:07 AM
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Oprah Winfrey may be headed to Broadway. When Chris Rock appeared on her talk show Friday, their discussion of Rock's current Broadway show The ____________ With the Hat led to an exchange about Winfrey's own Broadway aspirations.
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Race/Class Examination Play "Clybourne Park" Wins Pulitzer Prize For Drama; Here's Our Review

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 21, 2011 4:57 AM
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Announced 3 days ago, Bruce Norris' play titled, Clybourne Park, which examines race relations in the 1950s as well as in modern-day Chicago, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama.
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Behind The Scenes - "By The Way, Meet Vera Stark" (Sanaa Lathan/Lynn Nottage Screwball Play)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 19, 2011 3:35 AM
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This will probably be as close as most of you will ever get to seeing Sanaa Lathan in Pulitzer Prize-winning Lynn Nottage’s new play By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. No, I'm not rubbing it in, just stating the obvious.