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.
October 24, 2016
What to hand out, storebought for trick or treat, homemade for parties.BWW Review: Come Stay In VERONICA'S ROOM if You Dare
October 24, 2016
Marc Robin directs Ira Levin's creepiest play at the Fulton. Come and sit in Veronica's room with her. If you can.BWW Review: ANYTHING GOES at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
October 23, 2016
Most eighty-some-year-olds creak a bit, but others really get around, and that's the truth about ANYTHING GOES. Cole Porter is, of course, one of the great lyrical geniuses of history, which is a huge part of the reason, but there's another truth about it - heavily worked-over as the book was, and has been, it hasn't aged badly... possibly because it's purely frothy silliness, like GUYS AND DOLLS. In this day, however, the frothy silliness is almost realistic, since part of the plot revolves around hysterical celebrity-worship. Is that young man really Public Enemy Number One? Grab a selfie with him before the police get him! Wait, he's not a famous criminal? Well, then, get him out of our way!BWW Opinion: THE BLACKLIST - Where is Season Four Heading?
October 18, 2016
Broken relationships, broken bodies, and a hint of Stephen King - what direction will Season Four ultimately take?BWW Cooks: That Milk on the Shelf - Why to Love Evaporated Milk
October 17, 2016
What to do with evaporated milk> Your grandmother knew, and so did your mother -- and so should you.BWW Review: AN ACT OF THE IMAGINATION is a Killer at Oyster Mill
October 8, 2016
When a mystery novelist's foray into romantic fiction starts to play out in real life, with a death as the cherry on top, what is he to do? Nothing goes as you might expect, even when plot points are predictible.BWW Recap: 'Miles McGrath' Incubates a Virus On THE BLACKLIST
October 7, 2016
Mr. Kaplan's alive, but for how long? The same could be asked of Alexander Kirk. And Elizabeth Keen has found her mother's diary It's a killer combination on NBC's THE BLACKLIST.BWW Review: BILLY ELLIOT Dances Into Audience Hearts at the Fulton
October 6, 2016
The miner's son who just wants to dance flies high on the Fulton stage.BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK Lays Down the Beat at The Belmont
October 2, 2016
A great cast, a fun show, and you can dance to it. What's not to love in this Andrew Lloyd Webber adaptation of the classic Jack Black flick?BWW Review: ELECTRA is Electrifying at Villanova Theatre
September 28, 2016
Director David Cregan brings Frank McGuinness' adaptation of Sophocles' classic tragedy to electrifying life on the Villanova stage. Some things never change throughout history...BWW Review: THE OLD PEOPLE ARE REVOLTING And Hanover Loves It
September 15, 2016
Hanover Little Theatre opens the season with a New Zealand import that's a fresh and timely comic take on modern seniors.BWW Review: EPAC's GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS Is A Real Steal
September 14, 2016
David Mamet's Pulitzer winning tale of backstabbing among the real estate world's non-elite has rarely looked better.BWW Review: VANYA, SONIA, MASHA AND SPIKE Visit Oyster Mill
August 27, 2016
Since when does a small community theatre do a better job at a show than the professionals? In this production of Christopher Durang's popular Chekhov-based comedy.BWW Review: PHANTOM Dazzles At Dutch Apple
August 27, 2016
Don't mistake Yeston and Kopit's PHANTOM for the show on Broadway. It's smaller, smarter, and in this production, better. You'll get your boat, your chandelier, and some real human depth.BWW Feature: SWEENEY TODD Star Sarah Rice Returns to Solo Cabaret
August 22, 2016
Broadway and opera performer and multiple award winner Sarah Rice is in her first solo cabaret act since 2013 -- with a pianist, David Vernon, and her Theremin all at her side.BWW Review: AMERICAN IDIOT Could Be 'the Time of Your Life' at EPAC
August 3, 2016
Green Day's classic rock opera takes to the stage, from Jingletown to the city, from beer swilling to heroin chic, and back agaiin.BWW Review: Dutch Apple Soars Along With MARY POPPINS
July 19, 2016
Ryan Gibbs brings the Broadway version of the Disney classic to the Dutch Apple stage. Fly away into fantasy with everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins.BWW Review: SHREK at the Fulton Delivers Fun Life Lessons
July 8, 2016
Randall Frizado directs a short, fun-filled version of the children's production of SHREK: THE MUSICAL with a top-notch veteran Shrek and Donkey pair.BWW Review: Everybody Cut FOOTLOOSE at the Fulton
June 17, 2016
Marc Robin and Samantha Hewes-Cramer bring the movie to life on the Fulton stage. Kevin Bacon may not be dancing through a warehouse, but there's still a lot going on, dancing and otherwise, in Bomont.BWW Review: EPAC Shines With VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
June 17, 2016
Pat Kautter directs playwritght/actor Christopher Durang's comedy of three siblings who don't quite respect each other. But weren't they all warned to beware of the mysterious Hootie Pie?