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Thursday, January 2, 2020

News: An Appreciation of Victor Shargai: Theatre aficionado, balletomane and tap dancer extraordinaire by Carolyn Kelemen

Balletomanes gather each fall, winter, and spring season to catch the Washington Ballet at the Kennedy Center or Sidney Harman Hall, depending on the production. However, the man usually sit…

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Dance Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charm City Ballet at Gordon Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Rebecca “Becca” Friedman has walked the steps of so many visionary dancers before her. From her childhood gracing the Howard County stages as the Sugarplum Fairy to her contemporary danc…

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Olney Theatre Center’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ entertains from start to finish by Carolyn Kelemen

Once again, Olney Theatre Center (OTC) has put on a tap-happy show. This time it’s Singin’ in the Rain, where the audience hums the familiar tunes as they ratta-ta-tap back to their cars…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Catch Me If You Can, The Musical’ at Howard Community College by Carolyn Kelemen

These are heady times for Toby Orenstein. This weekend she commemorates 47 years as founding artistic director of the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts (CCTA) and four decades at the helm …

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Dance News: Miami Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem share their talent at The Kennedy Center, thanks to the women at the helm by Carolyn Kelemen

Sometime in the early 21st century, the dance planners at the Kennedy Center came up with a terrific idea: Invite nine regional ballet companies to perform one special work in three separat…

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

News: Arts organizations announce schedule of summer events in downtown Columbia by Carolyn Kelemen

It was a tony crowd that gathered at the Cured, a cool restaurant that celebrates the history of Merriweather Post Pavilion with posters throughout the bar and dining area. These folks – a…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘A Comedy of Tenors’ at Olney Theatre Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Whoever said “Timing Is Everything” must appreciate Shakespeare and should value the skills of contemporary playwright Ken Ludwig whose “A Comedy of Tenors” opened without a hitch la…

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Dance Preview: Local dancers keep Alvin Ailey’s spirit alive! by Carolyn Kelemen

More than any other major dance company, the world-famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater attracts an audience looking for a fun night on the town. These fans – who will no doubt be out…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Dance Review: New York City Ballet Program A Baseball, blossoms and Balanchine’s ballets: a sure sign of spring in DC by Carolyn Kelemen

That grey cloud that has been hovering over the New York City Ballet for quite a while has lifted – at least it did last night at the Kennedy Center where everything was beautiful at the b…

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Review: ‘Harlequinade’ by American Ballet Theatre at The Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Marius Petipa must have been smiling from his grave last night when the American Ballet Theatre presented another brilliant Russian choreographer’s staging of Petipa’s Harlequinade. This…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Dance Review: ‘Unbound: A Festival of New Works’ at The Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer for the San Francisco Ballet, deserves a Kennedy Center Honor. Yep, the Icelandic native (with a lifelong devotion to ballet) no…

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Dance Review: ‘Dog without Feathers’ at The Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

If the powerful performance of  “Dog without Feathers” at the Eisenhower Theater last night is any indication of what the Kennedy Center’s Ballet & Dance Season has to…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Interview: ‘Beetlejuice’ Dream Team Talks About the New Musical at The National Theatre by Carolyn Kelemen

Move over Stephen Sondheim. There’s a new kid on the block. And, he’s coming to Broadway with some musical ideas to shake up The Great White Way. Eddie Perfect (yes that’s …

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Preview: The Next Ice Age Kicks off 30th Anniversary at Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena by Carolyn Kelemen

Fans of both dance and ice skating – especially those who value figure skating as art, not just sport – should take note of the special program being prepared by Nathan Birch and Tim…

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ by the National Players at Olney Theatre Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Just about the time you’re thinking there’s nothing new in the land of the lively arts, along comes something unexpected and wholly different. Celebrating its 70th touring season kick-of…

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Review: ‘Don Quixote’ by Ballet Nacional de Cuba at the Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

