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DJ Gleason and company. Photo by Bill D'Agostino.

Review: ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ at Act II Playhouse

Are there any award nominators out there? Is so, get down to Act II Playhouse. This superb production of Brighton Beach Memoirs deserves a bundle of them. Much of the production’s success is, of course, due to the brilliance of Neil Simon’s play. Originally premiered in 1983, it now joins the American classics that inspired it, […]

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Aaron Copland’s ‘The Tender Land’ at The In Series

In their Americas season, the In Series tackles the quintessentially American composer Aaron Copland and his only and almost entirely unknown opera The Tender Land. Horace Everett wrote the libretto for this piece inspired by photos of share croppers during the Great Depression. It was originally written for television – something that can be said […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Stuff’

Upon entering the Eastman Studio Theatre venue at Gallaudet University, I did not quite know how to respond as I was handed a book entitled Daybreak in Korea by Robert L. Sheldon. As I looked around, I noticed others were handed a variety of items ranging from small notebooks and toys to mugs and comic […]

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‘Watch on the Rhine’ at The Colonial Players

Watch on the Rhine takes place during a seldom explored or even talked about era in American history. After the Great Depression and The New Deal, but before the bombing of Pearl Harbor there existed a dark period of uncertainty. In Europe, countries and territories fell to the Axis powers. One by one, rights were […]

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‘Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey’ at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Inspired by the 1923 novel, Cane, by Jean Toomer, and the work of other renaissance artists, this multimedia presentation fronted by Jasmine Guy provided a look into the general trends and opposing factions that that transversed the Harlem Renaissance from the return of African American soldiers after World War I through the early 1930s. ‘Raisin’ Cane: […]

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An Interview with Jasmine Guy on ‘Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey’ at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on January 24, 2015

On the evening of January 24, 2015, the renowned star of stage, television, and film, Jasmine Guy will present for one-night only, “Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey,” along with the acclaimed Avery Sharpe Trio (Sharpe with John Blake on violin and Kevin Sharpe on percussion) at the George Mason Center for the Arts. “Raisin’ Cane” is a panoramic […]

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‘Awake and Sing!’ at Olney Theatre Center

Clifford Odets’ 1935 turbulent drama Awake and Sing! is a stark portrayal of a dysfunctional Jewish family in the Bronx, New York City in the mid-1930s. Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, there are occasional moments of humor, sweetness, and expressions of love. However, these moments are frequently overshadowed by gritty reality and […]

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Joe Cronin (Orrin Kinnicott), Caitlyn Conley (Slade Kinnicott), and Jon Townson (Leander Nolan). Photo by Johannes Markus.

‘Biography’ at The American Century Theater by Max Johnson

The American Century Theater (TACT) touts a mission statement dedicated to the production of “great, important, and worthy American plays of the twentieth century.” In their production of SN Behrman’s Biography, TACT went above and beyond their given goal, revitalizing a somehow forgotten gem of American drama into a thoroughly enthralling and precisely performed dissection […]

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