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January 31, 2002|By J. Wynn Rousuck

Wilson's `Ma Rainey' at Arena Players

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom - the 1920s installment of August Wilson's decade-by-decade chronicle of the African-American experience in the 20th century - opens tomorrow at Arena Players. Wilson's first Broadway play is set in a 1927 Chicago recording studio where the famed blues singer fights to win the respect of the white recording industry, for which she is already a major moneymaker.

Wynonia Rhock heads a cast that features Jonathan Claiborne, O'Bryant Kenner, Archie Williams Jr. and Sean Yoes, under the direction of Amini Johari-Courts.

Show times at Arena, 801 McCulloh St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 4 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 24. Tickets are $15. (Recommended for adult audiences because of language and sensitive subject matter.) For more information, call 410-728-6500.

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