BY KATHLEEN CAMPION In “A Night with Janis Joplin” you see dead people quite a lot. The conceit of the script is Joplin, on stage singing her heart out, with pauses to tell you about the amazing women who shaped her music: Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Odetta, Etta James and Aretha. These apparitions appear before us all over the remarkably fluid set from Justin Townsend. Taprena Michelle Augustine gives us Bessie Smith, De’Adre Aziza offers an imposing Odetta and a dead-on Nina Simone, and Nikki Kimbrough styles Etta James. These lively women also conjure the Chantels, the...Read More
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