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Author Archive | William Powell

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Review: ‘Sly & The Family Stone’ Celebrate Their 50th Anniversary

Legendary soul group Sly & The Family Stone grooved and moved the audience with unfiltered funky beats and unparalleled energy at Montgomery College’s Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in a performance which featured funky vocals, unbelievable drumming, fancy guitar playing and psychedelic soul. The show was part of a tour celebrating the group’s 50th […]

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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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Review: ‘Dinner With Friends’ at Greenbelt Arts Center

‘Dinner With Friends’ serves broken relationships, dreams Why do people break up, but never make up? Is having kids a sacrifice or a blessing? Are some people not just built for marriage? Is marriage in Western Society obsolete? Should men join the MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way) movement? These questions and more are raised […]

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Review: ‘Avenue Q’ at Vagabond Players

Vagabond Players’ Avenue Q, expertly directed by Eric C. Stein, is a “Triple Crown”-winning musical (Tony for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book) with a spectacular cast. The show is another big hit for Vagabond, which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary at a gala October 16th at nearby Admiral Fell Inn. With Music & […]

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Review: ‘Bat Boy: The Musical’ at Montgomery College

Director Matt Bassett, a faculty member of Montgomery College, in choosing Bat Boy: The Musical to direct, chose to examine, “how someone who doesn’t fit the social norm must struggle for recognition and acceptance, against others’ (and their own) baser natures.” That sentiment aptly fits the central figure of Bat Boy: The Musical, which features […]

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Review: ‘Zombie Prom’ at Unexpected Stage

With Halloween drifting in the cool, autumn air, Zombie Prom, as directed by Unexpected Stage Company Co-Producing Director Christopher Goodrich, and with Book and Lyrics by John Dempsey, is a zany trip back in time to a 1950’s America replete with bomb shelters, broken hearts, and zombies. Set in the aptly-named Enrico Fermi High School, […]

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Review: ‘DAS BARBECÜ’ at Spotlighters Theatre

DAS BARBECÜ, as directed by Greg Bell, and with Book and Lyrics by Jim Luigs, was a rousing and at times, funny-bone-breaking re-telling of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, reimagined as a Texas fable with merely five actors portraying over 30 characters. Scott Warrender wrote the music for this Country and Western, musical comedy (which premiered at […]

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Review: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at Aquila Theatre at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ brings amusement, merriment and mirth Appearances can be quite deceiving, especially in the realm of love. Deception, misunderstandings and much merriment were on display in Aquila Theatre’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, one of William Shakespeare’s finest romantic comedies, at George Mason University Center for the Arts’ Concert Hall. As […]

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The Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture: Watch the Entire Ceremony Here

 Hollywood actors, singers and local talent fuel the opening ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture One-hundred years in the making, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened with magnificent fanfare on Saturday, September 24, 2016 on the National Mall. The museum, home to over 3,000 artifacts, is […]

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Review: ‘’Night, Mother’ at The Highwood Theatre

‘’Night, Mother’ explores depths of depression, family secrets The Highwood Theatre’s Night, Mother, expertly directed by Madison Middleton and wonderfully acted by Melissa B. Robinson and Jennifer Berry George, is a thoughtful staging of a Pulitzer Prize-winning work by playwright Marsha Norman. The play asks many questions: How does one deal with a debilitating illness? […]

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Review: Culture Club at The Music Center at Strathmore

Culture Club channels the 80s at Strathmore The UK pop-soul music group Culture Club has been grooving for over 30 years with hits like “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”, “Time,” “Karma Chameleon,” “’It’s a Miracle” and “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya’.” Consisting of Boy George (lead vocals), Mikey Craig (bass guitar), Roy Hay (guitar […]

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Review: ‘All My Sons’ at Vagabond Players

 ‘All My Sons’ highlights painful secrets from the past Vagabond Players’ All My Sons, expertly directed by Michael Byrne Zemarel, is a masterful staging of a classic work by one of the great American playwrights, Arthur Miller. The show kicked off the 101st season of continuous production for Vagabond, and revealed a recent renovation (including new […]

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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: ‘Kraftwerk’ at The Music Center at Strathmore

Review: Kraftwerk brings electro-pop and 3D imagery to The Music Center at Strathmore The electro-pop group Kraftwerk has been shredding the envelope of what is possible in electronic instrumentation since 1969. With the lead vocals of Ralf Hütter, the electronic percussion of Fritz Hilpert and Henning Schmitz, and the video\technical skills of Falk Grieffenhagen, Kraftwerk […]

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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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