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Friday, December 7, 2018

Concert Review: ‘Mannheim Steamroller Christmas’ at Strathmore Music Center by Kristin Franco

During the holiday season, there’s never a shortage of lively entertainment options. How do you choose? Well, this year, this reviewer got the opportunity to see a performance that she…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Concert Review: ‘Declassified: Ben Folds Presents Regina Spektor and Caleb Teicher’ at NSO by Kristin Franco

“We’ll pass it on to you, and you’ll blow us all away.” NSO Artistic Advisor Ben Folds continues his crusade to bring orchestral music to the masses with his concert …

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Brigadoon’ by Rockville Musical Theatre by Kristin Franco

“The mist of May is in the gloamin’, and all the clouds are holdin’ still. So take my hand and let’s go roamin’ through the heather on the hill.” Rockvill…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘King John’ at Folger Theatre by Kristin Franco

They say heavy is the head that wears the crown, but it’s even heavier when a rival nation and part of your own family see you as having usurped that crown. Power, family, loyalty, and…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘How I Learned to Drive’ at Round House Theatre by Kristin Franco

“Family is family.” This seemingly straightforward and innocuous phrase takes on new meaning in the complex and deeply personal “How I Learned to Drive,” by Paula Vog…

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Concert Review: National Philharmonic ‘Lenny’s Playlist’ at Strathmore Music Center by Kristin Franco

Leonard Bernstein might be one of the most recognizable American composers of all time. This year, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, many notable musical groups are doing tributes to hi…

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Measure for Measure’ at The Kennedy Center by Kristin Franco

“My false o’erweighs your true.” Though Shakespeare wrote those words over 400 years ago, they could not be more relevant to our world today. In the wake of “fake new…

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Kindertransport’ by Sandy Spring Theatre Group at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn by Kristin Franco

“Our immortality comes through our children and their children. Through our roots and branches. The family is immortality. And Hitler has destroyed not just branches and roots, but entire …

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Theatre Review: ‘The Last 5 Years’ by Montgomery Playhouse and Theatre @ CBT by Kristin Franco

“All I could do was love you hard and let you go.” Unfortunately, not all love stories get a fairy-tale ending, which is true of the fraught relationship of Jaime and Cathy, the …

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘August: Osage County’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria by Kristin Franco

“There are few people in the world whom I love, and even fewer of whom I think well.” These sentiments, expressed by Austen heroine Elizabeth Bennett, accurately describe the com…

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Small Mouth Sounds’ at Round House Theatre by Kristin Franco

Ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tsu once said, “Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.” Six strangers take a journey towards both in the delightful dramedy …

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Concert Review: ‘Feinstein’s Cabaret at AMP: Marilyn Maye Cabaret Supper Club’ by Kristin Franco

The Johnny Mercer tune goes “Anywhere I Hang My Hat is Home;” well, the legendary jazz singer Marilyn Maye called North Bethesda home for one night only this past Saturday as a p…

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Concert Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap by Kristin Franco

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Thousands of people flocked to the light of the big screen for the third film in the…

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Generation Gap’ by The Second City at The Kennedy Center’s Theatre Lab by Kristin Franco

The Kennedy Center is abuzz lately with the juggernaut musical about a certain former DC resident, but it’s not the only game at the iconic theater complex. The Second City has done it…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Concert Review: ‘Michael Feinstein’s Cabaret with Eva Noblezada’ at AMP Strathmore by Kristin Franco

“Music is the reason why I know time still exists.” This line from Elisa’s song “Dancing” embodied the spirit of Broadway and West End performer Eva Noblezada&#…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ by Damascus Theatre Company at Gaithersburg Arts Barn by Kristin Franco

“Love is always better.” This line takes many meanings in the musical adaptation of the iconic film, “The Bridges of Madison County,” now playing through June 24th at…

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Theatre Review: ’53rd Old Time Music Hall’ by The British Players at Kensington Town Hall by Kristin Franco

You don’t have to go to Piccadilly or Leicester Square for a rousing evening of dynamic entertainment in a classic British style; you can find it just around the corner in Kensington, …

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

‘A Quick 5’ with Francis Hoag by Kristin Franco

Francis Hoag is currently appearing in Kensington Arts Theatre’s production of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” now playing at Kensington Town Hall through May 26th. At th…

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Improvised Shakespeare Company’ at The Kennedy Center’s Family Theater by Kristin Franco

“Lord, what fools these mortals be.” Five men on a blank stage make up a new Shakespearean comedic masterpiece before your very eyes, as the impressive and lightning fast skills …

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Quartet’ by The British Players at Kensington Town Hall by Kristin Franco

“Youth is a gift of nature, but age is a work of art”- Stanislaw Jerzy Lec. Age and art are on display in the comically charming play “Quartet,” now playing at Kensin…

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Hold These Truths’ at Arena Stage by Kristin Franco

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, a…

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Stick Fly’ at Gaithersburg Arts Barn by Kristin Franco

“The first man that’s supposed to love you is your dad.” Issues with family, race, and class abound in Lydia R. Diamond’s “Stick Fly,” presented through a…

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Concert Review: ‘West Side Story in Concert’ by National Symphony Orchestra Pops at The Kennedy Center by Kristin Franco

There was more than one pair of star-crossed lovers at The Kennedy Center during this past Valentine’s Day week. While the Washington Ballet was performing the original story of “…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Steel Magnolias’ at Kensington Arts Theatre by Kristin Franco

There’s a well known saying that says “friends are the family you choose for yourself.” Never is this truer than in the iconic play “Steel Magnolias,” now playi…

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very-Bad Day’ at Adventure Theatre MTC by Kristin Franco

Did you ever just have one of those days? Alexander certainly has- a terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad day, to be precise. The audience gets to experience that day with him in Adventure …

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Concert Review: ‘Feinstein Presents Laura Osnes’ at AMP Strathmore by Kristin Franco

“A lovely night, a finer night you know you’ll never see.” These lyrics sung by Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella can certainly be applied to a recent evening with…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Handbagged’ at Round House Theatre by Kristin Franco

“If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.” Margaret Thatcher spoke those words, and they certainly rep…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Assassins – A Musical’ by Dominion Stage at Gunston Theatre Two by Kristin Franco

“Everybody’s got the right to be happy.” But do they? At what cost? This line helps to open the polarizing musical “Assassins” by Steven Sondheim and John Weidm…

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Season Announcement: Rockville Little Theatre Announces their 2018-19 Season by Kristin Franco

Friday, January 26th was the opening night of Rockville Little Theatre’s latest production, “The Underpants.” After the performance, President of the Theatre’s Board …

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘The Underpants’ at Rockville Little Theatre by Kristin Franco

“Desire adjusts reality.” This line in “The Underpants,” Rockville Little Theatre’s current production, is central to the plot and drives the farcical action. T…

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘An American in Paris’ at the Kennedy Center by Kristin Franco

It’s got rhythm, it’s got music, it’s got dancing; who could ask for anything more! Post World War II Paris and some serious dance moves are on display in the highly enjoya…

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