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November 8, 1990 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Floyd Gaffney's idea for the UC San Diego conference on cultural diversity in theater, which begins today, was born, like so many of his ideas, out of frustration. Last year, for instance, the school sponsored a conference called "The Classics in Contemporary Theatre." Gaffney, one of two black theater professors at the university, was infuriated by the dearth of minority participation.
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November 8, 1990 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Floyd Gaffney's idea for the UC San Diego conference on cultural diversity in theater, which begins today, was born, like so many of his ideas, out of frustration. Last year, for instance, the school sponsored a conference called "The Classics in Contemporary Theatre." Gaffney, one of two black theater professors at the university, was infuriated by the dearth of minority participation.
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December 8, 1989 | NANCY CHURNIN
And a footnote: While some African-American writers have attacked black Christians for worshiping what James Baldwin called "a white man's God," Langston Hughes reaffirms the universality of the faith in "Black Nativity" by depicting Jesus, Mary and Joseph as black and telling their tale through gospel music. This rousing Southeast Community Theatre production, directed by Floyd Gaffney, plays at the Educational Cultural Complex in San Diego through Sunday. (619) 262-2817.
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March 23, 1985 | HILLIARD HARPER
The beat please, maestro, and make it fast and sassy. After all, we're looking good and want to shake our chassis. By turns sweet and sinful, jumping and jiving, the Southeast Community Theatre's production of "Ain't Misbehavin' " will tease and tickle anybody who's "Black and Blue" and other people, too.
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May 30, 1994 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After decades of staging wrenching works by African American playwrights, the Southeast Community Theatre is now having fun with the black American experience in "Spooks." This one-act, 72-minute comedy by Don Evans, which runs through Sunday in the Lyceum Space, is a clever, amusing piffle based on the comic premise that it's funny when a know-it-all finds out he doesn't know everything after all.
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April 26, 1994 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
San Diego Repertory Theatre will present the musical "Trafford Tanzi," Claire Luckham's literal battle between the sexes in a wrestling ring, "A Christmas Carol" and "Hamlet" as part of its six-play 1994-95 season at the Lyceum Stage and Space in San Diego's Horton Plaza. The company's artistic director, Douglas Jacobs, will direct "Trafford Tanzi" in the 250-seat Lyceum Space, which will be converted to a theater in the round to accommodate the fight.
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September 27, 1994 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Flyin' West," Pearl Cleage's post-Civil War tale of African Americans who founded the still-existing all-black township of Nicodemus, Kan., offers up a tantalizing story, rich in detail and possibility. San Diego Repertory Theatre realizes some of the potential in Cleage's 1992 play. Its triumphs are the creation of slaves turned pioneers--Miss Leah and Sophie Washington, magnificently played here by Irma P. Hall and Sylvia M'Lafi Thompson. But the play needs judicious cutting and rewriting.
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December 4, 1990 | JOHN GODFREY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A quick scan of the program notes for Langston Hughes' "Black Nativity" tells the tale of the production. In itemizing their previous credits, eight of the 12 cast members list either the church they belong to, the Gospel choir they sing for, or both. Only one of the performers, Antonio Johnson, lists stage credentials of any note.
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September 27, 1994 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Flyin' West," Pearl Cleage's post-Civil War tale of the founding of the still-existing all-black township of Nicodemus, Kan., offers up a tantalizing story, rich in detail and possibility. San Diego Repertory Theatre realizes some of the potential in Cleage's 1992 play. Its triumphs are the creation of slaves turned pioneers--Miss Leah and Sophie Washington, magnificently played here by Irma P. Hall and Sylvia M'Lafi Thompson. But the play needs judicious cutting and rewriting.
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December 10, 1991 | JOHN GODFREY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
During Act II of Southeast Community Theatre's "Black Nativity," cast member Yolanda Kelker lets loose with a splendid exaltation: "This (church) may be leaking," she shouts, "but--Hallelujah!--it's still standing!" Kelker's celebratory emotional outburst captures the essence of Langston Hughes' gospel musical. So, too, does Southeast Community Theatre's production. "Black Nativity," directed by Floyd Gaffney, is a heartfelt, visceral and stunningly simple celebration of the Christmas story.
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