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Saturday, April 22, 2017

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

The characters in the oldie and much appreciated allegorical goodie The Fantasticks (The off-Broadway incarnation ran for 42 years, and it is reportedly the World’s most performed musical)…

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Review: ‘Henry V’ at We Happy Few Productions by William Powell

What’s the impact of war on the common man? Do the sins of leaders trickle down to their soldiers? Is patriotism dead? What does it mean to be a leader? These are just some of the themes e…

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Review: “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp” at Adventure Theatre by William Powell

Americans don’t know much about the details of the myths and folklore of the Middle and Far East. Many of those stories, which can be found in Sir Richard Burton’s translation of “One …

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Review: ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater by William Powell

“I am a giant surrounded by ants!” exclaimed Walter Lee Younger in a scene from A Raisin in the Sun. Walter is the embodiment of how society, family members, and internal struggle can de…

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Review: ’10x10x10′ at Fells Point Corner Theatre by William Powell

There is a profound depth of directing and acting talent in the Baltimore-Washington area. Much of that talent was on display at 10x10x10, a collection of plays by area playwrights, which is…

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Review: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at Providence Players of Fairfax by William Powell

In a scene of fierce confrontation between Atticus Finch and Bob Ewell in Providence Players’ production of To Kill a Mockingbird, Ewell insults Atticus in such a vicious way, that one won…

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Review: ‘Wiseguy Kitchen Dinner Show’ at Germano’s Piattini by William Powell

Wiseguys, also known as those certain individuals the U.S. Government considers a bit more organized than they should be, descended on the quaint restaurant Germano’s Piattini in Baltimore…

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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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