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Monday, September 18, 2023

Audacious and hilarious, ‘My Mama and the Full-Scale Invasion’ puts Ukrainian courage onstage at Woolly Mammoth by Gregory Ford

You may find yourself vibrating with joy and admiration for the protagonist Olga Ivanovna. This flamboyant production is theater at its most epic. By GREGORY FORD

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Slavery’s local past unearthed in ‘Out of the Vineyard’ at Joe’s Movement Emporium by Gregory Ford

The dramatic story of enslaved Africans' efforts to be freed by the courts of PG County, told in oral histories, choreography, and dazzling design. By GREGORY FORD

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Saturday, August 26, 2023

Anthony Green’s joyous ‘GAY Love Jones’ celebrates Black queer community by Gregory Ford

The playwright-director has a talent for bringing to our attention skilled storytellers we might not otherwise discover. This cast is full of them. By GREGORY FORD

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Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Strong acting and lyrical direction deliver a powerful ‘Sweat’ at Keegan Theatre by Gregory Ford

Playwright Lynn Nottage shows in intimate detail what happens in a community when the jobs are gone.

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Friday, August 11, 2023

Riveting performances in Theater Lab’s ‘Carrie: The Musical’ at Atlas by Gregory Ford

Students share the exuberance of their 'musical theater boot camp' experience. By GREGORY FORD

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Tuesday, July 25, 2023

GALA lifts up the Sanctuary Movement in ‘Little Central America, 1984’ by Gregory Ford

A tribute to refugees from Central America during the 1980s and to people in the DMV who rose to address their needs.

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Sunday, June 11, 2023

Octavia E. Butler’s ‘Parable of the Sower’ returns to Strathmore June 28 to July 1 by Gregory Ford

Called a 'congregational opera' by its creators, Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon, the performance offers up a benediction of hope and faith.

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Saturday, June 10, 2023

‘Come play with me. Come heal’: Sisi Reid on Black queer storytelling by Gregory Ford

The author and solo performer of 'Rock Paper Scissors' — a Welders production — shares the personal and artistic history of the show.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Hilarious and terrifying ‘Incendiary’ ignites at Woolly Mammoth by Gregory Ford

A mother's plan to bust her son out of prison plays like an explosive video game.

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Sunday, June 4, 2023

IN Series honors two DC legends in ‘Chuck & Eva: Songs from the Other Side’ by Gregory Ford

You shoulda been there. The newest production by IN Series was successful in so many ways. In his program notes, artistic director Tim Nelson highlights the fact that IN Series seeks to prod…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023

The cast of ‘one in two’ at Mosaic Theater on why they take it personally by Gregory Ford

A conversation with Ryan Jamaal Swain, Justin Weaks, and Michael Kevin Darnall about a play whose title is a statistic about gay Black men and HIV.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Inspired by the Bard, ‘Our Verse in Time to Come’ honors DC community legacy by Gregory Ford

Who will believe my verse in time to come?… The age to come would say ‘This poet lies’… But were some child of yours alive that time, You should live twice, in it and in my rhyme. �…

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Friday, April 28, 2023

Intense ”night, Mother’ grips interest at Anacostia Playhouse by Gregory Ford

The performances by Lezlie Hatcher and Patricia Williams-Dugueye evinced the tenacity and desperation of Jacob wrestling his angel.

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Monday, April 24, 2023

IN Series mounts glorious ‘I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky’ by Gregory Ford

This rarely performed work, with music by John Adams and text by June Jordan, is an experience not to be missed.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Everyone is invited into the story in ‘The Nosebleed’ at Woolly Mammoth by Gregory Ford

The exquisitely crafted performance, consisting of both scripted theater and unscripted communal storytelling, is clever, playful, tender, and poetic.

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Saturday, April 1, 2023

Breathtaking and prophetic ‘Angels in America’ takes flight at Arena by Gregory Ford

Tony Kushner's classic directed by János Szász is by turns disorienting, devastating, and exhilarating.

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Friday, March 24, 2023

An effervescent ‘Serse’ surprises and delights at Catholic University by Gregory Ford

The Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art stages the 1738 opera by George Frideric Handel in Las Vegas — and Elvis makes an appearance.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Gloriously impassioned, ‘Blue’ at Kennedy Center centers Black lives by Gregory Ford

“What I’ve really not seen and not experienced is African American family life when it’s OK. When there’s prosperity, when there’s abundance.” — Jeanine Tesori, composer of Blu…

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Monday, March 6, 2023

Synetic’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a dream, nightmare, and joyride by Gregory Ford

The production shows what is unique about Synetic Theater that makes it worth visiting again and again.

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Thursday, February 9, 2023

Black struggle for freedom resounds in ‘Ordering of Moses’ from IN Series by Gregory Ford

R. Nathaniel Dett’s 1932 oratorio about the Israelites' liberation from the Egyptians is by turns startling, soul-stirring, and highly satisfying.

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Sunday, February 5, 2023

Artists Who Inspire! #7: Mauricio Pita by Gregory Ford

How the accomplished DC theater artist — a gay Venezuelan immigrant — shifted from scripted theater to devised, then from live performance to film.

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Monday, January 30, 2023

A great Black opera singer lauded in ‘Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson’ at Kennedy Center by Gregory Ford

New play with music sings of the musician who trained and mentored young artists and formed the first African American opera company in the United States.

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Friday, December 23, 2022

Tell Me a Bedtime Story, Now: Playback Theater comes to Anacostia by Gregory Ford

In a performance on December 30, members of a multi-generational audience will share stories from their lives and see those stories enacted on the spot.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Madcap ‘Jane Anger’ is screamingly funny at Shakespeare Theatre by Gregory Ford

This show is all about the yuks. Oh, and the blood.

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Friday, December 2, 2022

IN Series’ magical ‘Boheme in the Heights’ to screen and stream free by Gregory Ford

The Spanish-language Afro-Latinx reimagining of Puccini’s beloved classic opera will screen for free on December 11 at Atlas and stream for free on demand.

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Friday, November 11, 2022

A flat-out glorious ‘Requiem’ marks IN Series’ move past Mozart by Gregory Ford

The singing fills the space with a sound that penetrates the audience’s very being.

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Monday, November 7, 2022

Elusive truth and justice in ‘That Summer in Sumner’ at Mosaic Theater by Gregory Ford

The haunting events surrounding the trial of Emmett Till's killers seen through the eyes of Black reporters trying to get the facts of the story.

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Brutality and transfiguration in ‘The Ballad of Emmett Till’ at Mosaic Theater by Gregory Ford

Playwright Ifa Bayeza transforms this terrifying and traumatizing story for Black Americans into a catalyst for change.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

‘Benevolence’ in Black and white at Mosaic Theater by Gregory Ford

This play in Ifa Bayeza's 'The Till Trilogy' shows how the Emmett Till murder distorted the most intimate human relationships among the people involved.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Keegan’s reassuring ‘Elegies’ reflects on joy, grief, and gratitude by Gregory Ford

At their best, William Finn's songs are candid snapshots of something that makes life worth living.

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Thursday, October 20, 2022

‘The Till Trilogy’ at Mosaic Theater is beautiful, haunting, and horrifying by Gregory Ford

Playwright Ifa Bayeza and director Talvin Wilks have given us a jewel of a production.

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