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For This Playwright, Africa With Laughter, Not Tears

A year ago, the actress and playwright Jocelyn Bioh decided to write a play about African characters — a searing play, a brutal play, a play that theaters would finally produce. “I was going to write the ‘poverty porn,’ ” she said. “The play about African suffering.” She ended up with “Happiness and Joe.” It’s a rom-com.

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