December 5, 2018 | Posted by Justin Weidl

‘Women of Soul’ a sizzling tribute at Black Ensemble Theater

When Cynthia Carter unleashes “Hound Dog” near the top of Black Ensemble Theater’s “Women of Soul: With a Tribute to Aretha Franklin,” it’s the vocal equivalent of a Class V whitewater rapid (too powerful for humans to navigate). It’s an “11 o’clock number” — the kind of stage musical barnburner that arrives late in the final act, reels the audience in and then launches it home to the finale. Here, however, writer/director Daryl D. Brooks and his 10-person ensemble are just getting started.

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