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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Monumental Theatre Company’s ‘Head Over Heels’ is a toe-tapping celebration of life, love, and self by Em Skow

After receiving a foreboding prophecy of loss and destruction, the King of Arcadia is determined to outwit the gods and save his kingdom’s “beat.” To do so, he takes his queen, two dau…

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Washington Performing Arts and Alfred Street Baptist Church present reverent evening of musical performance with ‘I Am a Man’ at The Kennedy Cente by Em Skow

A reverently curated evening by the Artistic Director of Washington Performing Arts’ Men and Women of the Gospel Choir, Theodore Thorpe III, I am a Man: Reclaiming Brilliance in the Midst …

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s ‘Mother Road’ brings powerful journey to Arena Stage by Em Skow

William Joad is a proud Oklahoma farmer with roots to the land as old and deep as the fields his family has tended for generations. But after decades of dedication, dust and sweat poured int…

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

A community torn apart in ‘Book of Days’ is built back up by the St. Mark’s Players by Em Skow

In this small Missouri town, everyone knows everyone and everything. The church where people notice when you’re not in your pew, the factory where your high school classmates put in their …

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria is a comedic romp through the lines of succession and love by Em Skow

After a lifetime of believing he was a humble nobody, Montague “Monty” Navarro learns he is a long-lost member of the D’Ysquith family and the 9th in line for the family earldom. Deter…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Arena Stage premiere of Ken Ludwig’s ‘Dear Jack, Dear Louise’ reminds audiences of the incredible power of letter writing and human connection by Em Skow

Dear Jack, Dear Louise by Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig (Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Lend Me a Tenor) follows the relationship of U.S. Army Captain Jack Ludwig and act…

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

‘Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour’ Makes One-Weekend Stop at The National Theatre by Em Skow

A cult favorite TV show created in the ’80s, Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3) has left your screens and found its way to the DC stage for one weekend and one weekend only. The weird (I …

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Review: ‘The Winter’s Tale’ by The Wheel Theatre Company  by Em Skow

Suddenly and immovably convinced his wife has been unfaithful, a jealous king’s actions result in the death of his queen and son, the abandonment of his infant daughter, and a cheery start…

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Review: ‘Butterfly’ by IN Series at the Source Theatre by Em Skow

While considered one of the classics in opera’s storied canon, Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini is simultaneously acknowledged to be one of the most problematic for its depictions of ra…

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Intimate Dinner’ by Em Skow

Anyone who has been a server in a restaurant will likely sympathize with the plight of the well-intentioned and yet deterioratingly cheerful waitress, Lauren, in Intimate Dinner by Lauren Fr…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Neverlanding’ by Em Skow

Years after Wendy’s tales of lost boys, pirates, and mermaids, Michael Darling is grounded and committed to a hospital when his brother, John, finds him on the roof. In the world premiere …

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Review: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ at The Kennedy Center by Em Skow

A matchmaker, dance instructor, legal counsel, and mandolin teacher (among other occupations), Dolly Gallagher Levi is a woman of countless talents and side-hustles in bustling, turn-of-the-…

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Review: Ben Platt’s ‘Sing to Me Instead’ Tour Lights Up The Anthem by Em Skow

Undampened by the rain outside, the DC stop on the Ben Platt’s Sing to Me Instead tour brought three serious talents to the Anthem stage with thunderous applause. Passionate, creative, and…

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Review: ‘Strathmore Annual Spring Gala’ featuring Matthew Morrison and Shoshana Bean by Em Skow

Though it was storming outside, the stars shone brightly inside for Strathmore’s Annual Spring Gala Saturday night. Raising funds for the educational and artistic programs that impact over…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Review: ‘Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven’ by Rorschach Theatre by Em Skow

There are two things every teenager knows are true: you can’t choose your parents and you can’t choose the jerks you go to school with. Such is life for Annie Jump in small-town Strawber…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Review: ‘The Seagull’ at The Wheel Theatre Company by Em Skow

An aspiring playwright and son loves an aspiring actress and ingenue. A famous actress and mother loves a famous writer and inconstant. Life doesn’t often provide neat parallels between ge…

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Review: ‘The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical’ at the Kennedy Center by Em Skow

Life is hard enough when growing up, but when you find out that you’re the son of a god, the stakes get even higher. Armed with friends and a pen, Percy Jackson explores the world of newly…

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Review: ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ by the Arlington Players by Em Skow

A quaint house at first glance is anything but when it is discovered that Aunt Abby and Aunt Martha are serving their guests something a little stronger than tea in Arsenic and Old Lace by J…

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Review: ‘School of Rock: The Musical’ at National Theatre by Em Skow

Kicked out of the band and facing eviction from “his” apartment, Dewey Finn questionably intercepts a substitute teacher assignment at a prestigious local academy to pay the rent. With n…

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Review: ‘An Irish Carol’ at Keegan Theatre by Em Skow

With a heart as cold as the blustery winds blowing people in and out the door, An Irish Carol by Matthew J. Keenan finds David, a pub’s miserly owner, confronted by guests of his past and …

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Review: ‘The Wedding Singer’ at NextStop Theatre by Em Skow

A wedding singer spurned by love becomes unlikely friends with the waitress at the local banquet hall and, from dumping to dumpsters, finds that love might be worth another try. Celebrating …

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Review: ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ at the Keegan Theatre by Em Skow

Based on the novel by Robert James Waller, The Bridges of Madison County finds Francesca, a World War Two war bride from Italy, living on a farm in Winterset, Iowa in 1965 with a husband an…

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Review: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at the Little Theatre of Alexandria by Em Skow

Lightning has struck in the form of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) this past Saturday night. Taking on the epic, and challenging, rock opera, Director Jim H…

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Monday, July 16, 2018

2018 Capital Fringe Review: ‘God is Dead and April is Getting Married’ by Em Skow

God is Dead and April is Getting Married: A show title that promises a lot and absolutely delivers. Written by A. A. Brenner, this Capital Fringe jewel opens with El (Anna Shafer) and Elliot…

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

2018 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Cold Rain’ by Em Skow

We’ve all heard of the sage advice, “be careful what you wish for.” But it should be doubly heeded when there’s magic involved. In writer and director Craig Houk’s Cold Rain, a spe…

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

2018 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Painted Ladies: Bosses of the Wild West’ by Em Skow

Who run the world? Painted ladies. And this year’s Fringe production of the same name by Too Much Damn (TMD) Theater rode that point home, in more ways than one. Set in a nameless one-hors…

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Review: ‘Lea Michele & Darren Criss – the LM/DC Tour’ at the Kennedy Center by Em Skow

Cue the dramatic backdrops because the lights of Broadway were sparkling this past Sunday at the Kennedy Center in DC. Crackling with infectious energy, the newly launched LM/DC Tour with Le…

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Review: ‘Pericles’ by We Happy Few at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop by Em Skow

Let’s be clear, Pericles is pretty much a first draft play that Shakespeare never quite finished. Now to be fair, the work is not wholly attributed to him, but with more than a few murdero…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Review: ‘Florida’ by UrbanArias by Em Skow

In the second production of their 2017-2018 season, UrbanArias brings the world premiere of Florida to the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Based partly on true events, Florida follows the 16-y…

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Review: ‘In the Heights’ at The Kennedy Center by Em Skow

Celebrating 10 years since taking Broadway by storm with its exploration of New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, In the Heights, directed by Stephanie Klemons, takes the stage …

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Review: ‘Harvey’ by the McLean Community Players by Em Skow

Things are getting a little wacky with the McLean Community Players these days, and this time it’s in the form of Harvey by Mary Chase. This challenging and earnest production—directed b…

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