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Sunday, December 11, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Pianist of Willesden Lane’ at Theater J by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Mona Golabek stars with aplomb in the one-woman play, “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” now running at Theater J adapted and directed by Hershey Felder. Lisa Jura was a prodigy pianist wh…

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Friday, December 9, 2022

Concert Review: ‘Hope – It’s Been A Long Time Coming’ by Soweto Gospel Choir at The Music Center at Strathmore by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Soweto Gospel Choir brought joy, passion, and inspiration to The Music Center at Strathmore this past Tuesday with their concert “Hope – It’s Been A Long Time Coming.” Their selectio…

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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Concert Review: ‘The Holiday Show,’ presented by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

You know it’s really and truly December in DC when “The Holiday Show” by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) hits the stage at Lincoln Theatre. While always a festive start…

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience’ at Imagination Stage by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Are you ready to ROCK? Imagination Stage certainly is with their enthusiastic, new production of “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience,” directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer. The …

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Theatre Review: ‘The Sound of Music’ by 2nd Star Productions by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

“The Sound of Music,” presented by 2nd Star Productions, is a strong version of this beloved musical. Directed by Kelsey Meiklejohn Bowen, it’s just the right classic treat for the hol…

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Friday, November 18, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Chicago’ at the National Theatre by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

“Chicago” is now playing at National Theatre in the 25th Anniversary Tour of the 1996 Broadway revival. While I was deeply impressed with the phenomenal dancers and vocalists, I was left…

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf’ at Silver Spring Stage by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Silver Spring Stage is currently presenting a delightful, absurdist gem, “An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf,” written by Michael Hollinger and directed by Karen Fleming. Featuri…

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Monday, November 7, 2022

Dance Review: ‘SOUNDspace’ presented by Dorrance Dance at The Music Center at Strathmore  by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Dorrance Dance, under the artistic direction of Michelle Dorrance, began their “SOUNDspace” performance at the Strathmore by inviting the audience to quiet our mouths, bodies, minds, and…

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Concert Review: ‘Judy’ by Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Judy Garland may have left us to go over the rainbow, but her star has never dimmed. Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) beautifully illustrated how the legend’s influence shines o…

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Man Covets Bird’ at Spooky Action Theater by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

  “Man Covets Bird,” now playing at Spooky Action Theater, is an absolutely charming production written by renowned Australian playwright, Finegan Kruckemeyer, and directed by Shanara G…

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Cinderella’ at Synetic Theater by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

We know the story—a hopelessly dysfunctional blended family, a bright young woman who pairs endless chores with undefeatable optimism, a prince, a ball, a transformation, and a search. But…

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Friday, July 2, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘After Midnight’ presented by Signature Theatre by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

If you find yourself missing live theatre, the streaming production of “After Midnight” by Signature Theatre is the next best thing to being there in person. …highly recommend “After…

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Saturday, June 26, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘The Garden’ presented by Baltimore Center Stage by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

“The Garden,” now available to stream from Baltimore Center Stage, is a powerfully moving portrait of a mother and daughter duo wrestling with each other, the past, and their differing j…

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Scenes From 73* Years’ by Medina Theater Collective, Baltimore Theatre Project by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

“Scenes From 73* Years” was written by Hannah Khalil and produced by the Baltimore Theatre Project in partnership with Medina Theater Collective. Co-directed by Najla Said and Rohina Mal…

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Review: ‘GMCW Turns 40’ by Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is celebrating 40 years of singing for justice and equality in our nation’s capital and abroad with a new streaming celebration, “GMCW Turns 40.�…

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Concert Review: ‘Genderosity’ by Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

It was almost exactly a year ago that I was about to review the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC’s concert “Genderosity,” only to be faced with the beginning of the COVID pandemic,…

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Lasso of Truth’ by Towson University Department of Theatre Arts by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

The play “Lasso of Truth” by Carson Kreitzer, which is now playing at Towson University Department of Theatre Arts under the direction of Steven J. Satta, dives into the origins of femal…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

‘A Quick 5’ with Paul Morris, director of MAD Production’s ‘Steel Magnolias’ by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

“Steel Magnolias” is a much-beloved Robert Harling play and later film of the same name that traces the lives of a small group of southern women as they frequent friend Truvy’s home be…

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Theatre Review: ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: In Concert’ at The Heritage Players by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

The song may say that “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” but the co-starring brunette was equally appealing as the blonde in this fantastic “In Concert” production put on by The Heritage Pl…

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Crowns’ by Creative Cauldron by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

“Crowns” is a fantastic musical now playing at Creative Cauldron that proudly details the important role that women’s hats have played in the black community and church. Written by Reg…

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Amen Corner’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Shakespeare Theatre Company offers a taut, emotionally charged production of James Baldwin’s “The Amen Corner” under the direction of Whitney White. … a powerful, not-to-be-missed pr…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Murder and comedy unite in a top-notch production of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps,” now playing at Annapolis Shakespeare Comedy under the direction of Sally Boyett. Boasting only f…

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Concert Review: ‘Holidays on Tap’ by Unexpected Stage Company by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

 “Holidays on Tap” by Unexpected Stage Company put on one of the best holiday shows in the area this past Saturday night. Featuring pianist Hope Udobi Nwachukwu, vocalist Porsche Vander…

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Calamity in Camelot’ by A Taste For Murder Productions by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Whether you’re looking for a fun solo outing or a date night, A Taste For Murder Productions in residence at The Kentlands Mansion offers a whimsically delightful way to spend an afternoon…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Fringe Review: ‘Neverlanding’ presented by Amanda Zeitler by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

It doesn’t really matter who you are – if you love all things Peter Pan, if you saw “Hook” with Robin Williams once or twice, if you love re-tellings of classic tales, or plays relat…

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Fringe Review: ‘meg jo beth amy & louisa’ by Tier5 by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

If you’re a fan of the children’s classic novel “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, you will adore this adaptation by Tier5 – and even if you’re not a fan or have never heard of…

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Fringe Review: ‘Passing’ at Indian Ocean Theatre Company by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

“Passing” is a play about one fictional Jewish family’s connection to the Holocaust. On one hand, I am always grateful for any work that shines a light on the Holocaust because to “n…

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Concert Review: ‘Youssou N’dour’ at Strathmore Music Hall by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Rolling Stone has called Grammy-winning Senegalese singer Youssou N’dour “one of the most beloved artists in the entire continent of Africa” and it was clear on Wednesday night at Stra…

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Jubilee’ by Arena Stage by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

African American spirituals are ingrained in our present day culture – sung in churches, taught in school music curriculums, lauded for their tragically powerful history and acknowledged f…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Clothes for a Summer Hotel’ at Rainbow Theatre Project by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

What could make a play by the great Tennessee Williams close after only fifteen performances in its original Broadway run, thus earning the title of the most disparaged play of his career? A…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Concert Review: ‘Let Freedom Sing’ by Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC doesn’t shy away from grappling with tough questions, and last year the chorus had many internal discussions about whether or how they should conti…

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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
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
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
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards