Posts Tagged ‘jubilee’
Like the real-life Ma Rainey, Valerie Houston’s character is a diva of the first order.

Blues Breakers

In Jubilee Theatre’s production of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the existential conversation is spiked with racial drama.
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When August Wilson’s scorching drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom made its New York debut in 1985, it was just the second non-musical show authored by an African-American to receive a Broadway production. You had to go back alm...


Bryan Pitts and Ashley Wilkerson star in Jubilee Theatre’s The Mountaintop.

King’s Speech

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Because we think that African-American history should be part of our history all year long, we’re not the biggest fans of it being confined to one month through the device of Black History Month. Yet Jubilee Theatre has score...



Ebony Marshall-Oliver stars in Neat, a companion piece of sorts to playwright Charlayne Woodard’s Pretty Fire.

Not so Neat

Racism is messy business in Jubilee’s new one-woman show.
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Actor Ebony Marshall-Oliver was born and raised in a small south Louisiana town called Donaldsonville, although her family had moved to Atlanta by the time she was in high school. At 35, Marshall-Oliver is too young to have wit...


A play with music (rather than a musical), Jubliee’s Black Pearl Sings demands nuanced performances.

Black Pearl Shines

Jubliee’s latest production skillfully handles some delicate race matters.
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“You are an authentic doorway to the past,” Susannah (Lana K. Hoover), an Anglo song collector for the Library of Congress, tells Pearl (Liz Mikel), an African-American prisoner in a Texas jail in the 1920s. The white lady ...



Jubilee kicks up its heels — too far? Buddy Myers

Black Spurs Jingle

Though critical reception has been cold, Jubliee’s latest is a statement.
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Tre Garrett has been artistic director of Jubilee Theatre for almost two and a half years now. He replaced Ed Smith, who served briefly as the first new artistic director since much-loved founder Rudy Eastman died unexpectedly ...


Lloyd Harvey stars in Jubilee Theatre’s Company.

Bell Rings, Door Chimes

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Jubilee Theatre has reinterpreted the likes of Shakespeare and Molière before, but when it comes to musicals, the troupe usually sticks with original material. And why not, given that their original shows have been such great ...



Joe’s back in town

Two decades at Jubilee have made Joe Rogers’ return to jazz even sweeter.
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On a cool Saturday night last November, pianist and composer Joe Rogers played an intimate, sold-out set at the Southside arts center Arts Fifth Avenue. At 58, the bearded, curly-headed Rogers still looked impishly youthful. At...


Jubilee’s Tre Garrett

From the stages of New York City, L.A., and D.C. comes Jubilee Theatre’s new artistic director.
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Tre Garrett, Jubilee Theatre’s artistic director since January, recalls the moment when, as a teenager, he found his place in the theater. He’d wanted to be a performer pretty much the whole time he was growing up in Housto...



God’s Trombones Boom

Jubilee, celebrating its 30th anniversary, dusts off a holiday classic.
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To celebrate its 30th anniversary season, Jubilee Theatre wanted to reach back into the past for a holiday show that was beloved by old-timers but that would also offer newcomers an alternative to the Nutcracker/Christmas Carol...


Is He Blue?

Blues in the Night marks the departure of Jubilee Theatre artistic director Ed Smith.
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Back in 1992, Jubilee Theatre artistic director Ed Smith saw a Los Angeles production of Sheldon Epps’s jazz and blues revue Blues in the Night. Although it starred his friend, the soul singer Freda Payne, he wasn’t much im...