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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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Look at This Foolishness 9!

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Get tickets @ Eventbrite.com

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Upcoming Book signings @ Mahogany

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We are still adding and confirming more events, including events to celebrate Octavia Butler’s Birthday, a MahoganyBooks Masterclass for Self-Publishing Creatives, and a meet-up for the Well-Read Black Girl book club.

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Storytelling Classes at Anacostia Arts Center

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This class runs from Thursday May 2 through May 30 from 7-10pm and is for residents of Wards 7 and 8 ONLY.
 
We are excited to return to the Anacostia Arts Center on MAY 2 to bring Story District’s popular five-week storytelling intensive to residents of Wards 7 and 8.  In this interactive class, you’ll learn the fundamentals of good storytelling and work on a story of your own over the course of the program in preparation for a final public performance. We will take you step-by-step through the process of how to identify and talk about meaningful narrative events in your life in a way that is entertaining and inspiring to the audience. These stories are personal, heartfelt, and demand that the storyteller be honest with yourself and an audience.
Thanks to a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, this class can be offered free to residents of Wards 7 and 8. A $100 registration fee is required to hold a space in the class. Upon succesful completion of the class, this registration fee will be automatically refunded in full. We do this because it’s important that we have a group that is committed to taking the whole course.  While each individual will get something out of this process, the real magic happens within the dynamics of the group — one that is collaborative, supportive, and committed to everyone’s success. Each class builds upon the previous one and there is limited space.
Questions? Email info@storydistrict.org

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