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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Review: ‘A Night with Jackie Moms Mabley’ at Germano’s Piattini by William Powell

Legendary entertainer Loretta Mary Aiken, aka Jackie “Moms” Mabley saw and endured a lot in her 81 years. Born in 1894 in Brevard, North Carolina, Aiken saw racial, sexual and political …

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Review: ‘Not My Baby’ at Momentum Collective by William Powell

What defines parenthood? Are children always a gift? The adoption-themed Hip Hop musical Not My Baby by Alexandria, Virginia-based playwright Jason A. Ellis, explores those questions and mor…

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Review: ‘Dogfight’ at Rockville Musical Theatre and Arts on the Green by William Powell

War, friendship, and love are serious elements in a man or woman’s life. Rockville Musical Theatre’s production of Dog Fight explores those elements through the music and lyrics of Benj …

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Review: Suitland High School’s ‘Mid-Winter Concert’ by William Powell

Prince George’s County Public Schools are filled with young talent. An excellent example of that talent is Suitland High School’s Center for the Visual and Performing Arts’ musicians a…

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Review: ‘La Périchole’ at Victorian Lyric Opera Company by William Powell

The Victorian Lyric Opera Company’s (VLOC) staging of the operetta La Périchole was a testament to the idea that opera can be a light affair. Composed by 19th Century, Paris-based compo…

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Review: ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ at Greenbelt Arts Center by William Powell

For the past year, Greenbelt Arts Center (GAC) has been on a fantastic streak as a venue for top-notch shows. GAC’s current show is an addition to that streak. With music and lyrics by Wil…

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Review: “Key for Two” at The Little Theatre of Alexandria by William Powell

When I hear the words “British” and “Farce” together, I usually think of the stereotypical over-the-top show involving: a. slamming doors, b. cheating spouses, and c. people running …

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Review: ‘Motherhood Out Loud’ at Vagabond Players by William Powell

There’s no one like your mother, as an old song goes. Vagabond Players’ production of Motherhood Out Loud, wonderfully directed by Rikki Howie Lacewell, explores that theme and nearly ev…

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Review: ‘Trust’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre by William Powell

What’s the nature of trust? What specifically makes a person choose one partner over another? These questions and more are brought up by Fells Point Corner Theatre’s production of Trust,…

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Review: ‘Little Women’ at The Catholic University’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music by William Powell

Catholic University’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music’s production of Little Women is nearly three hours of spectacular musical merriment. Directed by faculty member Jay D. Brock an…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Review: ‘Dracula’ at American University by William Powell

The famous novel Dracula, by Bram Stoker, has been adapted for countless film and stage productions, thrilling audiences since 1897. With a cinematic look and feel, some stand out performanc…

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Review: ‘Richard III’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by William Powell

It’s notable that a play based on England’s War of the Roses has many parallels to power plays that take place today, both in everyday life and TV and film. Chesapeake Shakespeare Compan…

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Review: ‘Trevor’ at 1st Stage by William Powell

Trevor, directed by Alex Levy and written by Nick Jones, at 1st Stage, is equal parts emotional and thought-provoking. With strong performances throughout, this subversive show is dark comed…

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Review: ‘Boeing Boeing’ at The Highwood Theatre by William Powell

When is too much of a good thing, too much of a good thing? Is romantic love the most reliable form of love? These questions and more arose in The Highwood Theatre’s production of the clas…

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Review: ‘A Visit From Scarface’ at Greenbelt Arts Center by William Powell

e’ve all been between the proverbial “rock and a hard place.” That’s exactly where fictional famous Hollywood writer Ben Hecht found himself in, in the comedy A Visit from Scarface, …

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Review: ‘The Complete History of America (abridged)’ at Vagabond Players by William Powell

History can best be summed up at times with satire. Do we really want to know every detail about events past, no matter how trivial? Humor can go a long way to helping us, as Americans, laug…

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Review: ‘Red Bull Flying Bach’ at The Warner Theatre by William Powell

Not a soft drink, not a circus, Red Bull Flying Bach, with music composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, and conducted by Christoph Hagel, and choreographed by Yui Kawaguchi (contemporary dance) …

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Review: ‘We Three Kings’ at Restoration Praise Center by William Powell

We Three Kings is a brilliant Biblical story with many teachable moments. Written and directed by local playwright Solon Phillips and with songs sung by Phil Simmons and Angela Bryant-Brown,…

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Wolf Pack Theatre Company by William Powell

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is arguably the definitive Christmas story, beating out such classics as It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Miracle on 34th Street and The …

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Review: ‘Seussical’ at Greenbelt Arts Center by William Powell

Greenbelt Arts Center’s Seussical (The Musical), directed by Jon Gardner, is a magical spectacle. With lyrics and book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and musical direction by Mac Fan…

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Review: ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ at Providence Players of Fairfax by William Powell

Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the second production of The Providence Players of Fairfax’s 19th season is delightful Christmas family fun. Written by Barbara Robinson in the 70s and directe…

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Review: “Romeo and Juliet” at The Maryland Shakespeare Players at The Clarice by William Powell

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, The Maryland Shakespeare Players’ Romeo and Juliet, expertly directed by Vera Belaia, was a fantastic voyage into both Shakespeare’s tale of forbidden lo…

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Review: ‘Uncle Nick’ at Wolf Pack Theatre Company by William Powell

Uncle Nick brings a merry good time to the Holidays Who hasn’t heard the line: “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house…” during the Christmas Holiday Season? Tha…

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Review: Larry Graham and Graham Central Station at Strathmore by William Powell

Review: Larry Graham and Graham Central Station funnels the funky at Strathmore He’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member of Sly & the Family Stone, he was a mentor and “best friend…

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Review: ‘It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’ at Washington Stage Guild by William Powell

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Shares Timeless Message Adapted by playwright Joe Landry, Washington Stage Guild’s It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is a retelling of…

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Review: ‘Chocolate City Burlesque’s Third Annual Black Friday by William Powell

Chocolate City Burlesque and Cabaret (CCBC) is a troupe that excels at putting on the most sensational burlesque shows it can on D.C. stages. The troupe did just that in their third annual …

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Review: ‘Sly & The Family Stone’ Celebrate Their 50th Anniversary by William Powell

Legendary soul group Sly & The Family Stone grooved and moved the audience with unfiltered funky beats and unparalleled energy at Montgomery College’s Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts…

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Review: ‘Black Violin’ at Strathmore by William Powell

‘Black Violin’ serves up a musical potpourri at Strathmore “This is a party!” said Wil B (Wilner Baptiste) one half of the group Black Violin, which performed a genre-mashing amalgam…

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Review: ‘The Migration Project: live performance art installation’‘The Migration Project: live performance art installation’ at Jane Franklin by William Powell

The Migration Project is a live music, multi-media event directed and developed by Jane Franklin of the Jane Franklin Dance Company that raises many questions: When is it necessary to pick u…

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Review: ‘Dinner With Friends’ at Greenbelt Arts Center by William Powell

‘Dinner With Friends’ serves broken relationships, dreams Why do people break up, but never make up? Is having kids a sacrifice or a blessing? Are some people not just built for marriage…

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Review: ‘Avenue Q’ at Vagabond Players by William Powell

Vagabond Players’ Avenue Q, expertly directed by Eric C. Stein, is a “Triple Crown”-winning musical (Tony for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book) with a spectacular cast. The show …

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