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Monday, September 7, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: A ‘Loverly’ “My Fair Lady” From the Lyric Stage by Terry Byrne

Simplicity is the key to director Scott Edmiston’s passionate vision for this musical.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 01:08PM
Friday, July 17, 2015

2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Eddie Lounge Reunion Tour: The Lounge Awakens’ by Terry Byrne

Somebody get Eddie Lounge a cocktail — and maybe a ream of cocktail napkins to wipe his beady, bald head. What’s a guy gotta do to get a drink around here?! The Lord of Loungeolo…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:45AM
Saturday, July 11, 2015

2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘How to Quit Your Day Job’ by Terry Byrne

Memo to Star Johnson, mastermind of OpenStage’s How to Quit Your Day Job: Quit your day job. It’ll be OK. Johnson’s merry musical comedy — staged bohemian-style in the Eastern Ma…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:41AM
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Capital Fringe 2015 Review: ‘BellyFunkShun’ by Terry Byrne

A critic is not supposed to be part of the show. A critic is not supposed to get up on the stage and “get down,” wiggling her fat belly/butt under the bright lights. But BellyFun…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:59PM
Monday, June 15, 2015

‘I Think I Love You’ Cabaret to Benefit Playwright’s Family on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 7:30 PM at Clifton Town Hall by Terry Byrne

Area performers will be performing a good deed on June 27th to help a theater family in need. On June 1, Kelly Hennessa, a social studies teacher for children with special needs at Centrevil…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:50PM
Saturday, June 13, 2015

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic at Wolf Trap by Terry Byrne

Who knew metro Washington was also the nation’s nerd capital? A sold-out crowd — many ectomorphs in geeky garb, monk/Jedi robes, foil caps, riotous colors, vintage tour shirts, and even …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:29PM
Saturday, May 30, 2015

‘The Glass Mendacity” at Providence Players of Fairfax by Terry Byrne

For a good time, call (703) 425-6782. That gets you the Providence Players of Fairfax’s reservations line, and this bedrock company of major-league players never disappoints. The Glass Men…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:08PM
Friday, May 22, 2015

‘If All the Sky Were Paper’ at The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater by Terry Byrne

Fitting that If All the Sky Were Paper — a dramatization of war correspondence lovingly presented by archivist Andrew Carroll — would unfold at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Perform…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:49PM
Sunday, May 3, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: “The Grand Parade” — History as an Imaginative Pageant by Terry Byrne

The Grand Parade is a truly sumptuous feast of imagination, color, emotion and movement; a uniquely dramatic way of interpreting our history as a torrent of events presented without judgment.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 12:05PM
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: “Come Back, Little Sheba” — The Poignance of Repression by Terry Byrne

The beauty of David Cromer’s production of Come Back, Little Sheba that by focusing on the play’s intense psychological undercurrents he minimizes its cultural mustiness.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 09:11PM
Sunday, March 29, 2015

‘The Secret Garden’ at NextStop Theatre Company by Terry Byrne

Weary of winter, Washingtonians? NextStop Theatre Company has your antidote. Instead of a resurrection-vague Jesus Christ Superstar timed to Easter, this praiseworthy playhouse subbed in…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:45AM
Sunday, March 15, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: “The Colored Museum” — Raucous, Riveting, But Out of Sync by Terry Byrne

George C. Wolfe’s 1984 collection of vignettes that spoof and celebrate black stereotypes occasionally plays like reruns from the '90s TV show In Living Color and at other times feels more…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 08:40AM
Sunday, March 8, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: Kneehigh Wows With “Tristan & Yseult” — Love, Raucous and Romantic by Terry Byrne

This exhilarating Tristan & Yseult shakes us out of our role as passive observers and reminds us of the euphoria and the heartbreak love can bring.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 11:17AM
Friday, March 6, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: “Grounded” — The Costs of a Long-Distance War by Terry Byrne

Celeste Oliva’s performance is so raw, we experience every doubt, every fear, and watch her confidence slowly evaporate under pressure.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 09:13AM
Saturday, February 14, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: “The King of Second Avenue” — Did Somebody Say Putz? by Terry Byrne

The King of Second Avenue's one-joke shtick wears out long before the end of this 90-minute musical.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 08:55AM
Sunday, February 8, 2015

