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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Brave Spirits Theatre’s ‘Henry the Fourth, Part 1’ is a triumph of excellent characterization by William Powell

If you like your Shakespeare characters to behave and react like flesh and blood people, and not esoteric abstractions, Brave Spirits Theatre’s Henry the Fourth, Part 1 is a play you’ll …

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Monday, January 13, 2020

‘Grease’ at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts rocks and rolls by William Powell

Grease is a musical that celebrates the changes born of the late 1950s era of rock n’ roll, drive-in movies, and James Dean–an era that sat on the cusp of the turbulent 1960s. Riverside …

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Friday, January 10, 2020

‘NSO Pops: Diana Ross – Music Book 2020’ brings mesmerizing Motown royalty to the Kennedy Center by William Powell

She’s mesmerizing, astounding, and accomplished beyond reason. I’m writing about world-renowned superstar recording artist Diana Ross. Ross, conductor Emil de Cou of the National Symphon…

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

‘Jersey Boys’ rides the highs and lows of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in melodious style by William Powell

There’s a scene in the mind-blowingly good musical Jersey Boys in which erstwhile hoodlum and fast-talker Tommy DeVito, founder of the internationally known singing group The Four Seasons,…

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

‘Other Desert Cities’ by Peace Mountain Theatre challenges and shocks by William Powell

Peace Mountain Theatre’s Other Desert Cities, by Jon Robin Baitz, features outstanding, in-the-moment performances. Director Julie Janson directs a show that touches on themes ranging from…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

‘A Motown Christmas’ at the Signature Theatre brings soulful cheer by William Powell

The scene was a cozy cabaret at Signature Theatre. The enthralled patrons sat at small, circular, red tables and swayed to “Give Love on Christmas Day” performed by The Motown Three, whi…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

‘The Home’ by Nubia Filmworks at Bowie Center for the Performing Arts by William Powell

As the Gospel stage play The Home opens, it is clear that the Thompson family must soon face a challenge shared by 43.5 million Americans—caring for a family member over 50. Nubia Filmwork…

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Monday, November 11, 2019

‘Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue’ offers dazzling dancing and majestic music by William Powell

Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue is a treat for the eyes and an ocean-tide of extravagance for the senses. This is a musical with dance moves that make you feel as if you are burning…

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

‘The Last Night of Ballyhoo’ educates and entertains at Bowie Community Theatre by William Powell

Who is a Jew? Will you go with me to the Ballyhoo ball? Those are two questions the Jewish upper-middle-class Freitag family kvetch about during the happenings of playwright Alfred Uhry’s …

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Friday, October 18, 2019

‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ reveals universal truths at Baltimore Center Stage by William Powell

Thoughts of a Colored Man is a poetic journey through the lives of seven Black men over the course of a day in Brooklyn, New York. Playwright Keenan Scott II has written, and Steve H. Broadn…

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Review: ‘The Second City and Kennedy Center’s Jazz Comedy Experiment’ at The REACH at The Kennedy Center by William Powell

The Opening Festival of the new REACH complex at The Kennedy Center featured a plethora of live performances and films, including the laugh-until-you-break-your-funnybone The Second City and…

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Review: ‘Nuthin’ But The Truth!’ by Black Carpet Productions by William Powell

As the Gospel stage play Nuthin’ But The Truth! opened, the fictional Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church in Mississippi had figuratively seen many literal and emotional battles in its o…

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Review: ‘The Producers’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria by William Powell

Funny Boy, a musical version of Hamlet, A Breaking Wind, She Schtups to Conquer–could anyone predict how much those fictional plays would wow audiences? The Little Theatre of Alexandria’…

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Review: ‘Tiger Style!’ at Olney Theatre Center by William Powell

Buy your ticket today for a rich palette of cultural and political satire. Olney Theatre Center’s Tiger Style! is the best stage comedy I’ve seen in 2019. Directed by Natsu Onoda Power, …

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Home, Sweet, _____’ by William Powell

Home, Sweet, _____ takes audiences on a sentimental journey through music, sight gags, and pantomime. Without words, Home, Sweet, _____ tells the story of a clown, the frenetic Collette Camp…

