The “lady” of the title in Georgia State University professor and playwright Shirlene Holmes’ 1997 “A Lady and a Woman” is Miss Flora, an innkeeper and healer in the mid-1890s South.
As portrayed by the gifted Velina Brown in Theatre Rhinoceros’ local premiere, Miss Flora is regal, lonely, self-assured, devoutly Christian and full of yearning.
When she says, initially, “I don’t trust nobody on first sight,” you believe her — so it’s wonderful to see her let her guard down as t Read More
On opening day at Dolores Park, during the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s latest political comedy with music, “For the Greater Good,” Troupe stalwart Velina Brown — playing a super-patriotic military officer — belted out a heartfelt song with all her usual gusto. As the audience cheered, a woman behind me said to her companion, “But we’re not supposed to like her!” He replied, “It’s so hard not to!” Read More
Nothing will put you in the holiday spirit more quickly than the African-American Shakespeare Co.’s seasonal show, a low-tech and engaging “Cinderella.” I caught a Sunday matinee among an audience of squirming, giggling girls in shiny party dresses, many in sparkly tiaras too. The theater’s Afrocentric script — tweaked by whoever is directing it in a given year — is a delight. Read More