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Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Dance Review: ‘Giselle’ presented by American Ballet Theatre at Wolf Trap by Carolyn Kelemen

Hee Seo and Daniel Camargo captivate in a night of ballet magic. The American Ballet Theatre (ABT) danced a hauntingly beautiful production of “Giselle” on the Filene Center stage that r…

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Monday, July 24, 2023

Capital Fringe Review: “A Moment in Time’ by SHARP Dance Company by Carolyn Kelemen

I’m going out on a limb with this observation of “A Moment in Time,” five dances that touched us in different ways. More than other dance forms, modern dance can be uniquely gut wrench…

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Sunday, June 25, 2023

Dance Preview: ‘Ballet Bouquet,’ Misako Ballet Company’s Summer Celebration by Carolyn Kelemen

The Misako Ballet Company is well-known for its talented and skilled performers, and Sunday’s afternoon program at the Jim Rouse Theatre  promises to be no exception. One of the highlight…

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Friday, June 9, 2023

Dance Review: ‘Visionary Voices’ presented by the New York City Ballet at the Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

No one ever said the New York City Ballet (NYCB) was like any other dance company in the world. Everything is bigger with this world class troupe. This week’s performance at the Kennedy Op…

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Sunday, June 4, 2023

Dance News: The Inspiring Journey of Maggie Kirdurka, ‘The Bald Ballerina,’ at Her Cancer Benefit at Howard Community College by Carolyn Kelemen

  On Sunday, June 4, the Howard Community College Smith Theater will witness a truly remarkable event that celebrates the indomitable spirit and resilience of one extraordinary woman: Marga…

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Friday, June 2, 2023

News: Preview of Televised Tribute for Hal Prince by the Young Artists of America by Carolyn Kelemen

In the world of musical theater, few names command as much respect as that of Hal Prince. The legendary director and producer is responsible for some of the most memorable Broadway productio…

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Saturday, May 27, 2023

Dance Review: Scottish Ballet haunts long after curtain closes on ‘The Crucible’ at the Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

When we think of story ballets performed by classical companies, images of princesses, dancing swans, and castles hosting balls come to mind. Not so for The Scottish Ballet’s opening night…

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Thursday, May 4, 2023

Dance Review: Ballet Theatre of Maryland Closes Its Season with a Memorable ‘Don Quixote’ at Maryland Hall by Carolyn Kelemen

  Staging the full-length “Don Quixote” is a monumental feat. Nonetheless, Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s Artistic Director Nicole Kelsch took the challenge and made an old ballet new a…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Dance Review: Vincent Thomas’ ‘VTDance Celebrates 20th Anniversary’ at Baltimore Theatre Project by Carolyn Kelemen

Dancer/choreographer Vincent Thomas touches us with his powerful dance message.   Off stage, the dancer/choreographer stands a stunning 5 foot 11 inches tall, with incredibly generous arms …

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Saturday, April 8, 2023

Dance Review: ‘Anna Karenina’ by The Joffrey Ballet at Kennedy Center Opera House by Carolyn Kelemen

  The Joffrey Ballet visits the Kennedy Center this week and dancing for all its worth. As it turned out, it was worth a lot on opening night—as dance, as terrific theater, as a living le…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Pacific Overtures’ at Signature Theatre by Carolyn Kelemen

Signature puts Japanese culture front and center.   It’s unlikely that you’ll leave Signature Theatre humming familiar show tunes from “Pacific Overtures,” set in 19th century Japan…

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Saturday, February 18, 2023

Dance Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ performed by American Ballet Theatre at the Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

  ABT enthralls once again in a grandly staged production.   American Ballet Theatre’s opening night of “Romeo and Juliet” at the Kennedy Center Opera House topped all other ballet p…

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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Dance Review: United Ukranian Ballet presents ‘Giselle’ at the Kennedy Center Opera House by Carolyn Kelemen

United Ukranian Ballet’s “Giselle” captures the crowd. We don’t need any reminder why the Ukrainian National Ballet is operating under difficult circumstances. The company, temporari…

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Saturday, January 21, 2023

Theatre Review: See ‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ for a most memorable visit to NYC and 2nd Stage’s Hayes Theatre by Carolyn Kelemen

“Between Riverside and Crazy,” the Pulitzer prize-winning play by Stephen Adly Guirgis, is currently making its Broadway debut, and people—especially New Yorkers—are raving. Although…

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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Actor Andrew Horn, currently in ‘It’s A Wonderful Life: The Musical’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Carolyn Kelemen

  Andrew Andrew Horn has been working in Maryland Theater for over 30 years, primarily in musicals. He loves the challenge of finding the balance between the heightened reality of breaking …

