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Review: ‘Happy Ending’ at Anacostia Playhouse

Happy Ending is a one-act satirical comedy written in the 1960s by Douglas Turner Ward, co-founder of the Negro Ensemble Company. He had written...

Magic Time!: A Report on ‘The Trans-Atlantic Time Traveling Company’

The prodigiously imaginative performance artist Holly Bass belongs to the first generation of her family not to pick cotton for a living. I learned...
Miles Folley and Ayana Reed in The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus. Photo courtesy of Restoration Stage.

Review: ‘The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus’ at...

Inspired by the lives of his great-great-grandparents Ollie Thomas and Ruby Dyson, playwright Steven A. Butler Jr. brings their legacies to life in The...

Review: ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’ at Anacostia Playhouse

“These are my friends,” Billie Holiday (Anya Nebel) tells her accompanist (LeVar Betts), gesturing at the audience. It is March of 1959, and Holiday...

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #9: Best Performances and Ensembles in Plays...

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #9: Best Performances in Musicals in Professional Theaters in DC, MD, and VA Are: Gassan Abbas in I Shall Not Hate at Mosaic...

Review: ‘Black Nativity’ at Theater Alliance

I saw Black Nativity last year at Anacostia Playhouse and was so thrilled by it (as I wrote in my rave review), I had...

Review: ‘brownsville song (b-side for tray)’ at Theater Alliance

Yesterday at The Anacostia Playhouse, the real world and the world onstage converged. It was like a communal emotion-meld through theater, the human heartbreak...

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

Here's Part 2 of the staff of DCMetroTheaterArts' favorite Spring/Summer 2016 performances. To our honorees: TAKE A BOW! ____ Stori Ayers as Alma (and others), in Yellowman at Anacostia...

Review: ‘Riches’ at Anacostia Playhouse

Act 3 of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1962) is entitled, "Exorcism" and, indeed, the infamous Martha and George exorcise their demons,...

Review: ‘Yellowman’ at The Anacostia Playhouse

I first saw Dael Orlandersmith’s Yellowman at the Manhattan Theater Club in 2002, with Orlandersmith herself in the role of the dark-skinned Alma and...

‘Black Nativity’ at Theater Alliance

If it is true that theater originated as worship and ritual—as a healing form of human communion with sacred mystery—then that history is surely...

‘ColorBlind: The Katrina Monologues’ at The Anacostia Playhouse

September of this year marked the tenth anniversary of the Katrina flooding. ColorBlind: The Katrina Monologues, a superb play written by Tom Flannery, and...

Magic Time!: Blown Away by a Bible Story Midway Through the...

To date I have been to 20 productions and one staged reading that are officially in DC's Women's Voices Theater Festival (11 of which...

‘Bug’ at SeeNoSun OnStage (Review #2)

Bug by Tracy Letts is not a show for anyone with a weak stomach.  Blood, violence, nudity, and drugs are rampant in this dark...

‘Bug’ at SeeNoSun OnStage at Anacostia Arts Center (Review #1)

When I saw the SeeNoSun OnStage production of Tracy Letts’s first play, Killer Joe, a year ago June, I wrote a rave and called...

theatreWeek Discounts for September 21st-27th

  theatreWeek 2015 Offers Inspirational Ticket Discounts theatreWashington’s Annual Celebration Spotlights Patron Savings  theatreWashington unveils a groundbreaking network of ticketing discounts to mark theatreWeek 2015, a celebration...

‘American Moor’ at Anacostia Playhouse

As I walked into the cool confines of the Anacostia Playhouse, I was greeted by soft, far-upstage lighting that gently illuminated the sole performer,...

‘Occupied Territories’ at Theater Alliance

The theater is no a stranger to the wounds of war. Countless plays and performance pieces have opened our hearts and minds to that...

‘Frozen’ at Anacostia Playhouse

In The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell writes: “The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come....

‘Black Nativity’ at Theater Alliance

Theater Alliance's production of Black Nativity at the Anacostia Playhouse is a gloriously joyful noise indeed.  An Afrocentric celebration of the Christmas story rooted in...

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