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Author Archive | William Powell

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Review: ‘Avenue Q’ at Vagabond Players

Vagabond Players’ Avenue Q, expertly directed by Eric C. Stein, is a “Triple Crown”-winning musical (Tony for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book) with a spectacular cast. The show is another big hit for Vagabond, which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary at a gala October 16th at nearby Admiral Fell Inn. With Music & […]

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Review: ‘Bat Boy: The Musical’ at Montgomery College

Director Matt Bassett, a faculty member of Montgomery College, in choosing Bat Boy: The Musical to direct, chose to examine, “how someone who doesn’t fit the social norm must struggle for recognition and acceptance, against others’ (and their own) baser natures.” That sentiment aptly fits the central figure of Bat Boy: The Musical, which features […]

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Review: ‘Zombie Prom’ at Unexpected Stage

With Halloween drifting in the cool, autumn air, Zombie Prom, as directed by Unexpected Stage Company Co-Producing Director Christopher Goodrich, and with Book and Lyrics by John Dempsey, is a zany trip back in time to a 1950’s America replete with bomb shelters, broken hearts, and zombies. Set in the aptly-named Enrico Fermi High School, […]

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Review: ‘DAS BARBECÜ’ at Spotlighters Theatre

DAS BARBECÜ, as directed by Greg Bell, and with Book and Lyrics by Jim Luigs, was a rousing and at times, funny-bone-breaking re-telling of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, reimagined as a Texas fable with merely five actors portraying over 30 characters. Scott Warrender wrote the music for this Country and Western, musical comedy (which premiered at […]

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Review: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at Aquila Theatre at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ brings amusement, merriment and mirth Appearances can be quite deceiving, especially in the realm of love. Deception, misunderstandings and much merriment were on display in Aquila Theatre’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, one of William Shakespeare’s finest romantic comedies, at George Mason University Center for the Arts’ Concert Hall. As […]

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The Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture: Watch the Entire Ceremony Here

 Hollywood actors, singers and local talent fuel the opening ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture One-hundred years in the making, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened with magnificent fanfare on Saturday, September 24, 2016 on the National Mall. The museum, home to over 3,000 artifacts, is […]

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Review: ‘’Night, Mother’ at The Highwood Theatre

‘’Night, Mother’ explores depths of depression, family secrets The Highwood Theatre’s Night, Mother, expertly directed by Madison Middleton and wonderfully acted by Melissa B. Robinson and Jennifer Berry George, is a thoughtful staging of a Pulitzer Prize-winning work by playwright Marsha Norman. The play asks many questions: How does one deal with a debilitating illness? […]

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Review: Culture Club at The Music Center at Strathmore

Culture Club channels the 80s at Strathmore The UK pop-soul music group Culture Club has been grooving for over 30 years with hits like “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”, “Time,” “Karma Chameleon,” “’It’s a Miracle” and “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya’.” Consisting of Boy George (lead vocals), Mikey Craig (bass guitar), Roy Hay (guitar […]

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Review: ‘All My Sons’ at Vagabond Players

 ‘All My Sons’ highlights painful secrets from the past Vagabond Players’ All My Sons, expertly directed by Michael Byrne Zemarel, is a masterful staging of a classic work by one of the great American playwrights, Arthur Miller. The show kicked off the 101st season of continuous production for Vagabond, and revealed a recent renovation (including new […]

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Review: ‘Blackberry Daze’ at MetroStage

MetroStage’s Blackberry Daze adapted by novelist Ruth P. Watson and Director/Choreographer/Lyricist Thomas W. Jones II from Watson’s best-selling novel, and with a soulful, beautiful, and emotional score by William Knowles, is a compelling musical-mystery, and a romantic journey into the heart of the South. Featuring 14 storytelling songs, and taking place in 1920 Jefferson County, […]

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Review: ‘Kraftwerk’ at The Music Center at Strathmore

Review: Kraftwerk brings electro-pop and 3D imagery to The Music Center at Strathmore The electro-pop group Kraftwerk has been shredding the envelope of what is possible in electronic instrumentation since 1969. With the lead vocals of Ralf Hütter, the electronic percussion of Fritz Hilpert and Henning Schmitz, and the video\technical skills of Falk Grieffenhagen, Kraftwerk […]

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Review: ‘Radio Golf’ at Hard Bargain Players

Radio Golf, expertly directed by Terry Spann, and written by the late, esteemed playwright August Wilson, is a powerful study of Black men with two different approaches to progressing in a country ruled by Whites. Covering the issues of race relations, poverty, gentrification and police brutality, the play is the finale of what Wilson called […]

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Review: ‘Tick, Tick…BOOM!’ at Spotlighters

Tick, Tick…BOOM!, as directed and choreographed by Jillian Locklear Bauersfeld, and with Book, Music and Lyrics by the late Jonathan Larson, was an insightful semi-autobiographical and musical journey. Larson, famous for writing the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Rent, wrote Tick, Tick…BOOM! to vent his disappointment about the failure of his earlier work, Superbia, a musical […]

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Review: ‘Julius Caesar’ at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory

 ‘Julius Caesar’ draws political and historical parallels Julius Caesar, directed by Chris Cotterman, in a production by the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, is an exploration of what motivates a man in relationship to his government. In examining those vying for power, does he choose the lesser of two evils? Does he follow the crowd, running down […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Yes, And’

‘Yes, And’ explores the history of improv Yes, And… directed by Jeff Quintana and expertly written and acted by Playwright Zack Myers is a quirky bit of work that questions the nature of improv comedy legends and how such legends came to be. As part of this year’s Capital Fringe Festival, Yes, And…, is a […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Poe, Times Two’

Poe, Times Two directed by DeLisa M. White and expertly written, adapted and acted by Playwright Greg Oliver Bodine, is a haunting double-dose of one-man plays based on two classic tales of horror by the great 19th Century horror and detective writer Edgar Allen Poe: “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Black Cat.” Bodine expertly brought […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Cake!’

Cake! Directed by Corin Andrade and created by burlesque impresario Ché Monique asks a profound, yet comical question: What happens when a 300 pound woman jumps out of an eight-foot birthday cake during a burlesque show? As part of this year’s Capital Fringe Festival, Cake! tries to answer the aforementioned question and address the disruption […]

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Review: ‘Moxie: A Happenstance Vaudeville’ at Round House Theatre

Moxie: A Happenstance Vaudeville channels pre-radio\TV entertainment America’s Got Talent, The X Factor, Benny Hill, The Gong Show, and The Ed Sullivan Show are nothing new. The variety show has been around for ages. With the spirited direction of Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell, and music arranged and composed by Karen Hansen, Moxie: A Happenstance Vaudeville, is […]

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Review: ‘Next to Normal’ at The Keegan Theatre

‘Next to Normal’ Confronts Depression, and Anxiety Depression hurts. It deadens and dulls the edge of life and can even kill. With a Tony Award-winning score composed by Tom Kitt with lyrics and book by Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal, is a study of what happens when a family matriarch can’t cope with the demons in her […]

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