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Sunday, December 22, 2019

‘A Christmas Carol’ comes to life at Museum of the Bible by Darby Dejarnette

Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol comes to life in a unique living history experience at Museum of the Bible in the aptly named A Christmas Carol Experience. This cha…

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Washington Revels’ ‘Celestial Fools’ is a stellar holiday hit by Darby Dejarnette

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, Washingtonians brace themselves for a barrage of family commitments, holiday parties, religious services and fevered gift shopping. Holiday…

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Iron Crow’s satisfying ‘Bare’ shines light on gay Catholic teens by Darby Dejarnette

Iron Crow Theatre’s production of Bare couldn’t be more timely. With music by the late Damon Intrabartolo, lyrics by Jon Hartmere and a book which was a combined effort of the two; this …

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

NSO Pops and ‘Harry Potter’ combine for a unique movie night at the Kennedy Center by Darby Dejarnette

Harry Potter is a cultural phenomenon. With the entire franchise’s worth surpassing $25 billion, you’d be hard-pressed to meet anyone who hasn’t felt the impact of J.K. Rowling’s inf…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Rising opera star Soloman Howard brings rich vocals to the Kennedy Center by Darby Dejarnette

Soloman Howard, the 2019 Marian Anderson Award winner, brought his unique flair to the Kennedy Center in his first-ever solo concert at the venue. As a graduate of the Washington National Op…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:24AM
Monday, November 25, 2019

Aquila Theatre’s ‘The Odyssey’ tackles modern warfare and its impact by Darby Dejarnette

Aquila Theatre’s adaptation of Homer’s Greek epic The Odyssey, translated by Emily Wilson and directed by Desiree Sanchez, provides a sobering picture of the impact of warfare on the psy…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:41AM
Thursday, November 14, 2019

BSU Theatre re-visions ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ with artists of color by Darby Dejarnette

What does it mean to re-vision a popular musical with theatre artists of color? Students at Bowie State University have set out to do just that with their latest production of Little Shop of…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:17PM
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Fun, frenetic ‘RENT’ still satisfies by Darby Dejarnette

The 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT touched down at the National Theatre this week, much to the delight of area RENTheads. This modern take on Puccini’s La Boheme, with music, lyrics and boo…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:32PM
Sunday, November 10, 2019

‘Last Summer at Bluefish Cove’ is a heart-wrenching glimpse into lesbian lives by Darby Dejarnette

Life has never been easy for women who love other women. Last Summer at Bluefish Cove—written by Jane Chambers and widely regarded as the first production to portray lesbians in a positive…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:13PM
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Colonial Players’ magnificent ‘White Rose’ is a prophetic must-see by Darby Dejarnette

What do you do when your country has taken a wrong turn? With a corrupt government, racist policies, oppression of the marginalized, suppression of the truth and attacks on the media being c…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:36AM
Monday, October 21, 2019

‘Mozart Celebration’ Opens Season at the National Chamber Ensemble by Darby Dejarnette

The National Chamber Ensemble’s 2019 – 2020 season launched this past Saturday with Mozart Celebration, which featured several of the composer’s beloved works. Mozart is one of those c…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:52AM
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

A Dramatic ‘Tosca’ Mesmerizes, Enchants at the Virginia Opera by Darby Dejarnette

The dawn of the 1800s saw a Rome in turmoil. Napoleon Bonaparte spun a soured campaign in Egypt into a public relations success story, securing his legacy as a folk hero and launching a coup…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:47PM
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Review: ‘Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical’ at Wolf Pack Theatre Company by Darby Dejarnette

Wolf Pack Theatre Company gives audiences a reason to explore the darker depths of the human mind with season-opener Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical. With book and lyrics by Leslie Briscusse …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:10AM
Monday, September 9, 2019

Review: ‘Souvenir’ at Rep Stage by Darby Dejarnette

Rep Stage presents a strong introduction to their 2019/2020 season with a charming production of Stephen Temperley’s Souvenir, directed by Joseph W. Ritsch. This play details the meteoric …

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Review: ‘The Country Wife’ at The Rude Mechanicals by Darby Dejarnette

In 1675 William Wycherley wrote The Country Wife, a bawdy comedy of manners that pushed back against an 18-year long stage ban instituted by a Puritan government. With the Restoration of the…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:15AM
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Review: ‘Treasure Island’ at Synetic Theater by Darby Dejarnette

