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 for the Wilkes-Barre (PA) Independent Gazette, science-fiction publications, and other news outlets. Additionally, as of 2014, she serves as vice-chair of the Advisory Board of the revived Beaux Arts Society, Inc.
She's also taught college-level communications, writing, 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 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.
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.BWW Recap: 'The Front' Plagues THE BLACKLIST
October 21, 2014
Are you more afraid of domestic ecoterrorism, or of Ebola? You can have both in THE BLACKLIST's 'The Front', in which we're introduced to the terror group that's Number 74 on Red's list. But the three most important things to take away from the episode? Liz is jealous of Red's daughter; Aram and Samar may have a little something going on; and most amazingly, even Raymond Reddington, The Concierge of Crime, gets stuck in DMV lines, waiting to be served. If all-powerful super-criminals can't get service from the clerks at Motor Vehicles, there's no hope at all for the rest of us.BWW Reviews: DRIVING MISS DAISY Is a Powerful Season Opener
October 16, 2014
Alfred Uhry's DRIVING MISS DAISY comes to vivid life at Open Stage of HarrisburgBWW Reviews: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Carlisle is a Truly Relevant Twist on History
October 16, 2014
Dustin LeBlanc and Carlisle Theatre Company bring the updated Aussie version of the show, an Occupy Jerusalem concept, to the area, and it works beautifully.BWW Reviews: Dutch Apple's CRAZY FOR YOU is Crazy With Fun
October 15, 2014
The all-Gershwin musical by Ken Ludwig is bright, bouncy, and full of slapstick in Dean Sobon's hands at Dutch AppleBWW Recap: BLACKLIST Warns, Don't Phish With This Creel
October 14, 2014
Gypsy Rose Lee perfected the striptease that emphasized the tease and avoided an actual reveal. THE BLACKLIST has copied her style when will we get any concrete information on Elizabeth Keen? This week, we managed to learn only that she isn't Red's missing daughter, Jennifer. In non-Keen news, we learned that Naomi's real name is Carla and that Red was a lousy husband. Perhaps we should discuss government mind control programs instead. That's Red's solution to these issues.BWW Recap: It's 10 p.m. on THE BLACKLIST; Do You Know Where Your Kidneys Are?
October 7, 2014
At an outdoor caf, a man is accosted by a balding stranger who wants something and 'wasn't sent here to negotiate.' His victim runs away but is almost hit by a car; meanwhile, the stranger comes over and injects him. The guy wakes up being rushed into surgery but 'Mr. Wyatt' is then found in a pile of garbage with a missing heart. It's all the work of Dr. James Covington, #89 on THE BLACKLIST.BWW Reviews: EVITA Sings Out at Oyster Mill Playhouse
October 6, 2014
Director Stephanie Via brings cast packing a powerhouse punch to the OMP stage in her production of EVITABWW Reviews: YLT GREASE is No 'Greasy Kid Stuff' -- It's a Fresh Take
October 1, 2014
Director Rene Staub breathes some new life into the classic tale of 1950's high school romanceBWW Recap: BLACKLIST Asks If Your Money's Safe at the Bank
September 30, 2014
We learn several things in the course of BLACKIST's 'Monarch Douglas Bank'. The three most important: Red's daughter's name is Jennifer, the US marshals lost track of her seven years ago (so she's not the girl in The Stewmaker's file, folks), and Mr. Kaplan's first name is Kate! Knowledge is power and don't forget it. Also, Red has a hot Latina manicurist, but that may not be news.
James Corden On The Popularity Of INTO THE WOODS: 'It's So Many People's Favorite Musical'
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WICKED Movie Update - Producer Marc Platt Shares Update on the Film's Development
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