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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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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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