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Review: ‘Nina Simone: Four Women’ at Arena Stage

After the Birmingham 16th Street Baptist Church bombing of 1963, Nina Simone turned her singing career toward the Civil Rights’ struggle. After a decade of singing mostly popular music, and building a substantial fan base, she had had enough; she was ready to take on the world. Christina Ham’s Nina Simone: Four Women introduces us to that […]

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Review: NSO Pops: An Evening with Ledisi at The Kennedy Center

“Peaches” was in the house. Inspired by the spirit of Nina Simone, acclaimed American R&B and jazz recording artist, songwriter and actress, Ledisi performed an eclectic program of blues, jazz and R&B in concert performance of NSO Pops: An Evening with Ledisi. Under the musical direction of guest conductor Darin Atwater, the NSO Pops added contemporary […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Surface Tension’ at Tangle Movement Arts

In Surface Tension, the Philadelphia-based circus arts company Tangle Movement Arts spotlights the skills of six female performers. They use ropes, swings, bungee cords, and aerial silks in a frequently dazzling display of aerial skill. The women of Tangle are almost constantly in motion, rising and descending on silks or spinning clockwise in a virtually […]

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Review: ‘for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf’ at Creative and Performing Arts Center

Ntozake Shange’s music-drama, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf [“for colored girls”] (1976), comprises a seminal work of poetry, music, and improvisational dance. In a series of twenty poems, Shange creatively self-describes her work as a “choreopoem” of pain, suffering, abuse, strength and resilience, and imbues it with a joy […]

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‘SPEKTRUM’ at Howard University

A world of color streamed with feet pointed and backs arched, amazed at the auspicious shapes; I witnessed dance prevail in SPEKTRUM, Howard University’s Dance Arts Student Showcase. Deep symbolism and social reflection are combined in a world of euphoria, that makes me enamored with the love of art, coexisting with life by nine choreographers. […]

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‘Gee’s Bend’ at MetroStage by Ramona Harper

“This ensemble was exquisite” — praise testimony of a theatergoer after seeing Gee’s Bend at MetroStage. Amazing how a cast of just four performers are able to transform the simple life of the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama into a triumphant recreation of the traditional culture of the rural South and the artistic expression of […]

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Synesthesia: Audio-Described Performance Set for ‘One Night with Janice Joplin’ at Arena Stage by Yvonne French

The Metropolitan Washington Ear, Inc., announced that it will provide audio description of  One Night with Janis Joplin, back by popular demand after opening last fall. One Night with Janis Joplin is packed with classic songs like “Piece of My Heart,” “Summertime,” and “Mercedes Benz,” and our reviewer Mike Spain says it “sizzles and rocks.”  Alison Cusano plays […]

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Mary Bridget Davies as Janis Joplin in 'One Night with Janis Joplin.' Photo by Jim Cox.

‘One Night with Janis Joplin’ Begins Performances on Broadway on 9/20 With Opening Night on 10/10 at The Lyceum

One Night with Janis Joplin is coming to Broadway and will begin previews at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre – 149 West 45th Street – on Friday, September 20, 2013. Opening night is on Thursday, October 10, 2013. The production arrives in New York following acclaimed engagements at Portland Center Stage, Cleveland Play House, Pasadena Playhouse, and Milwaukee Repertory Theater, before stopping here […]

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An Interview with Caroline Clay of ‘Clementine and the Lower 9′ at Forum Theatre Pt. 2 by Sydney-Chanele Dawkins

Caroline Clay is a phenomenal woman.  Her extraordinary acting skills and God’s gift of performance talent are only preceded by her grace, beauty, and kindness  Forum Theatre’s Clementine and the Lower 9, one of the most rewarding productions that I have seen all season, closed this weekend where Caroline Clay played the lead and performed […]

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An Interview with Caroline Clay of ‘Clementine and the Lower 9′ at Forum Theatre Pt. 1 by Sydney-Chanele Dawkins

Caroline Clay is a phenomenal woman. Her extraordinary acting skills and God’s gift of performance talent are only preceded by her grace, beauty, and kindness. Caroline plays the title character, Clementine, in Forum Theater’s current emotionally charged new work, Clementine and the Lower 9, written by Dan Dietz and directed by Derek Goldman. This is the […]

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 HS2 dancer Lissa Smith. Photo Credit Todd Rosenberg Photography.

Hubbard Street 2 & CityDance Conservatory Dancers at Strathmore by Breena Siegel

The CityDance Conservatory and Chicago-based Hubbard Street 2 of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago joined forces over the weekend to perform an array of celebrated works. Hubbard Street 2 is the apprenticeship program of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, a prominent dance company that began in 1974. CityDance is intent on bringing professional dance companies to share […]

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