Author Archive | William Powell

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

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 oppression throughout her time performing in African-American vaudeville i.e. the Chitlin’ circuit. The at times caustic-tongued Mabley paved the way for African American women […]

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Review: ‘Not My Baby’ at Momentum Collective

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 more. With music and lyrics by Ellis, Not My Baby is a pleasing potpourri of dance, music, drama and comedy performed with excellence. Not My Baby is the […]

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Review: ‘Booty Candy’ at Montgomery College

In a particularly lapel-grabbing scene in Montgomery College’s Booty Candy, a preacher tells his congregation that he’s tired of hiding from the “what they heard” crowd and shows them who he really is—in dramatic fashion. A dark satire, sardonically provocative, with absurdity at its core, Booty Candy was brought to an explosive realness by a […]

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

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 and choirs. As directed by Musical Director Kenneth Boucher, the school’s Mid-Winter Concert was a gorgeous display of lyrical and musical delights. Accompanied by pianist and recording […]

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Review: ‘La Périchole’ at Victorian Lyric Opera Company

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 composer Jacques Offenbach, with a libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, VLOC’s production is musically directed by Joseph Sorge, and directed by Madeleine Smith. La Périchole is the […]

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

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 around a couch. The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s Key for Two breaks that mold into a thousand riotously funny pieces. Written by Dave Freeman and John Chapman, […]

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Review: ‘Motherhood Out Loud’ at Vagabond Players

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 every angle of motherhood, from birth to old age. As performed by her outstanding cast, Motherhood Out Loud is a compelling and at times emotional journey […]

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Review: ‘Trust’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre

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, by Steven Dietz. Directed by Michael Byrne Zemarel, who also acts in the show, Trust is a frenetic, multiple character study of the lives of […]

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Review: ‘Dracula’ at American University

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 performances, and spectacular action sequences, American University’s Dracula, adapted by William McNulty, is a visually stunning, gender-bending haunted house thrill ride. Carl Menninger, Assistant Professor at […]

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Review: ‘Richard III’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

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 Company’s (CSC) Richard III, directed by that company’s Founding Artistic Director Ian Gallanar, is a perfect dramatic storm of great acting, dynamic visuals, […]

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Review: ‘Trevor’ at 1st Stage

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 comedy at its best. The peculiar storyline to the show is this: in a rural American home in 2009, an erratic, 200-pound, ex-actor chimpanzee named Trevor (the […]

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Review: ‘Boeing Boeing’ at The Highwood Theatre

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 classic French farce Boeing Boeing. As directed by Sarah Scott, it’s a fast lane farce with jet set performances. Written […]

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

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, now playing at Greenbelt Arts Center (GAC). As Directed by Keith Brown, A Visit from Scarface by V. Cate and Duke Ernsberger, was a jolly trip […]

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

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) and Vartan Bassil (breakdance) is a Hip Hop\Classical de jour playing at Washington, DC’s historic Warner Theatre. This spell-binding show is Bach in tennis-shoes. You’ll […]

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Review: ‘We Three Kings’ at Restoration Praise Center

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, We Three Kings told the backstory of the Three Wise Men, aka The Magi, from the Bible, who trekked from the East to give gifts […]

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Review: ‘Oy Vey in a Manger’ at Theater J

Just in time for a soon-to-be new U.S. Presidential administration, and growing political and racial division, the all-male drag queen comedy troupe quartet The Kinsey Sicks returned to Theater J after a five year absence, for their Christmas-themed show Oy Vey in a Manger. In a show featuring stomach-bursting, cringe-worthy jokes, The Kinsey Sicks put […]

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