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Crowns

When: Aug. 25-Sept. 10 2017

The sanctified women of the African-American church have known for generations that hair may well be a woman's glory (according to I Corinthians), but the right hat can propel her into majesty. Crowns, a gospel- and hip-hop-inflected musical, is adapted from the best-seller of the same name, a striking book of photographs and interviews with self-styled hat queens, who've expressed their faith—and fashion—every Sunday for centuries in fine, flamboyant millinery. The practice dates back to the colorful headdresses of African cultures, through periods of racial discrimination when church was one of the few public places African Americans could safely dress up. In Regina Taylor's script, cultures and generations clash when Brooklyn b-girl Yolanda (Chelsey Moore) is forced to flee to her family's home in small-town South Carolina. Can she find common ground with the locals? And how's a backwards baseball cap going to be received among such sophisticated headwear? Terra Hodge directs. —Byron Woods

Price: $15-$28

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