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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Review: ‘The Legend of Georgia McBride’ at Round House Theatre by David Friscic

In The Legend of Georgia McBride, a theatrical cornucopia of camp, country music, drag, domestic dilemmas, and larger-than-life divas await you. This disarming and sexually-charged excursion…

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Review: ‘The Nance’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria by David Friscic

The “double bind” of being gay in an oppressive climate of prejudice against gays and, yet, choosing to turn down any hope of redemption with a loving partner (or a political party that …

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Review: ‘Today’s Classical and Jazz Masters’ by the National Chamber Ensemble by David Friscic

As was announced at the beginning of the National Chamber Ensemble’s recent musical offering Today’s Classical and Jazz Masters —in a veiled reference to the British Royal Wedding …

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Review: ‘The Barber of Seville’ at the Kennedy Center by David Friscic

The current production of the Washington National Opera –Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville plays like a frenetically captivating musical dreamscape of schemers, clowns, and roman…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Review: ‘John’ at Signature Theatre by David Friscic

An eerie sense of the supernatural combined with an almost ritualistic sense of the minutiae of daily living combine to form the aesthetic ambiance of playwright Annie Baker’s haunting and…

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Review: ‘DEMO by Damian Woetzel: Now’ at The Kennedy Center by David Friscic

An eclectic excursion into choreographic experimentation, innovative instrumental accompaniment, and exciting vocalizing is all part of DEMO by Damian Woetzel: Now at Kennedy Center’s Te…

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Review: Washington National Opera Presents Verdi’s ‘Don Carlo’ at the Kennedy Center by David Friscic

“Peace and transcendence can only be found in death” seems to be the eternal thread that runs through Verdi’s operatic masterpiece, Don Carlo. Presented by the Washington National Oper…

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Review: ‘Infinite Future: Bernstein’s Lasting Impact’ by Monumental Theatre Company at Atlas Intersections Festival by David Friscic

Enticingly presented by Monumental Theatre Company as part of the Atlas Intersections Festival, Infinite Future: Bernstein’s Lasting Impact is an exciting and multi-dimensional theatrical …

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Review: ‘It Takes Two…’ at Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D.C. by David Friscic

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC has just offered the DC Metro Theatre Region an alternately wistful, romantic, and humorous cabaret review entitled It Takes Two…. Presented at…

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Review: ‘Alcina’ at The Washington National Opera by David Friscic

The Washington National Opera is now offering opera lovers the rare treat of a disarming and whimsical baroque opera, Alcina, by Composer George Frideric Handel. An opera, by default, is oft…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Review: ‘Aida’ at Washington National Opera by David Friscic

Eternal, romantic love conquers all — even a jealous rival — in Verdi’s ravishingly melodic Aida, now being presented by the Washington National Opera with splendid work from a…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Review: ‘Madame Butterfly’ at The Kennedy Center by David Friscic

Gorgeous, ravishing arias by the legendary Puccini, an ethereally beautiful performance by Soprano Ermonela Jaho as Cio-Cio San (Butterfly), and an exceptionally ingenious concept and stage …

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Review: ‘Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs’ at the Kennedy Center by David Friscic

Wearing his heart on his sleeve throughout, entertainer extraordinaire Alan Cumming (Tony-award winner for Cabaret, regular on the hit television series The Good Wife, concert and recording …

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Review: ‘Three Sisters’ at Maly Drama Theatre at The Kennedy Center by David Friscic

Anton Chekhov’s classic play Three Sisters is being given a superb rendering by the Maly Drama Theatre (from St Petersburg, Russia) at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. Director L…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Review: ‘Champion’ at Washington National Opera by David Friscic

In the fascinating contemporary opera Champion, the external world of the often-violent sport of boxing and the inner turmoil of the self-loathing and self-denial of the lead character colli…

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Review: Dionne Warwick: The 4th Anniversary Celebration of the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club by David Friscic

