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REVUE: Face Off Theatre Presents “Crowns”

Review June 02, 2021 Marin Heinritz

KALAMAZOO, Mich.–The great American writer James Baldwin’s quote “Your crown has been bought and paid for. All you must do is put it on” is interpreted in a biblical light, an acknowledgement of the suffering people of color endure.

And yet Regina Taylor’s play infused with gospel, “Crowns,” in production this weekend from Face Off Theater Company in Kalamazoo, turns Baldwin’s sentiment on its head, so to speak, celebrating that black women, indeed, have endured, and done so in style and in a fashion uniquely theirs, though also deeply rooted in ancestral history.

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