Army vet created solo show
Before the verbal sparring began between Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood over African-American depictions in war films, there was James McEachin and his one-man show.Based on his experiences in the trenches, the Army vet and star of the large and smallscreen (“Play Misty for Me,” “Matlock”) created his solo show “Above the Call; Beyond the Duty,” which preems at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C, July 29. Two-act play features McEachin as the Old Vet, who in the afterlife reflects on his living days as a patriotic black soldier who encounters racial tension and segregation within the ranks. The character of the Old Vet is based on a figure from McEachin’s other works, including short films “Reveille” and “Old Glory,” the latter of which will unspool before the play itself. “Above the Call” runs through July 31.