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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Review: ‘Hero’s Welcome’ at 1st Stage Theatre by Chuck Leonard

Hero’s Welcome at 1st Stage is the area premiere of British playwright Alan Ayckbourn’s 79th play. While Ayckbourn might be best known for his uproarious comedies, the humor here is dark…

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Review: ‘Swimming With Whales’ at 1st Stage by Chuck Leonard

In its world premiere first professional performance, Swimming With Whales at 1st Stage has already built an impressive record in its preparation. It was part of the Sigworks Readings at Sig…

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Review: ‘Waitress’ at The National Theatre by Chuck Leonard

Waitress at the National Theatre is sweet as “Sugar.” The word resonates during scene shifts, as an immensely talented piemaker, Jenna (Desi Oakley), lists the ingredients for the new pi…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A View From ‘The Mountaintop’: Actors Gilbert Glenn Brown and Karen Malina White on Martin Luther King’s Life, Death, and Legacy (Interview) by Chuck Leonard

50 years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot on the balcony outside of his room at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis. His death at age 39 still reverberates throughout the country, which still…

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Review: ‘The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail’ at George Mason University by Chuck Leonard

Despite period costumes, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail feels current, primarily because it is so topical. Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee wrote the play in 1969, but George Mason’s pro…

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Review: ‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ at Prince William Little Theatre by Chuck Leonard

As the play starts, Morrie Schwartz is dying from ALS. That such a heart-warming, honest, and funny play would begin with such a premise is startling. In Tuesdays with Morrie, produced by th…

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Review: ‘The Imaginary Invalid’ by the Mason Players at George Mason University School of Theater by Chuck Leonard

Satire is a comic form I have always loved. Among the greatest geniuses of the genre is Moliere, whose comedies from 3.5 centuries ago still evoke howls of laughter when done well. Directed …

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Review: ‘Speech and Debate’ at Peter’s Alley by Chuck Leonard

Peter’s Alley is offering a very funny production of Speech and Debate by Stephen Karam at Theatre on the Run. Karam, whose play, The Humans, won the 2016 Tony award for Best Play, has twi…

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Review: ’35mm: A Musical Exhibition’ at George Mason University School of Theatre by Chuck Leonard

35mm: A Musical Exhibition is referred to as a musical by the directors, but it is different from the way many think about the standard musical. The George Mason University School of Theatre…

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Review: ‘Anne of Green Gables’ at Little Theatre of Alexandria by Chuck Leonard

In the first decade of the 20th century, on a farm in the tiny village of Avonlea, in Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island, a brother and sister realize they need help to susta…

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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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