“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is a masterwork for both its author and its director

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Michael Brosilow. There is simply no better director alive for interpreting the works of August Wilson than Ron OJ Parson, who has opened his 26th such interpretation with Writers Theatre’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the 1920s edition of the playwright’s American Century Cycle. Parson […]

Raven’s “How I Learned to Drive” captures the complexity of pedophilia

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Michael Brosilow. The word “pedophilia” is used once, and only once, in Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive, now playing at the Raven Theatre, but the topic of pedophilia pervades this play that is somehow terribly creepy, powerfully poignant, and hilariously […]