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Thursday, May 5, 2022

Storyteller JR ‘Nexus’ Russ on being Black, Filipino, and Queer by William Powell

His Welders solo show, ‘Crossroads, Detours, and Exits,' premieres at Busboys and Poets.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:00PM
Monday, May 2, 2022

Two sparring brothers spur ‘True West’ at City of Fairfax Theatre Company by William Powell

Sam Shepard's family feud makes an enjoyable show for theater buffs.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:56PM
Saturday, April 30, 2022

NextStop’s free outdoor ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ delights and satisfies by William Powell

Strong acting and effective scenic and sound design make the show a majestic evening.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:26AM
Friday, April 22, 2022

‘Dreamgirls’ serves up the soul at Bowie State University by William Powell

A musical that leaves your heart satisfied and ears delighted.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:54PM
Sunday, April 3, 2022

‘Fences’ at Bowie Community Theatre scores emotionally by William Powell

It’s a show that will make you feel and question deeply.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:30PM
Saturday, October 30, 2021

Upbeat ‘Little Women: the Broadway Musical’ uplifts at UMD by William Powell

An evening of delightful entertainment by the University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:25AM
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Brave Spirits Theatre’s ‘Henry the Fourth, Part 1’ is a triumph of excellent characterization by William Powell

If you like your Shakespeare characters to behave and react like flesh and blood people, and not esoteric abstractions, Brave Spirits Theatre’s Henry the Fourth, Part 1 is a play you’ll …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:49PM
Monday, January 13, 2020

‘Grease’ at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts rocks and rolls by William Powell

Grease is a musical that celebrates the changes born of the late 1950s era of rock n’ roll, drive-in movies, and James Dean–an era that sat on the cusp of the turbulent 1960s. Riverside …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:01PM
Friday, January 10, 2020

‘NSO Pops: Diana Ross – Music Book 2020’ brings mesmerizing Motown royalty to the Kennedy Center by William Powell

She’s mesmerizing, astounding, and accomplished beyond reason. I’m writing about world-renowned superstar recording artist Diana Ross. Ross, conductor Emil de Cou of the National Symphon…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:44PM
Thursday, December 19, 2019

‘Jersey Boys’ rides the highs and lows of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in melodious style by William Powell

There’s a scene in the mind-blowingly good musical Jersey Boys in which erstwhile hoodlum and fast-talker Tommy DeVito, founder of the internationally known singing group The Four Seasons,…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:25PM
Sunday, December 8, 2019

‘Other Desert Cities’ by Peace Mountain Theatre challenges and shocks by William Powell

Peace Mountain Theatre’s Other Desert Cities, by Jon Robin Baitz, features outstanding, in-the-moment performances. Director Julie Janson directs a show that touches on themes ranging from…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:30PM
Friday, December 6, 2019

‘A Motown Christmas’ at the Signature Theatre brings soulful cheer by William Powell

The scene was a cozy cabaret at Signature Theatre. The enthralled patrons sat at small, circular, red tables and swayed to “Give Love on Christmas Day” performed by The Motown Three, whi…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:36AM
Sunday, November 17, 2019

‘The Home’ by Nubia Filmworks at Bowie Center for the Performing Arts by William Powell

As the Gospel stage play The Home opens, it is clear that the Thompson family must soon face a challenge shared by 43.5 million Americans—caring for a family member over 50. Nubia Filmwork…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:56AM
Monday, November 11, 2019

‘Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue’ offers dazzling dancing and majestic music by William Powell

Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue is a treat for the eyes and an ocean-tide of extravagance for the senses. This is a musical with dance moves that make you feel as if you are burning…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:40PM
Sunday, October 20, 2019

‘The Last Night of Ballyhoo’ educates and entertains at Bowie Community Theatre by William Powell

Who is a Jew? Will you go with me to the Ballyhoo ball? Those are two questions the Jewish upper-middle-class Freitag family kvetch about during the happenings of playwright Alfred Uhry’s …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:41PM
Friday, October 18, 2019

‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ reveals universal truths at Baltimore Center Stage by William Powell

Thoughts of a Colored Man is a poetic journey through the lives of seven Black men over the course of a day in Brooklyn, New York. Playwright Keenan Scott II has written, and Steve H. Broadn…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:48PM
Monday, September 9, 2019

