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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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Monday, January 21, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Jeffrey’ by Rainbow Theatre Project at DCAC by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Rainbow Theatre Project’s latest offering is the early 1990s Paul Rudnick play “Jeffrey,” written and set during the AIDS crisis and directed by Robert Mintz.  Through the lens of…

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘School of Rock’ at National Theatre by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Jack Black’s hit movie “School of Rock” comes to life at National Theatre featuring new music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and an amazingly talented cast of children who actually play their …

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A Quick 5 with Marion Glatz, Producer of ‘Salute to Vienna’s New Year’s Concert’ by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

I was delighted to speak this week with Marion Glatz, co-producer with her husband Attila of “Salute to Vienna,” a New Year’s Concert that emulates Vienna’s long-stan…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

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

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (just read my past reviews) and for good reason – their technically flawless vocals blend with humor and p…

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

If autumn has you feeling nostalgic, you’ll definitely want to head to Toby’s Dinner Theatre for the Fats Waller musical revue “Ain’t Misbehavin” directed by Monique Midgette. Feat…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Amour’ at NextStop Theatre Company by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

If you’re looking for a delectable patisserie of music, color, and whimsy, look no further than “Amour,” a Broadway musical based on a classic French fable, now playing at NextStop The…

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Fringe Review: ‘Burn Out Blessings’ by Al Baker by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

One-person show “Burn Out Blessings” by Al Baker, now playing at Capital Fringe Festival, gives a raw and touching depiction of a new teacher’s arduous journey to cope with the stress …

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Fringe Review: ‘Shopworn’ by playwright Derek Hills by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

“Shopworn,” written by Derek Hills and directed by Bryanda Minix, is a story about two ideologically opposed brothers who inherit their mother’s southern thrift shop when she dies. Aid…

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Secrets of the Universe (And Other Songs)’ at The Hub Theatre by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

It is rare to see a play that is so perfect that it becomes divine as it bestows gifts of transcendence upon its lucky audience, so I heartily encourage you to seek out “Secrets of the Uni…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘The Legend of Georgia McBride’ at Round House Theatre by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Round House Theatre is currently offering the regional premiere of “The Legend of Georgia McBride” by playwright Matthew Lopez, which I attended on Monday, June 11, 2018. Featuring a sma…

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Monday, June 4, 2018

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

When you’re at a concert that both moves you to tears and stuns you with the quality of musicianship, you know you’re watching the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, under the directi…

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Music News: Local Band NBTF Opens for Bon Jovi at Capital One Arena by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Bon Jovi’s final stop on their American “This House Is Not For Sale” tour was Monday night, May 14, 2018 at Capital One Area in Washington, D.C. and local band NBTF, made up of Virgini…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ at Kensington Arts Theatre by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” is a delightful musical based on an Australian movie of the same name, which was remade as the American film “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie…

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Monday, December 11, 2017

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

An elf in holiday briefs struts across the stage carrying a sign that reads “One year later…” Where else could we be except at the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC’s …

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Theatre Review: ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ at Silver Spring Stage by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

‘Tis the season for church parents and Sunday School teachers to stress out about the annual Christmas children’s program and whether you’ve experienced the “joys” of w…

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Me… Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall’ at Kennedy Center Family Theater by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

The Kennedy Center is now presenting a newly commissioned musical entitled “Me… Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall” based on a biographical children’s pi…

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘The Pajama Game’ at Arena Stage by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Ella Fitzgerald fans will undoubtedly be familiar with her great Broadway covers of “Hernando’s Hideaway” and “Steam Heat” and thanks to Arena Stage’s revival of the 1955 Tony Aw…

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Follies’ by MAD Productions by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Stepping into the Barney & Bea Recreation Center at Goddard Space Flight Center on Friday, October 27, 2017, was like stepping into an old-time dance hall. I was here to see Stephen Sond…

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Film Review: ‘The Princess Bride: An Evening With Cary Elwes’ at Strathmore Music Center by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

“Anybody want a peanut?” Any fan of “The Princess Bride” will immediately recognize this iconic line, along with so many others, so what a treat to attend a screening of the movie wi…

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Oblivion’ by Unexpected Stage Company by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

What’s a liberal, “open-minded” parent to do if your child chooses to believe in ideologies that you find conservatively close-minded? This is the fascinating question posed by “…

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Peter Pan: The Musical’ by Charm City Players by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

I loved watching Mary Martin in the “Peter Pan” musical as a child. In the early days of VCR, this was one of my favorites to watch and re-watch, so what fun to see it performed live by …

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass’ at Theater J by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

“Broken Glass,” now playing at Theater J, is a virtually unknown 1994 play by Arthur Miller – the Arthur Miller of “The Crucible” and “Death of a Salesman” fame – but with th…

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

The very first musical that I saw as a child was Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” performed in a church basement by their youth group with simp…

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Little Women – The Broadway Musical’ by Third Wall Productions by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

When I saw the listing for a musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic children’s novel “Little Women” produced by Third Wall Productions, I knew I had to see it. As …

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘A Bright New Boise’ by Silver Spring Stage by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

If you are looking for an intriguing theatre piece that leaves you pondering its meaning long after the play is over, look no further than “A Bright New Boise,” now playing at Silver Spr…

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Stories from the Fringe: Women Rabbis, Revealed!’ by Gordon Center for Performing Arts by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

“Poignant, powerful, and at times perturbing was the deeply moving staged reading of “Stories from the Fringe: Women Rabbis, Revealed!” presented by the Gordon Center for Performin…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Ragtime’ at Ford’s Theatre by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Phenomenal music, singing, and acting make up the top-notch production of “Ragtime” now playing at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., which I attended on March 15, 2017. The power…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Lucky Stiff’ by Silhouette Stages at Slayton House by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

The play is called “Lucky Stiff” and I felt like a lucky woman to be able to attend this excellent production of the very funny and tuneful Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty musical put on by…

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Brother Mario’ at Flying V Theatre by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

It’s-a Mario! And Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Rosalina, Bowser, and King Boo, battling not each other but an existential crisis of Mushroom Kingdom-threatening proportions in this clever and …

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Ballet Review: ‘The Little Mermaid’ by Ballet Theatre of Maryland by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Ballet Theatre of Maryland presented their world premiere of Artistic Director Dianna Cuatto’s original interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale “The Little Mermaid” …

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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