All stories by Debbie Minter Jackson on BroadwayStars

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Review: Running on Glass, a tribute to female athletes by Debbie Minter Jackson

Running on Glass reminds us of the history of female athletes who burst through the metaphorical glass ceiling only to be forgotten throughout history.  It’s actually a joy seeing the mos…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 11:04AM
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Review: The Agitators. Friends and fighters, Frederick Douglass and Susan B Anthony by Debbie Minter Jackson

The first time they met in western New York, in the fall of 1849, playwright Mat Smart imagines, Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony would have had a wary interchange.  Both are strong …

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 12:48PM
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Review: Coraline, Neil Gaimon’s creepy graphic novel, brought to life by Landless by Debbie Minter Jackson

From the onset, Coraline makes it clear in no uncertain terms that her name is pronounced “core” instead of the usual “care.”  As such, the independent Coraline stakes out a solid s…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 02:24PM
Monday, September 24, 2018

Review: Living and Dying with Tricia McCauley, moving forward from unspeakable tragedy. by Debbie Minter Jackson

She was on her way to an annual Christmas day party and never made it.  The news of her murder shook all who knew Tricia McCauley as a beloved actress, a precious yoga instructor, a fellow …

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 12:12PM
Monday, September 10, 2018

Review: Engaging Shaw, an engaging romantic comedy by Debbie Minter Jackson

Engaging Shaw is a fun-loving romp of a parlor comedy that hits its mark at Best Medicine.  The script by John Morogiello imagines one of the truly most gifted social writers in history con…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 12:24PM
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Review: Fugard’s Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek a lesson for a divided America by Debbie Minter Jackson

This latest work by Athol Fugard, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, is a masterpiece on so many levels.  Set in two distinct times, it explores the oppressive impact of apartheid in Sout…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 01:06PM
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Review: Marie and Rosetta, a divine musical tribute. Before Aretha, Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight by Debbie Minter Jackson

It’s 1946 Mississippi and recording artist Sister Rosetta Tharpe is considering adding a singer to join her show, so she finds the only comfortable spot available for them in the Jim Crow …

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 11:04AM
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Review: Douglas Turner Ward’s Happy Ending at Anacostia Playhouse by Debbie Minter Jackson

You may have heard of Douglas Turner Ward’s 1965 Day of Absence, but might not be as aware of his other one-act play that was often performed as a full evening.  Here’s a chance to fin…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 11:04AM
Monday, July 30, 2018

Review: The Trans-Atlantic Time Traveling Company by Debbie Minter Jackson

Just when you wondered what else Holly Bass would do with her arsenal of skills in hip-hop, dance, spoken word, poetry and theater, she snaps us into shifting realities.  This workshop prod…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 11:12AM
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Addison Switzer reveals how Quotidian is putting the Irish twist to Midsummer Night’s Dream by Debbie Minter Jackson

Addison Switzer and I shared stages back in the early days of the old Clark Street Playhouse, so I was thrilled to explore his take on his role as King of the Fairies, King Finvarra in this …

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 08:48AM
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Review: Be a Good Little Widow by Debbie Minter Jackson

Don’t let the unsettling title scare you away. Yes, it’s direct and upfront but the characterizations build and the interactions usher us into precious reflections on life. On th…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 12:04PM
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Review: Secrets of the Universe at Hub Theatre by Debbie Minter Jackson

Marc Acito’s Secrets of the Universe depicts how, in 1937, our country’s most brilliant mind, Albert Einstein, befriended the one and only Marian Anderson when she had been denie…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 12:24PM
Monday, May 21, 2018

Review: Chekhov gets commedia-style Cherry Orchard from Faction of Fools by Debbie Minter Jackson

Faction Fools’ usual comic shtick works wondrously well in The Cherry Orchard. The award winning Fools bring artistry, cultural awareness and salient knowledge with funny bone commedi…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 12:24PM
Monday, April 30, 2018

Review: Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt by Debbie Minter Jackson

Adventure Theatre MTC’s production of Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt is  a bounty filled with madcap fun and laughter.  The fact that it’s part of a seven…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 10:42AM
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Witch – new Conner-Smith musical – embraces the accursed word (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

Witch opens with what appears to be a coven of women in black shiny robes circling the stage holding candles. One periodically reads from a book so iridescent that its pages glow in the dark…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 01:04PM
Monday, April 9, 2018

