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Review: ‘Happy Ending’ at Anacostia Playhouse

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Happy Ending is a one-act satirical comedy written in the 1960s by Douglas Turner Ward, co-founder of the Negro Ensemble Company. He had written an op-ed for the New York Times called “American Theatre: for Whites Only?” that prompted funding and other support for the new company. The NEC’s mission was to create theater by black playwrights from the black point of view primarily (not exclusively) for black audiences. It’s easy to forget what a radical notion about representation that was back then. For that memorial reason alone, the revival of Happy Ending just opened at Anacostia Playhouse is well worthy of attention.

But do not come expecting a museum piece—because this Happy Ending is fresh, funny, and bursting with song-and-dance pizzazz. Yes, song and dance! Director Ella Davis has juiced up this modern classic with a riot of musical numbers. Some of the tunes that embellish the zany storyline are familiar (“What a difference a day makes”); more are brand-new. As composed by Marion Johnson and performed by a spirited cast with big voices, they get the joint jumping. And by the time of the show’s happy ending (no spoiler: the title gives it away), Ward’s comic gem has jumped out of history into the hysterical present.

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Events DC Holiday Hoops Fest | Saturday, December 22nd

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MahoganyBooks Presents An Author Talk & Book Signing with Songstress, Ledisi | Sunday, December 2nd

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MahoganyBooks is proud to present, 12x Grammy-nominated recording artist, actress, songwriter and author, Ledisi for a special discussion and signing of her powerful new book, The Walk: Accepting Your Life As It Is Now. This powerhouse is known around the world for her spellbinding voice and today she is sharing her truths about enjoying your life’s journey right where you are.

“The act of walking requires you to take one step and then another until you arrive at your destination. In ‘The Walk’, Ledisi shares the steps she took to get to her best life. And just like her songs, the gems she so bravely shares about her life will inspire many. I am so proud of her! Keep walking in your majesty, my beloved.”
~Iyanla Vanzant, Host, Iyanla: Fix My Life

Ledisi will be in conversation with MahoganyBooks Co-owner, Connection Strategist and 2018 Root 100 Honoree, Ramunda Lark Young.

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Fashion Fest | November 10th

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Fashion Fest, taking place this Saturday, is our love letter to the DMV. We have a day of panels, workshops, and a vendors den featuring local brands ready for you to enjoy.
Everything kicks off at 11 AM on Saturday.
Here’s a sneak peak of what we have in store!

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