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Thursday, December 7, 2006

Remember Her? Of Course You Do

posted by on December 7 at 12:38 PM


Phylicia Rashad (aka Mrs. Claire Huxtable) is coming to the Rep to make her directorial debut with August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean in April. On one hand, she’s done a lot of theater—Broadway, Off-Broadway, Negro Ensemble Company, Lincoln Center—and she knows the play. Here’s her as Aunt Esther:


On the other hand: her directing debut? On Gem of the Ocean—the production that will complete the Rep’s 10-play Wilson cycle? Is this us being a provincial starfuckers, subordinating the play to the celebrity of the director? Or can she really do it?

I’m pulling for you, Mrs. Huxtable.

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