I finally saw #Hamilton. Here’s what I thought.
Hamilton Orpheum Theatre Cast Michael Luwoye, Joshua Henry, and Rory O’Malley, Rubén J. Carbajal as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton; Jordan Donica as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Amber Iman as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; Isaiah Johnson as George Washington; Solea Pfeiffer as Eliza Hamilton; Emmy Raver-Lampman as Angelica Schuyler; and Mathenee Treco as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison, Ryan Alvarado, Raymond Baynard, Amanda Braun, Daniel Ching, Karli Dinardo, Jeffery Duffy, Jennifer Geller, Jacob Guzman, Julia Harriman, Afra Hines, Sabrina Imamura, Lauren Kias, Yvette Lu, Desmond Newson, Desmond Nunn, Josh Andrés Rivera, Raven Thomas, Ryan Vasquez, Keenan D. Washington, and Andrew Wojtal.

I finally saw #Hamilton. Here’s what I thought.

I remember a few years ago, one of my good actor friends in NYC called me raving about a new musical he saw called Hamilton at The Public Theater. He poured over it using words like "amazing," "genius" and "Broadway bound." Sure enough, he called it and less than a year later it was the hottest ticket on the Great…

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Is it dance or is it theater?

Recently, I spent about a month calling artistic directors, dancers, choreographers, and producers across the country asking them the same question: How do you define dance, theater, and dance/theater? It's no marvel that everyone I spoke to gave me a different answer. Some said art has no definition. Others said that theater is more narrative based and dance is more…

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Who are we without our memories?

Recently I reviewed a play called Informed Consent by Deborah Zoe Laufer at Horizon Theatre in Atlanta, who produced it after it concluded at the Duke on 42nd in New York City. In the play, a genetic anthropologist named Jillian is conducting genomic testing to try to find a cure for Alzheimer's-- a disease that took her mother when she…

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Reflections after attending the National Critics Institute

I spent the past two weeks at the O'Neill Theatre Center in New London, Conn. at the National Critics Institute-- the only writing workshop for early and mid-career theatre critics. In a cottage in New England I pondered about the state of theatre, the state of journalism, writing about people of color, how to incorporate dining content into theatre journalism,…

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What makes you come alive?

In 2006 I was a senior in high school and I attended the annual Thespian Conference, which was a chance for drama nerds from all around the state to gather and feel less awkward. The theme of Thespian Conference that year was "Alive" based on Howard Thurman's quote "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and…

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“Protest Silence. Protest Absence.”

Theatre Communications Group, which is the national governing organization for professional theaters, is hosting a salon series on its TCG Circle Blog called ‪#‎Trayvon‬. The series aims to see if, or how, we as theater artists and administrators can curb the hatred (on all sides) that has come as a result of the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman…

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