BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL BUT IT AIN'T ALWAYS PRETTY
by Kareem M. Lucas
January 8th and 14th
Performed by Kareem M. Lucas. Music composed and performed by Emily Gardner Xu Hall. Part of the Under The Radar Festival at the Public Theater. Click here for more details.
As an actor and singer, she acted and sang in a run of a musical at the Arden Theatre Company in which she also played four instruments. She received a great review in Bryony Lavery's two-hander, Stockholm, from Ben Brantley of the New York Times.
Emily is a composer-lyricist, and a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, and a member of the Musical Theatre Factory Writers Group. Studio Tisch held a reading of her original musical Untitled Cherry Orchard Musical at Studio Tisch, and a workshop presentation of her new Cymbeline musical. She also made her debut as a composer at MuseMatch X at 54 Below last July, and performed her own songs at Rattlestick Playwrights' Theatre New Songs Now! where she was selected as a featured singer-songwriter.
new york times Ben brantley review
In Stockholm, the Blades are Drawn from the Start (click here for the full review).
‘A precision-tooled performance by Emily Gardner Hall…
Ms. Hall gives natural life to Kali’s extreme, lacerating ambivalence. This young performer is remarkably smooth in conveying spikiness...
Todd and Kali are dancing fools and their range of movement swings wide. Sometimes they skip about as blithely as Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds in “Singin’ in the Rain,” but their natural form would seem to be the apache dance, with its all-out brutality.
[They] make us believe that from the moment they met, everything Todd and Kali have done has been charged with dangerous contradiction.’
Ben Brantley, New York Times, August 24th 2013
Or read the full review without visiting the NY Times website here.