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Sunday, October 22, 2023

Dazzling ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ comes to Capital One Hall by Andy Arnold

An energetic vibe lifts up the rock opera's 50th-anniversary tour. By ANDY ARNOLD

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Sunday, September 17, 2023

Clowns steal the show in UpStage Artists’ ‘The 39 Steps’ by Andy Arnold

The play is two hours of silly, slapstick humor disguised as a murder mystery and international spy thriller. By ANDY ARNOLD

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Monday, July 17, 2023

2023 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Ezra Pound Couldn’t Sleep Here’ by John Harney (4 1⁄2 stars) by Andy Arnold

Acting performances shine in this psychological drama set in DC high society.

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Sunday, July 16, 2023

2023 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Who is my authentic self? Can that change?’ by Cathy Mitchell (3 stars) by Andy Arnold

Mitchell tells her story of coming of age as a latchkey kid in the 1960s and '70s and reckoning with dreams and disappointment into adulthood.

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Monday, June 5, 2023

Thrilling performances in Arthur Miller’s ‘View From the Bridge’ by UpStage Artists by Andy Arnold

Veteran director John Cusamano leaves Maryland with a triumph.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Witty ‘Late Wedding’ at UMD asks questions, leaves answers to audience by Andy Arnold

I hate using terms like comedy and drama together, but they aptly describe Christopher Chen’s The Late Wedding. The play, inspired by the whimsical stories of Italian writer Italo Calvino,…

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Saturday, April 8, 2023

Aging is a magical trip in ‘The Grown-Up’ from UMBC Theatre by Andy Arnold

A young boy's fantasy has a lesson: Enjoy your youth, death is coming.

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Sunday, February 26, 2023

Truth is ticklish in ‘Lettice and Lovage’ at Little Theatre of Alexandria by Andy Arnold

In this tongue-in-cheek British comedy, two eccentric ladies come together as frenemies.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Tap dancers steal the show in ‘White Christmas’ at Classic Theatre of Maryland by Andy Arnold

The dazzling score by Irving Berlin features well-known standards that invite feet to dance.

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Sunday, November 6, 2022

Relatable moments and music make ‘The Last Five Years’ at Greenbelt Arts Center by Andy Arnold

The musical may have a weak plot but this production is excellent.

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Friday, October 14, 2022

‘Wait Until Dark’ psychological thriller intrigues at Bowie Community Theatre by Andy Arnold

If you enjoy using your mind, this play is for you.

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Monday, September 12, 2022

In ‘Prepare for Democracy!’ Teddy Roosevelt would like a few words with us by Andy Arnold

DC theater veteran B. Stanley returns to the stage as the fast-talking spirit of the former president — because 'Our democracy is in a dire strait.'

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Sunday, August 28, 2022

The verdict on ‘Twelve Angry Women’ at Greenbelt: a drama worth watching by Andy Arnold

The Rude Mechanicals stage realistic jury-room strife at Greenbelt Arts Center.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Splendid ‘Messiah the Musical’ has a hope and a prayer for Broadway by Andy Arnold

Exhilarating music, dance, orchestration, and fine acting make for a winning opera.

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Saturday, March 12, 2022

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ dances its way to Capital One Hall by Andy Arnold

Dancing sets the tone for this iconic musical that brings life and humanity to Jewish peasants facing antisemitism in pre-revolutionary Russia.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:31PM
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Historical drama and physical comedy combine in an enjoyable ‘Moonlight and Magnolias’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Andy Arnold

It’s 1939 and film studio chief David O. Selznick has staked his career on adapting Margaret Mitchell’s bestselling novel Gone with the Wind for the screen. Still, Selznick shuts down pr…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:41PM
Monday, February 24, 2020

Walt Whitman’s vivid accounts of the Civil War come to life in ‘Leaves of America’ by Andy Arnold

Chris Dwyer uses Walt Whitman’s poetry and his many hospital visits to bring vivid accounts of the Civil War to life in Leaves of America: Walt Whitman’s Stories of the Civil War. Whitma…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:53AM
Monday, February 3, 2020

Agatha Christie’s ‘A Daughter’s a Daughter’ by The Arlington Players depicts biting family strife by Andy Arnold

Agatha Christie’s A Daughter’s a Daughter at The Arlington Players features the character of Sarah Prentice: the most hateful, self-centered, pampered, jealous, possessive, resentful, ro…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:43AM
Monday, January 13, 2020

‘Yellow Face’ at Silver Spring Stage sparks important conversations by Andy Arnold

Is racism a taboo subject in the arts? Of course not. From Uncle Tom’s Cabin to Porgy and Bess to the whitewashing of the Oscars, artists have used their platform to convict American socie…

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Encore Stage & Studio’s ‘CSI: Christmas Scene Investigators’ is a comedic crowd-pleaser by Andy Arnold

You know it’s going to be a long night when Santa Claus goes missing. Either Stage Manager Meaghan Leahy made a whopper of a mistake, or some fiend stole jolly ole St. Nick, thus threateni…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:54PM
Monday, December 2, 2019

Young adventurer Milo learns how to use time in Greenbelt Arts Center’s ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ by Andy Arnold

If you know a bored child who doesn’t know what to do with their time, a trip through Susan Nanus’ The Phantom Tollbooth just might be the answer. It certainly works for Milo in Greenbe…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:15PM
Monday, November 25, 2019

Past, present clash in Aquila Theatre’s ‘1984’ by Andy Arnold

Viewing Aquila Theatre’s adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 at the Center for the Arts at George Mason University, I couldn’t help but wonder which came first “newspeak” or “alte…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:42PM
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Set and staging steal the show at 2nd Star’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Andy Arnold

The set and staging steal the show at 2nd Star Productions’ A Christmas Carol: The Musical. That is almost a shame because the acting, singing, and dancing are also first-rate; however, th…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:56PM
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Wolf Pack’s ‘Rocky Horror Show’ seduces Brentwood by Andy Arnold

If you are into corsets, fishnets, glitter, high heels, bold makeup, sexual innuendo and cussing as art, Wolf Pack Theatre Company’s (WPTC) rendition of Richard O’Brien’s cult classic …

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ rouses audience at Goddard Music and Drama Club with exuberant performance by Andy Arnold

If you are looking for some enjoyable entertainment before the holiday rush sets in, see The Drowsy Chaperone by the Goddard Music and Drama Club at the Barney & Bea Recreation Center. T…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:53PM
Sunday, September 29, 2019

Review: ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ at Rockville Little Theatre by Andy Arnold

Although three murders, or “helping lonely men to find peace,” as the aunts see it, take place in the first two minutes, Rockville Little Theatre’s current presentation of Joseph Kesse…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:11AM
Monday, July 22, 2019

Review: ‘The Mousetrap’ by Thunderous Productions by Andy Arnold

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is a serious whodunit in which strangers are thrown together at a remote place and cut off from the outside world, with a police inspector unlocking a murde…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:16PM
Saturday, July 13, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: The Little Senator That Could by Andy Arnold

The Little Senator That Could held its world premiere at Capital Fringe on July 12, 2019, and it is nearly perfect for Washington, DC. Billed as a comedy, playwright Kirsten Grady’s show i…

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2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Flirting Like an American’ by Andy Arnold

George Washington University researcher Sufian Zhemukhov is a popular guy around Washington. He has several awards for his storytelling and some of the stories he relies on in Flirting Like …

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘CRAPSHOOT!’ by Andy Arnold

It turns out Al Snow (Todd Blakesley) is that guy – the one who admits to voting for Donald Trump in 2016. His participation in the democratic experiment turns his life upside down. Snow l…

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

‘Mamma Mia!’ at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre by Andy Arnold

The musical Mamma Mia! is playing in Frederick, Maryland for the first time at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre. If opening night is any indication, WOB has a hit on its hands. Director Jorda…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards