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While no one on the campaign trail has yet to take on education and our incarceration crisis in a substantive way, actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith has. 
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The Takeaway speaks with Anna Deavere Smith about race and America. Smith says coming together is what's most necessary in these moments of pain.
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Notes From the Field is a heartbreaking examination of race and the criminal justice system from the award-winning actress and playwright​.
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Vaidya founded the Peacock Institute for Social Transformation — known as Brouhaha — in 2014. Classes, which are purposefully intimate with only 8-10 students, have focused on stand-up comedy with a social justice angle, storytelling and other areas.
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When this theater season in Boston and Cambridge draws to a close, I am confident that the current World Premiere of Eve Ensler's "In The Body Of The World," being presented by the A.R.T. at the Loeb, will continue to be talked about as one of the most impactful works of art.  It is simply stunning in every aspect.
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Ensler's performance is engaging and without a shred of artifice as she obliterates the fourth wall and addresses the audience in an intimate, conversational style.
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Playwright/actress Eve Ensler relates how she lost her personal connection to her body early in life, and tried to get it back – through anorexia, promiscuity and (this gets a laugh) performance art.
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There is a horrible irony here that the woman who got people talking about their bodies had hers ravaged…From the first line of this piece to the sumptuous last image we had in this show, I was completely rapt.
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It doesn’t get much more “american” than Teddy and Elvis such macho caricatures in real life, that the actresses who embody them onstage barely have to exaggerate.
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Ensler as a solo performer holds us fast with her huge spirit and energy. She is funny and heartbreaking, a drama queen and a dynamo, and just so completely present and full of LIFE. Every word is the real deal and we feel it.
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