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YELLOWMAN, Next Theatre Company. Dael Orlandersmith’s play examines color distinctions within the black community that favor the light skinned. She also alludes to problems of gender: every man portrayed is contemptible. Even the title character, a golden boy who inherits wealth as well as light skin, comes to a bad end. Next Theatre’s production amplifies […]

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Art Ensemble of Chicago

The Art Ensemble of Chicago’s 1972 performance at the University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall–captured on the Delmark album Live–was both a homecoming and a reawakening for the group. The AEC had taken up residence in Paris in 1969, where it evolved into the flagship of the nascent Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians; the […]

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Black Like Who?

Yellowman, which opened at Evanston’s Next Theatre April 26, is an eloquent and blistering examination of attitudes about skin color within the black community of South Carolina’s Gullah country, where, as almost everywhere, it can be a curse to be either darker or lighter than one’s peers. Director Chuck Smith says he found the subject […]