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“Last Call” stageplay Review by Christina Sturdivant “Happy Hour Theater Makes A Name For Itself”

HAPPY HOUR THEATER SERIES MAKES A NAME FOR ITSELF
June 3, 2014 · by Christina Sturdivant

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(left to right) – Sierra Edwards as Dottie, Alexis Graves as Joceyln, Dominque Spencer as Jordan, Tia Da as Ms. V, Adiyb Muhammad as Mike, Samantha Sheahan as Jenna, Katherine Jessup as Molly, Donta Hensley as Todd, Darren Rabinowitz as Tod (Photo by Travis Riddick)
(left to right) – Sierra Edwards as Dottie, Alexis Graves as Joceyln, Dominque Spencer as Jordan, Tia Da as Ms. V, Adiyb Muhammad as Mike, Samantha Sheahan as Jenna, Katherine Jessup as Molly, Donta Hensley as Todd, Darren Rabinowitz as Tod (Photo by Travis Riddick)
What happens when you bring drinks, soulful eats, dope beats and theatrical feats together? The most gravitating after-work experience to hit the District in decades, I assure you.

Thanks to Nia N. Barge and A’Leighsha C. Butler, co-founders of Nameless, DC professionals and creatives alike can wind down or turn up after work at Nameless’ “Happy Hour Theatre” series.

Last week, I attended the first installment at Club Heaven and Hell in Adams Morgan and was pleasantly surprised. Before the show, I was greeted by a welcoming crew, catered buffet with full bar and move your feet beats blaring the sound waves to get the party started.

The feature presentation, Last Call, written by Butler and directed by Barge, was a timely depiction of the changing demographic and experiences of life in the District. With the brilliant locale of Club Heaven and Hell as the backdrop of fictional “Mike’s Place,” a talented cast of DC-based actors disputed everything from the drab appearance and health-conscious menu changes of the neighborhood’s anchor bar to the new complexities of the community it serves, where long-time residents see schools replaced by dog parks and the pros and perils of Whole Foods is a recurring topic of agitation for all involved.

Whether you’re a native DC resident or a transient itching to go fruit picking at Barry Farms, this cleverly written play on gentrification in the District allows all voices in the matter to be heard with authentic happenings and continuous comedic relief that’s light hearted yet thought provoking.

The Happy Hour Theatre series is definitely a breakthrough for unlikely theater-goers and traditional performance-lovers to experience familiar entertainment in a different way. If the quality of the atmosphere and theatrical renderings continue, Nameless is sure to be a well-known company by the end of the year.

The final performance of Last Call at Happy Hour Theatre takes place this Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Club Heaven and Hell. Doors open at 6:00pm and guests are admitted until 7:00pm. Be sure to purchase tickets and arrive early to grab a seat as last week’s show was sold out.

Tip: Bring friends and enjoy the post-performance DJ session that will likely turn into a dance party and dip into the rest of Heaven and Hell to explore what libations the spot has in store for you.

Tickets are $15, get more info and purchase HERE.

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