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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Reginald Douglas and David Muse on how Studio Theatre is “doing the work” by Ramona Harper

The ground feels as if American theater might actually be shifting in the direction of change for Blacks, Indigenous people, and People of Color. Here in the DMV, Studio Theatre is grappling…

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Can white arts leaders become anti-racist “accomplices”? by Ramona Harper

Recently, during an interview with Nicole Brewer, founder of Anti-Racist Theatre, I learned about the Arts Administrators of Color Network’s Accomplices Leadership Institute (ALI). As a me…

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

A dynamic ‘Tears of the Soul’ dramatizes 1968’s BLM awakening by Ramona Harper

Racial unrest and violent protests in the streets. Social division and a nation on the verge of collapse. A nascent social movement confronting racial injustice and police brutality. Interna…

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Anti-racist theater and the #WeSeeYou movement: A Q&A with Nicole Brewer by Ramona Harper

I had the chance to attend Nicole Brewer’s Anti-Racist Theatre workshop at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, last year, and it was an eyeopener. So whe…

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

The #WeSeeYou White American Theatre movement is ready to end a battle it didn’t start by Ramona Harper

Boots are on the ground. Battle lines are drawn. A collaborative network of more than 300 BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) theatermakers are in garrisons and trenches across the…

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

‘Rasheeda Speaking’ is a ticking time bomb of workplace racial animus by Ramona Harper

Something struck me as incredulous about Rasheeda Speaking, a ticking time bomb about racial paranoia interlaced with the destructive power of office politics. But its recently deceased play…

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Amen Corner’ bears witness to the Beloved Community by Ramona Harper

Corners can be safe spaces for hiding. There’s comfort in corners because they’re out of sight and out of danger. In The Amen Corner, James Baldwin’s dilemma is whether to embrace the …

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

The power of romantic love endures in American Ballet Theatre’s ‘Giselle’ by Ramona Harper

After almost two centuries of gracing the ballet world, American Ballet Theatre’s Giselle, sometimes called the Hamlet of ballet, still has the redemptive power to transform a story of dec…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

‘Quadrille’ at Greenbelt Arts Center is a four-handed game of romance and chance where true love prevails by Ramona Harper

In a veddy, veddy proper tale about class differences, gender roles, secret lovers and the pitfalls of an arranged marriage, playwright Melynda Kiring is quite right that “the fun in this …

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

‘A Holiday Pops! with Leslie Odom, Jr.’ brings holiday cheer to the Kennedy Center by Ramona Harper

The NSO Pops helped to make our spirits bright with its annual Christmas concert featuring Tony and Grammy Award-winning Leslie Odom, Jr. and a parcel of musical gifts from his Simply Christ…

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The music lives forever in ‘Ain’t Too Proud:  The Life and Times of the Temptations’ at The Imperial Theatre by Ramona Harper

The most successful singing group in the history of R&B proudly lives on in the Tony-award winning jukebox musical Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations. Now onstage a…

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Jeremy O. Harris’ ‘Slave Play’ is a raw and ribald examination of race by Ramona Harper

An antebellum plantation is a hotbed of erotica in the raw, ribald and at times ridiculously funny examination of race in Jeremy O. Harris’s Slave Play. Three interracial couples run wild,…

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Aleshea Harris’ ‘What To Send Up When It Goes Down’ is cathartic release against racialized violence by Ramona Harper

Rage is scary. We don’t know what to do with rage.  It’s uncomfortable and untouchable. We fear what’s inside when rage is lurking around. But in What To Send Up When It Goes Down, cr…

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Review: India.Arie at Strathmore Music Center by Ramona Harper

India.Arie is music therapy for the soul – part mindfulness meditation through song and part groove-funk to keep it real. Authenticity is her brand essence, but her performance is much mor…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Review: ‘Fences’ at Ford’s Theatre by Ramona Harper

As seen through the simple symbolism of a wooden fence, Ford’s Theatre’s season opener of August Wilson’s Fences is a brilliant and searing exploration of the tragi-conflicts and heroi…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Review: ‘School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play’ at Round House Theatre by Ramona Harper

