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Chris Rock’s New Movie “Top Five”


Writer-director Chris Rock is almost Andre Allen, the stand-up comedian turned movie star lead of “Top Five.” Rock manages to transcend the gimmick and his larger-than-life persona to create one of the most vibrant, self-aware comedies of the year.


This is a story about Andre Allen who has become disconnected from his work and is looking for a change. He is engaged to reality TV star Erica Long (Gabriel Union) and is a recovering alcoholic. His fans are curious to know when he will do another Hammy movie, the stupid character he played or if he’ll do stand-up again and less interested in his new movie, “Uprize”, in which he portrays a prominent figure during the Haitian Revolution.

Chris Rock & Rosario DawsonThings really get going when Andre hooks up with Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson), a quick-witted New York Times reporter who has gotten the tony assignment to follow him around for an entire day. He resists, since the paper’s movie critic James Neilson has historically eviscerated his movies, but his agent (Kevin Hart) convinces him to go anyway. Chelsea’s a fan, he thinks.

Andre and Chelsea stop at the apartment of some of Andre’s old friends and his ex-girlfriend in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy. Chelsea interviews each of them individually, learning Andre’s ex regrets breaking up with him after seeing how famous he got. The other friends say Andre wasn’t really funny when he started off in stand-up and isn’t really that funny now. The group sits together and chats about their top five favorite rappers, though they include a 6th one in their line-ups as well.

The film’s title comes from Andre’s conversation-starter of asking friends and strangers alike who their top five rappers are.

While it centers on Allen’s desire to be taken seriously and get away from the work he has been known for, it’s simultaneously about Rock’s attempt to be taken seriously as a director and auteur who makes nuanced films that don’t conform to expectation.

The film was shot all in New York which captures the beauty and realness of Big Apple as a busy vision of that city at its best.

Jerry Sienfeld & Chris RockAndre asks Chelsea to use her phone to make a call since his phone died. As he goes through the phone, he sees Chelsea gets an e-mail from her editor, asking when she’ll send the next James Nielson review; revealing James Nielson is Chelsea herself. The truth devastates Andre. He gives Chelsea her phone and is angry with her for lying to him. He admits to her he felt he was never funny unless he was drunk or high, and now he’s transitioning, it scares him. He leaves Chelsea……

”Top Five” is super funny but it is not just a slapstick, a romantic comedy, a realistic psychological journey and an over-the top farce. This may be Chris Rock’s biggest and boldest film ever as a director and writer.


Shakespeare Comes To Harlem!

Shakespeare comes to Harlem, Harlem comes to Shakespeare!

With A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Сон в летнюю ночь — комедия Уильяма Шекспира в 5 актах.
Предстоящие в Гарлем

Read in Japanese

The Classical Theatre of Harlem launches yearly professional summer production uptown with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

July 13–30 (on Tuesdays through Sunday )

Harlem is getting its own Shakespeare in its own park this summer, with joyful ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in the splendid new Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park July 13 – 30.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play by William Shakespeare. It is believed that it was written between 1590 and 1596. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of AthensTheseus, and Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play, categorized as a comedy, is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.


This special performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the CTH directed by Justin Emeka interlaces the stories of four lovers and a comical troupe of bumbling actors from the human world with those of a fairy kingdom in the supernatural realm. This extraordinary production weaves Harlem’s cultural legacy within Shakespeare’s text and invites the audience into an enchanted, concrete jungle where African spirits celebrate the playful and fickle nature of love through music, dance, and magic.

“I wanted to go beyond the ideal of simply having a color blind cast and change the play’s cultural aesthetic to African American, West African and Caribbean, to reflect Harlem,” says Emeka. He also updated the play to reflect contemporary issues. In the original version, Hermia, a young woman, is in love with a young man named Lysander, but her father has another suitor planned for her. In Emeka’s version, Lysander is Lysandra, “to incorporate our current societal tension in regards to same sex marriage,” he says. Hermia’s father is a conservative West Indian immigrant who wants to kill his daughter because of her desire. The majority of the cast consists of people of color.

Naturally, the music and dance had to reflect the same culture. Michael Wimberley, a drummer, percussionist and composer created a soundscape. He blended pop and Angolan rhythms and feature the berimbau as well as hip-hop and the music of R&B singer, D’Angelo. The duration of the play is 90 minutes with no intermission.


Richard Rogers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park
18 Mt Morris Park W (between 120th & 124th @ 5th Ave)
New York, NY 10027
(347) 688-6304


ママ・アイ・ウォント・トゥ・シングMama, I Want To Sing 追加公演決定!Extended!!

Mama, I Want To Sing

ママ、アイ・ワント・トゥ・シング 追加公演決定!

「 Mama, I Want To Sing: The Next Generation」の追加公演が決まりました。ハーレム体験をする絶好の機会です。地元のお客さんに混じって本物のゴルペルを堪能して下さい。35ドルだす価値は十分あります。
詳細: www.MamaFoundation.org

春のスケジュールは以下: Spring 2012 Performance schedule

Saturdays, April 21, 28
Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26
Saturday, June 2
At 4:30pm

夏のスケジュールは以下: Summer 2012 Performance Schedule

Saturday, July 21
Saturday, August 18
At 4:30pm

Dempsey Theater
127 West 127th Street
New York, NY 10027 MAP



Mama, I Want To Sing: The Next Generation

“Still a blessing.”
– The Amsterdam News

The acclaimed revival of the Off-Broadway classic extended throughout the summer at Harlem’s Dempsey Theater (127 West 127th Street) performs Saturdays at 4:30pm. Visit www.MamaFoundation.org

Spring 2012 Performance schedule

Saturdays, April 21, 28
Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26
Saturday, June 2
At 4:30pm

Summer 2012 Performance Schedule

Saturday, July 21
Saturday, August 18
At 4:30pm

Dempsey Theater
127 West 127th Street
New York, NY 10027  MAP