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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘The Glass Menagerie’ at NOVA Nightsky Theater by Fosse Thornton

How delicate can we allow our children to be and are we, as theatregoers, still able to absorb Tennessee Williams’ prose? At NOVA Nighstky Theater, the intrepid artistic team behind the in…

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘The Odd Couple’ at Aldersgate Community Church Theatre by Fosse Thornton

There is no way of knowing if, when Neil Simon sat down to write “The Odd Couple,” he knew he was writing one of the most enduring comedies of all time. The classic tale of the unlikely …

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Saturday, December 9, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria by Fosse Thornton

Spookiness is not a quality generally associated with Christmas. When one thinks of December, images of holly and mistletoe come to mind more readily than creaking floorboards and gusts of c…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Dance Review: ‘The Nutcracker’ presented by The Washington Ballet at The Warner Theatre by Fosse Thornton

Located in the heart of Northwest D.C. is the Warner Theatre and home of The Washington Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” for over twenty-five years. With a gold-plated proscenium arch and a s…

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Sunday, November 19, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Shear Madness’ at The Kennedy Center’s Theater Lab by Fosse Thornton

Becoming a theater staple in any major city is no mean feat. Places like New York and Chicago have their own staples, some are tourist attractions and some were created specifically with the…

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Saturday, November 11, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Collapse’ presented by NOVA Nightsky Theater at Vienna Baptist Church by Fosse Thornton

It was a banner season for NOVA Nightsky Theater, the Falls Church-based brainchild of Jaclyn Robertson, Adam Ressa, and Ward Kay. From tackling a comedy with heightened language and slapsti…

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Monday, November 6, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Ragtime’ at Signature Theatre by Fosse Thornton

Usually, I would start this piece with some brief history about the rise of ragtime itself, the musical stylings of which permeate the score of Signature Theatre’s “Ragtime” like a war…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Orlando’ at Constellation Theatre Company by Fosse Thornton

Sarah Ruhl’s “Orlando”, written in 1998 and adapted from Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando: A Biography” (1928), plays like a Greek epic. That a minotaur or siren could appear seems as p…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Young Frankenstein’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria by Fosse Thornton

Just as we need heavy drama that picks apart our collective human psyche, so too do we need Mel Brooks. With a writing career spanning over seven decades, Brooks is a master of most sub-genr…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ at Synetic Theater Company by Fosse Thornton

‘Tis the season for some Poe. With Netflix’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” and Synetic Theater’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” audiences and creatives alike seem to be ready for ne…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘La Salpêtrière’ by Taffety Punk Theatre Company at Capital Hill Arts Workshop by Fosse Thornton

Taffety Punk Theatre Company is a collection of artists based in Washington D.C. with a specific goal—to make theater affordable to any audience member who wishes to attend. Their new perf…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

A triumphant production of ‘Into the Woods’ at The Arlington Players by Fosse Thornton

The company comes through with an impeccable cast and smart tech. By FOSSE THORNTON

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Sunday, September 24, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘King of The Yees’ at Signature Theatre by Fosse Thornton

Signature has done it again. A feast for the eyes, “King of The Yees,” written by Lauren Yee and directed by Jennifer Chang, is a meta-romp through time and space with the theme of ident…

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

A heart-wrenching two-hander in bilingual ‘Espejos: Clean’ at Studio by Fosse Thornton

The brilliance of the piece lies in its ability to capture individual thought processes and splash them onto the stage. By FOSSE THORNTON

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Monday, September 11, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria by Fosse Thornton

Most of us remember our days in summer-stuck far too vividly. Or maybe there’s a certain playhouse that garnered a little too much of our time and attention. “Two on the Aisle, Three in …

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Monday, August 28, 2023

Rude Mechanicals’ ‘iLL Met by Moonlight’ glows at Greenbelt Arts Center by Fosse Thornton

