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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Review: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ by Reston Community Players by Chuck Leonard

Based on the 2005 book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher is a Tony Award-winning play by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. A lively production opened Friday, …

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Review: ‘On Your Feet!’ National Tour at the Kennedy Center by Chuck Leonard

The rhythm is gonna get you! Expect to find yourself dancing in your seat, because the energy from this show is infectious. On Your Feet! at the Kennedy Center is electric, and audience memb…

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Review: ‘My Name is Asher Lev’ at 1st Stage by Chuck Leonard

From the beginning of the 1st Stage production of My Name is Asher Lev, we are told that the young Asher is an amazingly gifted artist. Asher, who is played by Lucas Beck, narrates the play,…

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Review: ‘The Pillowman’ at George Mason University by Chuck Leonard

Last night, the Mason Players opened another excellent student-directed play at George Mason University. Following strong performances of Deadman’s Cell Phone and 1984 earlier this semeste…

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Review: ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ at The Prince William Little Theatre by Chuck Leonard

The markings on my forearm, imprinted when I entered the theater, remain, labeling me. At the end of the play, when I am leaving through the hall behind the theater, I witness a large pile o…

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Review: ‘Moon Over Buffalo’ at Providence Players by Chuck Leonard

The play is set in 1953, and the Hays’ once-proud stage careers are fading due to the increasing popularity of television and cinema, and actors who haven’t been paid in a few weeks are …

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Review: ‘Sense and Sensibility’ at Aquila Theatre at the George Mason University Center for the Arts by Chuck Leonard

Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility is the story of the two older Dashwood sisters. In a delightful Aquila Theatre production at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the two si…

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Report: Kelli O’Hara Performs at the ARTS by George Benefit at George Mason University by Chuck Leonard

Kelli O’Hara’s concert last night was the culmination of a wonderful evening at George Mason University’s “ARTS by George” benefit. The concert hall at the Center for the A…

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Review: ‘Gilligan’s Fire Island’ at Dominion Stage by Chuck Leonard

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a cheeky flip, begun with fun by castaways, who do everything but strip. Gilligan’s Fire Island is a parody, bringing back nostalgic…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Review: ‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’ at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts by Chuck Leonard

Neil Simon writes terrific comedy. Tonight, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, performed by Walnut Street Theatre at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, relied on two wonderfully t…

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Review: ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ at Reston Community Players by Chuck Leonard

The names might seem familiar, and as you watch the show, some of the references sound like something you may have heard of before. In Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the Tony Award-win…

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria by Chuck Leonard

A Christmas Carol at Little Theatre of Alexandria is a great way to get in the holiday spirit and reflect on Charles Dickens’ timeless themes of repentance and generosity. There is good re…

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Review: ‘Once’ at National Theatre by Chuck Leonard

From the moment one enters the National Theatre, it becomes clear that Once is not your typical Broadway fare. Rather than seeing closed drapes and hearing piped-in pre-show music, the first…

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at The George Mason University School of Theater and The Mason Players by Chuck Leonard

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare has long been among my favorite plays. If it isn’t already yours, the Mason Players production could well change your mind. What kind of …

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Review: ‘The Complete History of America (abridged) Special Election Edition! by The Reduced Shakespeare Company at Hylton Performing Arts Center by Chuck Leonard

Paul Revere may or may not have ridden through the countryside yelling, “The Redcoats are coming,” but given a quick horse and a heavily padded saddle, this reviewer is writing to annou…

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Review: ‘A Party To Murder’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria by Chuck Leonard

A Party to Murder, which opened last night at Little Theatre of Alexandria, is in the style of many Agatha Christie mysteries. Early on in the first act, one of the characters in the play ev…

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Review: ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ at Castaways Repertory Theatre by Chuck Leonard

Power struggles come in many forms. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, by Tennessee Williams can be used as a case study in a book titled, How to Win Arguments, and Influence People. Maggie uses sensual…

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Review: ‘Almost, Maine’ at Providence Players of Fairfax by Chuck Leonard

Almost, Maine is a series of short scenes reflecting love stories of characters in the same small town which never quite got organized enough to become official, so remains “almost.” The…

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Review: An Evening with Art Garfunkel at The Hylton Performing Arts Center by Chuck Leonard

In his 70s, Art Garfunkel still has control of a gorgeous, light counter-tenor, and an ability to tell the story of a song while connecting with his audience. The Hylton Center for the Arts …

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Review: Aquila Theatre’s ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ at GMU’s Center for the Arts by Chuck Leonard

Audiences can’t get enough of Sherlock Holmes. Television has two productions currently, the movie industry adds another version every year or two, and stage versions abound. I know of 4 v…

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Review: ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria by Chuck Leonard

It is funny! Building from a witty start to a raucous, hilarious ending, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at The Little Theatre of Alexandria offers a joyful send-up of a…

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Review: ‘Talley’s Folly’ at Peter’s Alley Theatre Productions by Chuck Leonard

Talley’s Folly is a beautifully written two-person play by Lanford Wilson, reinventing the timeless love story of a couple who, despite their many differences are trying to find a way to m…

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Review: ‘Middletown’ at NextStop Theatre Company by Chuck Leonard

Middletown, written by Will Eno, is a play with heft. It is not an easy play that you can relax and let wash over you. Timid souls who are out for an evening of light entertainment may strug…

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Monday, December 14, 2015

‘Wish List’ at The Hub Theatre by Chuck Leonard

The Hub Theatre has one of the most intimate spaces I have seen for professional theater in the Metro area. The collaborators who created this show have built a very informal, welcoming envi…

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

‘Motown the Musical’ at The National Theatre by Chuck Leonard

Music! Sweet, sweet music. There is music everywhere… While it is town, you should make plans to see Motown the Musical. Plan on a night dancing in your seat to the music you have enjoyed …

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

‘The Most Happy Fella’ at The Catholic University by Chuck Leonard

Be ready for a big production when you see The Most Happy Fella at The Catholic University of America’s Hartke Theatre. A 27-piece orchestra, lavish staging, more than 30 actors, gorgeous …

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

‘Stickfly’ at Port City Playhouse by Chuck Leonard

Port City Playhouse is a scrappy little theater company brave enough to tackle important plays. Their literature states that they specialize in top-quality, thought-provoking plays, within a…

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

‘Old Wicked Songs’ at 1st Stage by Chuck Leonard

Occasionally, a show blows me away and I want to grab the arm of people walking by on the street and steer them to the production. “Come. Join in experiencing this beautiful piece of art.…

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

‘Other Desert Cities’ at Providence Players of Fairfax by Chuck Leonard

In 2012, Other Desert Cities written by Jon Robin Baitz, was a Tony nominee for Best Play as well as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The Providence Players find both delightful comedy and…

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Monday, March 9, 2015

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at Prince William Little Theatre by Chuck Leonard

Jesus Christ Superstar remains among my favorite musicals and was the first cast album I ever owned. It broke new ground in 1970, starting out as a concept album for a rock opera before plan…

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

‘Doubt’ at City of Fairfax Theatre Company by Chuck Leonard

There is a dilemma in this play, as in life, regarding who should be believed and who should be trusted. Are a character’s suspicions groundless or based on evidence? If someone with wisdo…

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