Debbie Minter Jackson

About Debbie Minter Jackson

Debbie Minter Jackson is a writer and has performed in musical theater for decades. Originally from Chicago, she has hit stages throughout the Midwest and the Washington, D.C. area including the Kennedy Center in productions with the legendary Mike Malone. Her scripts have been commissioned and produced by the old Source Theater and festivals in New York. She is a member of the play reading and discussion group Footlights and the Black Women Playwrights’ Group. By day she happily works in a federal public health agency as a Senior Program Analyst and is in blissful partnership with her Bill.

The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus (review)

It’s a rare and unusual  treat to dip into parts of history that have been cast aside, forgotten and ignored. There was a time when the circus coming to town was the most exciting thing around.  The idea of black people actually taking the helm and being in charge of something so enthralling, calling the […]

Exciting. Electric. Enchanting. Ella Enchanted at Adventure Theatre MTC (review)

Being obedient and doing as one is told are usually good traits instilled in the earliest ages and rewarded with parental approval and societal regard.  When obedience is compelled without choice or reason, however, that can become an unbearable curse, as seen in the delightfully creative Ella Enchanted showing at Adventure Theatre MTC.   

The Gin Game at MetroStage (review)

In the right hands, a simple game of cards can uncover secrets, reveal hidden truths, and topple the best intentions of polite etiquette and civility.  The Gin Game at MetroStage shows that a hand of cards can pack as hard a punch as boxing gloves.

Caroline, Or Change at Round House Theatre (review)

Caroline, or Change continues the momentum of a powerhouse season at Round House Theatre.  Drawn from the personal reflections of Tony Kushner, it encompasses racial and societal pressures of the 1960s in a story of a youngster dealing with the loss of his mother who finds comfort and solace in the care of a sullen […]

Two strangers meet on a train – Last Train to Nibroc at Washington Stage Guild (review)

In December, 1940, the bodies of two prominent American writers, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Nathaniel West were shipped cross country in a railcar.  This strangely titled piece is the first of a trilogy about a couple who meet on that train from California, their destination, Corbin, Kentucky. 

Charm cuts to the heart of gender issues at Mosaic Theater (review)

Mosaic Theater Company sharpens its reputation for cutting edge theatre yet again with Charm by Philip Dawkins, now getting national attention and acclaim for spotlighting gender fluidity issues and showcasing transgender and transsexual performers.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Imagination Stage (review)

The Beauty and the Beast fairy tale is timeless, and many of us have grown up with the gorgeous music by Alan Menken and lyrics from Howard Ashman and Tim Rice in the true Disney animated extravaganza, so why see it on stage?  Because the Imagination Stage production brings the story to life right in front of […]

A fool-ish Merchant of Venice (review)

Considering the numerous versions of The Merchant of Venice I have seen in the last several years, I wasn’t sure what to expect from a rendition by DC’s Commedia dell’Arte company, Factions of Fools. Having witnessed their exquisite Miser and Our Town last season, though, I should have known that the Bard would be in […]

Milk Like Sugar from Mosaic Theater Company (review)

At the top of Milk Like Sugar, three young teens enter, a blast of energy and music, wild rhythms jerking through their bodies in fits, almost uncontrollably, laughing, jiving each other, finishing each other’s barely completed sentences mid-stream. 

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at Imagination Stage (review)

To think I almost passed on seeing The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane because I assumed it would be just another snuffle bunny production.  I nearly missed out on one of the most touching journeys I ever could have imagined. 

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