Seasonal Special Happenings

Black Nativity at Karamu

When: Fri., Dec. 10 2010

Black Nativity returns tonight to the Karamu stage following a one-year hiatus. A soulful retelling of the Gospel of St. Luke from an African-American perspective, the song-play was written by Cleveland native and Karamu alumnus Langston Hughes, and has had a recurring role in the troupe's repertoire since 1979. In that time, it has garnered consistent praise for its evocative score, dazzling modern-dance numbers, and eye-popping costumes. Scene theater critic Christine Howey said it best, way back in 2004: "Gospel music is one of the finest expressions of the Christian idea of salvation and hope, overlaid with the emotions of people within a loving and supportive community. Black Nativity provides a joyous firsthand experience of that mind-set — without any of the hate and exclusion that is passing for religious devotion these days. And for that we should all say, Amen!" Performances continue through December 30 at Karamu, 2355 East 89th St. in Cleveland. Tickets are $25 to $30 and can be snagged by phone at 216-795-7077 or online at — Cicora

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