If you’re a fan of swashbuckling pirate tales, you’ll love Synetic Theater’s charming and atmospheric spin on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island. Directed by Tori Tolet…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:36AM
Monday, July 15, 2019

Review: ‘Absolutely Dead’ at Bowie Community Theatre by Darby Dejarnette

Absolutely Dead, written by Michael Walker and directed at Bowie Community Theatre by Ken Kienas, is a charming and hilarious dark comedy centered around a murder mystery. I’m afraid to gi…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:31AM
Monday, July 8, 2019

Review: Josh Groban at Wolf Trap by Darby Dejarnette

Josh Groban seems to have hit his stride with his latest album Bridges by tying together many elements of his previous work. Uplifting melodies and covers of pop standards have created anoth…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:06PM
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Review: ‘Chess’ at 2nd Star Productions by Darby Dejarnette

Chess, the complicated Cold War tale with music by Abba alumni Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and lyrics by the unstoppable Tim Rice, bursts on to the stage at 2nd Star Productions under …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:55AM
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Russwin Francisco on Art, Creativity and Receiving LA TI DO’s 2019 Joel Markowitz Award by Darby Dejarnette

LA TI DO Productions will present its second annual Joel Markowitz Award at LUCKY: A 7th Anniversary on January 28, 2019. Russwin Francisco, a film actor, producer and business owner, was ch…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:40PM
Sunday, January 13, 2019

Review: ‘Heathers: The Musical’ at Dominion Stage by Darby Dejarnette

High school never changes. This is abundantly clear in Heathers: The Musical. With book, music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, this edgy and fun musical comes to Domin…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:02AM
Sunday, December 9, 2018

Review: ‘The Christmas Revels: An Elizabethan Celebration of the Winter Solstice’ at Washington Revels by Darby Dejarnette

Washington Revels rings in the holiday season with their 36th annual production of The Christmas Revels. For those unfamiliar with the revels format, the show is an annual tradition which re…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:53PM
Friday, November 30, 2018

Review: ‘Operetta Wonderland: The Magic of Victor Herbert’ at The In Series by Darby Dejarnette

It’s hard to resist the charm and humor of a good operetta. Though the form has been less popular recently, The In Series is doing its part to revive the legacy of Victor Herbert—one…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:36AM
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Review: ‘L’amico Fritz’ at Baltimore Concert Opera by Darby Dejarnette

The Baltimore Concert Opera has every reason to be proud as it moves into its 10th year of operations. From the concert hall at the Engineers Club, the company provides a unique experience f…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Review: ‘Masters of the Italian Baroque’ by the National Chamber Ensemble by Darby Dejarnette

For those of us who are fans of the Baroque period, it’s no secret that the Counter Reformation served as one of the most fertile periods in European art history. With the advent of op…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:34PM
Sunday, October 7, 2018

Baltimore Concert Opera Delivers Glamour, Grandeur and Stunning Performances at Unique Historic Venue by Darby Dejarnette

From the time you enter the historic Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, also known as the Engineers Club, you feel as though you have taken a step back in time. Chandeliers, English Oak, Tiffany glass …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:19PM
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Review: ‘Glitter Girls’ at Upcounty Theatre by Darby Dejarnette

Glitter Girls, written by Mark Dunn and directed by Bruce Hirsch, is a hilarious romp through a mind game played by the wealthy Trudy Tromaine (Margaret Condon) on her “Glitter Girls&#…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:58PM
Monday, July 30, 2018

Review: ‘An Irish Twist on a Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Quotidian Theatre Company by Darby Dejarnette

Quotidian Theatre Company’s An Irish Twist on a Midsummer Night’s Dream is a fantastical adventure that transports Shakespeare’s classic to 1820s Ireland. This production w…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:50PM
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Review: ‘Be a Good Little Widow’ at Unexpected Stage by Darby Dejarnette

It’s anybody’s guess what goes through a person’s mind in their final moments. Most of us are very familiar with what goes through the mind of a person who has lost someone…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:40PM
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Review: ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ at Olney Theatre Center by Darby Dejarnette

Something for everybody. That’s what comes to mind when I think about the Chicago-based The Hypocrites’ whiplash-inducing, gender-flipped spin on Gibert and Sullivan’s H.M.…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:21PM
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Review: ‘Becky’s New Car’ at Bowie Community Theatre by Darby Dejarnette

Becky’s New Car, written by Steven Dietz and directed by Ilene Chalmers, is a fourth-wall busting farce with an enormous heart. Now playing at Bowie Community Theatre, this production take…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:56PM