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In the Moment: ‘Are you now or have you ever been…’ at MetroStage

As I took in, with a notably racially diverse audience, MetroStage’s top-notch, tense, musically revealing production, Are you now or have you ever been…, so many questions challenged me. The questions were not about production values or acting prowess. After all, the production of playwright Carlyle Brown’s script directed by Thomas W. Jones II has received […]

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Review: ‘The Gin Game’ at MetroStage

You observe a cozy setting, a two story structure slightly suggestive of institutional. There’s a gliding rocker and curtained windows that filter warm amber light, potted plants, scattered chairs, a walker, a cluttered shelf of reading materials and dappled light that hints at spring. Most of all, there is a card table that takes center […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #10: Best Direction in Musicals in Professional Theatres in DC/MD/VA

Here are the DCMetroTheaterArts Staff’s honorees for Best Direction of Musicals in Professional Theaters in 2016. Congrats to all our honorees: David James for A Christmas Carol at Toby’s The Dinner Theatre of Columbia. Matt Lenz for A Christmas Story: The Musical at The Hippodrome Theatre. Pierre-Jacques Brault A Christmas Story: The Musical at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts. […]

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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: ‘Shake Loose’ at MetroStage

Shake Loose: A Musical Night of Blues Moods & Icons Hang on to your seats, guys and gals! Over three dozen songs – twelve never sung before at MetroStage – and a libretto comprise a whirlwind, non-stop ninety minute romp and stomp down memory lane in the new musical production of Shake Loose: A Musical […]

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‘Shaking It Loose With Tom Jones’ at MetroStage

The genesis of this production says much about the innovative creative process at MetroStage. The idea that a new musical could be developed from Tom Jones’ productions was a spark in the mind of the Producing Artistic Director. She has produced his work over the years, including a reprise of Bessie’s Blues from twenty years […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #15: Best Directors of Musicals in Professional Theatres

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their 2015 Best Directors of Musicals in Professional Theatres honors go to: Patrick A’Hearn for The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber at Riverside Center Dinner Theater. Melissa Baughman for Sweeney Todd (Prog-Metal Version) at Landless Theatre Company. Suzanne Beal for The Gifts of the Magi at Maryland Ensemble Theatre. Walter […]

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An Interview with Playwright Gabrielle Fulton on ‘Uprising’ Now Playing at MetroStage by Debbie M. Jackson

Talking with Gabrielle Fulton was like connecting with a long-lost sister. While her roots are solidly Southern, she received degrees at Columbia U. and Northwestern, giving her an east coast and Midwestern sensibility— a kindred spirit and soul. Her play, Uprising, explores her family’s stories of ancestors picking cotton in the Georgia fields, and considers […]

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The Women’s Voices Theater Festival: Another Look at ‘Uprising’ at MetroStage

Uprising by Gabrielle Fulton, and directed by Thomas W. Jones II, integrates live blues guitar and song by local musician David Cole with the powerful storytelling of a highly talented ensemble. Set in 1858 the feeling of relationship among a free black community is outstandingly portrayed. Sal, a headstrong, independent-minded, and free woman is played […]

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The Women’s Voices Theater Festival: ‘Uprising’ at MetroStage

Uprising is, quite simply, what live theater is meant to be. The gripping story, set in 1859 and told with pathos and humor, asks questions about the nature of freedom, family, sacrifice, and revolution. The entire ensemble delivers powerful yet nuanced performances offering three-dimensional, relatable characters who must make tough choices. Written by playwright and […]

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‘UPRISING’ Plays September 17-October 25th at MetroStage as Part of The Women’s Voices Theater Festival

Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin is pleased to announce that MetroStage will open the 2015-16 season with the Rolling World Premiere of UPRISING by Atlanta playwright Gabrielle Fulton as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, Sept 17-Oct 25, 2015. Thomas W. Jones II will direct and choreograph, and William Knowles will music direct. Set […]

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In the Moment: ‘Anne & Emmett’ at MetroStage

Created and handsomely rendered with boundless love, heart and soul, the short-run Metro Stage/Race and Reconciliation in America (RARIA) production of Anne & Emmett was a production of grace and enlightenment. Its poignancy in the face of the theme of the crushing-out of the young lives of Anne Frank and Emmett Till held me in […]

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‘The Island’ at MetroStage

There are so many way to demand justice. In 1973 South Africans Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona found their voices to take on South Africa’s apartheid through the words of and connections to the Ancient World of the Greeks and Antigone. Antigone was the sister who stood against the State and King Creon. She […]

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