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Sunday, September 18, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story’ at Theater J by Charlotte Selton

A dark, wonderful, and unusual musical graces Theater J at the Edlavitch DCJCC this month. “Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story” threads the relationship of two refugee Romanian Jews in Cana…

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Monday, August 29, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Color Purple’ at Signature Theatre by Charlotte Selton

Alice Walker’s pulitzer-prize-winning epistolary novel, The Color Purple, has touched millions since its 1983 publication. Furthered by Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film adaptation, which sta…

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Sunday, July 10, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Red Velvet’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Charlotte Selton

Ira Aldridge, a Black American-born actor from the 19th century, was the highest paid artist in Russia of his time, knighted in Britain, and received the Pour le Mérite award from the King …

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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Hot Wing King’ at Studio Theatre by Charlotte Selton

It’s time for the annual Memphis Hot Wings Festival, and this year a team of queer Black men—“New Wing Order”—is going to win it all. But as friends and family reunite to prep hund…

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘In His Hands’ at Mosaic Theater by Charlotte Selton

Clichés of butterflies or fireworks might be cute, but a kiss that spills golden light out from the heavens, accompanied by the “Hallelujah” chorus is on an entirely different level. Be…

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Shakespeare in Love’ at Keegan Theatre by Charlotte Selton

With four centuries passed, it seems likely there will be new versions of “Romeo And Juliet” for at least several centuries more. One example, “Shakespeare in Love,” imagines a Willi…

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Sunday, June 5, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Drumfolk’ at Arena Stage by Charlotte Selton

“Drumfolk” is a triumph, plain and simple. A showcase of dance and history, this production is the first of a multi-year partnership between Step Afrika!, the first professional stepping…

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Monday, May 30, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘A Monster Calls’ at the Kennedy Center by Charlotte Selton

Tall branches stretch skyward, a thick twisted trunk sways, and the coiled roots of an old Yew tree come walking—a monster called forth by a 13-year-old boy’s inner turmoil. Centering on…

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘On Your Feet!’ at GALA Hispanic Theatre by Charlotte Selton

Even if you are too young or out of the loop to know the name Gloria Estefan, you almost certainly know some of her earworm hits like “Conga” and “1-2-3.” The musical depicting her r…

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

News: Signature Theatre Celebrates Sondheim Award Gala 2022 by Charlotte Selton

On May 17, 2022, friends and supporters of Signature Theatre gathered at Capital One Hall in Tyson, VA for the 11th Sondheim Award Gala. The evening celebrated Signature’s reopening season…

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Upstairs Department’ at Signature Theatre by Charlotte Selton

When Chelsea Marcantel was commissioned by Signature Theatre in February 2020 for a new play, she had no way to know the profound changes and losses soon coming to her industry and world. He…

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘John Proctor is the Villain’ at Studio Theatre by Charlotte Selton

Move over Arthur Miller, there’s a fresh playwright in town with a steaming hot take on “witch hunts.” Unlike the witches in Miller’s staple of American canon, “The Crucible,” th…

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Opera Review: Octavia E. Butler’s ‘Parable of the Sower’ at Strathmore Music Center by Charlotte Selton

In 1993, Octavia E. Butler imagined what awaited 30 years in the future, setting her novel, Parable of the Sower, in 2024. Many of Butler’s predictions have proven accurate: fires and drou…

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘We Declare You a Terrorist…’ at Round House Theatre by Charlotte Selton

In an uncanny coincidence of timing while the world focuses on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, “We Declare You a Terrorist…” at Round House Theatre takes a somber look back on a viole…

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Phlebotomist’ at 1st Stage by Charlotte Selton

Poet Alfred Tennyson once wrote “’Tis better to have loved and lost/ Than never to have loved at all.” But what if you knew the odds of grief and heartbreak before investing your heart…

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Sunday, February 13, 2022

Concert Review: ’50 Years of Broadway at the Kennedy Center’ by Charlotte Selton

When a few bars of “Dance at the Gym” from “West Side Story” elicits an impromptu on-beat shout of “Mambo!” from the audience, you know you’ve got a crowd of serious fans. In k…

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Theatre Review: ‘Daphne’s Dive’ at Signature Theatre by Charlotte Selton

If those walls could talk, Daphne’s Dive—a fictional Philadelphia neighborhood bar—would perhaps have more to tell than it ought. …entertaining…A powerful cast… With the Puerto R…

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Sunday, February 6, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Change Agent’ at Arena Stage by Charlotte Selton

The Cuban Missile Crisis. The Civil Rights Movement. The setting is 1936-1965, America and the afterlife. Characters: Mary, Jack, Cicely, Cord, and Jackie. The program cover: suspicious eyes…

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Monday, December 13, 2021

Concert Review: ‘The Holiday Show’ from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC by Charlotte Selton

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is back to live in-person performance! With ample sequins and a sprinkling of snow, the 80+ singers alongside a dozen dancers and 20+ member youth ch…

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘A Strange Loop’ stuns at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company by Charlotte Selton

A strange loop is a cognitive science term, encapsulating “the idea that your ability to conceive of yourself as an ‘I’ is kind of an illusion. But the fact that you can recognize the …

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ at Theater J by Charlotte Selton

With over 14 million copies sold, Tuesdays with Morrie stands among the most popular and most read books in the world. What makes Mitch Albom’s memoir of the days he shared with his dying …

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Sunday, November 14, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Rent’ Soars at Signature Theatre by Charlotte Selton

These days, you’ll hear “Rent” sometimes called “the Hamilton of its time.” While the parallels are obvious—throngs of borderline obsessed young fans; groundbreaking diversity; a…

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Theatre Review: Young Artists of America’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at The Clarice by Charlotte Selton

After more than two years without in-person performances, Young Artists of America gathered inside the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on November 7, 2021 for its fall mainstage product…

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Celia and Fidel’ at Arena Stage by Charlotte Selton

Cuba is on the cusp of crisis. Fidel Castro is struggling to make the right decisions when revolutionary Celia Sánchez returns, four months after her death. Directed by Molly Smith, the pre…

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Monday, October 11, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘My Lord, What a Night’ at Ford’s Theatre by Charlotte Selton

In 1937, world-renowned opera singer Marian Anderson was denied a hotel room in Princeton, NJ on the basis of race. Albert Einstein, a social justice activist and admirer of Miss Anderson, o…

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘The Amen Corner’ Stirs the Soul at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Charlotte Selton

Who is to blame when a baby dies? Weathered old brick and burgundy carpets replace stained glass in Margaret Alexander’s church, where she warns a young mother, “Don’t let the lord hav…

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Quixote Nuevo’ at Round House Theatre by Charlotte Selton

In modern-day Texas, Don Quixote rides gallantly once more. Accompanied by his squire, Sancho Panza, in pursuit of his lost love Dulcinea, he adventures throughout the land. Except Don Quixo…

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Come From Away: In Concert at the Lincoln Memorial’ Presented by Ford’s Theatre by Charlotte Selton

On Friday, September 10th, thousands gathered alongside the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool for a Canadian musical about American tragedy. On the eve of the somber 20th anniversary, with th…

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