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'Frederick Douglass Now' is a high point for Roger Guenveur Smith
'Frederick Douglass Now' is a high point for Roger Guenveur Smith

The space where historical perspective and current-day attitudes crosshatch benefits "Frederick Douglass Now” at Bootleg Theater. Writer-performer Roger Guenveur Smith has done incisive, socially trenchant work before, but this is something else again.  It’s a property that Smith, an Obie Award-winner for “A Huey P. Newton Story” and recently acclaimed for “Rodney King,” has been working on since his undergraduate days. Emerging without fanfare upstage of designer Kirk Wilson’s simple but effective set of three American flags, a red carpet and a suspiciously lynching-like rope, Smith wastes no time getting down to Douglass'...

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