Get to know ‘Josephine’ all over again at Orlando’s Renaissance Theatre

All hail the return of Tymisha Harris.

click to enlarge Tymisha Harris brings 'Josephine' to Orlando's Ren Theatre - Photo by Roberto Gonzalez
Photo by Roberto Gonzalez
Tymisha Harris brings 'Josephine' to Orlando's Ren Theatre

It's hard to sum up the iconic stature, trailblazing art and activism, and historical importance of Josephine Baker with mere
words (feel free to scan the lyrics of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence" for more on the inadequacies of the written word), but on the stage? Now that's the move!

Billed as a hybrid of cabaret, theater and dance (all art forms with which Baker enthralled audiences in her Roaring '20s heyday),
Josephine sees Orlando actress Tymisha Harris returning to the role of Baker in the production she created, along with Michael Marinaccio and Tod Kimbro, and has been touring for years.

The
Josephine taking over the Ren is particularly special in that it contains new material based on recent historical revelations that Baker worked with the French Resistance against the Nazis in WWII. Is there anything Baker did that wasn't goddamn cool? The answer is a resounding no.

March 9-19, Renaissance Theatre Company, 415 E. Princeton St., rentheatre.com, $30.
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