Review: ‘The Second City and Kennedy Center’s Jazz Comedy Experiment’ at The REACH at The Kennedy Center by William Powell

The Opening Festival of the new REACH complex at The Kennedy Center featured a plethora of live performances and films, including the laugh-until-you-break-your-funnybone The Second City and…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:42PM
Sunday, August 25, 2019

Review: ‘Nuthin’ But The Truth!’ by Black Carpet Productions by William Powell

As the Gospel stage play Nuthin’ But The Truth! opened, the fictional Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church in Mississippi had figuratively seen many literal and emotional battles in its o…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:31PM
Sunday, July 28, 2019

Review: ‘The Producers’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria by William Powell

Funny Boy, a musical version of Hamlet, A Breaking Wind, She Schtups to Conquer–could anyone predict how much those fictional plays would wow audiences? The Little Theatre of Alexandria’…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:48PM
Monday, July 22, 2019

Review: ‘Tiger Style!’ at Olney Theatre Center by William Powell

Buy your ticket today for a rich palette of cultural and political satire. Olney Theatre Center’s Tiger Style! is the best stage comedy I’ve seen in 2019. Directed by Natsu Onoda Power, …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:07PM
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Home, Sweet, _____’ by William Powell

Home, Sweet, _____ takes audiences on a sentimental journey through music, sight gags, and pantomime. Without words, Home, Sweet, _____ tells the story of a clown, the frenetic Collette Camp…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:51PM
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Review: ‘Hand to God’ by Wolf Pack Theatre Company by William Powell

Featuring everything from simulated puppet sex, tawdry seductions and a mangled ear, the Tony-nominated Hand to God, by Robert Askins, is a play that dares to be different. Director William …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:34PM
Friday, July 12, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘I Know It Was the Blood: The Totally True Adventures of a Newfangled Black Woman’ by William Powell

Written, directed, and acted by playwright Tara Lake,  I Know It Was the Blood: The Totally True Adventures of a Newfangled Black Woman, is a one-woman trip down the poetic and artful memor…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:07AM
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Soul Redeemer’ by William Powell

The road to redemption can be an arduous one, especially when you’ve burned so many bridges in the past. LA TI DO Productions’ Soul Redeemer, with a book by Paul Handy, music and lyrics …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:56AM
Sunday, July 7, 2019

Review: ‘Hairspray’ by Rockville Musical Theatre by William Powell

Rockville Musical Theatre’s Hairspray is musical dynamite. The winning trio of Director T.J. Lukacsina, Musical Director Marci Shegogue, and Choreographer Rikki Lacewell make this show ova…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:21PM
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Review: ‘Land of Promiscuity’ by Soul-Satisfying Productions at DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival by William Powell

Family history, like any history, has a tendency to repeat itself. Filled with pathos, generational curses, and touches of humor, Land of Promiscuity, directed by LaRay McDaniels and written…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:47PM
Sunday, June 9, 2019

Review: ‘How the Other Half Loves’ at Montgomery Playhouse by William Powell

Farces are hard to do well or differently, but they nearly always impart an important lesson: always tell the truth. How the Other Half Loves is an innovative farce, replete with secret affa…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:18AM
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Review: ‘10x10x10’ A Ten-Minute Play Festival at Fells Point Corner Theatre by William Powell

Fells Point Corner Theatre’s 10x10x10, a collection of 10-minute plays by Baltimore-DC area playwrights in its seventh year, always succeeds in creating energy born of audience anticipatio…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:17PM
Monday, May 13, 2019

Review: ‘Pride & Joy: The Marvin Gaye Musical’ at The National Theatre by William Powell

Spectacular. Amazing. Unforgettable. Pride & Joy is a musical that tells the little known love story of Anna Gordy Gaye (January 28, 1922 – January 31, 2014) and the legendary and icon…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:53AM
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Review: ‘How to Catch Creation’ at Baltimore Center Stage by William Powell

Part soap opera, part sitcom, part reflection on Black feminist writers, Baltimore Center Stage’s How to Catch Creation is an expertly staged dramedy, with memorable performances. Playwrig…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:30PM
Monday, May 6, 2019

Review: ‘The Honey Trap’ at Greenbelt Arts Center by William Powell

The Honey Trap, a World Premiere at Greenbelt Arts Center, clearly has the best set I’ve seen in years: a mixture of ’50s kitsch, photos of ’50s-era entertainers, a record player conso…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:23PM

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