Critics' Voices: Sep. 10, 1990

THEATER

BLACK AND BLUE. Tony winner Ruth Brown seemed irreplaceable as the comic heft of this gorgeous Broadway review, but LaVern Baker (also heard on the Dick Tracy score) gets the same laughs and is, if anything, torchier. In other regards this celebration of blues song and tap dance is better than ever: the all-black cast has infused a newfound Harlem funk into the Busby Berkeleyesque glamour.

CAMILLE. Charles Ludlam died of AIDS in 1987, but his plays' nutty mix of drag-queen melodrama, camp slapstick and sly deconstruction lives on. His longtime companion and collaborator, Everett Quinton, restages and stars in...

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