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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Black Art in a Time of Uprising. The responsibilities of Black theater artists by Gregory J. Ford

The ongoing state executions of Black people, exemplified most recently and brazenly by the public lynching of George Floyd (with no repercussions to date for those perpetrating the brutalit…

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Jacqueline Youm, JaYo Théâtre: establishing a pathway to closer connection and inclusion by Gregory J. Ford

Jacqueline Youm, founder of one of DC’s newest companies, JaYo Théâtre, is from Senegal, the daughter of an International Monetary Fund economist. Watch below as this talented performer,…

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Review: Romeo and Juliet and Man and Superman, ACA Radio Reps’ theatre for the ears by Gregory J. Ford

Adjusting to the changed circumstances brought on by COVID 19, Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy for Classical Acting has moved its 2020 graduating class performances to online audio/radio. In…

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Video: NY Philharmonic plays 13-year old Jordan Millar’s arrangement of We Shall Overcome. Heart-searing by Gregory J. Ford

This is THE anthem of THE American civil rights movement that many other movements for civil rights around the world have adopted.  You will have heard it sung in documentaries and the news…

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Artist Carlos Walker asks white America “What If?” it were you by Gregory J. Ford

The theater is the place where things are shown: that is, it’s a mirror where things that we don’t make overt in daily life are brought out in front of us to see.  While we usually talk…

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The Lord Is My Shepherd: the moral arc of the universe bends toward justice by Gregory J. Ford

We ask: what art by artists of color sustains or inspires you? From Gregory J. Ford comes this answer. As a little Black boy being “raised” in the Church of God in Christ, the 23rd Psalm…

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Review: Celia and Fidel at Arena Stage. Castro and the seduction of power by Gregory J. Ford

There are moments in this mesmerizing production of Celia and Fidel during which the entire audience holds its collective breath. We watch as a battle is being fought and a choice is being m…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Review: Pass Over at Studio Theatre, brilliant, spell-binding, heartbreaking truth by Gregory J. Ford

“Kill me now,” says Moses. “What are your Promised Land Top Ten?” counters his side- kick Kitch. Thus begins two memorable, masterful, spell-binding and heartbreaking performances by…

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Review: Einstein’s Wife: Serbian scientist Mileva Maric gets her due by Gregory J. Ford

ExPats Theatre’s production of Einstein’s Wife, (it bears the subtitle, An Imagined Encounter) takes place in an algorithmically graphed and projected after-life (Projections by Dylan Ur…

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Review: This Bitter Earth, an inspired production of a boundaries crossing love story by Gregory J. Ford

The Theater Alliance production of This Bitter Earth by Harrison David Rivers is a lusty, delirious, time-suspending and pulse-pounding journey. It is also – as intimated by the title – …

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Monday, February 24, 2020

What James Baldwin is telling us in The Amen Corner by Gregory J. Ford

At its Sidney Harman Hall, The Shakespeare Theatre has mounted what may be the quintessential production of James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner. The Amen Corner is set in a church: a Black chu…

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Review: World Stages: The Clemency of Titus by Gregory J. Ford

In The Clemency of Titus, currently being presented at the Kennedy Center under its World Stages program, we have the most unbelievable plot imaginable given one of the most delightful produ…

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Thoughts on Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline. Make no mistake. These people are fighting for their lives by Gregory J. Ford

“He was her only child: her baby boy..maybe an A-1 student running, hiding, taking cover.  The women gather crying tears that fill a million oceans. It doesn’t matter where you’re liv…

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Review: Silent Sky at Ford’s Theatre, a masterwork from Lauren Gunderson by Gregory J. Ford

If Silent Sky is an example of what has led Lauren Gunderson to be (as the program for the production states) the “most produced living playwright in America,” it is easy to understand w…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Review: RS/24 at Anacostia Playhouse, a slow groove by Gregory J. Ford

RS24 feels as though it takes place in Washington, DC in an era when the city was still known as Chocolate City and Egyptian Musk incense wafted through every record store and head shop in t…

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Sheltered at Theater J raises the question – with terror, isolation and the pressure to assimilate rampant today, can we envision a Providence for o by Gregory J. Ford

“Are we?  Are we human?” – a line of dialogue from Sheltered “Noah said ‘No, no you’re full of sin.  God’s got the key and you can’t get in.” – lyrics of “Didn’t It…

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Review: Black Nativity at Anacostia Playhouse by Gregory J. Ford

The message of the production of Black Nativity that is currently playing at Anacostia Playhouse is clearly stated in the words of the gospel composition by Edwin Hawkins: “Jesus Christ Is…

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Review: The Magical Musical Holiday Step Show from Step Afrika! summons pure joy by Gregory J. Ford

“This is how I approach Blackness:  It’s celebratory…It’s something that I don’t want to move away from, I want to move closer to.” E. Ethelbert Miller, Washington, DC-based poe…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review: L’Enfance du Christ, a dazzling, transformative experience from In Series by Gregory J. Ford

As I watched the performance of The IN Series’ most recent offering, I thought about starting my review with a warning: “Don’t go to see L’Enfance du Christ unless you want to be tra…

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Monday, December 2, 2019

What ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ tells us about truth, self-deception and lies by Gregory J. Ford

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is playing in a delightful production that you should see, if you can, at Round House Theatre in Bethesda. It is a mystery. It is a paean to…

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Review: Veils. A moving, inspired look at women from the civil rights era that deserves your attendance by Gregory J. Ford

Imagine that you are a child and you are exploring your grandmother’s closets.  Or you’re an adult whose grandmother has died and it’s your responsibility to go to their home and sort…

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Reflection: IN Series’ Stormy Weather could change how we experience The Tempest forever by Gregory J. Ford

“You don’t need a Weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”- Bob Dylan Shakespeare’s The Tempest is a comedy in the sense that it has a happy ending.  However, we only get to th…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Thoughts upon seeing Day of Absence at Theater Alliance by Gregory J. Ford

In Joy Ikekhua’s insightful reflection on School Girls: or, the African Mean Girls Play at Roundhouse Theater, they noted their discomfort with watching, in public, a play that exposed and…

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