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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Allyson Currin’s Sooner/Later. A funny, brutally honest look at love, family, and loss by Ben Demers

Playwright Allyson Currin’s poignant new work Sooner/Later captures the messy reality of relationships and family in a funny and brutally honest way. From the crushing awkwardness of a fir…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Peculiar Patriot review: Liza Jessie Peterson uses humor to expose our mass incarceration of African Americans by Ben Demers

Actress, playwright, and advocate Liza Jessie Peterson is a force of nature fighting to expose the wrongs of America’s sprawling prison system, one performance at a time. Her rousing one-w…

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Review: If I Forget asks big questions about forgetting and forgiving by Ben Demers

How do we honor our past without closing doors to the future? What do we owe our parents and grandparents, when weighed against the prospects of our children and their children?  These wren…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Review: In Series double bill: Soldier’s Tale and Emperor of Atlantis by Ben Demers

The Emperor of Atlantis feels simultaneously “too soon” and “right on time”. The creative minds of In Series have devised an inventive, timely, though somewhat uneven double bill tha…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Review: GALA’s En El Tiempo de Las Mariposas (In the Time of Butterflies) by Ben Demers

Memory can be a warm blanket, a cruel knife, and a revolutionary act all at once. Gala Hispanic Theatre’s must-see En el Tiempo de Las Mariposas (In the Time of Butterflies) unfurls a gri…

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Illusionists dazzles magic lovers at The Kennedy Center by Ben Demers

What better way to ring in the New Year than with a little magic? The Illusionists unites five unique magicians in a spectacle that, while cheesy at times, still has the power to truly dazzl…

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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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