The Theater: Jubilation

DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE

Music and Lyrics by MICKI GRANT

Though blacks have immortalized the blues and keened their sorrows in spirituals, they have also been immersed in the spirit of evangelical joy. The American black is steeped in Christian fervor, and though he may profess secular aims and agnostic convictions he is also a creature of the Gospel. Part of his being "rocks church" at an invisible but perpetual revival meeting. Some of the songs and dances in Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope comment very seriously on the social injustices still visited on the heirs of slavery, but...

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