One of the natural vocal wonders of the world, the legendary entertainer and vocal artist Dionne Warwick beguiled the audience at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. The occasion to c…

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: ‘Dead Man Walking’ at Washington National Opera by David Friscic

It is certainly a “Dark Night of the Soul” (St. John of the Cross) for Sister Helen Prejean in the contemporary opera Dead Man Walking. A meditative, spiritually resonant study of our co…

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Interview: Dionne Warwick on Performing Tomorrow, 2/28 and Wednesday, 3/1 at 8 PM at Bethesda Jazz and Blues Supper Club’s 4th Anniversary Show by David Friscic

I recently had the privilege to interview the music legend, Dionne Warwick. The occasion for the interview is to celebrate Ms. Warwick’s illustrious career, ask some related questions, an…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Review: ‘Company’ at McLean Community Players by David Friscic

Stephen Sondheim’s gloriously urbane, stylistic and sophisticated musical Company was groundbreaking when it first arrived on Broadway in the Seventies and it still remains relevant today.…

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Review: ‘RIN: Tales From the Life of a Troubadour’ Starring Rinde Eckert at The Kennedy Center by David Friscic

The acclaimed writer, composer, librettist, physician, performer, and director Rinde Eckert delighted and amazed the crowd on Friday evening at the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater. Eckert …

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Review #2: ‘Caroline, Or Change’ at Round House Theatre by David Friscic

Caroline, or Change, now playing at Bethesda’s Round House Theatre, is a musical clarion call for change at all levels. Whether it is personal change and transformation at the most persona…

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Review: Carla Cooke at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club by David Friscic

There was a fabulous, swinging party on this past Sunday night and it all happened at the wonderful Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club as the dynamic and talented singer Ms. Carla Cooke …

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Monday, January 16, 2017

A Chat with Singer Carla Cooke: Performing a Tribute to her Father Sam Cooke at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club This Saturday, January 22nd @7:3 by David Friscic

I recently had the great privilege to have an engaging interview with the dynamic artist Carla Cooke, a wondrous singer in her own right and daughter of the singing legend Sam Cooke. Ms. Coo…

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Review: ‘The Dictator’s Wife’ at Washington National Opera by David Friscic

A one-hour World Premiere opera is reason enough for the imagination to run rampant with artistic anticipation. So what a veritable array of riches it was to indulge the senses and challenge…

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Review: ‘Diana Ross – All the Best of Times’ with the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center by David Friscic

Singer extraordinaire Diana Ross is a musical legend and she proved it last night in a concert at The Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall. Presenting a showcase full of golden oldies as well as …

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Review #2: ‘A View From the Bridge’ at The Kennedy Center by David Friscic

The stripped-down, minimalist and auteur-driven interpretation of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge delivers a tragic, elemental, and mythic dimension to this stirring play that delin…

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Review: The Washington Chorus Presents Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 5 by David Friscic

On Sunday, November 13, 2016, the pulsating, transcendent and visionary music of the modern musical giant of minimalist music, Philip Glass —came to vivid life in a unique and powerful…

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Review: Washington National Opera’s ‘The Daughter of the Regiment’ by David Friscic

If your operatic desire is to hear one glorious aria after another sung by two operatic voices that would make the gods envious –set against a deliriously “light-as-air” comically sent…

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Review #2: ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ at The Keegan Theatre by David Friscic

In John Guare’s wonderfully enigmatic and slightly precocious play, Six Degrees of Separation, now playing at The Keegan Theatre—the ripples of interconnection run rampant as the author …

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Report on ‘No Word in Guyanese For Me’ at Rainbow Theatre Project by David Friscic

The dual intersections of tradition and the authenticity of the individual, autonomous human being compartmentalize, collide and—then —slowly merge in the Rainbow Theatre Project’s…

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Review: Melba Moore at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club by David Friscic

The indefatigable legendary singer and actress, Melba Moore, dazzled the crowd at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club Sunday evening. With a very strong family background in music and an early…

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