The Theater: Doing the Harlem Hop

BUBBLING BROWN SUGAR

"The blacker the berry, the sweet er the juice," Louis Armstrong often said. "Brown sugar" was a term of en dearment for chorus girls in Harlem in the '20s and '30s. Both sweet and sizzling, this loosely structured show is a song and dance ramble. During the edgy militant '60s, any black who danced was regarded as a toe-tapping Uncle Tom, and any black who sang was regarded as an evangelical sponge. What a treat it is to see blacks singing and dancing as if those skills were not blemishes on intellect or race but blessings of...

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