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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Marisol,’ presented by Theatre Morgan, Morgan State University by Mary Ann Johnson

“Marisol,” by José Rivera, is a fever-dream of a play. It is as if the normal world has lost its moorings, or mind, and people, systems, institutions are breaking down under the strain.…

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Theatre Review: ‘Roaring’ by Best Medicine Rep by Mary Ann Johnson

“Roaring” is one of the most delicious productions put on by Best Medicine Rep, and a world premier written and directed by John Morogiello, a founder of Best Medicine Rep. ‘Roaring’…

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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Twist,’ A social strategy game by theatre professionals by Mary Ann Johnson

Stage managers rule. In this innovative and imaginative venture that combines theatricality, games, and last-man-standing types of reality shows, the stage managers have gotten together and …

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Meet Me In The Nunnery’ by We Happy Few by Mary Ann Johnson

In this imaginative upending of “Hamlet,” We Happy Few has put Ophelia front and center. It’s a refreshing concept, and mostly works pretty well in this new play by Amber Smithers and …

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Joy’ presented by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

“Joy” is complicated. It’s not just a sudden childlike leap of glee with a whoopee. At least not all the time. In the hands of Synetic Theater’s cast and director, these two iteratio…

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Battle of Broken Mirrors’ presented by Scattered Players by Mary Ann Johnson

This is another world-creating, universe-hopping story brought by the same folks that brought ‘Shattered Spaces’ to streaming earlier in the pandemic. It has a similar message of unity, …

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘American Dreams’ presented by Round House Theatre by Mary Ann Johnson

This is a show that is made for our times when we have a reality TV show star as the president, and the chaos that has worn us down. Created in 2016 (or at least started to be conceptualized…

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Human Resources’ by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Telephonic Literary Union by Mary Ann Johnson

Are you comfortable with surprises? With not having a clear idea of what is happening next? With vagaries and/or vicissitudes? Of a moment of unexpected snort-laughter and then a sudden sear…

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘From the Ash Baxter Files: The Search for the Stolen Spyglass,’ by Alden Theatre by Mary Ann Johnson

“The Alden presents Drive-Thru Drama, a new model of theater…in a COVID-19 world. Drive-Thru Drama is a social-distance theater format that brings people together for live theater from t…

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Genesis 37’ streamed live by Genome Theatre in the UK by Mary Ann Johnson

“Genesis 37” was an intriguing and rather mysterious play and where it ended up was not at all expected. It was also a rather savage — in a supremely civilized fashion — takedown of …

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘QFest 3.0’ streaming by Adventure Theatre MTC, ArtsCentric, 4615 Theatre Company, and Convergence Theatre by Mary Ann Johnson

The Q-Fest Round Three was a full eight hours of theatre and talk-backs featuring 20 playwrights (five per theatre). Artists from Adventure Theatre MTC, ArtsCentric, 4615 Theatre Company, an…

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Saltwater Farm, Act Two’ brought to streaming by the Pipeline Playwrights and Metro Stage by Mary Ann Johnson

Before I start the review of the last act of this new play, let me be clear that this is a work in progress, and this was the first public reading of the entire work (over two Tuesdays). It …

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Saltwater Farm, Act One’ streaming by the Pipeline Playwrights and Metro Stage by Mary Ann Johnson

Families are never easy. Add in generations of “heritage,” familial roles, declining wealth, and seething rage, and a family business meeting becomes incendiary. . . . there was enough t…

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Virtual Pub Reading’ streaming from The Colonial Players of Annapolis by Mary Ann Johnson

On Sunday night, nearly 150 households that had signed up for The Colonial Players Virtual Pub Reading brought their A game to a mini-festival of four, one-act plays and a Mad Libs-type of a…

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Zero,’ streaming by Spooky Action Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

“Zero” is enigmatic, devious, heartbreaking, and breathtaking. Set in a private reform school/residential treatment center called St. Vedastus Academy for Misguided Teens, it does a mast…

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Tears of the Soul,’ streaming from Globe Online by Mary Ann Johnson

In 2018, Angela Wilson’s play about the Memphis sanitation workers strike in 1968 first debuted as part of the Angelwing Project in Anne Arundel County, MD. Angela Wilson is a founder and …

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Theatre Review: ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream,’ City of Fairfax Theatre Company by Mary Ann Johnson

There is good news and bad news. The good news is that the City Fairfax Theatre Company is putting on a live show. The bad news is that is was rained out last night, so I didn’t get to see…

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Spirit Seekers,’ brought to streaming by Dark Horse Theatre Company by Mary Ann Johnson

“Spirit Seekers” is a quick romp with a couple of chills and some really funny moments brought to life on Zoom through the efforts of the Dark Horse Theatre Company. It was an engaging, …

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Theatre Review: ‘Wannabe,’ brought to streaming by 4615 Theatre Company by Mary Ann Johnson

“Wannabe” is an intriguingly deep dive into the lives of five Black kids that follows them from the early 1980s to young adulthood in Front Royal, VA. There are also three white characte…

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 10,’ streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

Day 10, the final day of Synetic artists’ epic 30-story interpretations of tales from The Decameron, has come to an end. However, the stories will be available until July 31, 2020. They al…

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 9,’ streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

Day 9 finds us with three stories that explore loss and coming to grips with it in unexpected ways. All three stories of Day 9 were complex emotionally and featured the movement-based theatr…

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Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 8,’ streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

This was one day in which masks and social distancing figured prominently, and the music was striking. Day 8 was very physical and beautifully graceful. Even falling down had a poetic grace …

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Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 7,’ streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

I think that Day 7 could safely be called “Court Jester Day’ in the pantheon of Synetic’s Decameron. From dolls to clowns to stick figures, it was a day to just be jovial. This was a l…

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 6,’ streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

Day 6 was an extravaganza of dancing in all three stories, which added an extra fillip to these tales of love. The first offering by Valentina Palladino (based on “Day 5, Story 9”) was a…

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Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 5,’ streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

Day 5 was thought-provoking and ran the gamut from sheer silliness (and very funny silliness, too) to being driven to the point of madness when everything has been upended. It certainly made…

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 4,’ streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

Joshua Cole Lucas started off Day 4’s offerings, basing his story on Day 6 Story. This was very much a nod to the Italian Commedia dell’arte, and proved to be a witty romp. Chichibio is …

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Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 3,’ streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

Day 3 started out very spiritually, and then segued into the profane (in the sense of “sacred and profane.”)  Elena Velasco based her very cryptic story on “Day 6, Story 10” of The …

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 1,’ a series of 30 short movement pieces streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

Synetic, that wonderfully physical innovative movement theater in Crystal City, has come up with a bold streaming idea. They have taken chapters from “The Decameron,” a collection of nov…

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Theatre Review: ‘The Deep Blue Sea,’ streaming from National Theatre, UK by Mary Ann Johnson

Salvation can come from unexpected sources. In this play, set in a  flat in Ladbroke Grove in West London in 1952, salvation comes from an ex-doctor in the form of a nascent friendship. It …

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Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 2, streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

In the first of three offerings on July 11, Mandi Lee, who based her tale on Day 6, Story 8, takes us on an epic journey of change. And it all happens in one session in another wise deserted…

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Les Blancs,’ brought to streaming by the National Theatre, England by Mary Ann Johnson

This filmed play is an enhanced archive recording from 2016 and features the original English cast. This is an incredibly thoughtful and anguished work and brilliantly produced. . . . It is …

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