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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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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Concert Review: ‘Midweek Education Concert – Heroes & Villains’ by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Since 1924, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has been proud to lead the nation in offering educational children’s concerts and with their latest Midweek Education Concert titled “Her…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Ella Enchanted’ at Adventure Theatre MTC by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

A fresh, feminist take on Cinderella that’s not preachy and that manages to keep the light tone and charm of a fairy tale? “Ella Enchanted,” directed by Mary Hall Surface at Advent…

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Treasure Island’ by Children’s Theatre of Annapolis by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Violent murders, complex characters, and fearsome pirates – in a children’s play? Yes! And, not exactly. I had the delight to attend “Treasure Island” on Friday, January 27, 2017…

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Concert Review: ‘Brahms Symphony No. 1’ by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

No matter what your personal feelings were on Inauguration Day, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of guest conductor Johannes Debus demonstrated that the world keeps turning …

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Silent Sky’ at Silver Spring Stage by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

The true story of one woman’s quest to find meaning in both her life and the universe plays out with humor and tenderness in the production of “Silent Sky,”directed by Bill Hurlbut…

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Oy Vey in the Manger’ by The Kinsey Sicks at Theater J by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Phenomenal a cappella barbershop singing, hilarious parodies of Christmas carols, and scathing jabs at Donald Trump are all featured in The Kinsey Sicks’ sharp, clever, funny, and mu…

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Concert Review: ‘Movie and Music: It’s a Wonderful Life’ by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Whether you were feeling already in the Christmas spirit or if you needed your spirits brightened, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s rendition of “Movie and Music: It’s a Wond…

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Concert Review: ‘Swingin’ Nutcracker à la Ellington featuring Step Afrika!’ by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

December brings us a smorgasbord of Nutcracker interpretations, but none more unique than this world premiere of “Swingin’ Nutcracker à la Ellington featuring Step Afrika!” commis…

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Concert Review: ‘Naughty & Nice’ by Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC at Lincoln Theatre by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

When the curtain rose at Lincoln Theatre on the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, I couldn’t help but get a little choked up at the powerful visual of history, pride, courage, …

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe’ at Adventure Theatre MTC by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

How could an adventurous story about four children, a faun, a beaver, a witch, a lion, an epic battle, and a magical land called Narnia be told with only two actors on a tiny stage? That was…

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘The Secret Garden’ by Shakespeare Theatre Company at Sidney Harman Hall by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

“A lot of things that look dead is just bidin’ their time.” So says Dickon in “The Secret Garden,” now playing through Dec. 31, 2016 at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidn…

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Seussical’ at Children’s Theatre of Annapolis by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

“A person’s a person, no matter how small,” is the theme that runs through the delightful production of “Seussical” now playing at the Children’s Theatre of Annapolis, di…

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