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Acting great Charles Dutton closes out BAM, and Cap City holds a comedy caucus

By Robert Faires, Fri., Oct. 10, 2008

Charles S. Dutton
Charles S. Dutton

ProArts Collective ends this year's impressive Black Arts Movement Festival in a big way, with award-winning actor and director Charles S. Dutton presenting his autobiographical solo show, From Jail to Yale – Serving Time on Stage. The play not only recounts how Dutton discovered theatre while serving a seven-year term in the Maryland Penitentiary for manslaughter and went on to a storied acting career but has him performing various scenes, monologues, and soliloquies he has done through the years. Dutton, known for his early-Nineties television series Roc among dozens of other roles on TV and film, created the show to pay homage to two friends and mentors who died in recent years: August Wilson, whose dramas Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, and The Piano Lesson gave Dutton key leading roles early on, and Lloyd Richards, director of the Yale Repertory Theatre and most of Wilson's plays. Dutton performs Monday, Oct. 13, 8pm, in the Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside. For more information, call 236-0644 or visit www.bamaustin.org.

Cap City Comedy Club and RooftopComedy.com get their election on next week with Comedy Caucus 2008. Matt Bearden hosts the evening of political humor by local comics, the best of which will be featured on RooftopComedy.com and be considered for broadcast on Yahoo! News, Current TV, Hulu.com, and others. Plus, attendees can compete for $50 prizes awarded for Best Obama Joke, Best McCain Joke, and Best Sarah Palin Impression, as well as $100 for Best Overall Political Comedy. The fun takes place Monday, Oct. 20, 8pm, at Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research. For more information, call 467-2333 or visit www.capcitycomedy.com

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