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araisinposterLast weekend my wife, friends and I went to see “A Raisin In The Sun” at the DeSoto Corner Theatre.  We also went last year and it was just as good this time, if not even better.  I tell you, I don’t know how the cast can do a performance like that night after night.  The show is yet another gem by the African American Repertory Theater.  If you recall not long ago I put a post on another play they did called, “A Soldier’s Story.”  Man, these guys & gals are GOOD!

The play stars an incredible Irma P. Hall, Vince McGill, & Regina Washington as well as some other very, very gifted actors.  I truly believe that kids of all ages should see this play as well as anyone interested in watching a moving performance filled with character growth and a peek into the American past.  Just when you were about to give up on the main character, he does a 180 and you really do not see it coming.

Thank you to the cast of “A Raisin In The Sun.”  You are all absolutely awesome!  Thank you.  The show dates are through April 12 on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays.  The DeSoto Corner Theater is located at 211 E. Pleasant Run – Desoto, TX  75115.  Do not miss out on this incredible performance.  You will not be sorry.

Peace and gratitude,

Bill

Tonight my wife and I went to see A Soldier’s Play.  We were looking forward to seeing Vince McGill play Captain Richard Davenport because Vince is just AWESOME in every play we have seen him in.  You can see instantly that he has “BIG TIME” written all over his name.  These blog posts might end up being worth a fortune someday!  Normally I just talk about Vince but not this time.  There were 12 actors, and I can honestly say each of them gave memorable, incredible performances!  You were given a glimpse of each of the characters’ past and it really opened my eyes to how fathers can influence their children.  However, not everyone uses it as an excuse to do something that is simply wrong.  I believe that every high school child should be required to see this play.  Wow!  What a powerful performance.

The play, as it is written, can get a little confusing at times because of the flashbacks and flashbacks within flashbacks but somehow they pulled it off to perfection!  I was never confused and I was completely into it from the first to the last scene.  The acting was so strong that I am sure all of these guys will be leads in future plays wherever they choose.  Great, great job!  You all nailed it!

If you live in the DFW area, take the time to go to this play.  There are only 4 performances left so do yourself a favor and go see it.  The DeSoto Corner Theater is located at 211 E. Pleasant Run, DeSoto, TX  75115.  Conveniently located only 15 minutes from downtown Dallas.  You can purchase tickets online at http://www.aareptheater.com/ or at the box office. 

Peace and gratitude,

Bill

Last night, a number of family members met to watch another one of Shakespeare’s plays, “Othello.”  My wonderful niece from Louisiana was visiting and hadn’t ever seen a Shakespeare play before.  I wish she would have been here for “All’s Well and Ends Well” last weekend because it was a much more cheerful play.  Although it was an excellent performance by a cast of incredible actors, to me,  Othello just wasn’t near as good as last weekend’s play.  I am that I liked last weekend’s play because it was a comedy (and a really good one at that) and this was a tragedy.

We knew Vince, the actor who played Othello, and sat in a special reserved section.  It was perfect because it had a cover over it while the others in the audience got a few rain drops through the performance.  I can tell you that Vince is an unbelievable actor.  He was just as flawless as he was in “A Raisin in the Sun” that we saw a while back.  Vince, great, great job!

Seeing Shakespeare in the park for the first time last week and a second time this weekend, I am hooked.  I will definitely make this a regular activity. 

Peace and gratitude,

Bill

Last weekend my wife and I went to Shakespeare in the Park and saw “All’s Well and Ends Well.”  Before going, I was kind of dreading it because I never liked Shakespeare’s work because I struggled with understanding the language.  Knowing this, my wife pulled her notes from high school and  college and tutored me on the story.  What a great idea.  Knowing the story, I could understand what was going on and I really enjoyed it.

Tomorrow, we are going to another play in the park, Othello.  One of my wife’s staff is playing Othello so it will be really neat to watch him in the play.  For the first time, I am actually looking forward to a Shakespeare play.

If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend you attending any Shakespeare in the Park in a town close to you.  But be sure to read up on the story if you have any struggles with understanding the language.

Peace, love, and joy,

Bill