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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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Third Tuesdays with Dior Ashley Brown and the d.A.b. Band! | Tuesday, February 19th

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Dior Ashley Brown EMCEE presents…

REAL LIVE : LIVE SHOW & OPEN MIC JAM
Featuring Dior Ashley Brown Emcee & The dAb Band

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Featured Artist Showcase
Live Open MIC & JAM
DJ Double 1 Ak

Admission:
$5/$8 Early Bird: https://diorashleybrown.brownpapertickets.com/
$12.00 at the door
DAB UP MUSIC PATRONS FREE: https://patreon.com/diorashleybrownmusic

“REAL LIVE,” a known DC phrase to communicate the whole truth, the feel/vibe, a lituation, of any given circumstance or situation. “REAL LIVE” a jam will encompass the necessity of authenticity and high vibrations allowing for creative freedom, encourage skill, and risk taking. Real live is a live show and improvised open jam that will be open to the public once a month on every 3rd Tuesday at Anacostia Arts Center in Southeast DC, Hosted by Dior Ashley Brown EMCEE featuring her band, DMV pro musicians and beyond! This platform will connect high skill level musicians/artists and those who are inspired in the community to have an open and uplifting sharing experience. Here Creatives, Working Professionals, DMV residents co- create, and inspire one another. Creators and appreciators of Art will have a chance at a high vibrational experience as well as learn how to advance their crafts and senses to passionately curated art.

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Third Tuesdays with Dior Ashley Brown and the d.A.b. Band!

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District favorite, Dior Ashley Brown returns to the Anacostia Arts Center stage with a six-month residency on the third Tuesday of each month. Join us from 7-9PM for an open jam session with Dior Ashley Brown and the dAb Band, tickets are $12. Early bird tickets are available. Food will be available for purchase at Life.

TIX @ https://diorashleybrown.brownpapertickets.com/

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Events DC Holiday Hoops Fest | Saturday, December 22nd

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