Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Black Nativity"

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"BLACK NATIVITY"

a gospel song-play by Langston Hughes

Executive Producer and Director: Elma Lewis
Producer and Musical Director: John Andrew Ross
Choreographer: George Howard

Narrator (Principal): Voncile Ross; Hon. Milton L. Wright
Narrator: Danny Morris; Terri Taylor
Narration: Sele ‘Fana Kamau
Mary: Shaynah Barnes; Toni S. Jackson; Mercedes Neves; Desiree Springer-O’Neal
Joseph: Wyatt “Mo’gee” Jackson; Dr. Michael Shannon

with:

Voices of Black Persuasion and Children of Black Persuasion

I have received the last of my theatre gifts: a performance of Langston Hughes’ BLACK NATIVITY, which celebrated its 33rd season in Boston. I first attended a performance about six or seven years ago; many things in my life have changed since then, but BLACK NATIVITY remains as fresh and joyous as I remembered it to be and I thank its performers, one and all.

Mr. Hughes’ gospel song-play is exactly that: a celebration of the Coming and Birth of Christ, done with a minimum of plot and a maximum of song: hand-clapping, soul-stirring song. To debate whether BLACK NATIVITY be a musical, a concert or a mass is moot; it will sweep you up in its loving embrace and leave you a round-eyed child experiencing the true meaning of Christmas --- spiritual, not material. I wouldn’t say this was the one show you had to see this holiday season, but it was certainly the best one on which to end your holiday theatergoing.

Seasons Greetings 2002.

"Black Nativity" (29 November ­ 22 December)
THE TREMONT TEMPLE
88 Tremont Street, BOSTON, MA
1 (617) 423-6398

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