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'Rasheeda Speaking' Off Broadway Review: Talking About Race in the Workplace

'Rasheeda Speaking' Off Broadway Review: Talking About Race in the Workplace
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

A wicked comedy of the workplace, “Rasheeda Speaking” studies two middle-aged women whose relationship evolves from edgy to worse.

An enjoyable New York premiere by The New Group, Chicago writer Joel Drake Johnson’s new play features two formidable artists, Tonya Pinkins and Dianne Wiest, duking it out as office co-workers whose unfair fight raises prickly issues of racial mistrust and prejudice.

The story transpires over several days in a surgeon’s office, where Jaclyn (Pinkins), who is black, and Ileen (Wiest), who is white, are secretaries at adjacent desks. Their boss, Dr. Williams, is dissatisfied with Jaclyn’s performance. He instructs the reluctant Ileen to maintain a log of Jaclyn’s shortcomings in order to transfer her to a different department of the medical center.

A cranky lady with an elaborately braided hairdo, Jaclyn fusses about toxins in the air and harmful rays from the computer. Her manner with patients is brusque and her tasking ways are spotty.

 

Oscar Contender Julianne Moore Takes Spotlight in "Seventh Son"

Oscar Contender Julianne Moore Takes Spotlight in
BY WINNIE BONELLI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

With the 87th Academy Awards ceremony slated for Sunday, Feb. 22 televised on WABC beginning 7 p.m., Jeff Bridges gave Best Actress nominee Julianne Mo...

Powerball Drawing for Feb. 11 Worth $500 Million

Powerball Drawing for Feb. 11 Worth $500 Million
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

 

 

Twenty consecutive Powerball drawings without a winner means that top prize for the next game will be rising again. How much further can it go?

For starters, a half a ...

Powerful Courtroom Drama "Gett" Indicts Israel's Divorce Laws

Powerful Courtroom Drama
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

Tragedy and absurd comedy nestle together in “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amselam,” just like a married couple spooning despite their misery. The Israeli ...

“Repairing a Nation” Explores Lasting Legacy of Tulsa Race Riots in a Family Drama at Crossroads Theatre Company

“Repairing a Nation” Explores Lasting Legacy of Tulsa Race Riots in a Family Drama at Crossroads Theatre Company
BY SANDRA LANMAN
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

NEW BRUNSWICK – Though often called the worst incident of racial violence in American history, the Tulsa race riots of 1921 have gotten modest attention...

'The Lion" Off Broadway Review: A Songwriter Tells His Story

'The Lion
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Benjamin Scheuer is a boyish looking musician-songwriter in his early 30s who disarmingly relates a coming-of-age saga in “The Lion,” which cu...

'City Of' Off Broadway Review: Paris Dreaming

'City Of' Off Broadway Review: Paris Dreaming
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

The Playwrights Realm presents new works by writers who are in the early phases of their careers. It is a worthy endeavor but as with all such...

Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live coming to State Theatre in New Brunswick

Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live coming to State Theatre in New Brunswick
BY KELLY BLITHE
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

NEW BRUNSWICK - State Theatre presents the 9th annual State Theatre Family Day on Monday, February 16, featuring performances of Jack Hanna’s Into the Wi...

'Lady, Be Good!' Off Broadway Review: Tommy Tune and a Tuneful Gershwin Score are Better Than Good

'Lady, Be Good!' Off Broadway Review: Tommy Tune and a Tuneful Gershwin Score are Better Than Good
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

“Lady, Be Good!” was the first really big Broadway smash for composer George Gershwin and his lyricist brother Ira.

Created for the dancing tea...

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