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Magic Time!: ‘Off the Leash: A Journey Into Reality One Black Life at a Time’ at Woolly Mammoth Rehearsal Hall

After I watched eleven B.F.A. candidates in Howard University’s Class of 2017 perform a program of self-scripted audition pieces—character-rich monodramas, actually—I had one overwhelming urge: I wanted to see every next play these actors get cast in after they graduate. Because they each knocked my socks off. Off the Leash: A Journey Into Reality One […]

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Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Howard University

From the moment the actors appear, the stage becomes a non-stop whirl of color and movement. Howard University’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set in what is meant to be modern-day New Orleans, but through the music—part 1930s Swing, part 2016 dance club—, the glittering costumes, and the carnival masks whose glowing eyes […]

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Review: ‘Radio Golf’ at Howard University

August Wilson made it his lifelong project to chronicle the African American experience in every decade of the 20th century with his Pittsburgh Cycle. With its production of Radio Golf, Howard University faced the difficult task of putting on the last play of  “theater’s poet of Black America” [From August Wilson, Theater’s Poet of Black America, Is […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Different, Damaged, Damned’

The short but powerful Different, Damaged, Damned explores the relationship and resentments between a father Ralph (Jeremy Keith Hunter) and his high-school age son Chamuel (Austin Farrow). Written by rising senior at Howard University Alric Davis, the play centers on unexpected bonding between Ralph and Chamuel after Ralph picks up his son from the police […]

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Roz White and Teresa Castracane on Appearing in ‘Black Pearl Sings!’ at MetroStage

Roz White and Teresa Castracane star in Black Pearl Sings! at MetroStage playing two extraordinary strong women from very different backgrounds. Joel: Please introduce yourself and tell our readers where they may have seen you perform on our local stages. Roz: Hello everyone. I’m Roz White. I have performed throughout DC at Studio Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Source Theatre, […]

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Review: ‘Drift’ at Howard University

Howard University’s annual spring dance concert, held this weekend at the Ira Aldridge Theater, brings forth emerging artists. In collaboration with The Washington Ballet’s Studio Company, the concert titled Drift portrays the connection of our past to the present. Seven pieces total, from world renowned choreographers, all simulate the importance of dance to life. Jamal […]

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Howard University’s Spring Dance Concert ‘DRIFT’ on April 8 & 9

We close our season through movement with DRIFT~ Spring Dance Concert! This production will surely take you on a journey through time, generations, emotions and movement. Dance Coordinators Royce Zackery, Tiffany Quinn, and Rehearsal Director Pat Thomas lead this subdivision of the department with pure technique, drive and creativity. This year the dance students of the Theatre Arts Department […]

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Review #2: ‘Sarafina!’ at Howard University

“Freedom is coming tomorrow!” exclaims the students of Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts in Sarafina! a musical written by Mbongeni Ngema and directed by Eric Ruffin that explores the South African Soweto Uprising in 1976. A politically moving, historical reference to a time of Apartheid in South Africa, the Howard University students journey through a […]

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Review: ‘Sarafina!’ at Howard University

Even if you already know how inspiring and moving this show is, from seeing the film or the musical on stage, you are in for a spirit-lifting, heart-leaping, foot-stomping thrill when you experience what Howard University students have done with Sarafina!   From the very first notes to the rousing finale, 21 amazing singer/actor/dancers (plus […]

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Review: ‘Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet’ at Howard University

Last night I had the great satisfaction of watching Howard University students take on the challenge of a certifiably risk-taking play—Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet—and with it showcase nine student actors who took risks in performance that delivered an eveningful of moment-to-moment emotional payoffs. By the end I had no doubt […]

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‘SPEKTRUM’ at Howard University

A world of color streamed with feet pointed and backs arched, amazed at the auspicious shapes; I witnessed dance prevail in SPEKTRUM, Howard University’s Dance Arts Student Showcase. Deep symbolism and social reflection are combined in a world of euphoria, that makes me enamored with the love of art, coexisting with life by nine choreographers. […]

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‘African Americans’ at Howard University

Are customs and cultures completed eradicated and evaporated when people from other continents, countries and cultures come to this great land we call “America?” I had the distinct pleasure of seeing the play, African Americans, written by Jocelyn Bloh; directed by Martin Damien Wilkins, at The Al Freeman Jr., Environmental Theater Space, in the Performing Arts […]

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‘Anything Goes’ at Howard University

Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts’ Anything Goes, currently on the boards at the Ira Aldridge Theater, is a show to which everyone should go see. It is not to be missed. This production is mind-blowing for the professionalism, enthusiasm, energy, and talent of its entire cast. Broadway and Hollywood, get ready for the next generation of […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2014: University Productions and Performances

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their 2014 Best Productions and Performances honors in University productions go to: UNIVERSITY PRODUCTIONS: Absurdities: An Evening of Ionesco at The George Washington University Collidescope: Adventures in Pre-and Post-Racial America at The University of Maryland  Carousel at The Catholic University of America Cosi Fan Tutte at University of […]

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‘SPUNK’ at Howard University

As Alicia Mitchell-Mangual sings and the lights come up, I anticipate another fantastic production by the Howard University Department of Theatre Arts. The six actors and keyboardist Kayla V. Waters give it their all in their three vignettes about relationships during the Harlem Renaissance. George C. Wolfe’s play, SPUNK, based on three stories by Zora […]

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‘The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin’ at Howard University by Ramona Harper

The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Howard University Department of Theatre Arts’ current musical production, is  a champagne toast to keeping it real. Authenticity and self-acceptance are heavy themes explored during an ironically light-hearted romp through twenty-seven (27) effervescent musical numbers. Written by Kirsten Childs, directed and choreographed by Patdro Harris, a 1996 Helen […]

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