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Review: ‘In the Red and Brown Water’ at Howard University

The wonder-filled stories that wend their way through In the Red and Brown Water were located by the playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney in “the distant present” in a fictional town in Louisiana. But in the mesmerizing and lyrical production at Howard University, the set evokes more an ancient Greek amphitheater—curving pink stone steps framed within […]

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Magic Time!: ‘Off the Leash: A Journey Into Reality One Black Life at a Time’ at Woolly Mammoth Rehearsal Hall

After I watched eleven B.F.A. candidates in Howard University’s Class of 2017 perform a program of self-scripted audition pieces—character-rich monodramas, actually—I had one overwhelming urge: I wanted to see every next play these actors get cast in after they graduate. Because they each knocked my socks off. Off the Leash: A Journey Into Reality One […]

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Review: ‘Radio Golf’ at Howard University

August Wilson made it his lifelong project to chronicle the African American experience in every decade of the 20th century with his Pittsburgh Cycle. With its production of Radio Golf, Howard University faced the difficult task of putting on the last play of  “theater’s poet of Black America” [From August Wilson, Theater’s Poet of Black America, Is […]

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Review #2: ‘Sarafina!’ at Howard University

“Freedom is coming tomorrow!” exclaims the students of Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts in Sarafina! a musical written by Mbongeni Ngema and directed by Eric Ruffin that explores the South African Soweto Uprising in 1976. A politically moving, historical reference to a time of Apartheid in South Africa, the Howard University students journey through a […]

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Review: ‘Sarafina!’ at Howard University

Even if you already know how inspiring and moving this show is, from seeing the film or the musical on stage, you are in for a spirit-lifting, heart-leaping, foot-stomping thrill when you experience what Howard University students have done with Sarafina!   From the very first notes to the rousing finale, 21 amazing singer/actor/dancers (plus […]

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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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‘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 raising the rafters of the Anacostia Playhouse these days. The joyous occasion is the return of Theater Alliance’s acclaimed Black Nativity, Langston Hughes’ poetic “song play” based on Gospel narratives of […]

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‘Marisol’ at Montgomery College’s Theatre Department

Marisol keenly follows the traditions of Magical Realism and Theater of the Absurd. It is clear that Eugene Ionesco and Samuel Becket, who are known for this genre, are major influences of the playwright Jose Rivera. Director Eric Ruffin plays upon that genre to take us on a dark and violent journey into a world just […]

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Here Are The Recipients of This Year’s 2015 Helen Hayes Awards – in Order of Presentation With 2 Videos

 Here are the recipients of the 2015 Helen Hayes Awards  in the order they were announced tonight at The Lincoln Theatre.   THE RECIPIENTS ARE IN RED! Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play-HELEN Production Bonita Brisker Seven Guitars No Rules Theatre Company Katy Carkuff One Man, Two Guvnors 1st Stage Maggie Erwin Failure: A Love Story […]

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‘Venus’ at Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts by Veronique MacRae

Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts continues its 2012-2013 season ‘Reclaiming the Black Body, Identity, Discourse, and Politics’ with the powerful story of Saartje Baartman in Venus, written by Susan Lori-Parks. Venus tells the story of Saartje Baartman, a young woman from South Africa who was brought to London in 1810. Baartman’s ample backside was […]

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