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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Theatre Reveiw: ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ at Arlington Players by Andrew White

  If you’re a Jukebox Musical junkie, you know the scenario: take a beloved artist, scan through the back catalogue for a cluster of solid hits, then cook up a paper-thin plot line to…

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Theatre Reveiw: ‘in a word’ presented by Hub Theatre at John Swayze Theatre at the New School by Andrew White

When you first enter the space for Hub Theatre’s latest production, you see what appears to be a typical domestic scene; French doors, some autumn leaves, a comfy couch, a couple of storag…

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘After the War’ at Mosaic Theater Company by Andrew White

A dissident musician, a concert pianist, returns to his homeland and attempts—however awkwardly—to reconcile with his estranged family.  That alone is the stuff of drama; but when the p…

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘1984’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Andrew White

In an age when ideological purities of both the left-and right-wing variety have come to dominate our presidential politics, and when utterly normal words are constantly re-defined by left a…

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Marjorie Prime’ at Olney Theatre Center by Andrew White

When you first enter Olney Theatre Center’s intimate black-box space you’re struck by the comforting, tony, contemporary home designed by Misha Kachman.  Floor-to-ceiling windows offer …

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘They Won’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!’ at Ambassador Theater by Andrew White

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re in the middle of probably the most contentious presidential election in a generation.  Once the trash-talk dies down, we might actually get to talk ab…

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical’ at Olney Theatre by Andrew White

When an established theater like Olney takes on a classic like Carmen, with a production team featuring leading lights like director Moisés Kaufman on book and music by Arturo O’Farrill, …

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)’ at Roundhouse Theatre by Andrew White

At a crucial point in Suzan-Lori Parks’ fascinating new work, Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) we find the central character—the slave, Hero—holding two uniforms in…

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘A Broadway Christmas Carol’ at Metro Stage by Andrew White

Watch out folks, it’s that “Most, Wonderful Ti-i-ime of the Year” (1,2,3, 1,2,3, oom-pah-pah, blah, blah, blech).  Again.  Face it, you’ve spent a month and half pretending not to …

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘Unexplored Interior (This is Rwanda:The Beginning and End of the Earth)’ presented by Mosaic Theater Company at Atlas Performing by Andrew White

When a new company takes the stage, founded on the principles of truth-telling and reconciliation, you can expect a production with strong material; when that new company is Mosaic Theater C…

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘The Oregon Trail’ at Flying V by Andrew White

With all that the Women’s Voices Theater Festival has to offer, it isn’t a question of whether to go out for an evening of live theater, but when and where. The topics of the 50 plays on…

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at Scena Theatre by Andrew White

When we think of the Victorian era, which produced subversive wits like Oscar Wilde, we tend to stereotype it as a time of prudishness and ultra-conservatism.  And yet Wilde’s London was …

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Fringe Review: “It’s What We Do”: A Play About the Occupation at Lab II, Atlas Performing Arts Center by Andrew White

Without question, one of the most compelling and controversial issues of our time is the Settler Movement in the West Bank, a region known throughout most of the world as the Occupied Territ…

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Fringe Review: Blind Pug Arts Collective Presents: The Theatre of Self-Loathing Presents: ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?’ by Andrew White

Once upon a time, when I was a wee theatre grad student, there was a truly obnoxious bunch of undergrads who called themselves the Naked Theater.  They were poseurs all, with little in the …

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘The Full Catastrophe’ at Contemporary American Theater Festival by Andrew White

One of the joys of a small repertory, like the one at the Contemporary American Theater Festival here in Shepherdstown, is that you get to see actors assume a wide variety of roles.  You’…

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘We Are P***y Riot’ at Contemporary American Theater Festival by Andrew White

“Feminist punk can drive you crazy, but it’s worth it.  Do not resist it.” Thus spake Masha Alyokhina, a member of P***y Riot, at the Glastonbury festival in England; last week these …

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘World Builders’ at Contemporary American Theater Festival by Andrew White

All too often, it seems, the image of mental illness careens wildly between lovable eccentrics (think:  Harvey) and heartless psychopaths (think:  Silence of the Lambs).  Like the virgin/…

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Theatre Review: ‘On Clover Road’ at Contemporary American Theater Festival by Andrew White

A grime-filled room in a long-abandoned hotel; a lone, exposed light bulb in the ceiling; steel brackets and bare 2X4’s at both the front and bathroom doors hinting at the menace and mayhe…

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘The Madwoman of Chaillot’ by WSC Avant Bard at Gunston Arts Center Theatre Two by Andrew White

If you’ve ever thrown your money into some get-rich-quick scheme, no questions asked; if you’ve ever been tempted to have your backyard fracked just in case there’s a gusher you can ca…

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Theatre News: Behind the Scenes with Flying V’s Forthcoming Smash Hit ‘Heroes and Monsters’ by Andrew White

Fresh off of their well-deserved John Aniello Award For Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company, our friends at Flying V Theatre are preparing for another adventure at Bethesda’s Writer’s C…

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘Rosencrantz And Guildenstern’ Are Dead at Folger Theatre by Andrew White

Ever have that sinking feeling that you have no idea who you are, or what on earth you’re supposed to do?  Ever found yourself hoping that someone would just magically materialize – poo…

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘ A Tale of Two Cities’ at Synetic Theater by Andrew White

First, an advisory for Charles Dickens fans:  if you are looking for a PBS-style drama in period dress, this show is definitely not for you.  Having watched one disgruntled couple walk out…

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘The Call’ presented by Theatre J at Atlas Performing Arts Center by Andrew White

A young couple, childless, in desperate need of a sense of family; their friends, recently married, who want to help; and a mysterious African neighbor, well-meaning but cursed with a poor s…

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘Lettice & Lovage’ at Quotidian Theatre Company by Andrew White

Ever had one of those interpretive guides whose colorful tales, while demonstrably pants-on-fire ridiculous, leave you thrilled—even if you know you’re stuck in just about the most obscu…

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Theatre News: Annie Baker’s Fresh Adaptation of ‘Uncle Vanya’ Liberates Chekhov by Andrew White

Among incurable theatre geeks like myself, there are a couple buzzwords that come up frequently when we see productions like Round House’s new version of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, Un…

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Theatre Review: ‘Old Wicked Songs’ at 1st Stage by Andrew White

It is rare, exceedingly rare, to be in the presence of a masterfully-written play, performed by actors who are not only emotionally engaging but also fine, classically-trained pianists.  Ev…

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘Norwegians’ presented by Scena Theatre at Anacostia Playhouse by Andrew White

So at one point early in the neo-noir satire Norwegians, we find a young woman sitting with a professional hit man who insists he’s the “nice” kind, because he’s Norwegian.  She can…

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘Othello’ at WSC Avant Bard by Andrew White

It’s not a good sign when the only man in the world you trust suddenly turns you against your wife and your most trusted colleagues; tragic, too, when you discover his treachery too late.…

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’ at Constellation Theatre Company by Andrew White

To fully appreciate Martin McDonagh’s sick sense of humor, it might help if you’re not really a cat person.   Mind you, you don’t have to hate the little egotistical, capricious fur-…

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘Gutenberg! The Musical!’ at Next Stop Theatre by Andrew White

Do you simply loooove everything to do with Broadway musicals? The hackneyed plots? The stereotypical characters? The jaw-dropping neglect for historical accuracy? The pathetic attempts to m…

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Theatre Review: ‘The Comedy of Errors’ at The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory by Andrew White

You know you’re in for a fun evening when the minute you enter the lobby, Box Office staff offer you a bag of tomatoes to throw at the actors. OK so they’re foam tomatoes, and you are as…

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