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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Review: The Crater Sisters’ Christmas Special by Debbie Minter Jackson

Just when you thought you couldn’t take another holiday show, up pops The Crater Sisters’ Christmas Special at Best Medicine Rep.  Bouncing along with creativity and zest, this Christma…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Review: The Powers That Be – A Rock Opera at Venus Theatre by Debbie Minter Jackson

How does one process unspeakable pain in losing a loved one to violence?  Sanguine expressions of “thoughts and prayers” have no place in The Powers That Be, a hard rocking contemplatio…

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Review: Hard Times from Washington Stage Guild by Debbie Minter Jackson

With steam wafting from the factories painted across the backdrop of Washington Stage Guild’s production of Hard Times, it doesn’t take long before issues about industry and social progr…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Review: George Bernard Shaw’s Candida at Washington Stage Guild by Debbie Minter Jackson

Ruminations about love and passion abound in George Bernard Shaw’s Candida.  Written and first performed in a past century (1898), questions of what makes a successful marriage feel right…

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Capital Fringe review: An Evening with Lola Montez by Debbie Minter Jackson

If this were the 1850’s, chances are you would know the name of Lola Montez. Mary Murphy is captivating in her portrayal of this alluring, crowd pleasing, coquettish, and controversial wom…

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Review: Antonio’s Song: I Was Dreaming of a Son at Contemporary American Theater Festival by Debbie Minter Jackson

Antonio’s Song is a masterful collaboration between two distinguished artists—some may remember Dael Orlandersmith’s emotionally charged Yellowman that tore through Washington D.C. som…

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Friday, July 5, 2019

HUSTLE, new musical, workshops at DC Black Theatre Festival by Debbie Minter Jackson

HUSTLE The Musical, one of the more than 100 shows in this year’s 10th anniversary DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival, is a sparkling example of the festivals mission to produce new work…

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Review: Forest Treás. Pointless replaces puppets with cameras to tell the story of the Beltway sniper attacks by Debbie Minter Jackson

Forest Treás is a fictionalized cozy Mayberry-type Maryland town described by its residents as the “safest place” to live.  This original story loosely inspired by conditions surroundi…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Review: Ghost Light from Parlor Room Theater by Debbie Minter Jackson

When a stage manager places a single incandescent light bulb on a stand, front and center on a stage, it has a practical reason. The “ghost light” provides safety in the dark for living …

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Review: On Air at Creative Cauldron. Conner and Smith’s new musical about radio pioneers by Debbie Minter Jackson

As we’ve see from their incredible collaborations over the years, the dynamic writing team Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith can musicalize any story. Here they help us discover radio …

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Review: Fame The Musical, En Espanol. A school for dreamers becomes a dream show    by Debbie Minter Jackson

The wait is over – the anticipated U.S. premiere of Fame, The Musical en Espanol is finally here and it is outstanding! In the opening scenes, students hold unopened letters in their hands…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Review: Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of a Native Son by Debbie Minter Jackson

Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of a Native Son, Psalmayene 24’s creatively imagined encounter of two great American writers, Richard Wright and James Baldwin in a Parisian café in 1953, t…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Review: Play Date from Best Medicine Rep by Debbie Minter Jackson

We hear the sound of children in the front room through baby monitors, while we watch their parents carry on with all kinds of shenanigans in John Morogiello’s comedy Play Date. Kira Burri…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Review: Topdog/Underdog, entertaining and unsettling. by Debbie Minter Jackson

Topdog/Underdog from WSC Avant Bard is an emotionally charged wonder that leaves no stone unturned or scab safely covered.  The trailblazing story by Suzan-Lori Parks rips off the social ba…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Review: Picasso. Bilingual fun with the artist from GALITA by Debbie Minter Jackson

The magic and artistry of Pablo Picasso shine through in this fun-filled family show at GALA.  Playwright director Cornelia Cody brings his talent to life through stories, music, dance and …

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Review: Blood at the Root by Dominique Morisseau at Theater Alliance by Debbie Minter Jackson

At the top of Dominique Morisseau’s Blood at the Root, teens burst onto the stage in a blast of energy and music, reciting lines filled with wild rhythms and formations coming every which …

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Review: Dickens’s Davy Copperfield at Imagination Stage by Debbie Minter Jackson

Dickens’s Davy Copperfield is the musical retelling of the classic tale that covers and crystalizes the first ten years in the hardscrabbe life of young “Davy”. When Charles Dickens wr…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Review: Thunder Knocking on the Door. Creative Cauldron’s hit returns by Debbie Minter Jackson

Filled with down home moaning blues sprinkled with glittering magical realism, Thunder Knocking on the Door is packing the house at Creative Cauldron.  In a small southern Alabama town, a m…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Philosophus review. Best Medicine Rep finds a farce to remedy our times by Debbie Minter Jackson

Farce is not as easy to pull off as it looks.  Add mounds of glorious text inspired by the freedom spouting French philosopher Francois-Marie Arouet, a.k.a Voltaire, and you’ve got quite …

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Review: Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights gets the Pointless treatment in Visions of Love by Debbie Minter Jackson

The Pointless Theatre collaborators are skilled adaptors of familiar stories. Using a unique visual approach to theater and storytelling, the company finds the pulse points, the underlying h…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Review: Driving Miss Daisy at Anacostia Playhouse by Debbie Minter Jackson

I wasn’t planning to catch this – the Morgan Freeman/Jessica Tandy movie was enough, so I passed on all the other enticing offerings. Yes, the play is beautifully written and quaint, and…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Review: Madeline’s Christmas at Creative Cauldron by Debbie Minter Jackson

There’s something magical about Madeline  – the child who can handle every obstacle, can rectify any situation, and is adored by legions.  Creative Cauldron brings one of the belov…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Review: August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean at Round House Theatre by Debbie Minter Jackson

Round House Theatre is providing a rare opportunity to catch one of August Wilson’s most mystical productions, Gem of the Ocean. It is magical, theatrical, and historical all rolled into o…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Review: Operetta Wonderland from In Series by Debbie Minter Jackson

Boundless talent, enthusiasm and creativity bring out The Magic of Victor Herbert Operetta Wonderland in the In Series production playing at the D.C. Scottish Rite Temple venue. Who knew tha…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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