‘Take A Bow’ Part 7: The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Favorite Spring/Summer 2016 Performances

Here’s Part 7 of the staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ favorite Spring/Summer 2016 performances. To our honorees: TAKE A BOW!

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Caitlin Carbone as Hamlet in Hamlet at Cohesion Theatre Company.

Caitlin Carbone. Photo by Shealyn Jae Photography.

Caitlin Carbone. Photo by Shealyn Jae Photography.

Caitlin Carbone’s Hamlet at Cohesion Theatre Company was outstanding. She speaks Shakespearean English like it’s her native tongue and she is so physically expressive, you could probably understand 90% of her part even if she didn’t speak at all.-Patricia Mitchell

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Matthew Payne as Mr. Croup and Bobby Hennenberg as Mr. Vandemaras in Neverwhere at Cohesion Theatre Company.
Matthew Payne (Mr. Crou) and Bobby Hennenberg (Mr. Vandemar). Photo by Shealyn Jae Photography.

Matthew Payne (Mr. Crou) and Bobby Hennenberg (Mr. Vandemar). Photo by Shealyn Jae Photography.

I will clarify that I mean it as a great compliment when I say that Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar felt like the roles that Matthew Payne and Bobby Hennenberg were born to play. I’ve seen both of these actors perform before and while they were always good, there seems to be something about these characters that made these men shine. Their performances as the torture-loving, blood-thirsty agents of misery were absolutely brilliant.-Patricia Mitchell

LINKS: Interviews from London Below: Inside Cohesion Theatre’s ‘Neverwhere’: Part 4: Matthew Lindsay Payne by Patricia Mitchell.

Interviews from London Below: Inside Cohesion Theatre’s ‘Neverwhere’: Part 5: Bobby Henneberg by Patricia  Mitchell.

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DeJeanette Horne  as Harmond Wilks in Radio Golf at Hard Bargain Players.
The cast of ‘Radio Golf’: L to R: Mack Leamon (Sterling Johnson); Baakari Wilder (Roosevelt Hicks); DeJeanette Horne (Harmond Wilks); Lolita Marie (Mame Wilks); and John Askew (Elder Joseph Barlow). Photo by Timagnus Traylor.

The cast of ‘Radio Golf’: L to R: Mack Leamon (Sterling Johnson); Baakari Wilder (Roosevelt Hicks); DeJeanette Horne (Harmond Wilks); Lolita Marie (Mame Wilks); and John Askew (Elder Joseph Barlow). Photo by Timagnus Traylor. 

DeJeanette Horne was fantastic as the ambitious Pittsburgh mayoral candidate Harmond Wilks in playwright August Wilson’s Radio Golf. In a powerful study of Black men with two different approaches to progressing in a country ruled by Whites, Horne played Wilks’ emotional journey, and objectives, to perfection. Wilson’s work is challenging and has a history all its own, which Horne mastered and enlivened in one of the year’s better performances.-William Powell

LINK: Meet the Cast of Hard Bargain’s ‘Radio Golf’: Part 3: DeJeanette Horne by Joel Markowitz.

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Cherie Weinert as Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter at Vagabond Players.

Cherie Weinert and Michael Zemarel in 'The Lion in Winter.' Photo by Tom Lauer.

Cherie Weinert and Michael Zemarel in ‘The Lion in Winter.’ Photo by Tom Lauer.

Cherie Weinert was astoundingly good, and totally in the moment, moment by moment, throughout her performance as Eleanor of Aquitaine in the medevial drama The Lion in Winter. Eleanor’s husband Henry had Eleanor imprisoned for the past ten years, yet nothing could keep her beaten:“I am the Earth; there is no way around me.” Weinert’s was living-and-breathing acting, of the highest magnitude.-William Powell

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Roz White as Alberta “Pearl” Johnson in Black Pearl Sings at MetroStage.

Roz White in 'Black Pearl. 'Photo by Chris Banks

Roz White as Alberta ‘Pearl’ Johnson. Photo by Chris Banks

Roz White not only performed great theater the way it is supposed to be performed, her powerful vocals helped bring the story of a prisoner in Depression-era Texas, who must literally sing her way out of bars, to life. Pearl’s songs were spot on, including the standout-spiritual numbers “Troubles So Hard” and “Reap What You Sow.” White is an incandescent star!-William Powell

LINK: Roz White and Teresa Castracane on Appearing in ‘Black Pearl Sings!’ at MetroStage by Joel Markowitz.

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ALL THE ‘TAKE A BOW’ ARTICLES AND HONOREES:

LINKS:
‘Take A Bow’ Part 1: The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Favorite Spring/Summer 2016 Performances.

‘Take A Bow’ Part 2: The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Favorite Spring/Summer 2016 Performances.

‘Take A Bow’ Part 3: The Staff of

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Favorite Spring/Summer 2016 Performances.

‘Take A Bow’ Part 4: The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Favorite Spring/Summer 2016 Performances. (Coming).

‘Take A Bow’ Part 5: The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Favorite Spring/Summer 2016 Performances.

‘Take A Bow’ Part 6: The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Favorite Spring/Summer 2016 Performances.

Take A Bow’ Part 7: The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Favorite Spring/Summer 2016 Performances.

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