With apologies to T.S. Elliot, Ballet Nacional de Cuba ends the Kennedy Center Ballet 2017-2018 season not with a whimper but a bang. A big bang! An explosive Don Quixote opened last night a…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Preview: The Kennedy Center’s 2018-19 Season Brings Theater Front and Center by Carolyn Kelemen

We were promised surprises – guest artists and other treats – at the Kennedy Center’s 2018-2019 Theater Season announcement Tuesday in the Center’s cozy Terrace Theater. And, as …

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Dance Review: ‘Nederlands Dans Theater’ at The Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

There’s a certain fresh, uninhibited and politically inspired way of dancing that only Europeans manage to pull off. It came into being in the 1960s and continues to crop up now and then, …

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Review: ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ at Vagabond Players by Carolyn Kelemen

The opening night performance of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by the Vagabond Players in America’s oldest continuously operating theater in historic Fells Point turned out to be a f…

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Review: ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ at Everyman Theatre by Carolyn Kelemen

Long Day’s Journey Into Night chills to the bone. The wind was howling as the cold air clipper passed through downtown Baltimore last Friday evening. Inside Everyman Theatre, an even more…

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Review: ‘Inherit the Wind’ at Baltimore’s Vagabond Theatre by Carolyn Kelemen

On a cold winter’s night, nothing heats up faster than a fiery debate. And when it comes to political grandiloquence – as timely today as 100 years ago – the Vagabond Players opening n…

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Dance Preview: ‘Bald Ballerina’ Maggie Kudirka Dances for Life by Carolyn Kelemen

There wasn’t a dry eye when Margaret “Maggie” Kudirka ripped off her headscarf and fell to the floor during her poignant Loss and Survival solo, set to the familiar Edith Piaf song of …

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Review: ‘Forever Balanchine Farewell Performances’ at The Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

It was bittersweet last evening when the Suzanne Farrell Ballet performed the Forever Balanchine Farewell at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House. Sweet because the muse of dance master Geor…

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review of the Mariinsky Ballet in ‘La Bayadère’ at The Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

If you’ve never seen the Mariinsky Ballet dance a full-length classic (or missed its previous 2008 production of La Bayadère,) rush to buy tickets for this current engagement at The Kenne…

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Review: Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project Performance of ‘EroSpace’ and ‘When Snails Collide’ at the Kennedy Center Millennium by Carolyn Kelemen

It’s often difficult to shake off the pre-conceived notions and expectations of what a particular dance concert is going to be like. I am not exactly clear on what I expected with from Ero…

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Review: ‘Memphis -The Musical’ at Motor House by Carolyn Kelemen

As a teenager growing up in the 1950s in a small New Jersey town just across the river from Philadelphia, I was hooked on R&B music, my transistor radio tuned to WDAS-AM, 1480 on the ups…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review: ‘New York City Ballet: Works by Balanchine, Peck and Ratmansky’ at The Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Last evening’s ballet concert at The Kennedy Center was one of those magical evenings of dance. Sipping champagne and not talking politics, balletomanes gathered on the sprawling deck that…

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

TODAY Only: ‘Tribute to Classical Ballet’ at L’Etoile, The Classical Ballet Theatre of Maryland by Carolyn Kelemen

Dance Preview: L’Etoile Dances a Ballet Gem Pretty, pastel costumes, new ribbons on the toe shoes, tiaras that sparkle bright as a shiny new penny – these are signs of spring recitals wh…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Review: ‘Little Women: The Musical’ at Third Wall Productions by Carolyn Kelemen

Mother’s Day afternoon was spent in a Baltimore church basement where we gathered for the musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale, Little Women. Truth be told, I wouldn…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Review: Ballet Across America Showcases a New Day in Dance at The Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Since its debut in 2008, The Kennedy Center’s Ballet Across America series continues to showcase the best of ballet from regional companies across the nation. This fourth time around, ther…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Howard County Community Dance Festival Tomorrow and Sunday Events by Carolyn Kelemen

Dance Pros Will Chase Away the Winter Blahs For local aficionados who cherish those rare professional dance appearances in Columbia, note two unique concerts this weekend. Misako Ballet Comp…

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