Performing Arts

Theater Review: ‘ToasT’

(L–R) Armando Riesco, Keith David, F. Hill Harper, and Jonathan Peck in “ToasT,” appear in a Public Lab production written by Lemon Andersen and directed by Elise Thoron.  (Carol Rosegg)
(L–R) Armando Riesco, Keith David, F. Hill Harper, and Jonathan Peck in “ToasT,” appear in a Public Lab production written by Lemon Andersen and directed by Elise Thoron. (Carol Rosegg)

NEW YORK—No, the play’s not about food. The term toast, in black culture, is spoken storytelling, which typically tells of folklore heroes, but may delve...

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    An Armenian Journey, 1915–2015

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  • Scenes from the Eifman Ballet’s production of “Anna Karenina.” (Hana Kudryashova)

    Anna Karenina Comes to Life Onstage

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