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Review: ‘Hand to God’ by Wolf Pack Theatre Company by William Powell

Featuring everything from simulated puppet sex, tawdry seductions and a mangled ear, the Tony-nominated Hand to God, by Robert Askins, is a play that dares to be different. Director William …

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Friday, July 12, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘I Know It Was the Blood: The Totally True Adventures of a Newfangled Black Woman’ by William Powell

Written, directed, and acted by playwright Tara Lake,  I Know It Was the Blood: The Totally True Adventures of a Newfangled Black Woman, is a one-woman trip down the poetic and artful memor…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Soul Redeemer’ by William Powell

The road to redemption can be an arduous one, especially when you’ve burned so many bridges in the past. LA TI DO Productions’ Soul Redeemer, with a book by Paul Handy, music and lyrics …

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Review: ‘Hairspray’ by Rockville Musical Theatre by William Powell

Rockville Musical Theatre’s Hairspray is musical dynamite. The winning trio of Director T.J. Lukacsina, Musical Director Marci Shegogue, and Choreographer Rikki Lacewell make this show ova…

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Review: ‘Land of Promiscuity’ by Soul-Satisfying Productions at DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival by William Powell

Family history, like any history, has a tendency to repeat itself. Filled with pathos, generational curses, and touches of humor, Land of Promiscuity, directed by LaRay McDaniels and written…

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Review: ‘How the Other Half Loves’ at Montgomery Playhouse by William Powell

Farces are hard to do well or differently, but they nearly always impart an important lesson: always tell the truth. How the Other Half Loves is an innovative farce, replete with secret affa…

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Review: ‘10x10x10’ A Ten-Minute Play Festival at Fells Point Corner Theatre by William Powell

Fells Point Corner Theatre’s 10x10x10, a collection of 10-minute plays by Baltimore-DC area playwrights in its seventh year, always succeeds in creating energy born of audience anticipatio…

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Review: ‘Pride & Joy: The Marvin Gaye Musical’ at The National Theatre by William Powell

Spectacular. Amazing. Unforgettable. Pride & Joy is a musical that tells the little known love story of Anna Gordy Gaye (January 28, 1922 – January 31, 2014) and the legendary and icon…

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Review: ‘How to Catch Creation’ at Baltimore Center Stage by William Powell

Part soap opera, part sitcom, part reflection on Black feminist writers, Baltimore Center Stage’s How to Catch Creation is an expertly staged dramedy, with memorable performances. Playwrig…

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Review: ‘The Honey Trap’ at Greenbelt Arts Center by William Powell

The Honey Trap, a World Premiere at Greenbelt Arts Center, clearly has the best set I’ve seen in years: a mixture of ’50s kitsch, photos of ’50s-era entertainers, a record player conso…

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

‘Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead’ by Wolf Pack Theatre Company by William Powell

What happened to the characters in Charles Schulz’s Peanuts gang when they entered adulthood? We find out in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, written by Bert V. Royal and …

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Review: ‘STOMP’ at the National Theatre by William Powell

Started by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1991, STOMP is a cacophony of sounds produced by common objects in lieu of musical instruments. An amalgam of music,…

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Review: ‘A New Brain’ at the Colonial Players of Annapolis by William Powell

Harmonious voices! Hilarious hoofing! A dancing frog! With over 30 songs packed into its 90 minutes, the Colonial Players’ A New Brain is a magnificent autobiographical musical comedy that…

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Review: ‘Leave It to Psmith’ at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Music and Drama Club (MAD Productions) by William Powell

He’s charming, he’s debonair, he’s sophisticated, and when you’ve got a problem, you better call Psmith – that’s Ronald Eustace Psmith (“the P is silent, like pterodactyl”). …

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Review: ‘The Color Purple’ at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts by William Powell

Magic. Magnificent. Marvelous. There are only so many superlatives I can muster in such a small space, but The Color Purple, now running at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, is pheno…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Review: ‘Henry IV, Part II’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by William Powell

After a smashing opening of Henry IV, Part I, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (CSC) has brought forth its terrific sequel, Henry IV, Part II. This play is wordier and less bloody than its pre…

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