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  • REVIEW: Charleston Stage's Of Mice and Men casts an eye on the American Dream

    Blue-collar crime
      Today's fixation on the failing of the American Dream presupposes that it was for centuries grandly humming along — that is, until something gummed up the works. However, back in 1937, John Steinbeck's slim, grim novella Of Mice and Men asserted the myth of Manifest Destiny by illustrating how line between the haves and the have-nots was as impassable as the Continental Divide. His subsequent stage and screen adaptations then furthered that assertion, unleashing in popular culture an altogether different vantage of some faulty threads in our social fabric.
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  • From MOJA to MAGA: Staging the African-American experience

    Our theater critic looks back at this year's fest
      The dynamic and expansive 2018 MOJA Festival has come and gone, but its pair of theater offerings resonates still. Together, they offered an eye-opening study in contrasts circling around the topic of being upwardly mobile and black in America. Both productions played on the Dock Street Theatre stage, bookending the festival each with four-day runs. However, each took an altogether different tack in considering African American advancement, from tender winks to tragic reckonings.
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