Carl Lumbly

From left, Carl Lumbly, Safiya Fredericks and Rafael Jordan star in the premiere of Han Ong’s “Grandeur.” (Courtesy Jennifer Riley)

Magic Theatre’s ‘Grandeur’ considers fame and failure

One man sits in the center of a darkened apartment. Another struggles…


Carl Lumbly plays 19th-century actor Ira Aldridge and Elena Wright plays a reporter hearing his story in “Red Velvet” at San Francisco Playhouse. (Courtesy Ken Levin)

A black actor sparks drama in ‘Red Velvet’

“Red Velvet’ is based on the true story of a little-known classical…


Carl Lumbly, far left, heads up a terrific cast, including Lakin Valdez, center, and Samuel Ray Gates. in American Conservatory Theater’s stellar production of “Between Riverside and Crazy.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne}

‘Riverside’ kicks off ACT season brilliantly

If the new American Conservatory Theater production of “Between Riverside and Crazy”…