America's most uncoordinated childhood ballet and tap student before discovering that her talents were music and writing, Marakay Rogers finally traded in her violin for law school when she realized that she might make more money in law than she did performing with the Potomac Symphony and in orchestra pits around the mid-Atlantic. Unfortunately, she forgot to factor in the student loan repayments! She has never recovered from being chewed out by Terrence Mann in public for hanging up her bow.
A graduate of Wilson College (PA), Marakay is also a writer, film reviewer and interviewer. Additionally, as of 2014, she serves as vice-chair of the Advisory Board of the Beaux Arts Society, Inc. and is a member of GALECA.
She's also taught college-level communications, writing, theatre criticism and English literature classes, has received multiple writing awards for several small-press novels, and is listed in Marquis' "Who's Who in America". She has done additional post-collegiate English and drama studies coursework with Open University (UK) in drama and literature.
Her junior high English teacher was Broadway star Katrina Yaukey's mother, Kay Yaukey. (Her high school math teacher was Ordean Yaukey, Katrina Yaukey's father, but between Marakay's mother, an editor, and Katrina's mother, English won out.) Marakay is senior theatre critic for Central Pennsylvania and a senior editor for BWWBooksWorld as well as a classical music reviewer. In her free time, Marakay practices law and often gets it right.
December 15, 2014
Irving Gonzalez and cast serve up an ANNIE that's not too sweet and just about right for even the most jaded audience members.BWW Reviews: A Sparklejollytwinklejingley ELF Plays at Hershey Theatre
December 12, 2014
A movie alone cannot contain the greatness of Buddy the Elf. So they gave him a bigg, splashy, sparkly musical.BWW Reviews: 'Let Yourself Go' at the Fulton's WHITE CHRISTMAS
December 11, 2014
Director/Choreographer Marc Robin brings home a dance extravaganza of the Irving Berlin holiday musicalBWW Reviews: BILL W AND DR. BOB Visit Open Stage of Harrisburg
December 11, 2014
The story of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous takes a dramatic turn at Open StageBWW Reviews: Beaux Arts Society's 108th Beaux Arts Ball Honors Charles Busch, Anita Gillette, More
December 8, 2014
Performers Charles Busch, Anita Gillette, Diana Templeton, and Kevin Schwab were coronated as the Royal Family of the 108th Beaux Arts Ball.BWW Reviews: Western Carolina Brings Back Gower Champion's 'Dancing Feet' in 42ND STREET
December 3, 2014
Western Carolina University has revived the classic 42ND STREET with its original choreography by Gower Champion. You can't get better than that for a dance musical.BWW Reviews: Ronnie Giles Gets REVENGE At Don't Tell Mama
December 3, 2014
Actor-singer Ronnie Giles and jazz pianist Daryl Kojak took stage at Don't Tell Mama once again to take the REVENGE OF THE THIRD RATE LOUNGE SINGERBWW Reviews: It's a Wonderful Cast in Dutch Apple's A WONDEFUL LIFE
November 26, 2014
Dutch Apple's annual Christmas show is a musical version of the classic Frank Capra film, perfect for anyone in love with the storyBWW Reviews: MOVE OVER MRS. MARKHAM Closes Oyster Mill Year With Laughs
November 25, 2014
Oyster Mill Playhouse closed its season with a hysterical British bedroom farce, one of Oyster Mill's strongest suitsRay Cooney is England's king of the bedroom farce, best known for his RUN FOR YOUR WIFE and for IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY. But his late 60's-early 70's set MOVE OVER MRS. MARKHAM may be funnier than either of those. It's definitely the sort of play that should be on the Oyster Mill Playhouse stage where, fortunately, it has been now. Oyster Mill has the configuration for farce, as well as intimate seating allowing audiences to miss no hilarious move, much less the necessary entrances and exits for the best farces.BWW Reviews: Something For Everyone at Gettysburg's A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
November 14, 2014
