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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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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater