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Okwui Okpokwasili: Bronx Gothic 

When: July 17-19, 8:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $20
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Okwui Okpokwasili has a long list of theater/dance credits in New York, including Hippolyta in Julie Taymor's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Show Box L.A. built its reputation supporting and presenting experimental performers, mostly local but also imports. The launch of its 2014-15 season features the West Coast premiere of Okpokwasili's solo show, Bronx Gothic. Directed by Peter Born and written by Okpokwasili, the words come later — after Okpokwasili shows how she can move. In the extended opening moments, Okpokwasili shimmers and shimmies with her back to the audience, then combines dance, spoken word and performance to present two girls on the edge of adolescence exchanging graphic notes about sex. This is Okpokwasili and Born's second collaboration; their first, Pent-Up: A Revenge Dance, garnered a 2010 New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award. Not a bad calling card for this show. Highland Park Ebell Club, 131 S. Avenue 57, Highland Park; July 17-19, 8:30 p.m.; $20. info@showboxla.org, showboxla.org.
— Ann Haskins

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