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Interview: Co-Directors Serge Seiden and Vaughn Ryan Midder on ‘Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies,’ Now in World Premiere at Mosaic Theater Company of DC

I first encountered Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies five months ago, when it was presented at The Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival. Hearing the play at that first public reading was an electrifying experience. Now this dark comedy—the third in a series about coming of age in America—is having its world premiere as a fully-staged production […]

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Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Gallaudet University’s Theater and Dance Program

Like a gift that keeps on giving, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream keeps on rekindling. Dreamer after dreamer reconceives it as if anew. And last night that classic spark reignited at Gallaudet University, where the Theater and Dance Program presented a production to be delighted by—whether this be your first Dream or umpteenth. “It is […]

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Review: ‘Word Becomes Flesh’ & ‘for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf’ at Theater Alliance

There is a critical conversation going on in Anacostia right now that may be one of the most  urgent and honest exchanges between black women and black men the American theater has ever known. The conversation is between two choreopoems, one composed and staged from a black man’s point of view (Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Word […]

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UPDATED 6/1/15: Magic Time!: ‘I’m an Improviser by Trade’: A Q&A With Matthew R. Wilson, Director of Faction of Fools’ ‘Our Town’

Updated 6/1/5: Before seeing Faction of Fools’ Commedia dell’arte interpretation of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in full production (I’d previously seen it in a workshop), I was skeptical whether the show was going to work. That uncertainty had prompted me to want to talk beforehand with Director Matthew R. Wilson (see below). But let’s be honest: What lover […]

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‘Our Town’ at Faction of Fools

Faction of Fools does it again with an innovative production of Thornton Wilder’s revolutionary and Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town, which originally debuted in 1938 about a New Hampshire town at the turn of the century and also death, love, marriage, life, and making breakfast. This is an inspired choice for Faction of Fools, a […]

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Hit Musical ‘Visible Language’ to Livestream on HowlRound Tomorrow, November 16th at 2 PM

Hit Musical Visible Language to Livestream on HowlRound TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 16, 2014 AT 2 PM WSC Avant Bard and the  Gallaudet University Theatre and Dance Program announce today that their co-production of Visible Language will livestream on the HowlRound TV networkSunday, November 16, 2014. This final performance in the show’s near-soldout run can be viewed live […]

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‘Visble Language’ at WSC Avant Bard

This weekend at Gallaudet’s Eastman Studio Theatre WSC Avant Bard and Gallaudet University Theatre and Dance Program opened their world premiere, historically based musical, Visible Language. Aside from its historically rich text and beautifully complex bi-lingual style of presentation, Visible Language by Mary Resing also moves its audience with an urgent yearning to communicate beyond […]

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‘Titus Andronicus’ at Faction of Fools

I’ll be the first to admit that I was… concerned when I heard that one of DC’s funniest acting troupes was staging one of Shakespeare’s trickiest tragedies. I’ll also be the first to admit that I shouldn’t have worried. In the hands of the Faction of Fools, William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus is transformed into the […]

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‘Cinderella: The Remix’ at Imagination Stage

Imagination Stage presents Cinderella: The Remix, an exciting retelling of the classic written and directed by Psalmayene 24, with hip-hop beats by Nick Hernandez. The final production in Psalmayene 24’s  highly successful Hip-Hop Children’s Trilogy, this Remix is everything that a powerhouse children’s production should be– thrilling, fun, and with an inspirational message that pulses […]

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‘Richard III’ at NextStop Theatre Company by Sophia Howes

After the discovery of Richard III’s remains in a Leicester car park in August 2012, it was concluded that far from being a hunchback, as some have stated, he suffered from scoliosis, an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. He was, as Ross noted in his classic biography, small and slight (Richard III, Yale English […]

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‘Broken Spokes’ at Gallaudet University Theatre by Yvonne French

Broken Spokes is a complex production with excellent acting that packs an emotional wallop while lending insights about Deaf culture. Says Writer-Director Willy Conley, “My intention was to write a gritty, realistic Deaf drama that veers away from the sweet, helpless, sexless, angelic view that the hearing public generally has of deaf people.” Broken Spokes […]

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