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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Native Gardens review: laugh out loud comedy by Ben Demers

Karen Zacarías’ laugh-a-minute comedy Native Gardens has arrived at exactly the right time, delivering a dearly-needed burst of satire and levity to Washington, DC audiences. Director Bla…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Review to tell my story: a hamlet fanfic by Ben Demers

Adapting Shakespeare to a modern context is always a dicey proposition – witness the NY Public Theater’s ongoing “Julius Trump” firestorm. But Welders playwright and Washington Post …

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Lancer and Lace (Capital Fringe review) by Ben Demers

What would have happened if Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassination had failed – but the danger wasn’t over? Lancer and Lace pulls on this historical thread and weaves an interesting ye…

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Orson the Magnificent – The Magic of Orson Welles (Capital Fringe review) by Ben Demers

You probably know Orson Welles for Citizen Kane and War of the Worlds, but did you know he was also an accomplished magician? In Orson the Magnificent, consummate showman Lars Klores takes …

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Twyford and company delight in Or, a bawdy tale of mistaken identities and royal intrigue (review) by Ben Demers

The true story of Aphra Behn is the epitome of “stranger than fiction.” In Round House Theatre’s rollicking production of Or, director Aaron Posner, Holly Twyford, and company gleeful…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Constellation’s Peter and the Starcatcher takes dazzling flight at Source (review) by Ben Demers

Think of your favorite pop-up book as a kid: the bright colors, the interactive story, the giddy surprise of action leaping off the page. This feeling of childlike wonder drives Constellatio…

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Copenhagen at Theater J (review) by Ben Demers

Tell me if this sounds familiar: Two people locked in a pivotal contest of ideas and ideologies, steeped in international espionage, with the fate of millions hanging in the balance. If you …

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Night Alive at Quotidian Theatre (review) by Ben Demers

Playwright Conor McPherson has a signature knack for framing the big questions inside quiet, unassuming lives. In Quotidian Theatre Company’s moving production of McPherson’s The Night A…

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Witch, a potent brew, from Convergence Theatre by Ben Demers

As we approach Halloween, Convergence Theatre sets out to prove to audiences that the most shocking horror can derive not from our imaginations, but from our own cruel history. The game cas…

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Last Schwartz at Theater J (review) by Ben Demers

Family – just because you love them, doesn’t mean you have to like them. Theater J’s alternately side-splitting and emotional production of The Last Schwartz follows the dysfunctional …

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Next to Normal at Keegan Theatre (review) by Ben Demers

Seven years ago, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey explored the devastating cost of mental illness in their Tony-winning Broadway debut of Next to Normal.  Now Keegan Theatre is bringing the gripp…

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Kinky Boots tour at The Kennedy Center (review) by Ben Demers

The Kennedy Center’s crowd-pleasing yet inconsistent production of Kinky Boots could also be called “A Tale of Two Musicals”. Show-stopping soul and R&B numbers led by the transcen…

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Ballast at Source Festival (review) by Ben Demers

  The transgender community’s newfound visibility and public support, after years of living in the shadows, has not come easily. Georgette Kelly’s moving Ballast follows the journey…

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Crossroads at Source Festival (review) by Ben Demers

Dreams are, by and large, a random jumble of thoughts and experiences remixed by our subconscious. They may not make a lot of sense, but they certainly leave an impact. That’s largely how …

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Happy Hour at Spooky Action (review) Brilliant live action gaming by Ben Demers

As gaming and virtual reality become ever more ingrained into popular culture, it’s about time that some creative minds brought it into the world of theater. In the interactive escape dram…

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Strindberg’s The Pelican from Arcturus (review) by Ben Demers

From Shakespeare to “Arrested Development”, when family and large inheritances mix, things are bound to get messy. Arcturus Theater Company’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s surrea…

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Electric Baby from Rorschach (review) by Ben Demers

At their best, fairytales allow adults and children alike to gently explore lessons of life, love, and loss, while safely ensconced in a cushion of abstraction. At their worst, they enable u…

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Annalisa Dias’ One Word More at Flashpoint (review) by Ben Demers

Before Prospero, Miranda, Ferdinand, and even Caliban…there was Sycorax. In One Word More, writer and performer Annalisa Dias offers a bold, mind-bending vision of Shakespeare’s The Temp…

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Falling Out of Time at Theater J (review) by Ben Demers

Among the pivotal works of modern literature, novels like “Infinite Jest” and “Finnegan’s Wake” have proven so dense, so abstract, so impenetrable as to be nearly …

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Monday, February 22, 2016

The Promised Land from Mosaic Theater Company: soul-stirring, devastating by Ben Demers

As the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe continues to spiral, Mosaic Theater Company of DC goes beyond the headlines to diagram hopeful refugees caught in a web of chaos, bureauc…

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Wrestling Jerusalem, one man, many views of Israel at Mosaic Theater (review) by Ben Demers

“I am large. I contain multitudes.” Walt Whitman’s words in “Song of Myself” aptly describe Aaron Davidman’s chameleonic turn in Wrestling Jerusalem, a whirlwind solo tour throug…

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Darius & Twig, a lyrical, affecting tale of friendship and perseverance at The Kennedy Center by Ben Demers

“What happens to a dream deferred?…Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?” wondered poet Langston Hughes in his 1951 work “Harlem”.   Over sixty years l…

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Monday, September 21, 2015

The Requiem at Highwood Theatre (review) by Ben Demers

For years, psychologists have marveled at the power of music to rebuild memory, aid recovery from brain injury, and even fight Alzheimer’s disease. In The Requiem, talented young playwrig…

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Friday, July 17, 2015

MacWHAT? at Capital Fringe by Ben Demers

Shakespeare is great as straight drama or as total parody; indeed both Royal Shakespeare Company and Reduced Shakespeare Co coexist happily next door to each other. The goofy, frequently puz…

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Barenaked Comedy at Capital Fringe by Ben Demers

Barenaked Comedy brings together the “bar arts” of burlesque and standup comedy for an endlessly entertaining evening. This bawdy, adult showcase has a truly random assortment of talente…

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Experimental at Capital Fringe by Ben Demers

The “play within a play” device is a tough trick to pull off, even for the likes of Shakespeare. XY Players’ Experimental offers up a trippy tale about actors trapped in a murderou…

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

To Err is Falstaff!! at Capital Fringe by Ben Demers

With DC ramping up for yet another presidential tilt, it’s a great time to sit back and laugh at the whole circus. To Err is Falstaff!! inventively blends Aaron Sorkin-esque humor and paci…

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Domestic Animals at Capital Fringe by Ben Demers

Sometimes the world inside our heads is a lot brighter than the real world outside. In Jennifer Faletto’s affecting Domestic Animals, a young woman tries to embrace her fractured new life,…

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

American Lit at Capital Fringe by Ben Demers

The tumultuous personal lives and demons of Hemingway, Mailer, and many of our greatest writers can sometimes overshadow their indelible literary achievements. In American Lit, playwright Ja…

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Flying V Fights: Heroes & Monsters – a spectacle of superhero action (review) by Ben Demers

… a thrilling physical showcase with heart and laughs to spare. Cirque du Soleil plus Superheroes. That’s the easiest way to quickly describe the wildly inventive Flying V Fights: He…

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Source Festival: The Word and the Wasteland: gutsy and on point (review) by Ben Demers

A razor-sharp critique of media and justice in post 9-11 America In this age of 24/7 media witch hunts and instant mass outrage, any national security issue can morph into World War III ov…

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