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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?…

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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…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Are you now, or have you ever been… review. Shameful Congressional hearing by Debbie Minter Jackson

A writer’s life is peculiarly isolated and the opening sequence of Are you now, or have you ever been… makes that abundantly clear.  A typewriter sits on a table with a stack of papers …

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Astronomy and witches . Aglaonike’s Tiger at Venus Theater (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

Perfectly timed since the region is still enthralled from the excitement of the near total solar eclipse, Aglaonike’s Tiger is a stylistic rendering of one of the earliest female astronome…

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Gems found at Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage 2017 by Debbie Minter Jackson

Debbie Minter Jackson sends back this report from her visit to the Saturday, September 2, opening day of this year’s Page-to-Stage festival at the Kennedy Center and brings back some s…

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Wizard of Hip (Or When in Doubt, Slam Dunk) at MetroStage (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

Thomas W. Jones II is older and grayer than when I saw his show 25 years ago but The Wizard of Hip is just as poignant and entertaining as he struts his stuff and delivers bucket loads of a…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Janet Langhart Cohen on Anne & Emmett, when will the hatred that destroyed these children end? by Debbie Minter Jackson

Talking with Janet Langhart Cohen is like stepping back in time and talking to a time traveler –she’s been everywhere and knows everybody.  A broadcast journalist and President and CEO …

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Welcome to Fear City (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

It’s surprising how quickly a time period can be captured with a few props, boom box, land line phone and some huge Afro wigs.  This world premiere by the talented Kara Lee Corthron is fi…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Wizard of Oz at Creative Cauldron (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

The timelessly wonderful Wizard of Oz still shimmers brightly.  The familiar story that’s over a century old delights with each well-remembered sight, sound and scene at Creative Cauldron…

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Master Class at MetroStage (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

The Tony Award-winning play Master Class, now at MetroStage, is a thrilling tribute to opera, love, passion and artistry. Playwright Terrence McNally includes the audience as part of an actu…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Lydia Diamond’s back at Arena Stage with Smart People (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

The long awaited Smart People at Arena Stage tackles issues of race and gender stereotypes from the viewpoint of four distinctly different people, each serving as a kind of archetype of hist…

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

King Lear from Lean & Hungry Theater (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

For this special fully staged production after ten years of radio dramas, Lean & Hungry Theater sure picked a doozy. Lear isn’t for the faint of heart.  For one, the notorious a…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dry Land at Forum Theatre (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

Dry Land, though set over 100 years later than its companion piece, What Every Girl Should Know, Forum Theatre’s #nastywomenrep, is an alarming reminder that young women continue to f…

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What Every Girl Should Know at Forum Theatre (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

What Every Girl Should Know opens in pitch darkness with barely audible intermittent sounds of female pleasure, various tones and tonalities and an intermittent gasping groan.  What in the …

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Playwright D. L. Coburn responds to MetroStage’s production of Gin Game by Debbie Minter Jackson

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright D. L. Coburn was intrigued by DC area reviews of his play, The Gin Game, at MetroStage, enough to make a special trip to see it.  He wrote the play 40 yea…

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Monday, February 20, 2017

The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

It’s a rare and unusual  treat to dip into parts of history that have been cast aside, forgotten and ignored. There was a time when the circus coming to town was the most exciting thing a…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Exciting. Electric. Enchanting. Ella Enchanted at Adventure Theatre MTC (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

Being obedient and doing as one is told are usually good traits instilled in the earliest ages and rewarded with parental approval and societal regard.  When obedience is compelled without …

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Gin Game at MetroStage (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

In the right hands, a simple game of cards can uncover secrets, reveal hidden truths, and topple the best intentions of polite etiquette and civility.  The Gin Game at MetroStage shows tha…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Caroline, Or Change at Round House Theatre (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

Caroline, or Change continues the momentum of a powerhouse season at Round House Theatre.  Drawn from the personal reflections of Tony Kushner, it encompasses racial and societal pressures …

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Two strangers meet on a train – Last Train to Nibroc at Washington Stage Guild (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

In December, 1940 the bodies of two prominent American writers who died within a day of each other, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Nathaniel West were shipped cross country in a railcar.  The stra…

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Charm cuts to the heart of gender issues at Mosaic Theater (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

Mosaic Theater Company sharpens its reputation for cutting edge theatre yet again with Charm by Philip Dawkins, now getting national attention and acclaim for spotlighting gender fluidity i…

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Imagination Stage (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

The Beauty and the Beast fairy tale is timeless, and many of us have grown up with the gorgeous music by Alan Menken and lyrics from Howard Ashman and Tim Rice in the true Disney animated …

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Monday, November 21, 2016

A fool-ish Merchant of Venice (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

Considering the numerous versions of The Merchant of Venice I have seen in the last several years, I wasn’t sure what to expect from a rendition by DC’s Commedia dell’Arte …

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Milk Like Sugar from Mosaic Theater Company (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

At the top of Milk Like Sugar, three young teens enter, a blast of energy and music, wild rhythms jerking through their bodies in fits, almost uncontrollably, laughing, jiving each other, f…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at Imagination Stage (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

To think I almost passed on seeing The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane because I assumed it would be just another snuffle bunny production.  I nearly missed out on one of the most touc…

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Monday, September 19, 2016

In Series’ double bill: La Serva Padrona and Trial by Jury (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

I can’t say enough about the creative minds (and hearts) that plucked these two very different pieces from out of the operatic stratosphere and orchestrated such a satisfyingly delightful …

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Margulies’ Dinner with Friends from Peter’s Alley (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

Dinner with Friends starts off innocently enough with a couple describing delicious meals from their recent European excursion. These folks are serious foodies and recount the exquisite Ital…

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Blackberry Daze debuts at MetroStage (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

The long-awaited Blackberry Daze has the signature style of a MetroStage production with Thomas W. Jones II at the helm, but the piece also swerves its own way with unusual stylistic touches…

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Deb Margolin’s 8 Stops at Unexpected Stage (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

Deb Margolin approaches the stage with deliberate movements and looks into the eyes of the audience with the ease of someone comfortable with their own story and on a mission to share. A ser…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Second Girl (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

The Second Girl wonderfully refracts remnants of “old world” social hierarchical values through the lives of two Irish immigrant women working in the kitchen of a New England summer home…

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

pen/man/ship at CATF 2016 (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

This “Maritime Quest for Truth,” starts as passages from a journal or log of an elder statesman on board, Charles Boyd, also referred to as “Sir Charles” because of his sophisticated…

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