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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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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Review: ‘All in the Timing’ at Silver Spring Stage by Em Skow

Ever wonder what would happen if you took theater, literature, linguistics, and film, put them into a blender, and then wrote a collection of witty comedic scenes with the reference puree th…

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Review: ‘The Romantic Violin for Two’ by the National Chamber Ensemble by Em Skow

The Romantic Violin for Two by the National Chamber Ensemble was a tour of the different types of love, the sorrows and joys love brings, and most importantly the power it possesses to move …

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Review: ‘Unnecessary Farce’ at The Keegan Theatre by Em Skow

With one two-act-long scene, eight loudly slamming doors, and countless head-over-heels tumbles, Unnecessary Farce by Paul Slade Smith makes its hilarious D.C. premiere at the Keegan Theatre…

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Review: ‘Madeline’s Christmas’ at Creative Cauldron by Em Skow

The twelve little girls in two straight lines of Ludwig Bemelmans’ beloved children’s series have taken the stage this holiday season in Creative Cauldron’s Madeline’s Christmas. Wit…

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Review: ‘A Short Series of Disagreements Presented Here in Chronological Order by Daniel Kitson’ at Studio Theatre by Em Skow

Living in the modern world, we are constantly the bystander to, or observer of, the life events of others. Be they consequential and indelible, or fleeting and forgettable, these seemingly d…

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Review: ‘Shining Brow’ at UrbanArias by Em Skow

Can an artist be true to his art as well as to his promises? Is destruction the price of creation? These are the questions at the heart of Shining Brow—music by Daron Hagen; liberetto by P…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Review: ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ at the Little Theatre of Alexandria by Em Skow

It’s rare that a play allows for a more distanced view than that of its cinematic counterpart, but in the case of the Little Theatre of Alexandria’s production of Driving Miss Daisy, Alf…

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Review: The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma at Wolf Trap by Em Skow

A high school teacher of mine used to say that there are two universal languages in the world. One is math; the other is music. Simply stated at the time, its message has echoed through my l…

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Medieval Story Man’ by Em Skow

In an ambitious undertaking by Red Knight Productions, Medieval Story Man takes you on a quest with elf-boy Todd and his rag-tag group of companions to save Medieval Story Land from the Dark…

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Friday, July 8, 2016

2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Perfect Liars Club’ by Em Skow

If you’ve never been to a storytelling show before, hold on to your hats. Perfect Liars Club—directed loosely and hilariously by Cara Foran & Pierce McManus for the 2016 Capital Frin…

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Review: ‘Ragtime: The Musical’ at Wolf Trap by Em Skow

Easily one of most under-rated musicals to come out of Broadway in the last 20 years, Ragtime: The Musical—with book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lynn Ahr…

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Review: ‘Some Enchanted Evening: The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein and the American Songbook’ with Renée Fleming and Norm Lewis With The Chora by Em Skow

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II pioneered a flair that was all their own in the golden age of musical theater. From 1940 to Hammerstein’s death in 1960, this musical duo dominated…

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Review: Washington Performing Arts Presents Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax by Em Skow

You can feel the excitement in a room when witnessing the performance of an icon. With over 100 years of combined experience bringing classical music’s greatest pieces to life, Itzhak Perl…

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Review: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria by Em Skow

Nestled into a quiet corner of Old Town Alexandria, the production of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird (adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel) at The Little Theatre of Alexan…

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Review: Il Volo at The Kennedy Center by Em Skow

  I’ve always known that the mix of pop music and classical singing is one of the most popular music styles in Italy. What I didn’t know until last night’s Il Volo concert was tha…

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Review: Joshua Bell Plays Tchaikovsky at The BSO at Strathmore by Em Skow

Having the privilege to witness Joshua Bell play is an honor, but to see him play in celebration of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s (BSO’s) centennial is a once in a lifetime experien…

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Folger Theatre by Em Skow

What continually impresses me about the Folger Theatre and its takes on Shakespeare plays is that nothing off limits from experimentation or adaptation. They are masters at unlocking new lev…

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Monday, December 21, 2015

New Video Highlights Added: ‘Jekyll & Hyde in Concert’ at Young Artists of America at The Clarice by Em Skow

If ever anyone is in doubt of the future of the arts, go and see a production by the Young Artists of America (YAA). Celebrating its 5th anniversary this coming year, YAA took on the chilli…

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Friday, December 18, 2015

National Symphony Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah at The Kennedy Center by Em Skow

There is a reason Handel’s Messiah has been performed for hundreds of years. It’s a masterpiece and its intricacies, depth, and sheer mass make continually new interpretations both possi…

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

‘An Acoustic Evening with Over the Rhine’ at The Barns at Wolf Trap by Em Skow

An Acoustic Evening with Over the Rhine is the equivalent of a big, warm musical hug. Everything, from their chords to their consonants, was soft and rounded with nothing even resembling a …

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Friday, November 20, 2015

‘Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers’ by the Mason Players at GMU’s Center for the Arts by Em Skow

I know we all remember our first trip to Neverland, our first time meeting Peter Pan. And still without fail, every trip back is slightly different from the last. In Michael Lluberes’ adap…

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

‘Jekyll & Hyde in Concert’ at Young Artists of America at The Clarice by Em Skow

If ever anyone is in doubt of the future of the arts, go and see a production by the Young Artists of America (YAA). Celebrating its 5th anniversary this coming year, YAA took on the chilli…

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Em Skow

I cannot think of a more perfect way to celebrate the Halloween season than with this Laurel Mill Playhouse production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. With music and lyric…

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at The Arlington Players by Em Skow

I have a confession to make, by the end of The Arlington Players’ production of Little Shop of Horrors, I wanted to feed the plants. With book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan…

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