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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Review: An Emotionally Gripping ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ at the Kennedy Center by Andra Abramson

Some musicals are all about the entertainment. You expect to see some awesome dancing, amazing singing, and leave the theater smiling (see my review of Disney’s Aladdin, also currently pla…

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Review: ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ by Wildwood Summer Theater at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn  by Andra Abramson

How do you spell “talented”? This summer it’s spelled W-I-L-D-W-O-O-D. Wildwood Summer Theater is the DC area’s only all-youth musical theater company. Everyone associated with the g…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Review: ‘Aladdin’ at The Kennedy Center by Andra Abramson

Ever since The Lion King took the Broadway world by storm back in 1997, Disney has been recreating its beloved animated films for the stage, with successful runs by The Little Mermaid, Beaut…

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Review: ‘The Winter’s Tale’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company by Andra Abramson

Summer and Shakespeare are two very different things that somehow seem to go perfectly together. Every summer, theater companies all over the country dust off their British accents and take …

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Review: ‘Thumbelina’ by Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy by Andra Abramson

Thumbelina, the story of a miniature girl who grows from a seed, is kidnapped by a toad, tormented by beetles, and eventually marries the fairy prince, is not one of Hans Christian Andersen…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Review: ‘Once’ at Olney Theatre Center by Andra Abramson

If you’ve never heard of the musical Once, written by Edna Walsh, with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, you aren’t alone. Despite receiving eleven 2012 Tony Award …

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Review: ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ at the Kennedy Center by Andra Abramson

Even before the curtain officially goes up on The Play That Goes Wrong, you can tell you are in for a laugh riot. The show’s “Director” Chris Bean (played by Evan Alexander Smith), “…

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ by Damascus Theatre Company at Olney Theater Center by Andra Abramson

I doubt there was one person in the entire Carl Freeman Auditorium who hadn’t seen some version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (either the original animated film from 1991, the live-ac…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Review: ‘The Last Five Years’ by Montgomery Playhouse by Andra Abramson

The Last Five Years is a modern musical that follows the 5-year romantic relationship between Catherine, an aspiring actress, and Jamie, an aspiring writer, from their first date to the fina…

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Review: ‘Anything Goes’ by Rockville Musical Theatre by Andra Abramson

Anything Goes is one of those old-timey musicals where even if you’ve never seen the show before, you somehow discover you know the words to every one of the songs. Filled with exciting da…

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Review: ‘Heathers the Musical’ by Wildwood Summer Theater by Andra Abramson

With book, music, and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, Heathers the Musical is a faithful rock musical adaptation of the 1988 hit film Heathers, a dark comedy complete with a c…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Review: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Metropolitan Ballet Theatre & Academy by Andra Abramson

Alice in Wonderland, the whimsical, magical story of a girl named Alice who follows a mysterious White Rabbit down a rabbit hole and into a mystifying dream world, strikes me as a difficult …

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Review: ‘Annie’ at Olney Theatre Center by Andra Abramson

The musical Annie is 40 years old this year, and thanks to the Olney Theatre Center’s cheerful new production, a whole new generation of theater goers will get the chance to travel back in…

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Review: ‘Heathers: the Musical’ at Chesapeake Arts Center by Andra Abramson

The production company known as How Do You Like Me Now Productions and its sister organization Erase Hate Through Art were founded with the specific intention of provoking dialogue and actio…

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Review: ‘Dreamgirls’ at ANKH Repertory Theatre and The Finest! Performance Foundation by Andra Abramson

Dreamgirls, with book and lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger, was one of the very first shows I saw on Broadway, back in the 1980s. It was memorable then and it remains memorable …

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Review: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre by Andra Abramson

If you’ve thought to yourself “I will never see another rip-off of the Peter Pan story ever again”, I totally understand where you are coming from. And I definitely urge you to reconsi…

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Review: ‘From the Mouths of Monsters’ at The Kennedy Center by Andra Abramson

From the Mouths of Monsters, a world premiere Kennedy Center commission by award-winning playwright Idris Goodwin, directed by Dougie Irvine, is a gripping, intense glimpse into the mind of …

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Review: ‘The Giver’ at NextStop Theatre Company by Andra Abramson

I loved the book and hated the movie, so I was really curious to see how The Giver, Lois Lowry’s Newbery award-winning story about a dystopian society where everything has gone to “samen…

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Review: ‘Famous Contemporaries: Music by Gliere, Medtner, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Tcherepnin’ at the Russian Chamber Art Society by Andra Abramson

As a novice opera aficionado, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Masterpieces of Russian Vocal Music: Famous Contemporaries, the Russian Chamber Art Society’s most recent offering a…

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Review: The Fiasco Theater’s ‘Into the Woods’ at The Kennedy Center by Andra Abramson

I did not listen to my much-loved soundtrack of Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s classic fairy tale mash-up before heading off to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts …

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