Author: Tulis McCall

Toni Stone

Marcenia Lyle Stone, aka Tom-Boy Stone, aka Toni Stone was born in 1921 in Virginia.  She grew up in during the depression in St. Paul. She became the first woman (but not the only) woman to play professional baseball with the Negro League.  This is her story.  More than that, it is an iconic tale that should be memorized by every baseball-loving human being, told and retold until women are once again let into the majors.

And I don’t mean maybe, baby.

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Much Ado About Nothing

by Tulis McCall Am I the only one who gets all of Shakespeare’s comedies mixed up?  Measure for Measure, All’s Well That Ends Well, A Comedy of Errors – come on!!  Which is which?  Which one has the twins?...

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Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune

Well isn’t this pleasant surprise? Here is the deal. I am not a big fan of Audra McDonald. It’s not that I don’t respect her talent. It is that every role I have seen her in seems to be a good person. Even Lady Day was struggling to be good. In Franke and Johnny in the Claire de Lune all that propriety is tossed out the window, beginning with the first scene. Coitus is the order of the evening and McDonald and her smashing co-star Michael Shannon perform a pas de deux that is perfection. McDonald’s outbursts are nothing short of an aria. Positively inspirational. Not to mention hilarious.

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Little Women

This is not your mama’s “Little Women”.  As a matter of fact I am not certain it is even my “Little Women”. This is a “Little Women” that has been retrofitted to within an inch of its life to be relevant for today.  The thing is, it was already relevant.

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