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August Wilson’s Fences ~ Ford’s Theatre

Jordan Wright October 3, 2019

Hard on the heels of Arena Stage’s ongoing production of Jitney comes Fences, another August Wilson drama and the sixth play in Wilson’s ten-part series the American Century Cycle that chronicles 100 years of the African American experience. (Jitney, Wilson’s first play in the series, was reviewed here earlier this […]

Spunk ~ Signature Theatre

Jordan Wright May 14, 2019

Zora Neale Hurston’s exuberant play-with-music, Spunk, takes us into the African-American experience of America’s Deep South. It’s like gaining admission to a private club, not just to witness, but to experience full-on a sense of place that no longer exists. It doesn’t hinge on racism nor rely on oppression […]

Nina Simone: Four Women ~ Arena Stage

Jordan Wright November 18, 2017 Special to The Alexandria Times

Harriett D. Foy (Nina Simone) in Nina Simone: Four Women, Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

There’s no getting around one of the darkest moments in American history, when four African-American girls were murdered by white supremacists in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing […]

Disgraced ~ Arena Stage

Jordan Wright May 3, 2016 Special to The Alexandria Times

Nehal Joshi as Amir, with Joe Isenberg, Felicia Curry and Ivy Vahanian, in Disgraced at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, April 22-May 29, 2016. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

A cruel wind descended onto the stage in the […]

King Hedley II – At Arena Stage

Jordan Wright February 14, 2015 Special to The Alexandria Times

(L to R) Jessica Frances Dukes as Tonya and Bowman Wright as King in King Hedley II – Photo by C. Stanley Photography

Hangin’ in the hood in the 1980’s wasn’t so very different than it is today. In playwright August Wilson’s […]