Teenage girls can be mean – just ask Broadway’s Tina Fey. But if you ask Jocelyn Bioh, the award-winning playwright of off-Broadway’s School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, you…

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Review: ‘Jitney’ at Arena Stage by Ramona Harper

When the opening moments of a play are a super loud blast of bluesy music and a checkers game on the verge of anarchy, you know you are in for a lively ride. But it was the acting in Jitney,…

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Review: ‘NSO Pops: Maxwell: A Night at the Symphony’ at the Kennedy Center by Ramona Harper

There’s something way-cool seeing a full classical orchestra accompany a cornrowed, ponytailed R&B crooner in a bow-tied tux on the stage of the hallowed Concert Hall of the Kennedy Ce…

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Review: ‘Amélie’ at 2nd Star Productions by Ramona Harper

Amélie is a whimsy of a musical with a big cast of characters and an equally big heart. An ensemble-driven rom-com that transports you into a world of imagination and prankish intrigue, Am…

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Holy Ground that’s Marvtastic: Black Theatre is for Everybody by Ramona Harper

The National Black Theatre Festival was over-the-top for the 65,000 ticketholders who descended upon Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the City of the Arts and Innovation, July 29 through Augus…

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Review: ‘Twisted Melodies’ at Mosaic Theater Company by Ramona Harper

A foreboding, wide-open hotel window overlooking the Manhattan night skyline beckons you to enter the tender interior space of ’70s soul singer, composer and recording artist, Donny Hathaw…

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Interview: Sean-Maurice Lynch of ‘Jubilee’ at Arena Stage by Ramona Harper

The reviews are in: Jubilee is being praised for honoring and preserving the impact of the Negro Spiritual upon the American Songbook. In the Arena Stage production, Director Tazewell Thomps…

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Review: ‘NOC-tURNE’ by NFT Dance & Company at Atlas Performing Arts Center by Ramona Harper

The airy-fairy world of contemporary ballet takes a turn toward the macabre in Nancy Flores-Tirado’s darkly romantic NOC-tURNE, performed by NFT Dance & Company in follow-up to Atlas…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Review: The Kennedy Center’s ‘Celebrating the Human Spirit Awards’ Gala featuring Idina Menzel by Ramona Harper

The Kennedy Center’s annual party with a purpose on Wednesday night, the Celebrating the Human Spirit Awards Gala, honored Distinguished Philanthropists Patrick G. Ryan and Shirley W. Ryan…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Review: ‘New York City Ballet: Works by Balanchine, Robbins, and Reisen’ at the Kennedy Center by Ramona Harper

Spring is in the air with not only the blooming cherry blossoms but also the bursting energy of the New York City Ballet’s exciting spring concert at the Kennedy Center. Something old and …

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Review: ‘Native Son’ at Mosaic Theatre by Ramona Harper

We usually think of a rat as a detestable lowlife animal that we dread. It slinks in dark corners of the floor, hiding itself from being seen. It nervously darts and runs when spotted and ca…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Review: ‘A Bronx Tale’ at the National Theatre by Ramona Harper

Chazz Palminteri is one cool dude. Imagine having your own life story play to sold-out houses on and off Broadway, and be made into a classic film directed by none other than Robert De Niro.…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Review: ‘The Heiress’ at Arena Stage by Ramona Harper

Women are on the move today. A US Congress reflects the voices of women as never before. #MeToo movements everywhere are fighting the forces that would stifle those voices. So, on the surfac…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Review: ‘Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Program B)’ at The Kennedy Center by Ramona Harper

“Who will tell our grandmothers’ stories?” The phenomenal Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater soulfully responds in memory of its iconic founder with dignity, power and enough creative …

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Review: ‘Lincolnesque’ at the Keegan Theatre by Ramona Harper

In Lincolnesque, a play written by John Strand and directed by Colin Smith, the art of lying for one’s country succeeds in fusing a deceptively light touch and inside-the-Beltway political…

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Review: ‘New Releases Choreographers Showcase’ at Dance Place by Ramona Harper

Back in the ’60s, Bob Dylan wrote “The Times They Are a-Changing,” an ode to protest, social change and the country’s mood moment. Dance Place’s New Releases Choreographers Sho…

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2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
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