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THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM – 1963 at the Hudson Backstage

Jamal Y. Speakes Sr.

Jamal Y. Speakes Sr.

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

The Watsons of Flint, Michigan are an African-American family of five: dad Daniel (Marcus Clark-Oliver), mom Wiloma (Tiffany Coty), sons Byron (Javen Marquise Smith) and Kenny (Ken Ivey), and daughter Joetta (Victoria Elizabeth Newman). Byron is the family bad boy and the despair of his parents.
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Now running through February 25

WE ARE THE TIGERS at the Hudson Backstage


Photo by Josh Rimmey

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Rebekah M. Allen’s musical about a loser squad of high school cheerleaders fighting their way up from the bottom of the heap sounds like it might be a satiric hoot. It isn’t. Read more…

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

If you are studying  Ancient Greek mythology, you will have heard of The Harpies, demonic creatures who appeared to avenge criminal wrongdoing.  They would shriek, rend the flesh from their victims’ bodies, and torment them until the wrongdoers repented or died.  American mythology may not have Harpies, but we do have cheerleaders…….Read more…

Now running through November 8.


MY CHILD: MOTHERS OF WAR at the Hudson Backstage

Photo by David Sobel

Photo by David Sobel

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

This piece, written and directed by Angeliki Giannakopoulos, and based on her award-winning documentary film, takes a probing look at the lives of women whose children served in the armed forces during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It provides an emotionally charged examination of their love, hopes, pride, fears, and, in many cases their desolation when the war claimed their offspring. Read more…

Now running through May 31

IN THE BOOM BOOM ROOM at the Hudson Backstage


Photo by Chris Pangakis

Pauline Adamek  – Stage Raw

David Rabe’s play is over 40 years old, and it’s now a dated but charming curiosity piece. Performed on Broadway in 1973 (and nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play), Rabe’s strange and messy drama has been revised and remounted a few times over the years, expanding to a three-act play before returning to its present two-act form. Read more…

Margaret Gray – LA Times

2Cents Theatre has taken on David Rabe’s seldom-revived early play “In the Boom Boom Room” (1972), the trippy, choleric story of a Philadelphia woman’s degradation.

The play can’t exactly be considered a cautionary tale, since even 40 years ago, nobody needed cautioning against the poor choices made by dimwitted Chrissy (Kate Bowman): working as a go-go dancer, getting into astrology, marrying a thug. Read more…

Now running through August 3.