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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Comedy Review: ‘Whose Live Anyway?’ at Strathmore by Elle Marie Sullivan

In 1998 the hit television series “Whose Line is it Anyway?” premiered. This show brought improvisational comedy to a wider audience and introduced folks to the comedy of the original ca…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Music Review: ‘Brahms Violin Concerto’ by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore by Elle Marie Sullivan

One of the most famous Romantic composers is Johannes Brahms. His work is meticulous and highly structured and a common concert selection. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Pe…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Music Review: ‘Unexpected Italy I’ at National Symphony Orchestra at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by Elle Marie Sullivan

This month throughout The Kennedy Center there is programming surrounding the theme of “Unexpected Italy.” The National Symphony Orchestra will feature two programs, the first contained …

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Music Review: ‘Symphonie Fantastique and Sibelius’ Violin Concerto’ at National Symphony Orchestra by Elle Marie Sullivan

The National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a true delight right here in Washington, DC. Their strength as an ensemble allows them to master many…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Love’s Labor’s Lost’ at Folger Theatre by Elle Marie Sullivan

4 men. 3 years. No women. Only studying and fasting. This is the start of William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labor’s Lost.” What ensues is a wildly outrageous comedy unlike any of Shake…

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘P.Y.G. or the Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle’ at Studio Theatre by Elle Marie Sullivan

What happens when a Canadian teenage heartthrob pop star wants to revamp his image with the help of his favorite hip-hop duo? They, of course, create a reality TV show. That is the premise b…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Concert Review: ‘Into the Light’ at Choral Arts Society of Washington by Elle Marie Sullivan

Choral Arts Society of Washington created a beautiful program for Dupont Underground, the creative and urban venue truly beneath Dupont Circle. It’s cavernous feeling space created gorgeou…

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Queen of Basel’ at Studio Theatre by Elle Marie Sullivan

Art Basel is one of the premier art events of the year in Miami Beach. It attracts the ultra-wealthy with its lavish parties and wild festivities. It portrays a relevant backdrop to a modern…

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Opera Review: ‘Carmen’ at Annapolis Opera by Elle Marie Sullivan

One of the most identifiable operas has to be Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” which was first performed in 1875. The “Habanera” and the “Toreador Song” are two recognizable arias tha…

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Silent’ at Solas Nua by Elle Marie Sullivan

Solas Nua, the DC- based Irish arts group, has worked for years to highlight modern Irish art and culture. This organization is committed to presenting and producing engaging Irish art to au…

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Cartography’ at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by Elle Marie Sullivan

Refugees are a big topic lately here in Washington, DC. The land of in-between, where your future hangs on a packet of paperwork and some interviews is daunting, no matter where you come fro…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Music Review: ‘Susan Gaeta and Gina Sobel’ at The Mansion at Strathmore by Elle Marie Sullivan

To hear Sephardic music is to learn Sephardic history and culture. These are the songs that were passed down orally by the Jewish people in Spain and Portugal to their children where they se…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘An Inspector Calls’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Elle Marie Sullivan

J.B. Priestley’s “An Inspector Calls” was first performed in 1945 and was dropped into that vast genre of “drawing-room drama.” In 1992 Stephen Daldry revived the play in L…

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Cry it Out’ at Studio Theatre by Elle Marie Sullivan

Molly Smith Metzler’s play “Cry it Out” follows three new moms as they begin their journey into parenthood. Every mother-baby relationship is different but how much to socio ec…

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Music Review: ‘Bernstein Choral Celebration’ at the Music Center at Strathmore by Elle Marie Sullivan

Leonard Bernstein was one of the most influential conductors and composers of the 20th century. His lasting legacy has been celebrated all over the world this year to celebrate his centenary…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Music Review: ‘John Brancy’ at Vocal Arts DC by Elle Marie Sullivan

Baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan have committed their careers to exploring and honoring the music of the First World War. Their performance of ‘Armistice: The Journey Home’ a…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘The Agitators’ at Mosaic Theater Company by Elle Marie Sullivan

Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Two great Americans few people have not at least heard of. Few realize that the two were dear friends who both desperately fought for voting rights a…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Music Review: ‘Bach to Mozart’ by Washington Bach Consort by Elle Marie Sullivan

Washington Bach Consort is committed to celebrating the work of Johann Sebastian Bach and his Baroque contemporaries. Over the years they have performed many concerts around the world of his…

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Opera Review: ‘Cerere Placata’ at Opera Lafayette by Elle Marie Sullivan

Niccolò Jommelli’s “Cerere Placata” with libretto by Michele Sarcone was written in 1772 for the baptism of Princess Maria Teresia di Borbonne of Naples and Sicily. It is of a…

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Henry V’ at Faction of Fools by Elle Marie Sullivan

Faction of Fools, Washington DC’s only Commedia dell’arte company, has brought “Henry V” to life with its signature style. With a scrappy and nimble aesthetic, they took what…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Concert Review: ‘Hyesang Park’ at Vocal Arts DC by Elle Marie Sullivan

Young soprano Hyesang Park has been making a name for herself in opera around the world. Vocal Arts DC brought this charming and sweet young singer to The Kennedy Center for her Washington, …

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Opera Review: ‘Figaro in Four Quartets’ by The In Series at GALA Hispanic Theatre by Elle Marie Sullivan

What do Mozart’s celebrated opera “The Marriage of Figaro” and TS Eliot’s masterpiece “Four Quartets” have to do with one another? “Figaro in Four Quartets” b…

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Theatre Review: ‘The Fall’ at Studio Theatre by Elle Marie Sullivan

In 2015 the University of Cape Town (UCT) in Cape Town, South Africa, faced something pivotal that has since brought the topic of decolonization to a more global audience. The statue of Ceci…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Dracula’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria by Elle Marie Sullivan

Bram Stoker’s classic horror story “Dracula” has captivated and terrified audiences since 1897. Stoker paved the way for vampire lore and fantasy. In the original novel, Count …

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Passion’ at Signature Theatre by Elle Marie Sullivan

The 1994 musical “Passion” by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine won the Tony Award that year for best musical. It was inspired by the film ‘Passione d’Amore’ which was base…

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘House of Blue Leaves’ at Silver Spring Stage by Elle Marie Sullivan

Artie Shaughnessy wants to write music for the movies. Bunny Flingus wants to see the pope. Ronnie Shaughnessy wants to be noticed. Bananas Shaughnessy wants to feel loved. These four wants …

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Heard it Through the Grapevine’ at Arts on the Green by Elle Marie Sullivan

The music of Motown shaped a generation and is still popular today. It contributed greatly to racial integration in popular music. Motown now refers to the distinct soul meets pop sound, but…

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Fringe Review: ‘The Accidental Pilgrim’ at Theatre Du Jour by Elle Marie Sullivan

Life is unpredictable. Very few people end up where they thought or got there the way they planned. It is little things that change our course. Theatre Du Jour’s latest devised piece ̶…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Fringe Review: ‘Tweet Land of Liberty’ at Hexagon 2018 by Elle Marie Sullivan

Recently the American political narrative has been pretty ridiculous, so much so that it has been difficult to decipher the truth from the fiction. Often times the truth has been so bizarre …

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Flood City’ at Theatre Alliance by Elle Marie Sullivan

It is 1889 and Johnstown, Pennsylvania has just experienced a devastating flood. The survivors must face what to do and who to blame. A certain survivor, with a shocking injury, has been see…

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Concert Review: ‘Cecily’ at The Mansion at Strathmore by Elle Marie Sullivan

One of this year’s Artists in Residence at Strathmore is Cecily, a bright and vibrant young singer-songwriter who is all soul. She is a truly entrancing artist with incredible vocal power …

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