The Rudes have thrown 'Midsummer Night's Dream' ingredients into the pot and produced some truly delicious results. By FOSSE THORNTON

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Friday, August 18, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Brute Farce’ at Dominion Stage by Fosse Thornton

Who do we have to blame for bad theatre? Is it the director, the actors, or the playwright? In his new play, “Brute Farce,” Craig Houk seems to suggest that the onus falls on all of the …

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Theatre Review: ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ at Signature Theatre by Fosse Thornton

Discussion surrounding Jason Robert Brown’s prolific theatrical career tends to focus on his merits as a composer, wherein he is frequently lauded as Sondheim for the young folks. Whether …

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Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Pitchfork Disney’ presented by Red Rat Theater at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop by Fosse Thornton

In the early 1990s, Phillip Ridley did not have an easy time finding a theater willing to premiere his play, “The Pitchfork Disney.” When The Bush Theatre of London finally gave in, Ridl…

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Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Cabaret Review: ‘Disco Fever’ at Signature Theatre by Fosse Thornton

“Disco Fever” is a red-hot new cabaret special staged in Signature Theatre’s versatile black box, and the perfect way to round out your summer theater calendar with something low-stake…

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Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Nextstop Theatre has a musical treat in ‘Super Senior Prom: Featuring the Marvelous Wonderettes ’58’ by Fosse Thornton

With squeaky clean choreography, superb talent, and killer musical arrangements, it’s the perfect immersive summer show.

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Thursday, July 27, 2023

They got the beat: ‘Head Over Heels’ stuns at Wildwood Summer Theatre by Fosse Thornton

Every moment felt like a new discovery, and the show’s triumphant story radiated through every actor.

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Monday, July 24, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Freaky Friday’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria by Fosse Thornton

The overwhelming message of “Freaky Friday” (by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey) is one of understanding. That no matter how old we are, our dreams and desires are simply reimaginings of what …

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Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Into the Woods’ presented by Rockville Musical Theatre at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre by Fosse Thornton

Any Sondheim musical is an absolute treat to see onstage and “Into the Woods” is no exception. Presented by Rockville Musical Theatre, Sondheim’s story of love and loss is an actor’s…

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Saturday, June 24, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Holy Toledo!’ Presented by NOVA Nightsky Theater at Vienna Baptist Church by Fosse Thornton

Shake off that midsummer blues and hustle down to Vienna Baptist Church to see NOVA Nightsky’s “Holy Toledo!” written by Paul Langford and directed by Ward Kay. This rollicking histori…

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Sunday, June 11, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’ at Providence Players of Fairfax by Fosse Thornton

What does it take to create the perfect farce? For starters, a top-notch cast. Secondly, a dynamic set. Above all, the show must be fast-paced. The frenetic energy necessary to keep a farce …

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Thursday, June 8, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘One in Two’ at Mosaic Theater Company by Fosse Thornton

Historically, HIV has been a hugely misunderstood and stigmatized virus and the media has been none too kind to folks who’ve contracted it. Only relatively recently, with plays like “The…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years’ at The Little Theatre by Fosse Thornton

Originally premiering at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in 2010, Pearl Cleage’s “The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Ye…

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Oreo Complex’ at Nu Sass Productions by Fosse Thornton

Tucked away in a little art gallery on F Street is Nu Sass Productions. Nu Sass is a non profit theatre company striving to “support women and marginalized genders in the arts” and has b…

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Friday, May 19, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Beetlejuice’ at The National Theatre by Fosse Thornton

If you’re looking for hours of escapist fun and spellbinding special effects, “Beetlejuice” is the show to see. It is a whirlwind of constant action, laughs, and superb vocal performan…

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Monday, May 15, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Audrey: The New Musical’ at Creative Cauldron by Fosse Thornton

It is safe to say that Audrey Hepburn is a beloved icon—a fashion icon and an icon of old Hollywood who was also an extremely private person. Quite reticent about her personal affairs at t…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards