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On screen: Dietland (AMC), with Rowena King as Cheryl Crane-Murphy.

“Witty, heartbreaking and brutal”—and topping Rolling Stone’s 10 Best TV Shows From 2018 (So Far) That You Should Be Watching.

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On screen: The film of Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field, directed by Kristi Zea; on demand via HBO Go and HBO Now.

One of the Best TV shows of 2018 so farNewsweek

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Final week—must close July 21! US premiere of Miles Malleson’s Conflict, a Mint Theater production at the Beckett on Theatre Row.

An immaculately well-made, comprehensively satisfying piece of theater, old-fashioned in style without feeling at all dated, and the Mint’s production, directed by Jenn Thompson and featuring an ensemble cast of supreme merit, is beyond praise.

Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal
on Conflict

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On stage: Off-Broadway premiere of Little Rock, through September 8 at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture.

Amy Stoller as dialect designer gave the appropriate actors playing Arkansas characters their Little Rock speech.

Victor Gluck, TheaterScene
on Little Rock

 Top, LR: Ashley Robinson, Peter O'connor. Back L-R, Charlie Hudson II, Damian Jermaine Thompson. Front L-R: Stephanie Umoh, Anita Welch, Shanice Williams. Photo: Carol Rosegg.

Top, LR: Ashley Robinson, Peter O'connor. Back L-R, Charlie Hudson II, Damian Jermaine Thompson. Front L-R: Stephanie Umoh, Anita Welch, Shanice Williams. Photo: Carol Rosegg.

 Members of the little Rock Nine at opening night. Standing: Carlotta Walls Lanier, Minnijean Brown-Trickey, Ernest Green, Gloria Ray Karlmark. seated: Melba Pattillo Beals, Thelma Mothershed-Wair.

Members of the little Rock Nine at opening night. Standing: Carlotta Walls Lanier, Minnijean Brown-Trickey, Ernest Green, Gloria Ray Karlmark. seated: Melba Pattillo Beals, Thelma Mothershed-Wair.

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In rehearsal: The Mint Theater Company production of Lillian Hellman’s Days to Come, directed by J.R. Sullivan. August 2–September 30 at the Beckett Theatre, Theatre Row.

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In preparation: Tennessee Williams’s A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, directed by Austin Pendleton for La Femme Theatre Productions. September 14–October 2 at Theatre at St. Clement’s.

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In print: My article “Speech stereotypes: good vs. evil” is one of the fourteen most-read articles in Voice and Speech Review! It’s based on a panel I led at the Voice and Speech Trainers Association Conference in Washington, D.C., with panelist/co-authors Eric Armstrong, Kim James Bey, Douglas Honorof, and Adrianne Moore. To get the most out of the article(s), you’ll need to download the PDF file(s). The internal links don’t work in the online text versions. FREE until the end of 2018.

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Recent stage: Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field at the Royal Court Theatre, London, UK.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Giving America’s trauma an urgent voice"—The Telegraph | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “There’s something a bit miraculous about the way Deavere Smith can become a preacher so wildly charismatic you’re ready to get out of your seat and go change the world”— Time Out | ★ ★ ★ ★ “Makes you want to cry and cheer. Humane, intelligent — and theatrically incendiary”—The Times | ★ ★ ★ ★ “A powerful, harrowing and extraordinary verbatim production”—The Guardian | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Smith’s blistering performance is nothing short of incredible”—The Stage ★ ★ ★ ★ “It’s difficult to overstate just how good Smith is”—The Upcoming | ★ ★ ★ ★ "An extraordinary evening"— The Arts Desk | ★★★★ “A tour de force”—Financial Times | ★★★★“We are held rapt”—London Theatre