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Mr. Joy star Tangela Large

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Mr. Joy star Tangela Large

Mr. Joy 

When: April 26-30, 7:30 p.m. 2017
Price: $35-$53
www.playmakersrep.com

The pillars of a community aren't always where you expect to find them. The title character in playwright Daniel Beaty's one-person show is a Chinese shoemaker with a small store in Harlem, the sudden closure of which shakes the lives of his neighbors. In the work's 2015 world premiere, Tangela Large drew praise for her range in covering the play's nine characters, who include a vibrant, HIV-positive eleven-year-old, a black Republican real estate developer, and a transsexual flight attendant. As their tales unfold, we learn how deeply Mr. Joy touched each person's life, in a work that speaks to his community, his past, and our future. —Byron Woods

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