Review: The Underground Railroad Game. Uncomfortable? Yes. Cringe-worthy? Yes. by Debbie Minter Jackson

The title alone  – The Underground Railroad Game – gives you hint of the slippery slide towards impropriety and breach of all kinds of correctness about to happen.  And that…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 06:00PM
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Alabama Story, why a bunny book got banned from Alabama’s libraries (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

The facts behind the real life incidents captured in Kenneth Jones’s Alabama Story – the controversy over banning a children’s book – stands as a cautionary tale, one that ha…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 12:21PM
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Review: Nat Turner in Jerusalem at Forum Theatre by Debbie Minter Jackson

Nat Turner in Jerusalem is a journey into the fervent religious belief behind the leader of a slave rebellion in Southampton County, VA, armed only with a sword and spirit. You may have seen…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 12:14PM
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Review: The Texas Homecoming Revolution of 1995. Big laughs at Best Medicine Rep by Debbie Minter Jackson

The Texas Homecoming Revolution of 1995 has got to be one of the strangest titles that I’ve ever seen but the production is incredibly entertaining. The fast-moving script by Jennifer …

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 12:17PM
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Becoming Dr. Ruth at Theater J (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

Dr. Ruth. Nearly everybody knows her iconic look, sound and effervescent spirit. Little did we know, however, about the marriages that didn’t work, early professional hardships, experi…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 12:16PM
Monday, February 19, 2018

The Veils from Nu Sass (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

In The Veils by Hope Villanueva, Melody, a female Marine translator in Afghanistan, has completed her tour of duty and returned stateside trying desperate to pick up the pieces of her life.…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 05:05PM
Monday, February 5, 2018

Booker T. Washington’s messages in Character Building resound today (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

Most of us have heard of Booker T. Washington as the counterpoint to W.E.B. DuBois, one espousing the “safe’ position of newly freed blacks to better themselves through industry and serv…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 10:35AM
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Jefferson’s Garden at Ford’s Theatre (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

Set in the time of the American Revolution, Jefferson’s Garden is the sweeping story of the immense struggle of our country’s founders, and the personal story of two people despe…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 10:34AM
Monday, January 22, 2018

Pointless Theatre’s Imogen, a romance with puppet (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

It’s always a treat to see what Pointless Theatre does with a story, and they rise to new levels with their take on one of Shakespeare’s rambling masterworks.  The program notes that Sh…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 07:48AM
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Rabbit Summer from Ally Theatre Company (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

In the poster for Rabbit Summer, a woman wearing a glamorous dressing gown stands provocatively, hands seemingly on her hips.  A closer look through the shadows reveals she’s actually hol…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 11:58AM
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Foolish Fairytales from Faction of Fools, abundant silliness (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

Faction of Fools’ usual abundance of silliness reaches new heights in Paul Reiser’s Foolish Fairytales.  The puns, the double entendres, mixed messages and general tomfoolery are so…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 11:33AM
Friday, December 8, 2017

Signature brightens the season with Holiday Follies (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

Young new performers who you may not have heard about are finally getting their time in the ARK spotlight at Signature Theatre.  Katie Mariko Mariko Murray, Ines Nassara and David Rowen hav…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 11:18AM
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bruns’ gorgeous artistry in A Coffin in Egypt at Quotidian Theatre (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

A Coffin in Egypt, one of Horton Foote’s lesser known scripts, has one of the most unengaging titles imaginable, (it’s actually derived from the last line in Genesis).  Get past the tit…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 11:24AM
Monday, November 20, 2017

Nina Simon: Four Women at Arena Stage (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

Nina Simon: Four Women at Arena Stage slams you from the moment you see the set depicting a blown-up church with pews flying in mid-air, windows shattered and still smoldering, dust settling…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 09:06AM
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Ravens, a provocative look at victims’ choices (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

The Ravens brings a whole new perspective to defining art.  What’s Shakespeare’s text doing on the lips of a strip tease performer while she sliding down the pole in shimmery stilettos?…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 11:24PM
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Musical The Mistress Cycle debuts at Creative Cauldron (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

What is it about the idea of a mistress?  Throughout history the “other woman” has been called all kind of names under the sun, shunned, cast-out, run out of town, off the land – or b…

Linked From DC Theatre Scene at 10:33AM

All that Chat

2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06: Slave Play
Feb 01: The Minutes
TBA: Blue