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Sunday, October 10, 2021

With ‘Flyin’ West,’ Everyman Theatre delivers on its commitment to EDI by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

Pearl Cleage’s groundbreaking play features pioneering Black women overcoming daunting odds.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:41AM
Monday, September 13, 2021

Good players make the team in ‘Fences’ at Little Theater of Alexandria by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

The prominent community theater takes a swing at August Wilson's big-league drama.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:35AM
Sunday, September 5, 2021

Lakecia Benjamin takes the DC JazzFest stage like a rock star by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

Her High Priestess of the Sax persona with a Miles Davis sense of cool riveted the pumped-up crowd.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:50PM
Thursday, September 2, 2021

DC Jazz Fest’s blockbuster weekend at The Wharf by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

September 4 and 5, an eclectic multi-musician lineup from mid-day to midnight.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:41PM
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Monday, August 16, 2021

Maysa: the voice and face of Berks Jazz Fest by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

The Baltimore native was special guest vocalist with Pieces of a Dream on opening weekend and brought down the house.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:59AM
Saturday, August 14, 2021

Superstar trumpeter Chris Botti opens Berks Jazz Fest by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

The lyrical legend shared the stage with an international cast of magical musicians.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:20PM
Sunday, August 1, 2021

Norm Lewis brings his smooth vocal genius to Wolf Trap by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

A perfectly cool evening of Broadway hits backed by the National Symphony Orchestra.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:54PM
Monday, July 19, 2021

Big Tony and Trouble Funk bring first Go-Go to Wolf Trap by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

On the 50th anniversary of the landmark National Park Service music-and-entertainment center, DC’s Official Music takes center stage.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:40PM
Sunday, June 6, 2021

An elegently sensual ‘Elle es tango (She Is Tango)’ from GALA by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

GALA Hispanic Theatre’s Ella es tango (She Is Tango) is the tale of two centuries of music, dance, and female liberation from the origins of Tango as a macho form of entertainment, for th…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:57AM
Monday, May 24, 2021

Studio Theatre’s ‘Flow’ feels like a hip-hop feast for the senses by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

Director Psalmayene 24 and actor-poet Justin Weaks join forces again in Flow, bridging the gap between Old Skool rappers and new age Flowetry performers to trace the tragic footsteps of seve…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:40PM
Saturday, May 15, 2021

GALA presents stunning one-man ‘Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evil Doers’ by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

José Torres-Tama's genre-bending sci-fi Latino noir satirizes the absurd status of immigrants as “extraterrestrials.” The post GALA presents stunning one-man ‘Aliens, Immigrants &…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:24PM
Monday, April 26, 2021

‘Pipeline’ at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is a masterpiece of stage-to-film by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe in Sarasota, Florida, took its latest production outside under a balmy 82 degree evening with a full moon glowing over the marquee and offered a 90-minute …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:01PM
Monday, March 8, 2021

How Sarasota’s Asolo Rep got its outdoor performance strategy on by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

As the trendsetting run of Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer came to a rousing close on March 3, Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards and Managing Director Linda DiGabriele…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:29AM
Sunday, February 28, 2021

New light on Fannie Lou Hamer from Asolo Rep by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

Asolo Repertory Theatre’s innovative community engagement forum, IllumiNation, was created in 2015 to explore the social, political, and cultural themes threaded through Asolo Rep’s thea…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:47AM
Sunday, February 21, 2021

A riveting E. Faye Butler lifts up Black history as Fannie Lou Hamer by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

Sarasota, Florida’s Asolo Rep continues its 2021 outdoor season with the Rolling World Premiere of Mississippi native Cheryl L. West’s Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer. Ori…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:06PM
Monday, February 15, 2021

Florida’s Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe plays outdoors to ‘Light Up the Night!’ by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe in Sarasota, Florida, took advantage of balmy 75-degree evenings to perform a special Valentine’s weekend open-air concert series titled Light Up the Nig…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:44PM
Saturday, August 29, 2020

Picturing racial justice at the 2020 Commitment March on Washington by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

The Commitment March on Washington Friday, August 28, capped off a summer of social justice protest and marked the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream“ spe…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:20AM
Thursday, July 9, 2020

A Zoom critic takes a hard look at a BIPOC roundtable from Transformation Theatre by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

I want to carve out a new niche in the Bold New World of virtual online arts meetings. I want to become a Zoom critic! Why? Because I have been forced to hone my facilitator skills with this…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:56PM
Friday, June 19, 2020

Hot button issues for Black theater: A roundtable on revolution by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

Juneteenth 2020, Washington, DC—In response to the historic Black Lives Matter movement, DC Metro Theater Arts has committed to offer our communications channel to help amplify the BIPOC v…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:30AM
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

A challenge to theaters to reopen now—outdoors by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

When are the Small Box theater companies going to throw off the straightjacket of conventional space-bound theater and explore alternative venues? Black Lives Matter Plaza was created overni…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:30AM
Monday, June 8, 2020

Scenes of radical hospitality for #OpenYourLobby at STC and Woolly by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

Six DC theaters welcomed #BlackLivesMatter protesters the weekend of June 5 to 7, 2020 . Photographer Malcolm Lewis Barnes reports from two of them, Shakespeare Theatre Company and Woolly Ma…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:28AM

The stirring street theater of Black Lives Matter in DC by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

The sheer creativity and inventiveness of the protesters was on full display at every turn as they each seemed to come prepared with energy and a message. As if re-experiencing What to Send …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:48AM
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Review: ‘A Nite at the Dew Drop Inn’ at Anacostia Playhouse by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

Director Stephawn Stephens has deep family roots at the Dew Drop Inn, having started as a performer in A Nite at the Dew Drop Inn. When asked how he pulled off the latest edition he said he …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:08PM
Sunday, August 18, 2019

Review: ‘Diagnosed’ at Theater Alliance by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

I know what it feels like to not want to take a shower for three days. I know how the aches and pains of depression make you crawl into the fetal position and want to close out the world. I …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:51PM
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Review: ‘Never Thought I was Black Till I Came to America’ (DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival) by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

The joyful spirit of Kenyan actress and storyteller, Anna Mwalagho filled the black box theater at Anacostia Arts Center as she performed her one-woman Black woman’s rites of passage messa…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:44PM
Monday, June 24, 2019

Opening Weekend at the DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival (Photo Feature) by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

The opening weekend of the DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival was a lively family reunion of art, food, music and drama. DCBTAF chair and dancing diplomat Nana Malaya served as ring leader…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:01PM
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Watching the Tonys with DC Metro Theater Arts by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

DC Metro Theater Arts hosted a rousing Tony Awards watch party at DC sports bar Penn Social last Sunday. An enthusiastic crowd of Broadway fans competed for ticket prizes and answered trivia…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:16AM
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Opening Night Photos: ‘FAME’ at GALA Fires Up Columbia Heights by Malcolm Lewis Barnes

Tony Award-winning director and Nuyorican choreographer Luis Salgado brings his New York creds to Columbia Heights with the power of a New York City subway platform Flash Dance as over 20 da…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:31AM

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