After Life and Josephine from UrbanArias (review)

After Life and Josephine are two short operatic works featuring original music by Tom Cipullo.  The first presents Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso in a heated discourse about life decisions and regrets while the world premiere second act features Josephine Baker in a conversation with us …in her dressing room.  Be still my heart, what’s […]

Marcia Milgrom Dodge’s 110 in the Shade at Ford’s Theatre (review)

Having seen and been touched by nearly every version of this story that’s out there, I wondered what yet another iteration would reveal, and I discovered, well plenty! The creative casting and dynamic direction and choreography by Marcia Milgrom Dodge bring the story to life with cultural twists and turns.

Len Piper’s Pinocchio at the Puppet Co (review)

Puppetry as a family affair takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to the Pipers in this historical rendition of Pinocchio, the boy puppet who yearns to be a real boy.  This version remounts the story as well as the actual puppets created fifty years ago by Leonard Piper, Christopher Piper’s Dad, who […]

Chocolate Covered Ants from Restoration Stage (review)

The strange title refers to the profound sense of feeling insignificant, inconsequential, disrespected and invisible sentiments felt by black men in America. The stories and messages are clear and graphic about the diminished value of black men’s lives, but rather than get stuck as a linear lambasting diatribe about criminal injustice, police brutality and societal neglect, […]

Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In a Play! (review)

Elephant & Piggie enthusiasts will pack the theater in search for their beloved friends, Gerald the bespectacled wary elephant who is devoted to his best friend, rambunctious Piggie the … well … pig.

Black Nativity at Theater Alliance (review)

Having seen numerous renditions of Black Nativity over the years, I didn’t rush to Theater Alliance last year despite hearing how fabulous it was and ended up missing it.  When it swept the Helen Hayes nominations and awards this year, I was thrilled to get a chance to see for myself what the buzz was all […]

Akeelah and the Bee at Arena Stage (review)

Those of us waiting anxiously for new work from playwright by Cheryl L. West can rest easy—she’s still got it and Akeelah and the Bee is worth the wait. Her adaptation of the screenplay by Doug Atchison soars with energy and possibility.

For the Love of Oscar from the New Millennium Howard Players

This inaugural production of the New Millennium Howard Players opens with a sizzling first scene featuring a delectable Lily played by Annette James being thoroughly courted by Sowande Tichawonna, who makes his moves like he’s got something to prove.

Gimme a Band! Gimme a Banana! from Pointless Theatre

Those of us at a certain age grew up with the image of Carmen Miranda as the exotic Brazilian fruit wearing artist who was all the rage in the 1950’s. With Gimme a Band!, Pointless Theatre provides glimpses of the woman beneath the “tutti-frutti” hats.

Oliver! The Musical from Adventure Theatre MTC (review)

Oliver! The Musical is an ambitious undertaking blending top young talent with seasoned professionals on a prestigious stage, and man does it pop and zing!   Director Joseph Ritsch brings the story to life with a gritty realism. There’s no spoonful of sugar to help any of these real life traumas go down. Dickens is gothic […]

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