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December 28th, 2005

Cuttin' Through the Cultural Barriers

Last night, we went to see the play Cuttin' Up at Arena Stage. We weren't all that enthused about going - we originally had tickets for several weeks back, but we needed to cancel and almost didn't reschedule. I mean, a play about Black barber shops and the stories told by the men who get their hair cut - who needs it?!?

I am ***so*** glad that we went. The play was beautifully acted, with eight actors playing more than 40 roles. There were several "side stories" told by characters about their past - one, told by a barber who cut hair in San Francisco during the height of AIDS fears, left me in tears. The storytelling was fresh and creative. Music was as much a character as the actors on stage. In short, we more than got our money- and time's-worth by seeing the show.

This show was written as a sort of companion piece to Crowns, a play about Black women and the hats they wear to church. I've always passed up the chance to usher that performance. I'll make a point to usher it this summer.

Mindy, learning not to judge plays by their covers

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