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Monday, January 8, 2018

Review: ‘House.’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by William Powell

Reality TV shows have been described with many different words since they have pervaded the airwaves over the past two decades – crass, stereotypical, unreality. Maryland-based playwri…

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Review: ‘The First Christmas’ at the Music and Drama Ministry of Shiloh Baptist Church of Landover by William Powell

Written and directed by Fay Brake, The First Christmas, performed recently at Shiloh Baptist Church of Landover, speaks to the essence of Christmas – inspiring its audience to remember…

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Review: ‘The Gift of the Mad Guy’ at Building Better People Productions by William Powell

Christmastime is promoted by many as a time to let go of, at least temporarily, the practice of excessive self-cherishing. It is a time to reflect on the wants and needs of others. Many Chri…

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

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

Who isn’t familiar with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge? Wolf Pack Theatre has retold the familiar story of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, in a different way each year, for the past …

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Review: ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’ at Prince George’s Little Theatre by William Powell

What can you say about a character who was on a first name basis with Walt Disney and Mahatma Ghandi? A character who dominated the radio airwaves, read plays, wrote books, who often slept u…

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Review: ‘The Wizard of OZ’ at Greenbelt Arts Center by William Powell

  Greenbelt Arts Center’s The Wizard of OZ, directed by Jon Gardner, is the epitome of joy, happiness, and sunshine; a theatrical ride to magic and wonder. With lyrics and music by Ha…

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Review: ‘A Tuna Christmas’ at Bowie Playhouse by William Powell

Satire can be both salve and mirror in tough times and in good. A Tuna Christmas, written by Tony-nominated Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, satirizes small-town American life, lea…

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Review: ‘19’ at Through The 4th Wall by William Powell

The road to freedom is never easy. Often that road is fraught with several steps forward and several steps back. Marginalized groups must face pressures from without and within. The in-works…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Review: ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ at Kensington Arts Theatre by William Powell

“For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, ‘It might have been’,” wrote poet John Greenleaf Whittier. The themes of “what might have been” and “what if” wer…

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Review: ‘The Sea Voyage’ at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory by William Powell

Ask most theater lovers if they have heard of Jacobean-era playwrights such as John Fletcher and Philip Massinger and you would probably receive a confused “no.” Fletcher and Massinger, …

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Review: ‘Hamlet’ at Port City Playhouse by William Powell

An actor of illustrious talent shone bright recently on the D.C. area stage of Port City Playhouse. Rebekah Raze, in a performance that progressed from great to astounding, not only enthrall…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review: ‘Are you now, or have you ever been…’ at MetroStage by William Powell

In the current political zeitgeist, which includes Russian hackers manipulating opinion through Facebook ads, playwright Carlyle Brown’s Are you now, or have you ever been… is germane to…

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Review: ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ at The Highwood Theatre by William Powell

Russian playwright Anton Chekhov believed the role of the artist was to ask questions, not answer them. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Christopher Durang’s 2013 Chekhov-inspired Tony…

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Review: ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ at Port Tobacco Players by William Powell

Sherlock Holmes is an enduring character in the annals of detective fiction. A master of deduction, Holmes has been the subject of countless movies and plays, one of the most famous of which…

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Review: ‘Midnight Cigarette’ at Wolf Pack Theatre Company by William Powell

Onto a landscape of food stamps, broken dreams, and Walmarts, director and playwright William Dean Leary has created an indelible portrait of life in rural America. Leary’s Midnight Cigare…

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Review: ‘King Kirby’ at Greenbelt Arts Center by William Powell

Who could guess that a play about the life of the renowned comic book artist, Jack Kirby (August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994), would be filled with so much humor, pathos and fact-dropp…

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Review: ‘Chicago’ at ArtsCentric at Motor House by William Powell

The city of Chicago is “Hog Butcher for the World… City of the Big Shoulders,” as poet Carl Sandburg wrote just over a 100 years ago. Much the same could be said of certain element…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Review: ‘King John’ at 4615 Theatre Company by William Powell

Scandals, sibling rivalry, adultery and divorces represented daily living for England’s royal Plantagenet family, which held the dynastic reigns of power from approximately 1120 to 1490. T…

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Review: ‘Murder on the Nile’ at Greenbelt Arts Center by William Powell

Imagine this scene. You’re on a paddle steamer on the Nile River in Egypt. It’s the mid-60s. You find yourself surrounded by an off-kilter cast of characters: Miss Ffoliot-ffoulkes on ho…

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Review: ‘Rebollar and Friends: 40 and Up!’ – Last Chance to RebollarDance at Joe’s Movement Emporium is TODAY, 6/18/17, at 4:00PM! by William Powell

We’ve all heard the cliches about aging: Life begins at 40. You are not getting older, you are getting better. Age is just a number. Once a man, twice a child. The inspiring dance repertoi…

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Review: ‘The Tempest’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by William Powell

Shakespeare in the park is a long-held American tradition. From venues in places such as New York City’s Central Park and Washington, D.C.’s Carter Barron Amphitheater, watching the Bard…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Review: ‘She Speaks’ at The Rude Mechanicals by William Powell

William Shakespeare wrote memorable female characters, many of them laced within male-dominated plays. The Rude Mechanicals’ She Speaks came about when director Leanne G. Stump realized th…

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Review: ‘Something’s Afoot’ at The British Players by William Powell

A musical murder-mystery who-done-it is a strange bird indeed. But it can work if expertly executed. Something’s Afoot, with book, music and lyrics by James McDonald, David Vos and Robert …

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Review: ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ at 1st Stage by William Powell

The late self-taught playwright and poet August Wilson’s ten-play Century Cycle has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, with movie star Denzel Washington committing to bringing that cyc…

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Review: ‘A Chorus Line’ at Tantallon Community Players by William Powell

Packed with pizazz, energy and downright sizzle, A Chorus Line, as performed by Tantallon Community Players (TCP) and directed by Christopher Gerken, is the MVP of musicals on D.C. area stag…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: ‘Fear Eats the Soul’ at Scena Theatre by William Powell

As part of its 30th anniversary season, Scena Theatre has offered a stage adaptation of  of late German film auteur Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1974 film Fear Eats the Soul, translated and…

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Review: ‘The Glass Menagerie’ at Parlor Room Theater by William Powell

Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie is an American theater classic. At its center a story about a shattered family, the show is timeless in its themes. Parlor Room Theater (PRT) Di…

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Review: ‘Crowns: A Gospel Musical’ at Arena Players by William Powell

Apropos to Mother’s Day, and a magnificent button to the end of its 63rd season, Arena Players’ Crowns: A Gospel Musical is, among many things, a celebration of Christian and African rel…

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Review: ‘The Secret Garden’ at Memorial Players by William Powell

If you’re looking for a musical of Broadway quality in the Baltimore area, look no further than some of the work being produced by Memorial Episcopal Church’s drama ministry, Memorial Pl…

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Review: ‘Dancing at Midnight’ at Wolf Pack Theatre Company by William Powell

Some plays invite audiences to ask themselves vexing questions: What is the meaning of life? How long is a life well-lived? As King Solomon wrote in the Old Testament: “I have seen all the…

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Review: ‘Passion & Struggle’ at The In Series by William Powell

Poetry can be the seed of music, and music the seed of love. Music may even be used as a form of protest—and ultimately a promoter of peace. This is evidenced by the music of composers…

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