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Monday, May 1, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Cassette Shop’ presented by Theatre Prometheus at Anacostia Arts Center by Anne Valentino

Asif Majid’s play, “The Cassette Shop,” is inherently a story about people trying to find their place in a society that is often indifferent to them, if not at times hostile. These cha…

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Sunday, April 30, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Body of a Woman as a Battlefield’ presented by ExPats Theatre at Atlas Performing Arts Center by Anne Valentino

In the 90s, the Bosnian War not only ravaged a region, but the toll that it took on the people directly in the path of all of the violence and devastation was perhaps the most tragic element…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘New Voices, New Works’ At Anacostia Playhouse by Anne Valentino

If you want to understand how a play is born, how playwrights begin their careers, and how theatres nurture new projects, then you need only check out Anacostia Playhouse’s “New Voices, …

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Wilting Point’ at The Keegan Theatre by Anne Valentino

Taking a serious and frightening issue such as climate change and turning it into a thought-provoking, heartwarming, and overall entertaining show is no small feat. Graziella Jackson’s new…

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Thursday, April 13, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Jennifer Who is Leaving’ at Round House Theatre by Anne Valentino

“Jennifer Who is Leaving,” a dramedy written and directed by Morgan Gould, hits all the right notes, deftly blending slice-of-life comedy with some deeply sobering realities about what g…

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Monday, April 10, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea’ presented by Rorschach Theatre at Atlas Performing Arts Center by Anne Valentino

Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” meets a revamping of that fairytale, starring a Rain Cloud who becomes obsessed with a rain-loving human, meets the sexual confusion/clos…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Unseen’ by Mosaic Theater Company at Atlas Performing Arts Center by Anne Valentino

In Mona Mansour’s new play “Unseen,” the focus (with all due respect to the title) seems to be on that which is left unsaid—that which people keep hidden from one another so as to sm…

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Friday, March 31, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches’ at Arena Stage by Anne Valentino

“Angels in America” has been deemed Tony Kushner’s magnum opus. It’s a broadly panoramic and searing look at a very specific time in American history—the mid 1980s and the beginnin…

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Saturday, March 18, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Storehouse’ presented by Perisphere Theater at Silver Spring Black Box Theatre by Anne Valentino

  Telling historical tales set against a modern mindset, if not milieu, seems to be Perisphere Theater’s specialty. Their mission: to produce plays that “examine personal and collective…

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Thursday, March 16, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ at the National Theatre by Anne Valentino

The music of Alanis Morissette, for me, represents a flood of memories wrapped in a nostalgic little pill. She was the definitive soundtrack of my college years, and as such, I was extremely…

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Friday, February 17, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Bars and Measures’ presented by Mosaic Theater Company at Atlas Performing Arts Center by Anne Valentino

There are many stories about people who endure intense sometimes unimaginable suffering by escaping through their art. Art, after all, has the power to bring beauty even in the midst of that…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Incognito’ at Constellation Theatre Company by Anne Valentino

Last year, I saw Nick Payne’s “Constellations.” The play twists and turns through time. There are loops; there are rewinds; and there are moments that seemingly emerge out of nowhere. …

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Monday, February 13, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘paper backs’ and ‘Life Jacket’ presented by 4615 Theatre Company at The Writer’s Center by Anne Valentino

The doubleheader presented by 4615 Theatre Company at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda is as much a series of compelling conversations as it is a theatrical production. The plays, “paper …

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Monday, February 6, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Cake’ presented by Prologue Theatre at Atlas Performing Arts Center by Anne Valentino

Bekah Bruntstetter’s play “The Cake” combines a number of timely topics with a confectionary smorgasbord for the eyes, and a highly-charged look at more than one relationship teetering…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Vanishing Girl,’ A New Musical presented by Flying V at Silver Spring Black Box Theatre by Anne Valentino

  The two-day workshop/staged reading event of “Vanishing Girl,” with music and lyrics by William Yanesh and book by Hope Villanueva, certainly lived up to the hype. From the endearing …

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Sunday, January 29, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘High School Coven’ at Strand Theater Company by Anne Valentino

If there is one thing you can say about Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin’s play currently running at Strand Theater Company, it’s that it certainly isn’t afraid to take some chances. As a result…

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Sunday, January 22, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Zelda’ at CCBC Essex by Anne Valentino

The love story of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda is one that would make for a pretty engaging movie, a lively limited series, or perhaps even a musical. A musical had actually been p…

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Friday, January 20, 2023

Concert Review: Fort Knox Five at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage by Anne Valentino

The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage was created as an artistic celebration of our “collective cultural heritage in the most inclusive and accessible way possible.” A series of free c…

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Two Jews Walk Into a War…’ at Theatre J by Anne Valentino

When one conjures images of vaudeville, such images are usually connected to the “variety act” genre: a series of short skits, songs, gags and attractions that offered audiences more dig…

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Sunday, January 15, 2023

Theatre Review: Best Medicine Rep’s ‘America’s Sexiest Couple’ by Anne Valentino

When you think classic sitcoms and those iconic sitcom couples, generally who spring to mind are the likes of Ross and Rachel, Sam and Diane, Paul and Jamie. In Best Medicine Rep’s product…

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Dance Review: ‘The Hip Hop Nutcracker’ presented by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center at The Strathmore by Anne Valentino

The “Hip Hop Nutcracker” is the new Nutcracker standard as far as I’m concerned. The original 19th-century classic, adapted from an E.T.A. Hoffman story and set to Tchaikovsky’s scor…

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Sunday, December 18, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Jane Anger’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Anne Valentino

Shakespeare wrote a number of incredibly thought-provoking and complex roles for women characters—Cordelia, Lady Macbeth, Ophelia, Portia, Kate—and the list is long. In fact, some might …

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Friday, December 16, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Which Way to the Stage’ at Signature Theatre by Anne Valentino

Especially for fans of Broadway musicals, Ana Nogueira’s new play, “Which Way to the Stage,” is a must-see. Advertised as a comedy that follows NYC musical theatre superfans “Jeff an…

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Concert Review: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, ‘The Holiday Tour: A Very Postmodern Christmas’ at The Music Center at Strathmore by Anne Valentino

David Foster Wallace once said, “hell hath no fury like a coolly received postmodernist.” When Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox came to town, they certainly made sure that their rece…

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Monday, December 12, 2022

Theatre Review: Scena Theatre’s ‘Playing Burton’ at Atlas Performing Arts Center by Anne Valentino

My understanding of Richard Burton’s life and legacy, prior to seeing this play, was admittedly limited to knowing that he was married (twice) to Elizabeth Taylor, not without controversy;…

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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Major Barbara’ at Washington Stage Guild by Anne Valentino

Money makes the world go round—as many of the characters in George Bernard Shaw’s “Major Barbara” would readily agree (except for perhaps the titular one). Summing up a play that una…

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Monday, November 28, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Rainmaker’ at 1st Stage by Anne Valentino

One of the issues when trying to bring an older play to the stage is that sometimes themes don’t quite translate, dialogue reads as irrelevant, and characterizations tread the slippery slo…

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Theatre Review: Solas Nua’s ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ at the Atlas Performing Arts Center by Anne Valentino

It is often said that it can be difficult if not impossible to improve upon the original. But with Solas Nua’s production of “The Playboy of the Western World” by Bisi Adigun and Roddy…

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Window King’ presented by Live Garra Theatre at Silver Spring Black Box Theatre by Anne Valentino

Bless ji Jaja’s new play “The Window King,” a Live Garra Theatre production closed its run thi spast weekend at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre. It seems to take its cue from a num…

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