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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ at Synetic Theater by Norah Dick

We’re all fools in love, and this is no less true for the characters in “Cyrano de Bergerac,” an imaginative new incarnation of the classic French play produced by Synetic Theater. Ano…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Nell Gwynn’ at Folger Theatre by Norah Dick

All the world’s a stage, but not everyone has always had access to it, as we are reminded in Jessica Swale’s fantastic “Nell Gwynn,” in a new production at Folger Theatre, directed b…

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Dance Review: ‘Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’ at the Kennedy Center by Norah Dick

Introducing the performance of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater’s 60th anniversary season at the Kennedy Center, the company’s artistic director, Robert Battle, spoke of Mr. Ailey’s s…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Dance Review: ‘Cinderella’ by New Adventures at the Kennedy Center by Norah Dick

Matthew Bourne’s stunning new production of Cinderella announces its glamour and drama even before the curtain rises. The audience is treated to a backdrop featuring a glittering blue slip…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Heathers: The Musical’ by Dominion Stage at Gunston Theatre Two by Norah Dick

Teenage angst has never been so much fun as in “Heathers: The Musical,” now in a fabulous new production at Dominion Stage. The twisted, tragicomic tale is a solid two hours of dancy mus…

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘She Loves Me’ at Fauquier Community Theatre by Norah Dick

“She Loves Me” has to be one of the most good-natured musicals that’s ever been written. Fauquier Community Theatre’s new production of the show fully makes good on the story’s gen…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Dance Review: ‘The Nutcracker’ by Ballet Chesapeake at Towson University by Norah Dick

During the overture of Ballet Chesapeake’s new production of “The Nutcracker,” the narrator exclaims to the audience, “I do love Christmastime, don’t you?” The answer is yes…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Dance Review: ‘The Nutcracker’ by The Washington Ballet by Norah Dick

Among the holiday season’s many happy tidings is the arrival of The Washington Ballet’s annual production of “The Nutcracker,” staged to beautiful perfection in the gilded loveli…

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Billy Elliot the Musical’ at Signature Theatre by Norah Dick

On a cold, wet night in Arlington, Virginia, I had the pleasure of seeing a singularly heart-warming show, “Billy Elliot the Musical,” at Signature Theatre. This production felt …

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Dance Review: ‘Contemporary Masters’ by The Washington Ballet by Norah Dick

“I want to lift the audience to the miraculous in human nature. After all, we shouldn’t be here, with all the odds against us in nature. It’s kind of unusual and wonderful!”…

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

News: ‘City Winery’ Delivers Variety in Upscale Surroundings by Norah Dick

Partway through his set at City Winery, Tim Reynolds, frontman of his trio, TR3, addressed the audience, thanking the venue for its hospitality. “We enjoy playing City Wineries,” Reynold…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ at The Arlington Players by Norah Dick

When the curtains part at the beginning of the Arlington Players’ new production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” it’s to reveal the titular cathedral, all soaring arches and sta…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘If I Forget’ at Studio Theatre by Norah Dick

There are no easy answers to be found in Steven Levenson’s “If I Forget,” a finely drawn examination of heritage and memory in performance at Studio Theatre. Through the lens of a dome…

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Guerilla Theatre Works: A New Nation’ by Convergence Theatre by Norah Dick

“A New Nation,” part of the Guerrilla Theatre Works series by Convergence Theatre, begins softly with the four performers singing a song with the refrain “Mother of Exiles,” a lyric …

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ by Synetic Theater at the Davis Performing Arts Center by Norah Dick

Like many of the best children’s stories, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is a journey of transformation through imagination. Synetic Theatre’s innovative new staging of the ico…

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Anything Goes’ by Rockville Musical Theatre by Norah Dick

It’s hard to imagine a more lighthearted, easily enjoyable musical than Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes.” Rockville Musical Theatre’s new staging of this classic gem fully lives up to…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘The Tempest’ by Avant Bard at Gunston Arts Center by Norah Dick

A story that begins with a shipwreck might not seem like sunny, summer fare, but Avant Bard’s exciting new production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” directed by Tom Prewitt,…

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Botticelli in the Fire’ at Woolly Mammoth by Norah Dick

Woolly Mammoth kicks off Pride month enthusiastically with its splendid new production of “Botticelli in the Fire,” a celebratory mix of the sacred and profane that is sure to pl…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Dance Review: ‘Don Quixote’ by the Ballet Nacional de Cuba by Norah Dick

The Ballet Nacional de Cuba is back at The Kennedy Center, and with a flourish. The ballet troupe, with founder Alicia Alonso as general director, began this tour with a virtuosic performanc…

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘The Undeniable Sound of Right Now’ at The Keegan Theatre by Norah Dick

Cultural shifts and changes in the zeitgeist make great grist for art and entertainment, and Laura Eason’s enjoyable play, “The Undeniable Sound of Right Now” is no exception. A cl…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Titus Andronicus’ at Synetic Theater by Norah Dick

If revenge is a dish best served cold, then “Titus Andronicus” is chilled to the bone. A seriously enjoyable melodrama, Synetic Theater’s new production stages Shakespeare’s play as …

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Girlfriend’ at Signature Theatre by Norah Dick

“I wanna love somebody, I hear you need somebody to love,” sings Matthew Sweet on the titular track of his 1991 album, Girlfriend.  The track is also the title of the musical “Girlfri…

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Dance Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at The Washington Ballet by Norah Dick

Despite its being a “tale of woe,” The Washington Ballet’s new production of John Cranko’s “Romeo and Juliet” is quite a delightful affair. The show’s exquisite dancing…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Company’ by The Fredericktowne Players by Norah Dick

Love and marriage go together, but not always, in the Fredericktowne Players’ new production of “Company,” Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy about what marriage means, a…

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘An Irish Carol’ at the Keegan Theatre by Norah Dick

If you need tidings of comfort and joy, look no further than the Keegan Theatre’s seventh annual production of “An Irish Carol.” This is the second year in a row that this reviewer has…

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends her Life Tonight’ by WSC Avant Bard at Gunston Arts Center, Theatre Two by Norah Dick

“Well behaved women seldom make history.” This could be the alternate tagline for Lauren Gunderson’s “Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight” a play that retells…

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Dance Review: ‘The Red Shoes’ by Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures at the Kennedy Center by Norah Dick

The most iconic pair of red shoes may belong to Dorothy Gale in the “Wizard of Oz,” but the titular pair in Mathew Bourne’s new production of “The Red Shoes” takes their he…

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Julius Caesar’ by Scena Theatre at ATLAS Performing Arts Center by Norah Dick

“How many ages hence/ Shall this our lofty scene be acted over/ In states unborn and accents yet unknown!” Caius Cassius makes this prediction about his legacy after helping to assassina…

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Othello’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Norah Dick

“Where should Othello go?” This is one of the final questions that the titular character asks in Shakespeare’s “Othello,” and points to the work’s seminal exploration of “other…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘The Mark of Cain’ at Synetic Theatre by Norah Dick

Making the story of creation feel new might seem like a daunting task, but it’s one that Synetic Theatre tackles, and conquers, in its new production, “The Mark of Cain.” The debut pie…

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘King Lear’ at Avant Bard by Norah Dick

“By the time you’re old enough to play it, you’re too old to play it,” is a sentiment surrounding actors who tackle the prestige role of King Lear. I’m delighted to say it does not…

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