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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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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Hir’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre by Norah Dick

You really can’t go home again. And maybe you shouldn’t want to. That’s what one of the characters finds in “Hir,” the Woolly Mammoth’s fantastic new staging of Taylor Ma…

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Theatre Review #2: ‘She Loves Me’ by The Arlington Players at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre by Norah Dick

One of the recurring motifs in The Arlington Players’ new production of “She Loves Me,” in performance at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, is a music box that tinkles lovely tunes w…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Theatre Review: ”Tis Pity She’s a W***e’ at Brave Spirits Theatre by Norah Dick

Sitting down in the performance space of Brave Spirits Theatre before last Friday night’s performance of “’Tis Pity She’s a W***e,” I smiled to hear Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love…

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ at Synetic Theater by Norah Dick

A play that can grate on modern sensibilities, Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” has been mounted in a few ways to appeal to contemporary audiences, but Synetic Theatre…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘As You Like It’ at Folger Theatre by Norah Dick

All the world’s a stage, as the saying goes, and the players at the Folger Theatre do a very nice job of bringing Shakespeare’s words alive. The company’s new production of “As You L…

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Theatre News: The Highwood Theatre Entices Area Youth to the Stage by Norah Dick

When I took my seat in the new performance space at the Highwood Theatre, the excitement in the air was already buzzing. It was opening night of the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” …

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

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

Come in from the cold, grab your pint, and enjoy The Keegan Theatre’s most recent staging of “An Irish Carol.” Written by Matthew Keenan and directed by Mark A. Rhea, the play is a del…

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Into the Woods’ by Fiasco Theatre at the Kennedy Center by Norah Dick

“Anything can happen in the woods.” This is the promise, and premise, of the much-loved musical “Into the Woods,” and the new production by the Fiasco Theatre more than delivers. Hea…

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘TAME.’ presented by WSC Avant Bard at Gunston Arts Center, Theatre II by Norah Dick

I have a feeling this sentiment might be echoed by other reviews, and possibly by theatre-goers, but it’s nevertheless true that the protagonist of “TAME.” is a nasty woman. She chain-…

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Oliver Twist’ at Creative Cauldron by Norah Dick

Stepping into the performance space of the Creative Cauldron, audience members are greeted with the sights and sounds of Charles Dickens’ London. The city looms on the set’s backdrop as …

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