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ at Olney Theatre Center by Carolyn Kelemen

  There are at least three things your brain will retain after watching “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” at the Olney Theatre Center, and we hope you will catch this show before it…

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

News and Reviews: The American Theatre Critics Association 2022 Conference in NYC…and more by Carolyn Kelemen

  Dozens of theater critics, writers, and bloggers gathered in Manhattan, November 11-13, 2022, the first time that American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) members have convened since p…

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Friday, November 18, 2022

Dance Review:  Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo sparkles in a golden ‘Cendrillon’ at the Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Ah! The French Riviera, Monte Carlo, and we are reminded of private yachts in the harbor, European race cars on mountainous roads, a famous gambling casino, and Princess Grace with her Royal…

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Dance Review: Mark Morris Dance Group: ‘The Look of Love’ at the Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

    Fun! Fun! Fun! (if only for a too-brief hour) best describes the opening night at the Kennedy Center where “The Look of Love,” (a Kennedy Center co-commission) made its East Coast …

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Monday, October 17, 2022

Dance Review: ‘NEXTsteps’ presented by The Washington Ballet by Carolyn Kelemen

  Alone on stage or with a partner who is sensitive to her extraordinary moves, The Washington Ballet’s adored Maki Onuki mesmerizes an audience no matter the technique nor the style of d…

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Friday, October 7, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Dance Nation’ at Olney Theatre Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Consider “Dance Nation” as a prequel to “A Chorus Line” and you will have a better understanding of the teenage and pre-teen angst of becoming a dancer. Then add “Mean Girls” to …

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Dance Review: The Washington Ballet performs a stirring tribute to Balanchine at Wolf Trap Park for the Performing Arts by Carolyn Kelemen

Wolf Trap Park is the perfect place to spend a late summer evening. The setting is serene, and the music seems to shimmer with the stars. You’re always invited to bring a picnic or indulge…

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Dance Review: ‘NEXTsteps’ presented by The Washington Ballet by Carolyn Kelemen

  The Washington Ballet performs new dances with old memories.   Watching one of the last Washington Ballet’s (TWB’s) performances of “Moonlight” at the Sidney Harman Hall brought …

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Friday, June 24, 2022

Dance Preview: 15th Anniversary Performance of ‘Ballet Boutique: A Summer Celebration’ at Misako Ballet Company by Carolyn Kelemen

    Misako’s Japanese Touches Bring Added  Beauty to Ballet.     It’a very quiet—quite lovely, in fact—in the upstairs studio at Joseph Square, where Misako Aoki is rehearsing …

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Dance Review: ‘Reframing the Narrative’ at Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

  It took over two hours to get to the point of ‘’Reframing the Narrative” (Program A) at the Kennedy Center Opera House. My “ah-ha” moment came as B.B. King sang from a recording…

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Friday, June 10, 2022

Dance Review: The New York City Ballet at The Kennedy Center Appeals to All in ‘Visionary Voices’ by Carolyn Kelemen

    Dance fans know the New York City Ballet Company. That’s the dance troupe with the long-legged ballerinas; strong, technical male soloists; speed; and an unswerving dedication to the…

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Saturday, June 4, 2022

Dance Preview: ‘A Tribute to Classical Ballet’ by The Classical Ballet Theatre of Maryland and L’Etoile Ballet Academy by Carolyn Kelemen

      Pretty, pastel costumes, new ribbons on the toe shoes, tiaras that sparkle bright as a shiny new penny. These are signs of spring recitals where young dancers awaken to the beauty o…

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Friday, June 3, 2022

Dance Preview: Howard County’s ‘Bald Ballerina’ Is Back with A Lot of Love at Annual Fundraiser to Combat Breast Cancer by Carolyn Kelemen

  “Returning to dance has been a way to focus on something other than cancer, said Maggie’s mom, Adona Kudirka, “and she’s grateful for all the support.”   Dance bags filled with…

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

News: Kennedy Center’s 2022-2023 Ballet and Dance Season Preview by Carolyn Kelemen

Cultural vibrancy and exemplary artistry from world-class companies and artists will grace the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ stages during its 2022–2023 ballet and danc…

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with with Composer/Conductor/ Musician, Christopher Youstra by Carolyn Kelemen

  Chris Youstra is a man about town. He has conducted, accompanied, and rehearsed dozens of performers throughout the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Currently he holds the titles of Music D…

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Theatre Review: Young Artists of America Brings Broadway to Bethesda with ‘Aida’ for 10th Anniversary Celebration by Carolyn Kelemen

  There’s something about kids singing in a grown-up show that captures the attention of young and old alike. These were my thoughts as I watched an amazing performance by the Young Artis…

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