The actress and singer delights in the gender-bent role of Joe "Yussel the Muscle" Jacobs, the real-life manager of German boxer Joe Schmeling, who became a close friend of his onetime opponent, Joe Louis, and an enemy of Joseph Goebbels, publicity man for Hitler.
The Arden is bringing "Every Brilliant Thing," which sold out its extended run last fall, back this fall. Director Terrence J. Nolen and star Scott Greer talk about what makes the play work: its personal, democratic approach, making the audience the supporting cast.
A brother and sister run after-hours parties in a neighborhood of Detroit as the riots near that will tear the city apart. Morisseau is one of the country's most sought-after playwrights; this is her breakout play. Alas, the production ends up being tame and predictable.