Choir Boy Sings Sweet, If Flawed Song At Studio Theatre

Keith Antone, Jonathan Burke, Jelani Alladin, Jaysen Wright, and Alan Wade in Choir Boy. Photo: Igor Dmitry.

By DCist Contributor Landon Randolph

According to their depiction in art and popular culture, boarding schools function less as educational institutions and more like tidal pools. They’re self-contained ecosystems, whose denizens are forced to live and interact in close proximity; tiny communities defined by their involuntary coexistence and a constant awareness of the tides in the larger world around them, threatening or promising to sweep them out to sea. Choir Boy, a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney currently being performed at Studio Theatre is no exception. Set at a historically black all-male boarding school in the present day, the play centers around Pharus (Jelani Alladin), a closeted student whose homosexuality is something of an open secret, as he attempts to find his

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