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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Washington National Opera looks to the future with 3 short operas in development by Susan Galbraith

Snow could not deter the faithful from The John F. Kennedy Center last weekend where we saw an extraordinary commitment of artists and audience members gather as part of this year’s Am…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Taking Up Serpents review. Haunting new opera about Pentecostal snake handlers by Susan Galbraith

Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, now in its seventh season, annually holds a mini-festival and commissions a composer-librettist team to create an hour-long opera and…

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

As the Vietnam War defined a generation, does Miss Saigon reveal ours? by Susan Galbraith

This is not a review.  Rather, it’s a memory of an event that caused a kind of metastasized growth inside and, until now, kept me from ever being able to attend a performance of the Broad…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Review: An Irish Carol at Keegan Theatre by Susan Galbraith

If you like your Christmas holiday fare free of treacle then this is the show for you. No annoyingly twee children shouting out carols in bad English accents and no sticky sugar plums to get…

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Review: The Lion, the Unicorn and Me, Washington National Opera’s annual holiday treat by Susan Galbraith

With the help of one “ordinary” angel with back-pack wings and a gaggle of colorful, singing animals, a story of complete enchantment unfolded, vying for the number one spot on the exten…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Librettist Mark Campbell on Silent Night, the WWI Christmas Eve miracle on the battlefield by Susan Galbraith

Librettist Mark Campbell and I last spoke when he was  mentoring young librettists in a “supportive role” for Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative. Now Campbell is fr…

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Review: King John. Aaron Posner rescues this lesser Shakespeare by Susan Galbraith

Director Aaron Posner has assembled some of the most splendid, certainly several of them among the most beloved actors who tread the local boards. Indeed, Folger Theatre has done further val…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Review: Mozart’s Figaro in Four Quartets from In Series by Susan Galbraith

Mozart’s delightful Marriage of Figaro has been a perennial favorite, not only produced frequently by opera companies, but its material has been poured over, parsed, and mastered as part o…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

ROOMS, a Rock Romance review: Ten years later, fall in love again at MetroStage by Susan Galbraith

What to call the rare and precious experience of sitting in the darkness of a theatre where something has broken out of its own self and taken wing?  Some say a magical work of art is one t…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

David Ives’ comedy Venus in Fur gets hyper-intimate experience in 4615 Theatre’s tiniest space by Susan Galbraith

–  How does a company, becoming known for staging the classics, navigate what may be the trickiest of all comedies, Venus in Fur? And what is the connection between David Ives’ …

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Review: Measure for Measure brings visceral power and emotional truth to DC by Susan Galbraith

Cheek by Jowl, London and The Pushkin Theatre, Moscow have brought to Washington a great Measure for Measure. The experience spoke straight to the heart of what we have been living in the na…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Review: La traviata, Washington National Opera’s season opener by Susan Galbraith

The season’s opening night at Washington National Opera is always filled with excitement, but there were several elements that caused the atmosphere around Saturday evening’s La traviata…

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

National’s Park big screen turns from homerun recaps to WNO’s Barber of Seville for “Opera in the Outfield” by Susan Galbraith

Washington National Opera, generously sponsored by Mars, Inc, has created what may be Washington’s most terrific recent tradition – “Opera in the Outfield.” There were 10,000 people …

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Review: The Last American Hammer from UrbanArias by Susan Galbraith

What an opening for an opera! After a low tremolo on the bass and some nice string section writing as violins, viola, and cello join in, suddenly on stage appears a bearded, para-military du…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Review: Svanda Theatre’s Four Plays from Prague: The Good and the True by Susan Galbraith

Svanda Theatre has journeyed to Washington from Prague in a residency that includes ‘Four Plays from Prague’ in repertory – works that confront us with difficult periods of history whe…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

On the intimacy of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion, Signature director Matthew Gardiner by Susan Galbraith

No one can put music and lyrics together the way Stephen Sondheim has done – astonishingly – for decades, since the mid-1950’s.  In my interview with Matthew Gardiner, who is directin…

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Review: The Bridges of Madison County at Keegan Theatre by Susan Galbraith

From Kurt Boehm’s direction and nuanced yet sure performances of the leads to Michael Innocenti’s evocative gorgeous lighting and Patrick Lord’s projections, Keegan Theatre’s…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Review: Beauty and the Beat at Capital Fringe by Susan Galbraith

Three sleek suburban women stay active by running around their neighborhood and spying on their somewhat suspicious neighbor. Choreographer and director Jane Franklin has devised the smart m…

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Review: The Truth at Capital Fringe by Susan Galbraith

In settling in to The Truth, I was reminded of the show within the show of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and its PR buzz of being of “very tragical mirth.” How else could you package a tal…

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Review: Why is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me?: A Love Story by Susan Galbraith

With Why is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me?, UrbanArias has given us an operatic gem, and the talents assembled for the production have encased this most entertaining work in pure gold. What…

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Review: The Cunning Little Vixen, opera for children at Glimmerglass Festival by Susan Galbraith

For parents pondering how they might introduce their children to opera and which might be most appropriate, look no further than The Cunning Little Vixen. This curious and fanciful little op…

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Review: West Side Story at Glimmerglass Festival by Susan Galbraith

With a big nod to the continued centennial celebration of “Lennie” (Leonard Bernstein) that this opening of Glimmerglass 2018 season represents, one cannot overestimate the importance of…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Celebrating Shalwitz: report from the scene Monday night for the One and Only Howard Shalwitz by Susan Galbraith

From the theater that prodded, poked, and provoked for nigh on forty years rose the unlikeliest of DC’s hallowed institutions and its leader – Howard Shalwitz. Many from the Woolly Mammo…

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Review: An Iliad. Homer’s Trojan War epic in the time of nuclear weapons by Susan Galbraith

A bright young team of theater professionals brings Homer’s epic to Washington for a fresh look at An Iliad, and the production packs a powerful punch. It may be just in time.  Or maybe n…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Review: The Scottsboro Boys at Signature Theatre by Susan Galbraith

Signature Theatre and its own “Scottsboro boys” have given us a musical for our times.  Smart. Searing. Dangerous. Funny. Provocative. And – as it continues to expose and engage us in…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Review: Final thoughts on 2018 Spoleto Festival. Strong women, fake news and favorite performance by Susan Galbraith

Some of the best of Spoleto comes happenstance and often spills out onto the streets.  So don’t let the size of your wallet dictate whether you can take part in the joyful exuberance of t…

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

2018 Spoleto Festival USA – Miami City Ballet is sublime and a diva dies twice by Susan Galbraith

To judge the relative importance of a performing arts festival, one must ask the questions: “How are the arts furthered?” and “How are the artists being pushed?” Challenges come in a…

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Monday, May 28, 2018

From Charleston, SC, opening day for 2018 Spoleto Festival USA by Susan Galbraith

Charleston ravishes the senses. The unique aromas of this town hit you on your first step onto its streets. Confederate jasmine and magnolia mix with the smell of salty pluff mud at low tide…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Review: 10 Million from Cuba by Susan Galbraith

I do not know. I do not remember. These are the words of a man looking back on his life: a young man haunted by shame and the pain of losing a part of himself as he lost his family. They bec…

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Review: Candide from Washington National Opera: glorious with a bit more bite by Susan Galbraith

Candide is one of those hybrids (opera/Broadway show) that seemed so radical and ungainly a child when it first appeared in 1953 that it shocked and raised the critical ire of many. No one w…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Review: The Barber of Seville from Washington National Opera by Susan Galbraith

Washington, especially the State Department it seems, wants to get back its swagger (sic.) No need to look further than taking a cue from the newly landed stellar body in our midst, baritone…

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