• Arts & Entertainment

    Slave Play: A Stunning Eyeopener of a Show

    Have you ever imagined what it really feels like to be a person of color in this country and how it feels like when you connect with another person with a different color of skin in a physical and sexual way? This one thought has become clear to me after seeing the provocative and stunning new play, Slave Play, now playing at the Golden Theatre for a limited and now-just-extended run until January 19th.               The play takes place in the MacGregor Plantation and involves three interracial couples. The first couple is black slave-worker Kaneisha (Joaquina Kalukango) and her master, white-bred Jim (Paul Alexander Nolan). The next couple is southern belle Alana…

  • Arts & Entertainment

    “She Kills Monsters” Slays QC Students

    On the night of Sunday, Nov. 3, I elected to go watch a play. The performance I decided on was “She Kills Monsters,” the latest collaborative production between the QC department of Drama, Theatre and Dance and the theatre guild. When I approached the box office at Kupferberg, I saw it was empty. Taped on to the glass was a sign that directed patrons to head to the lowest floor of Rathaus hall. So, that’s where I went next. Once I reached my destination, I saw there were many folks standing outside the entrance to the theatre at the end of the hall. I approached and asked the man who…

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    Queens College students put on a production of “An Octoroon” at the Goldstein Theater

    “An Octoroon” is a play that makes you laugh, and really think about what it is you’re laughing at. The play, written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, ran from October 26th to November 5th in the Queens College Goldstein Theater. The play is about a Louisiana plantation on the brink of bankruptcy, and the cast of characters doing their best to deal with the impending financial collapse. The play also played with race in a way that was particularly tongue-in-cheek: there was a character in blackface, another in “whiteface,” and another in “redface.” The play made me uncomfortable, but that was precisely its goal; by the end of the show, one character…