‘Doubt’ at 1st Stage by Terry Byrne

No doubt you’ll recall Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Viola Davis, and Amy Adams in the Hollywood 2008 adaptation of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, a Parable — simply titled Doub…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:08PM
Sunday, February 1, 2015

’13’ at McLean Community Players by Terry Byrne

Oh, 13. That awkward age. Why anyone would conceive of a musical glorifying puberty’s tender rites and then shine the light on adolescent actors coming to grips with their own self-discove…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:28PM
Saturday, January 24, 2015

‘Be My Baby’ at Vienna Theatre Company by Terry Byrne

Playwright Ken Ludwig is famous for farce, fevered dialogue, and throwing his characters’ worlds off-kilter. Vienna Theatre Company’s endearing take on 2005’s Be My Baby — which Ludw…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:35PM
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: Bedlam’s “Saint Joan” — Ferociously Relevant by Terry Byrne

The virtuoso approach of Bedlam's Saint Joan, its unpretentious immediacy, makes this production an exuberant Shavian history lesson that should not to be missed.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 08:31AM
Saturday, January 17, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: New Rep’s “Muckrakers” — Not Messy Enough by Terry Byrne

Zayd Dohrn’s slightly predictable Muckrakers offers some satisfying twists and turns as it moves toward the inevitable.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 12:20PM
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Fuse Stage Review: A Not-So-Perfect “Future Perfect” at SpeakEasy Stage by Terry Byrne

Playwright Ken Urban doesn’t seem to have a strong point of view about his thirtysomethings-in-a-muddle; neither does he allow them to change or grow.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 08:39AM
Saturday, January 10, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” — Middle-aged Angst and Broad Humor by Terry Byrne

While worth a look for its inspired performances, this Huntington Theatre Company production does not give us Christopher Durang at his madcap best.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 01:04PM
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fuse Theater Review: “The Christmas Revels” — Charming English Music Hall Edition by Terry Byrne

In classic Revels style, the unexpected mix of talents results in a wonderful mash-up of comic schtick and classical performance.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 03:57PM
Sunday, November 23, 2014

Fuse Theater Review: “The Trip to Bountiful” — A Testament to the Enduring Power of the Human Spirit by Terry Byrne

Horton Foote’s dialogue often dances on the edge of sentimentality, but, because of these performers, moments that might be sappy are instead deeply moving.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 08:27AM
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fuse Theater Review: “Awake and Sing!”? Too Much Bickering by Terry Byrne

In this production the aching tension of intractable conflicts -- freedom versus responsibility, money versus morality -- occasionally bubble to the surface, but too often they are buried be…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 09:10AM
Monday, October 27, 2014

‘Sylvia’ at NextStop Theatre Company by Terry Byrne

Overheard at intermission of NextStop Theatre Company’s production of A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia, a guy whispers to his female companion: “I thought it was gonna be a real dog onstage.” Sh…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:59AM
Monday, October 13, 2014

Fuse Theater Review: New Rep Comes up With a Sly and Loose Version of “Assassins” by Terry Byrne

The fine efforts of the New Rep performers and Jim Petosa’s thoughtful staging can’t solve this musical’s central flaw.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 06:24PM
Friday, August 1, 2014

Fuse Theater Review: Double Edge Theatre’s “Shahrazad” — A Feast for Our Imaginations by Terry Byrne

Shahrazad is the latest in Double Edge’s summer spectacles, and with this piece, director and designer Stacy Klein has found the perfect balance between story and visuals.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 09:19AM
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fuse Theater Review: Richard Snee and Paula Plum Make for a Rewarding “Auld Lang Syne” by Terry Byrne

Local playwright Jack Neary always captures the frisson of nostalgia and resentment familiar to Catholic school graduates of a certain era, teasing gently without ever offending.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 03:37PM
Monday, July 21, 2014

Fuse Theater Review: Company One’s “Astro Boy” Rockets into an Eye-Popping Adventure by Terry Byrne

Company One’s production treats audiences to a seamless, eight-member ensemble who perform with a complicated bevy of multimedia effects that are so smoothly integrated into the action the…

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 11:27AM
Monday, July 14, 2014

Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Breast in Show’ by Terry Byrne

(Best of the Capital Fringe) At last. A show that has taken the Capital Fringe Festival 2014 theme to heart: Move Me. Breast in Show, conceived and produced by Eileen Mitchard, is arguably t…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:33PM

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