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Sam Cooke
An engrossing, revelatory 'Night in Miami'
An engrossing, revelatory 'Night in Miami'

Before a word is spoken, the Center Stage production of "One Night in Miami," Kemp Powers' play about the aftermath of Cassius Clay's world heavyweight boxing victory on Feb. 25, 1964, delivers a potent jab to the chin. It comes from the sight of the set, which doesn't just re-create the hotel where Clay, Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X, music genius Sam Cooke and football great and budding film actor Jim Brown gathered after the upset victory over Sonny Liston. Beneath the modestly appointed room where the action unfolds is another layer, a kind of jagged, forbidding basement, where you can just make out such signs as "We Serve Colored, Take Out Only."...