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Archive for Inner City Arts

TEA – Hero Theatre at the Rosenthal Theater at Inner-City Arts

Photo by Jenny Graham

Photo by Jenny Graham

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Tea, the final installment in Velina Hasu Houston’s trilogy of plays about Japanese war brides, takes place, geographically speaking, in Junction City, a small town in the northeast stretch of Kansas. That’s close to where Houston, the daughter of a Japanese woman and an American GI of African American and Native American descent, spent part of her childhood. Read more…

Tracey Paleo – Gia On The Move

Where there’s tea, there’s hope in playwright Velina Hasu Houston’s story about five Japanese war brides living in Kansas with their GI husbands in the 1960s.  A group of like women with no real “community”, Himiko Hamilton, Teruko MacKenzie, Atsuko Yamamoto, Setsuko Banks, and Chizuye Juarez are disconnected from each other and also from themselves. Read more…

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

It has been over 30 years since Velina Hasu Houston’s play Tea first premiered. The recent production by Hero Theatre on the stage of the Rosenthal Theater at Inner City Arts proved her writing and characters are as fresh and relevant today as they originally were. Read more…

Now running through May 15

FIGHTING SHADOWS at Inner City Arts

Photo by Chelsea Sutton

Photo by Chelsea Sutton

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Love, muses Richard Cabral during the opening moments of his autobiographical solo show, means different things to different people, and can even be something different for any one person at different stages in his or her life. Cabral’s perception of love as a young boy, he tells his audience, differed from how he experienced it as a gang member, and then as a prison inmate — and still later as the man he is now. Read more…

Now running through May 8

SPRING AWAKENING at Inner City Arts

Photo by Tate Tullier

Photo by Tate Tullier

Bob Verini  -   Stage Raw

Upon leaving the opening night performance of Deaf West and The Forest of Arden’s co-production Spring Awakening – Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s 2006 rock musical about sexual awakening/repression in 19th century European teens, based on the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind — I posted a blissful Tweet announcing that people should see this “beautiful” show, and I stand by that assessment. Read more…

Sharon Perlmutter  -  Talkin’ Broadway

My previous experience with Spring Awakening – its national tour stop at the Ahmanson – did not endear the show to me. Among other issues, I found it difficult to connect with the characters. I had sympathy for the teens (in 1891 Germany) who were trying to find their way despite parental-imposed sexual ignorance, but found the show ultimately unmoving. Read more…

Now running through Oct. 19.