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  Black Nativity at H Street Playhouse

Black Nativity

H Street Playhouse
1365 H Street NE Washington

Langston Hughes’ retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective, infused with rich gospel, blues, funk, jazz music and dance with griot style story telling from an ensemble cast.

Presented by Theater Alliance

Thru - Jan 1, 2012

Price: $20 - $35

Running Time: 2 hrs with 1 intermission
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  Black Nativity Reviews
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Examiner - Highly Recommended

"...The Theater Alliance kicked off its ninth season with Langston Hughes' Black Nativity, a classic re-telling of the Christmas story. The production, directed by Stephawn Stephens, transformed the stage at the H Street Playhouse in Washington, DC into a finely woven tapestry, captivating the audience with exuberant and exhilarating song and dance."
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Sarah Hearn

Washington Informer - Highly Recommended

"...This is not a “star-maker” show, even though individual performers give some thrilling moments in solo work. This is one of the truest ensemble productions I have witnessed in quite some time. And that is where the power and artistry is clearly evidenced. The cast is a wondrous assembly of remarkably talented singers, actors and dancers, but it is there cohesion and harmony that capture you and send your spirit soaring."
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Michael Sainte-Andress

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...I was breathless after the last number before intermission. It couldn’t get better than what I just saw. Oh, ye faithful, but it did and amazingly so. Act Two is set in the present day of a church and is the most compelling. It closely resembles an extended testimony session, church on Sunday morning after a long work week and having to face another. Gospel greats Mahalia Jackson, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Caravans and James Cleveland are all portrayed by this dynamic ensemble. Crowd favorites such as “Soon One Morning,” “Sweeping through the City,” and “Peace, Be Still” elicited yelps, moans, and cheers from the audience. This cast took us to church and I, for one, never wanted to leave."
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Ashunda Norris

DCTheatreScene - Recommended

Theater Alliance’s spirited production of Black Nativity takes the audience on a joyful, unique ride through the Christmas Story, set to a foot stomping gospel hit parade. The production unfolds as a vibrant Passion Play relating the story of Jesus Christ’s birth moved to a vaguely Caribbean setting. The act begins with Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and continues through the revelry and celebration following the news of the “newborn king”. The cast bursts out of the gate smiling and full of energy.
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Ben Demers

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