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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.

SOURCE: at 05:55PM
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…

SOURCE: at 06:50AM
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.

SOURCE: at 08:23PM
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.

SOURCE: at 12:37PM
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.

SOURCE: at 05:12PM
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.

SOURCE: at 03:00PM
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.

SOURCE: at 06:58PM
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.

SOURCE: at 12:27PM
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.

SOURCE: at 09:00AM
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.

SOURCE: at 12:31PM
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.

SOURCE: at 08:12PM
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.

SOURCE: at 07:43AM
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.

SOURCE: at 09:47AM
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.

SOURCE: at 12:28PM
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.

SOURCE: at 06:47AM
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

An unforgetable elephant haunts ‘Mlima’s Tale’ by Lynn Nottage at 1st Stage by Gregory Ford

Mlima’s magnificence is given powerful embodiment by actor Jeremy Keith Hunter, whose deeply committed performance anchors this production.

SOURCE: at 04:22AM
Monday, September 12, 2022

‘Nightsong of Orpheus’ from IN Series is a magnificent musical spectacle by Gregory Ford

A magical and hopeful evening of storytelling using traditions of Noh theater.

SOURCE: at 06:41AM
Tuesday, August 30, 2022

A screwball farce and powerhouse performers in ‘The Outsider’ at Keegan Theatre by Gregory Ford

With perfect timing, a hilarious look at the fragility of democracy.

SOURCE: at 05:41AM
Sunday, August 14, 2022

The Coil Project debuts zany and fun ‘Forgotten Monsters of Filmland’ by Gregory Ford

The play's campy nostalgia evokes creepy and memorable horror movies.

SOURCE: at 05:31PM
Monday, July 25, 2022

Anthony Green’s entertaining and moving ‘When Boys Exhale’ returns to DC by Gregory Ford

A fervent, authentic, and hysterically funny portrait of the deep humanity of queer Black men.

SOURCE: at 03:44PM
Saturday, July 9, 2022

‘Hotter Than July: Stevie Wonder’ sings songs in the key of our lives by Gregory Ford

The Signature Theatre cabaret was lit, the energy was amped, and shared experience was affirmed.

SOURCE: at 07:58PM
Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The love of Black men for each other heats ‘The Hot Wing King’ at Studio by Gregory Ford

The play is courageous and funny and repeatedly confronts us with monologues that plumb existential depths.

SOURCE: at 08:31AM
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Pipeline Playwrights’ heartfelt and timely ‘Heartland’ to stream on demand by Gregory Ford

A play inspired by the Supreme Court case involving the Westboro Baptist Church, whose members demonstrated at the funeral of a gay serviceman.

SOURCE: at 04:46PM
Monday, June 20, 2022

Go to ‘Shakespeare in Love’ at Keegan for good, trashy fun by Gregory Ford

In this exuberant adaptation of the Oscar-winning comedy, every actor has at least one scene during which they chew the scenery to tatters.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:54AM
Friday, June 10, 2022

‘Othello/Desdemona,’ IN Series’ unique two-evening opera, is epic by Gregory Ford

Seeing them both engages you in a conversation about race and art, about white supremacy and inevitable change.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:32PM
Monday, May 23, 2022

Comforting common ground is found in Shakespeare Theatre’s ‘Our Town’ by Gregory Ford

As the play delves into its subject of life and death, the hearts of the audience are treated with tender and gentle grace.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:50PM
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

A glorious score and lovely voices raise the dead in ‘Voices of Zion’ by Gregory Ford

In 'The Black Georgetown Cemeteries Project,' a new site-specific work by Alliance for New Music-Theatre, the deceased confront their descendants.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:24AM
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

‘Parable of the Sower’ at Strathmore becomes a musical community ritual by Gregory Ford

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

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:09AM
Thursday, April 28, 2022

Next from the Welders: A solo show of intersectionality by JR ‘Nexus’ Russ by Gregory Ford

He performs candid standup about being Black, Filipino, and Queer, in his 'Crossroads, Detours, and Exits,' premiering May 4.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:31AM
Friday, April 1, 2022

‘Grace,’ an overwhelming show of gratitude, premieres at Ford’s Theatre by Gregory Ford

Nolan Williams, Jr.'s compassionate new musical about Black family and culture is unstoppably entertaining.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:12PM
Monday, March 28, 2022

A monumental cantata remembers George Floyd by Gregory Ford

'America’s Requiem: A Knee on The Neck' presented by The National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale, in partnership with The Washington Chorus, at Strathmore and Capital One Hall.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:33PM

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