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Monday, March 13, 2023

Musical comedy at its finest in ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ at Port Tobacco Players by William Powell

An entertaining cast and marvelous direction make this a hilarious musical retelling of 'The Princess and the Pea.'

SOURCE: at 06:10PM
Sunday, February 19, 2023

‘Black Broadway: A Proud History, A Limitless Future’ to air February 28 by William Powell

The latest American Pops Orchestra concert on PBS celebrates Black excellence through iconic stars and performances.

SOURCE: at 08:45AM
Monday, February 13, 2023

‘Ghost/Writer’ at Rep Stage digs into racial and personal reckoning by William Powell

Dane Figueroa Edidi's new play fearlessly explores the roles that justice, love, and joy play in a society where past ghosts continue to haunt us.

SOURCE: at 07:09AM
Sunday, January 22, 2023

‘Twelfth Night’ livens the heart and tickles the ribs at Port Tobacco Players by William Powell

Director Rachel Wallace sets Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy in the 1940s and the result is incredibly entertaining.

SOURCE: at 08:51AM
Saturday, January 7, 2023

Dark comedy of family disfunction in ‘Crimes of the Heart’ at Colonial Players by William Powell

A masterfully staged and beautifully performed tragicomedy about three sisters having a bad day.

SOURCE: at 05:18PM
Saturday, November 26, 2022

‘Hello, Dolly!’ offers laughter and escapism at Port Tobacco Players by William Powell

Featuring a melodious score and rib-tickling dialogue, this classic musical explodes with high energy.

SOURCE: at 05:07PM
Thursday, November 24, 2022

Humor, tears, and song combine in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by William Powell

This musical based on the beloved film is a cozy show for the greatest time of year.

SOURCE: at 09:09AM
Saturday, November 19, 2022

Outstanding acting as Black pioneers in ‘Flyin’ West’ at Bowie State University by William Powell

Great storytelling about indomitable Black women and men of the Old West in a student production of the play by Pearl Cleage.

SOURCE: at 10:43AM
Saturday, October 29, 2022

Happenstance Theater’s ‘Pocket Moxie’ is a fantastic throwback by William Powell

Five talented performers give vintage vaudeville routines — from a ventriloquist's dummy to lighthearted songs — new life.

SOURCE: at 06:20PM
Thursday, October 20, 2022

‘TINA’ star Roz White on her emotional turn as Tina Turner’s mother by William Powell

The DC-based actor shares the challenges of performing in a national tour.

SOURCE: at 11:22AM
Tuesday, October 18, 2022

‘Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe’ is a cozy evening of horror at StageCoach Theatre by William Powell

This mood-setting show is perfectly timed for Halloween.

SOURCE: at 08:54AM
Saturday, October 8, 2022

‘TINA – The Tina Turner Musical’ at the National takes you to a rock concert by William Powell

Star Naomi Rodgers has the piston-pumping legs, booming voice, and energetic dance steps to drive this show to the stars.

SOURCE: at 06:52PM
Sunday, October 2, 2022

Port Tobacco Players presents a pensive ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ by William Powell

The dynamics of a broken family are seen through the eyes of an autistic teen.

SOURCE: at 09:53AM
Saturday, September 24, 2022

An uproarious ‘Night With Jackie “Moms” Mabley’ from Essential Theatre by William Powell

The humor in this one-woman show will make you laugh your worries away.

SOURCE: at 07:06PM
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

‘Treachery Lies & Deception’ journeys through betrayal, heartache, redemption by William Powell

Mental health, domestic violence, and the healing power of forgiveness are central themes in this relatable show.

SOURCE: at 04:25PM
Saturday, July 9, 2022

‘One Slight Hitch’ at Bowie Community Theatre cooks up comic chemistry by William Powell

Is it a sitcom, or is it a stage show parading as a sitcom? That's the question one might ask after watching this amiable concoction of romance and farce.

SOURCE: at 05:59PM
Friday, June 17, 2022

‘Jersey Boys’ at Kennedy Center is a great musical and a great drama by William Powell

The tale of four New Jersey tough guys who took their working-class roots to international stages, it's the best musical tour to hit the DMV this summer.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:15PM
Sunday, June 12, 2022

An eclectic tour of hit musicals in Bethesda Little Theatre’s ‘Night Out on Times Square’ by William Powell

This original musical revue brings a hummable evening of Broadway to Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:37AM
Thursday, May 5, 2022

Storyteller JR ‘Nexus’ Russ on being Black, Filipino, and Queer by William Powell

His Welders solo show, ‘Crossroads, Detours, and Exits,' premieres at Busboys and Poets.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:00PM
Monday, May 2, 2022

Two sparring brothers spur ‘True West’ at City of Fairfax Theatre Company by William Powell

Sam Shepard's family feud makes an enjoyable show for theater buffs.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:56PM
Saturday, April 30, 2022

NextStop’s free outdoor ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ delights and satisfies by William Powell

Strong acting and effective scenic and sound design make the show a majestic evening.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:26AM
Friday, April 22, 2022

‘Dreamgirls’ serves up the soul at Bowie State University by William Powell

A musical that leaves your heart satisfied and ears delighted.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:54PM
Sunday, April 3, 2022

‘Fences’ at Bowie Community Theatre scores emotionally by William Powell

It’s a show that will make you feel and question deeply.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:30PM
Saturday, October 30, 2021

Upbeat ‘Little Women: the Broadway Musical’ uplifts at UMD by William Powell

An evening of delightful entertainment by the University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:25AM
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 …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:49PM
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 …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:01PM
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…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:44PM
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,…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:25PM
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…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:30PM
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…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:36AM
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…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:56AM

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