What matters most, when all the theatrical offerings for 2019 have been made, is what lingers in the minds and hearts of the audience. We asked our writers and the Gary Maker Audience Award recipients to think back over the year, and tell us their most unforgettable shows. Here they are in alphabetical order. Ain’t […]
Review: Veils. A moving, inspired look at women from the civil rights era that deserves your attendance
Imagine that you are a child and you are exploring your grandmother’s closets. Or you’re an adult whose grandmother has died and it’s your responsibility to go to their home and sort through her possessions, decide what you want to keep and get rid of the rest. Imagine you find a scrapbook – a dreambook […]
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 […]
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, […]
Chocolate Covered Ants’ director Courtney Baker-Oliver
Steven A. Butler’s Chocolate Covered Ants offers audiences unique insight into the minds of African American men in the age of Ferguson, Baltimore, and the subsequent news stories of police brutality. The play sold out two runs in Maryland last year, but you have another opportunity to see it at the Anacostia Playhouse starting tonight.
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