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At Obituary You Can Laugh Out Loud

You’re sitting at a funeral, and you think to yourself, I can’t believe this is happening. You try to contain yourself, after all you are at a funeral.

Obituary is a play which explores the many interesting facets of an African American funeral.

Akin Babatunde

Akin Babatunde

Produced by The Black Academy Of Arts and Letters, this hilarious play was written by it’s star Akin Babatunde.

In this one man show, Akin takes you through all the funny things you’ve experience in a funeral. Just having attended a funeral the day before seeing this show, I found myself in the amen corner recalling some of the things I witnessed in the new funeral attire wore by our hip hop generation. For a minute, I thought I was in the club.

You will enjoy this hour long gut busting one man show, and unlike the comedy and drama of real funerals you can laugh out loud.

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    Sweet Mama Stringbean Is Good Enough

    By: Sam Curtis

    Waters with Count Basie in Stage Door Canteen (1943)

    Waters with Count Basie in Stage Door Canteen (1943)

    As you know, I’m in attendance at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston Salem, N.C. Last evening, I got the opportunity to see Woodie King Jr.s New Federal Theatre’s Sweet Mama Stringbean.

    Sweet Mama Stringbean tells the story of Ethel Waters. Best known for her gospel recording “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”, Ethel Waters came to fame as singer of secular music and a stage and film actress.

    The play which is written by Beth Turner and directed by Elizabeth Van Dyke craftily orchestrates the transition of Waters brilliantly fading secular career to its’ Gospel heights.

    The play stars an always incredible Sandra Reaves- Phillips and her talented daughter, Marishka Shanice Phillips.

    Both women play Ethel at different ages at the same time on the stage, bringing about Waters’ transition in a refreshing way.

    Also included in this production that is brought to us by the award winning New Federal Theatre founder, Woodie King Jr. are Cjay Hardy Philip, Darryl Jovan Williams and Gary E. Vincent.

    Vincent tap dances during the production. Warning: Vincent is no Gregory or Maurice Hines, but he is certainly way better than me, and that’s good enough.

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