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Review: ‘Black Violin’ at Strathmore

‘Black Violin’ serves up a musical potpourri at Strathmore “This is a party!” said Wil B (Wilner Baptiste) one half of the group Black Violin, which performed a genre-mashing amalgam of hip hop and classical in an unforgettable concert last night at The Music Center at Strathmore. Black Violin consists of Kev Marcus (aka Kevin […]

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‘Love Can Build a Bridge’: An Anti-Violence Charity Concert: Interviews With Actors and Musicians

The violence in the US and overseas has rattled millions of people, making many of us feel vulnerable. Sarah Gafgen, well-known actor, singer, and director, took the initiative and, with the help of the Philadelphia theater community, initiated the first Love Can Build A Bridge charity concert to support three organizations that actively work toward […]

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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: ‘The Good Person of Setzuan’ at The Towson University Department of Theatre Arts

Bertolt Brecht’s tale of the struggle to be good under the weight of capitalism is brought to the streets of Baltimore in Director Stephen Nunns’ lively and profound production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Setzuan at Towson University. The play opens with Wang, a water seller, foretelling the arrival of a trio of gods to the city. […]

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Review: ‘Black Violin’ at The Barns at Wolf Trap

Black Violin performed a genre-shattering fusion of classical and hip hop in an unforgettable concert last night at The Barns at Wolf Trap.  Black Violin is composed of Kev Marcus (aka Kevin Sylvester) and Wil B (Wilner Baptiste), two classically trained string instrumentalists who met in high school 20 years ago in Miami. Between Kev’s […]

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‘Winners and Losers’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

According to their mission statement, part of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s objective is to “ignite an explosive engagement between threatre artists and the community by developing new plays that explore the edges of…. human experience.” To say that Winners and Losers accomplished this goal would be an understatement. This play begs the question: What does […]

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The President’s Own United States Marine Band: ‘Time Capsule 1945: The 70th Anniversary of the End of WWII’ at Strathmore

The main emotion I felt last night at Strathmore, while I watched The President’s Own United States Marine Band, was pride. These very talented musicians gave up the chance for a professional career to join the armed forces. Many of them have served tours of duty. More than a few have been in the marines more than […]

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Wanda Sykes With Special Guest Keith Robinson at Strathmore

The Music Center at Strathmore welcomed Wanda Sykes for the first-time to the Marriott Concert Stage to a sold-out crowd of adoring Wanda Sykes fans. Veteran comedian, writer, actress and Emmy Award-winning wit, Wanda Sykes, has been doing standup and much more in comedy entertainment since she first performed at a talent show back in 1987 in […]

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The Playwright’s Playground: The Playmakers CATF 2014: Ed Herendeen & Peggy McKowen Discuss the Development of CATF Plays

This Special Edition of The Playwright’s Playground introduces The Playmaker Series: CATF 2014. In a series of in depth conversations, I speak with the artistic teams associated with the the plays at this year’s Contemporary American Theater Festival. Like never before, the CATF Producing Directors explore the step by step details about the programming and […]

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Dana Carvey and Dennis Miller at The Kennedy Center

Dana Carvey and Dennis Miller performed at the Kennedy Center on Saturday night, and what I expected to hear and see was right on! These guys are on top of their game, relevant, and funny as hell! No doubt, Carvey and Miller, who performed to a packed concert hall audience, did a bang-up job poking […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Will Work For’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) Dacyl Acevedo commands and transforms the stage at the intimate Gearbox in her one-woman, one-act heartbreaking look at the struggles of a part-time actress cum part-time executive assistant during the economic downtown of the late 2000s. Over the course of nearly twenty scenes, Acevedo plays not just herself, but 20 […]

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