THOUGHTS: Barbecue at The Public Theater

Playbill for Barbecue at The Public TheaterThis weekend I made my way downtown to check out the new play at The Public Theater that everyone is buzzing about, Barbecue by Robert O’ Hara. I am happy to give this unique evening of theatre the Arts in Color seal of approval.

TALKS: Actress Heather Alicia Simms on Barbecue at The Public

Heather Alicia SimmsBarbecue is the highly anticipated new Robert O’Hara play now in previews downtown at The Public Theater. The show boasts a bevy of distinguished performers and is set to open October 8th. Arts in Color had the privilege of interviewing a Public regular, actress Heather Alicia Simms.  Continue reading

BEYOND THE STAGE: HBO Girls– The Voice of Our Generation

This past Sunday night marked the end of HBO Girls‘ sophomore season leaving the viewers wondering when we’ll get our next dose of Brooklyn girl gab.  With the episode entitled “Together,” the season finished with a balanced ratio of relationships (both romantic and platonic)  looking like they were either going to solidify into passionate love or crumble into a million pieces. Yes, that’s right, even the love lives of the women of Girls are unpredictably messy.  Yay- gender issues!

Photo Credit: HBO

Photo Credit: HBO

I have to give Girls credit- I believe gender issues are an important topic to cover in mainstream media.  And, it’s so rare for a story about female sexuality to actually be told from the perspective of a female (I mean, Sex and the City was created by this guy!).  However, despite the commitment to highlight the common gender issues of many young adults, I have to wonder– where are the minorities in this world?

Photo Credit: HBO

Photo Credit: HBO

Donald Glover had a brief, and insignificant, appearance on this season of Girls. His plot line involved something along the lines of the brief, rebound love interest of Lena Dunham’s character, Hannah, as she distracted herself from past lover Adam. The end.

Lena Dunham’s character Hannah proclaims, in a now infamous quote from the show, “I am the voice of my generation. Well, maybe a voice.”  Hopefully the future seasons of Girls will include more artists of color of this generation.  I mean- the show is set in Brooklyn (a vibrant and diverse borough of New York City)!  Making this show more diverse will not only provide more jobs for artists of color but will also illustrate the Brooklyn everyone in the world knows and loves.   Until then, I’ll have to agree with the second part of this infamous quote- she’s “a voice.”  But I’m hoping the actual voice of our twenty-something go-getter generation does a better job of painting a more diverse Gen Y.