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Friday, March 20, 2020

The shows go on(line): Emily’s top 7 YouTube videos by theatre makers by Emily Priborkin

With theatres closed around the US, times are tough for fans of the arts. But, thankfully, we live in an age of streaming and online content. From clips of scenes to recordings of full music…

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Review: Fiddler on the Roof National Tour by Emily Priborkin

In the 1980s, my parents fled the Soviet Union to begin new lives in the United States. Though they spent years learning English and acclimating to American culture, their identities remaine…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review: Second City’s Love, Factually takes aim at its rom-com movie cousin by Emily Priborkin

Romantic comedy movies can be saccharine, especially when they’re set during the holidays. Some people love these fluffy flicks, and others love to riff on them. But no matter how someone …

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Capital Fringe review: Energie: A Rock Musical by Emily Priborkin

Thomas Edison was really good at selling himself. Media attention and ruthlessness helped him claim sole credit for inventing the light bulb. In reality it was the work of many scientists. E…

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Review: 14 from Theatre Prometheus by Emily Priborkin

In 2001, a group of Mexican migrants were left stranded in the blistering desert heat east of Yuma, Arizona. Smugglers, whom they had paid for safe transport to the border, promised them tha…

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Review: P.Y.G. or the Misedumacation of Dorian Belle, a brilliantly funny satire on race relations by Emily Priborkin

P.Y.G. or the Misedumacation of Dorian Belle follows Blacky Blackerson, a.k.a. Black, (Seth Hill) and Alexand Da Great (Gary L. Perkins III) who are the Petty Young Goons (P.Y.G.), a Black r…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Review: Macbeth. We Happy Few’s minimalist staging still manages to spook by Emily Priborkin

It amazes me how much the We Happy Few theatre company is able to accomplish through their signature, minimalist approach, and their production of Macbeth exemplifies this. With a cast of fi…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Review: GALA’s El viejo, el joven y el mar (The Old Man, the Youth, and the Sea) by Emily Priborkin

Twentieth-century Spanish writer Miguel de Unamuno wasn’t afraid to criticize Spain’s government. Though Irma Correa’s El viejo, el joven y el mar is a fictional depiction of Unam…

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Review: All Save One, a new comedy with a touch of Coward by Emily Priborkin

It’s no shock that Hollywood is full of secrets. In the era of #MeToo, it’s clear that much is hidden from the public under a facade of glamour and glitz. Though it takes place during th…

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Review: As You Like It musical at Keegan Theatre by Emily Priborkin

As the cast dances in the aisles of Keegan Theatre, it’s difficult not to catch the contagious, rose-colored energy from this musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It  by Sha…

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Review: Long Way Down. Justin Weaks’ solo performance a revelation by Emily Priborkin

You’re a fifteen-year-old boy named Will, and your eighteen-year-old brother has been shot. Shawn was your friend, your protector, and your teacher ever since your father was killed, a…

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Review: A Midnight Dreary, horror with a dash of humor, shaken and stirred by Emily Priborkin

Darkness,  corpses, catacombs, and cats: welcome to the world of Edgar Allan Poe. His stories embody the spirit of Halloween, which is why it’s fitting that We Happy Few is performing his…

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Lincolnesque at Keegan Theatre. What if a political speech writer had the gifts of Lincoln? by Emily Priborkin

“I like to write about the things that matter, whether they matter emotionally, or whether they matter dramatically, or whether they matter politically. If you can get all those in one, th…

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Review: An Irish Twist on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Emily Priborkin

Contemporizing Shakespeare’s plays, abridging them, moving them to different locations, or having them center around different cultures: these are all fun ways to mold classical theatre in…

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Review: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Imagination Stage by Emily Priborkin

Happiness is Imagination Stage’s production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown: a musical that’s adorned with the silly antics and sticky-sweet nature of childhood. Director Aaron Pos…

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Review: Bad Jews – an entertaining fastball of a comedy by Emily Priborkin

Family members are complicated. They can comfort during tearful times and lunge at the flick of a few cruel words. NextStop Theatre Company’s Bad Jews is a powder keg of familial tension t…

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Review: Potted Potter laughs its way through all 7 Harry Potter books in 70 minutes by Emily Priborkin

It’s simply magical when a family-friendly comedy show can make children and adults laugh wildly in their seats. Throughout Potted Potter, J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world serves as the ba…

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Reporting from Monologue Madness 2018 by Emily Priborkin

Holding onto a gleaming crystal trophy, actor Vaughn Midder beamed as he stood at the center of the Miracle Theatre’s stage. He had just been named Monologue Madness 2018 Champion, winning…

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Meet the winners of Monologue Madness 2018 by Emily Priborkin

Last night at the Miracle Theatre in DC, actor/produced Edward Daniels led 32 contestants through the eight performance brackets of Monologue Madness, all vying to take home the crystal Mono…

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Contestants announced for Monologue Madness. Watch them compete March 22 by Emily Priborkin

With the sounds of shuffling headshots in the background, actors stretched and conducted vocal exercises outside of an Arena Stage rehearsal hall Sunday. It was a standard scene for an open …

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Mom Baby Gone, the tragicomedy of a pro-life teen (review) by Emily Priborkin

During my formative years in the suburban south, it seemed that the word “pro-life” extended beyond political headlines and chants: it was ingrained in the teen culture. Friends invited …

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Monday, February 19, 2018

The Lathe of Heaven, a respectful and funny adaptation of the late Ursula Le Guin’s novel (review) by Emily Priborkin

Dreams often come with wild, cartoonish images. We wake up remembering their eccentricity and wonder: “How did my brain come up with that?” Watching The Lathe of Heaven is like stepping …

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

4,380 Nights at Signature Theatre (review) by Emily Priborkin

When a play grips your thoughts and continues to cling to them past the curtain call, then you know you’ve witnessed a treasure. The elements of 4,380 Nights blend together to generate a c…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

World War II love story continued: See Rock City at Washington Stage Guild (review) by Emily Priborkin

History books shroud World War II with specific imagery: soldiers, Nazi salutes, atomic bombs, Rosie the Riveter, and a victorious kiss from a sailor in Times Square. But See Rock City break…

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Everything Is Illuminated at Theater J (review) by Emily Priborkin

Brilliant ideas are charming on paper. They coax professors to smile and experts to furiously nod in agreement. Ideas that you think, when executed, would fly without a falter. But brilliant…

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Les Misérables tour at the National Theatre (review) by Emily Priborkin

It’s the top of Les Misérables. The lights dim, silence stretches through the audience, and a powerful blow of orchestration begins. From the very first sounds, you can tell you’re …

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Twist Your Dickens, blissfully absurd (review) by Emily Priborkin

Picture this: Jacob Marley taking part in a bro handshake, Tiny Tim gabbing with his sickly friends, and Ebenezer Scrooge snagging a giant TV on Black Friday.  These are just a handful of t…

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Friday, December 8, 2017

An Operetta Holiday from In Series – like a box of chocolates (review) by Emily Priborkin

As I flipped through the program of An Operetta Holiday, I was struck by director Nick Olcott’s quote at the top of his note: “Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.” In a way, these…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

The Dog in the Manger from We Happy Few (review) by Emily Priborkin

Imagine if the comedy from a charismatic SNL sketch was intertwined with poignant writing from the Spanish Golden Age of theatre. The result: The Dog in the Manger. This sparky rendition of …

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