There is a great deal of musical theatre out there. Not all of it - sometimes very little of it - manages to be true musical comedy. On the other hand, there are a few musicals that are nothing but comic, that have no reason for existence other than to be riotously cheerful, that audiences simply must laugh at helplessly while risking collapse. Of them, Stephen Sondheim's A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM may be the funniest. It is presumably a musical farce, but it is really vaudeville pure and simple, turned into two hours or so of spurious Roman history and laden with some of Sondheim's most delightfully silly songs.BWW Recap: 'The Decembrist'- An Explosive Mid-Season Close To THE BLACKLIST
November 11, 2014
'The Decembrist' was the fall finale for THE BLACKLIST, which will be back on Super Bowl Sunday, and amazingly, we got a couple of answers. Sure, we got a lot more questions, but we got a couple of answers. We also got two dead major recurring characters, an explosion, and the discovery that The Box is explosion-proof for sure. What answers did we get? Well, The Decembrist, who set up Berlin and Red, and is number 12 on the list, turns out to be Alan Fitch. Fitch's job title turns out to be Assistant Director of National Intelligence, whatever job that is. Fitch turns out dead. And Not-Tom? Oh. That. First off, he's gotten away. Second? Don't tell Liz, but well, why spoil the surprise?BWW Reviews: DEATH AMONG THE RUINS Is Scandalous Historical Mystery Fun
November 4, 2014
Arabella Beaumont, heroine of DEATH OF A COURTESAN, is back with a small problem of stolen Roman erotic sculptures.BWW Recap: 'The Scimitar' and Samar Cut Up on THE BLACKLIST
November 4, 2014
This week THE BLACKLIST returns to its roots, a villain with an interesting moniker: 'The Scimitar' (number 22 on the list). Alas, unlike The Stewmaker or The Courier, Mr. Scimitar doesn't have a fascinating hook; he's just an Iranian assassin. It's probably The Scimitar's lack of fabulousness that makes the episode less than sterling. On the plus side, however, we get lots of the totally fabulous Agent Samar Navabi doing her thing. We get plenty of Not-Tom information, and an interesting disclosure about his actual location. And Red makes a revelation that is almost as surprising as the discovery that Liz didn't kill Tom in short, a major no-surprise. And something feels like this series is going off trackBWW Reviews: Life is More Than a CABARET at Ephrata
October 30, 2014
Artistic director Ed Fernandez breathes new insights into one of the deepest plays in musical theatreBWW Interviews: Carol Kane Talks OFFER AND COMPROMISE, GOTHAM, and More!
October 29, 2014
The legendary performer talks about her upcoming film, OFFER AND COMPROMISE, and about her current television roles, as well as the delight of villainy in WICKEDBWW Recap: FBI Hunts the 'Mombasa Cartel' on THE BLACKLIST
October 28, 2014
'The Mombasa Cartel' proves you can never trust a trailer. There's human-hunting, all right, but not enough for real fun or for an episode of CRIMINAL MINDS, which makes sense because this is THE BLACKLIST and not something starring Joe Mantegna. What we do have is that behind door number one is Not-Tom, which is a big Not-Surprise. Behind door number two, we have an evil cartel that traffics in illegal animal parts and substances for big money. And behind door number three? Peter Fonda. Because THE BLACKLIST is an A-list 'I want to be on that show' show for major stars, and Peter Fonda is one of those.Philadelphia's 2014 Barrymore Awards -- Live Blog!
October 27, 2014
The 2014 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, live blogged from the Merriam Theatre!BWW Reviews: SPIDER'S WEB Snares York Little Theatre Audience
October 25, 2014
The Agatha Christie classic murder-comedy inaugurates the new YLT studio stage in English drawing room styleBWW Reviews: LEND ME A TENOR Opens Fulton Season With Laughter
October 24, 2014
Director Charles Abbott and actor Jeremiah James fill the Fulton stage with area native Ken Ludwig's best farceBWW Reviews: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Only Want to Sing For You at Allenberry
October 24, 2014
Director Dann Dunn puts a frothy piece of girl group jukebox on stage at Allemberry to close out the regular season.