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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Review: The Ice Child, a modern once upon a time fairy tale by Kelly McCorkendale

Sometimes it is just easiest to say it up front as clearly as possible: I loved The Ice Child—an old-school-esque “once upon a time” fairy tale about very real-world, right now issues …

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Review: Second City’s Generation Gap, a summer slice of funny by Kelly McCorkendale

Second City is back at it again with Second City’s Generation Gap…or How Many Millennials Does it Take to Teach a Baby Boomer to Text Generation X?, now invading the Kennedy Center to h…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Review: Dancing in My Cockroach Killers by Kelly McCorkendale

It’s a funny title, isn’t it? Dancing in My Cockroach Killers. Yet, profoundly telling. About stereotypes. About other cultures. About “our” opinions of Latinos. Yet, this is not a s…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Review: Charlotte’s Web casts its spell at Creative Cauldron by Kelly McCorkendale

Charlotte’s Web, the beloved children’s book by E.B. White, is an emotionally taut tale that plays well with music by Charles Strause, who’s next musical was Annie. Here, Creative …

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Review: The Speed Twins at Venus Theatre, lesbians in purgatory by Kelly McCorkendale

As it opens, The Speed Twins makes no bones about were you are: Dyke Heaven! A purgatory of sorts, set up like a seedy bar reminiscent of London’s now shuttered Gateways Club, where a dru…

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Review: Alice in Wonderland at Chesapeake Shakespeare Theatre by Kelly McCorkendale

Alice in Wonderland is so well known that it’s easy to forget the original two books—Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking-Glass—were written in 1865 in Queen…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Maria & Cecilia: Zarzuela a la Cubana from In Series (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

In its latest offering, the In Series has pulled a twisty, two-for-one punch with aplomb, presenting two Cuban Zarzuelas, based on the same novel, as Act I and Act II in a single show. It’…

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Review: The Wiz at Ford’s Theatre by Kelly McCorkendale

Much like its storied source material, (Frank L. Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), The Wiz is an American cultural institution. Seven Tony Awards in 1975. Numerous revivals. A 1978 film …

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Review: This Little Light at Venus Theatre by Kelly McCorkendale

This Little Light, like so many Venus Theatre productions, is a gem that radiates the very joy it dares us to find in ourselves, and each other, when we fear we’ve lost it most.   If you …

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Robbie Schaefer’s stage debut in Light Years is luminous (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Light Years celebrates the cornerstone to all human relationships, the first and most defining: child and parent. In this case, the focus is Robbie Schaefer and his father Konnie (Bobby Smi…

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Adventure Theatre MTC’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a laugh-out-loud journey through the worst calamities of childhood, and appealing to kids and adults …

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Waxing West, a Romanian immigrant’s American dream (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Waxing West is a rich, moving story of immigration, culture clash, and revolution—the common political kind and a deeper, internal, personal kind. A little over a decade after the Romanian…

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Review: Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains) at Woolly Mammoth by Kelly McCorkendale

Life: it’s not about good guys or bad guys. It’s about good choices and bad choices. And, Felonious Munk, a bearded comedian out of Chicago courtesy of Second City, is a solid, candid gu…

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Jacques Brel—Songs From His World (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Sometime in the not too distant past, an ornate street lamp, that you could easily imagine encircled by fog, glows at a dingy train depot early morning. Byron Jones, looking dapper in a suit…

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Assassins at NextStop Theatre (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

In a time in American history where gun control, collusion, corporate taxes, labor issues, immigration, war, and threats of violence dominate the daily news, Assassins feels chillingly relev…

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Effect at Studio Theatre (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

The Effect is a beautiful rumination on what love is—a combination of naturally occurring chemicals with which the brain floods the body. Or something altogether different. Something contr…

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Night Train 57: A Sensory-Friendly Folk Opera review by Kelly McCorkendale

Caravanning to the stars and beyond—to a planet of flowers somewhere at the edge of the universe—is a nice coda to a long week. Even if it is a journey designed for kids. Music, after al…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

I Killed My Mother from Spooky Action Theater (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

For I Killed My Mother, you enter Spooky Action Theater through the bowels of a church, winding through the basement where performers are stationed—singing, strumming guitar, watching you …

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). MET delivers the funny (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

It’s never more apparent how salacious the bard is than when watching The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), a ridiculously wonderful semi-improvised comedy that parodies, r…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, a blazingly sharp script, a compelling staging at 1st Stage by Kelly McCorkendale

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train—a disturbing, dark dramedy by the Pulitzer-prize winning Stephen Adly Guirgis and first performed in 2000—places incarceration and morality side by side an…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Rodgers and Hammerstein, the team which gave us Carousel! Sound of Music. Oklahoma! South Pacific. The King and I, undoubtedly have one of the most celebrated musical theatre canons in the w…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Wig Out! at Studio Theatre – sexually charged, fun and flashy (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Wig Out! is beautiful, raw, and real. And magically human, bonding me to the sadness, joy, and fear of wonderfully deep characters. To be candid, this is a world—the underground Ball Cultu…

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Love and Other Lures by Kelly McCorkendale

An hour of music—wonderfully moody ballads, bluesy numbers, and almost twangy folk songs—is always an hour well spent. Even if that music largely focuses on supernatural themes. Monsters…

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII (Capital Fringe review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Divorced. Beheaded. Died. Divorced. Beheaded. Survived. What a clever mnemonic device to track the tragic lives of Henry VIII’s many wives. And this play will not let you forget it. It has…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Second City brings Divided We Stand to the city that, let’s face it, is a gift to sketch comics (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

North Korea’s nukes hurtle toward the U.S.—targeting both rural and urban areas—and we’ve got 15 minutes left to live, all the while being “monitored” by an unknown Russian opera…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Infinity brings back Patsy with A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Patsy Cline is easily the queen mother of country music—her importance to the genre on par with the Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Loretta Lynn. She was a pioneer, paving t…

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Flying V Fights: The Secret History of the Unknown World (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Genius. Fearless. Absolutely fun. Flying V Fights: The Secret History of the Unknown World is a pop culture junkie’s wet dream. And, given the violence, skin, and sexual innuendos, there…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New musical Crazy Mary Lincoln from Pallas Theatre Collective (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

A gunshot. Chaos. Followed by shock. And a nation, almost on cue and in sync, let’s out a collective wail of grief. But the cries of a lone, new widow displease the gentry surrounding her …

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp at Adventure Theatre MTC (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Scheherazade’s mystical folktale, Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, still spins its magic. Taken from James Norris’ 1940 adaptation of The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, Adventu…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Toby’s Dinner Theatre (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is as delightful today as ever, and Toby’s Dinner Theatre does it just right. If you are a certain age—somewhere between 30 and 40—Beauty and the Beast…

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Donny Hathaway’s life in Twisted Melodies at Baltimore Center Stage (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

The name Donny Hathaway probably doesn’t ring too many bells these days—certainly not as many as Stevie Wonder or Roberta Flack, his contemporaries—but you likely sing him every Chris…

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