Mahalia Jackson

'The Gospel at Colonus' proves timely, timeless

'The Gospel at Colonus' proves timely, timeless

It’s fairly unusual for a 30-plus-year-old experimental theater piece to remain trenchant, affecting and exhilarating at the same time, but that’s the incisive case with “The Gospel at Colonus” at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.

Lee Breuer and Bob Telson’s celebrated 1983 mashup of Greek tragedy and African American church service receives a magnificent Ebony Repertory Theatre revival, one that honors the property and brings it to acute, indelible new life.

“Colonus” still transpires within the milieu of an African American Pentecostal service, as a visiting preacher (the ever-remarkable Roger Robinson) sermonizes Sophocles’ cursed hero, and a blind gospel singer...

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