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Sweet inspiration

For more than three decades, until her death in 1972, Mahalia Jackson’s powerful contralto voice raised the spirits of even nonbelievers through her inspiring gospel singing. In an original production, Mixed Magic Theatre is reminding us about her legacy
Mixed Magic’s When Mahalia Sings
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 09, 2010

Mixed and mismatched

Oh those Elizabethans, those cutups, those bawdy scamps. If we had only William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors to go by, we'd wonder how the Brits ever built an empire between all the misidentifications and panicked confusions.
Errors are still comical in the bucket
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 21, 2009

Mixed Magic's When Fate Comes Knocking

It's been said before and it'll be said again: the election of Barack Obama casts a new light on the Civil Rights Movement. Or, in Ricardo Pitts-Wiley's words, "We get to tell the story in a different way."
Living history
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 10, 2009

American Dream

The songs are woven through a myth-like tale, set in a post-apocalyptic America, when the population is centered within 60 square miles and a corporate gang of the Mighty Four has taken over.
Mixed Magic’s latest Spirit Warrior  
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 27, 2008

Moby's metaphor

Whether a reader of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick skims through that chapter on cytology or is faithful to every word of the novel, he or she can never forget Captain Ahab’s search for the Great White Whale.
Mixed Magic modernizes Melville
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 01, 2007

Daddy issues

Watching a production of any classic almost always opens your eyes or your ears to something you hadn’t noticed before.
Mixed Magic’s take on Williams’s Cat
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 04, 2007


Tyrants’ tales

According to legend, Nero fiddled while Rome burned.
American Repertory Theatre’s Britannicus, Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s The Winter’s Tale
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 30, 2007

Seeking the truth

It’s from the perspective of a man, but The Well of Woman makes a brave attempt at honoring and, to some extent, understanding what women go through, especially if they are African-American.
Mixed Magic’s The Well of Woman
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 24, 2006

Being Bessie

Waiting for Bessie Smith, written and directed by Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, is a generous as well as enjoyable performance.
Mixed Media channels Ms. Smith
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 05, 2006

A rewarding ride

Comfortable lives aren’t the usual stuff of theater.
Mixed Magic’s Driving Miss Daisy
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 01, 2006