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E-RACE-ing One’s Indiscretions—Mamet Onstage in Chestnut Hill

E-RACE-ing One’s Indiscretions—Mamet Onstage in Chestnut Hill

By Ellen Wilson Dilks

Chestnut Hill’s venerable Stagecrafters Theatre closes out their 2017—18 season with a production of David Mamet’s 2009 drama RACE. Directed by David Flagg, the play runs weekends now through June 30 at various times.

David Mamet has become a fixture on the American theatre scene since 1976, when he first received acclaim for a trio of off-Broadway plays: The Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago and American Buffalo. He won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988). A founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, Mamet was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2002. His staccato […] Read more

RACE Opens Eyes and Minds at The Stagecrafters Theater

RACE Opens Eyes and Minds at The Stagecrafters Theater

By: Ginger Agnew
B SHARP’S STUDIO 6

When mounting a play written by one of America’s predominant playwrights, David Mamet, it is imperative to assure the artistic team is true to the author’s intent. With RACE it is tricky to distinguish what is and is not true, but the production at Stagecrafters Theater is true to the script. The difficulty is to decide what is right and just. The action takes place inside the well appointed room of a law firm’s inner sanctum. The team discusses the case and decisions are made as to whether to take on a client accused of […] Read more

Sex, guilt and race all factors in thriller on Hill stage

Sex, guilt and race all factors in thriller on Hill stage

by Rita Charleston

“Race,” a provocative tale of sex, guilt and wild-eyed allegations, is the final production of the season at Stagecrafters, 8130 Germantown Ave., running through June 30. The thriller by multi-award winning playwright David Mamet focuses on two partners in a law firm known for getting their clients off the hook. In this case, they have to defend a man whose sexual transgression overlaps with a violation of an unwritten racial code. “Race” premiered on Broadway in December, 2009. Mamet has said that the “intended theme is race and the lies we tell each other on the subject.”

In the […] Read more

A compelling, suspenseful drama, ‘Race,’ on Hill stage

A compelling, suspenseful drama, ‘Race,’ on Hill stage

by Hugh Hunter

When it comes to the question of race, our 200-year national theater has gone full circle. After a long history of ignoring the role race plays in American life, modern day theater is now preoccupied with its importance. In “Race” (2009), now running at Stagecrafters, playwright David Mamet tosses his penny into the pond.

The plot is stereotypically simple. Charles Strickland, a wealthy white man, stands accused of raping a young black woman in a hotel room. The law firm of Lawson and Brown struggles to decide if it wants to accept the case. Evidence to support Strickland’s guilt […] Read more

Andre Ezeugwu Named A Future Leader In Radio

Andre Ezeugwu Named A Future Leader In Radio

Here Are The Future African American Leaders In Radio

By Radio Ink
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March 26, 2018

Now in its sixth year, our Future African American Leaders in Radio list, as it has in previous years, includes people from every aspect of the business and from all over the country. On the 2018 list, you’ll read about how several of them backed into radio almost by accident — but discovered they loved it (sounds like we may have a recruiting problem) and made a hugely successful career out of their opportunity. Many of them credit their success to having great mentors, strong faith, and the grit […] Read more

How a Hit Happens Now

How a Hit Happens Now

The most influential playlist in music is Spotify’s RapCaviar, which turns mixtape rappers into megastars. And it’s all curated by one man.

By Craig Marks

In this, the year hip-hop won the music business, one of its defining hits was released more or less by mistake.

Back in February, Lil Uzi Vert, a charismatic, septum-pierced 23-year-old rapper out of Philadelphia who’d become internet famous with a frenetic outpouring of digital singles, EPs, and mixtapes, was on his first tour of Europe, opening a string of shows for the Weeknd. Uzi, who counts […] Read more

U2 Launching New Album Using Alexa?!

U2 Launching New Album Using Alexa?!

By: Radio Ink

The world of digital continues to edge in on radio’s space. iHeartMedia has really taken advantage of the company’s scale in recent years by teaming with artists and launching their new songs – and playing the daylights out of them – sometimes for an entire day at the top of every hour. Now, it’s Jeff Bezos’ team taking advantage of Amazon’s scale, and using Alexa to do the same for U2.

U2 is releasing its new album called Songs of Experience this Friday. Amazon is calling what happens today through that launch, ‘ a new kind of radio.’ Historical […] Read more

Return of the Top 40 Troubadour: How Singer-Songwriters Reclaimed Pop Radio

Return of the Top 40 Troubadour: How Singer-Songwriters Reclaimed Pop Radio

by Elias Leight

When Post Malone’s “Rockstar” topped the Hot 100 earlier this month, it marked the fifth hip-hop No. 1 of 2017, tying a chart record. In this climate, it’s not surprising that pop acts are scrambling to capitalize on rap’s chart popularity by borrowing hip-hop production techniques (Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato) or collaborating with rappers (Maroon 5, Bebe Rexha, Calvin Harris, Charli XCX).

But there’s one notable sector of hold-outs. Over the last 12-15 months, a parade of guitar-toting male troubadours have climbed, slowly and sensitively, on to pop radio, and their singles — from James Arthur‘s “Say You Won’t Let Go” to Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” — […] Read more

Westwood One Is Delivering the Audio Industry’s First Guaranteed ROI for Its Advertisers

Westwood One Is Delivering the Audio Industry’s First Guaranteed ROI for Its Advertisers

The medium’s strong return on ad spend is behind the promise

By Sami Main

Westwood One, as the largest radio network in the United States, is announcing a new program to help advertisers feel more secure in their radio ad purchases.

In a first for the industry, Westwood One is giving their ad partners an ROI guarantee. Its partnership with  Nielsen proves there’s strong evidence for radio’s positive ROI across multiple brand categories. That partnership connected radio listening with purchasing data, and when combined with Westwood One’s new audience delivery guarantee, the radio network can give its advertisers an ROI guarantee.

With the Westwood One ROI Guarantee […] Read more

Record labels plead for more radio royalties amid cultural policy review

Record labels plead for more radio royalties amid cultural policy review

JOSH O’KANE
CONTRIBUTER TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL

As Ottawa overhauls its cultural policies, Canadian record labels are pleading for the federal government to revise copyright laws in favour of artists, hoping to offset internet-driven losses to both musicians and the businesses that support them.

Industry association Music Canada is asking Ottawa to change two specific pieces of the Copyright Act, which faces a mandated five-year review this year. The combined amendments could deliver more than $50-million in extra royalties to performers and their record companies annually, the group says.

One request is believed to be straightforward – to amend the […] Read more