Race Issues Give ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ the Blues

Race Issues Give ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ the Blues

August Wilson wrote a series of 10 plays about various periods in African American life in the U.S. One of the standouts is “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” which opened Sunday at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Wilson’s works look at Black culture and identity, with an emphasis on race relations and injustices. His […]

Feel at Home With Immediate Family

Feel at Home With Immediate Family

Adult siblings gather in the old family home in the upscale Hyde Park area of Chicago to catch up before the wedding of the youngest in a light-hearted, enjoyable new play at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Old family wounds, modern marriage realities, prejudices and half-hidden truths are cleverly examined in Immediate Family, […]