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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Concert Review: ‘The Holiday Show’ presented by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D.C. at The Lincoln Theatre by Helen Ganley

Flickering candles and colorful baubles adorn mantles and tables worldwide as the holiday season approaches. While traditions and celebrations vary from place to place, music is the global c…

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Monday, September 11, 2023

Theatre Review: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘ECHO’ under the Big Top at Tysons II by Helen Ganley

Two cloud-patterned companions weave through throngs of paper mâché creatures as the world expands around them, offering new experiences for them to explore and create. At Cirque du Soleil…

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Monday, July 24, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Freaky Friday’ at Encore Stage & Studio by Helen Ganley

It’s a refrain that’s graced the ears of parents since the dawn of time: “You don’t understand!” Regardless of the amount of children’s books and adages that teach about empathy …

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Sunday, June 11, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Enigmatist’ at The Kennedy Center by Helen Ganley

Bookcases filled with seemingly innocuous tchotchkes (worth 24 points in Scrabble, +50 if you manage to use your seven letters for a “bingo” on either side of the word “hot”) ensconc…

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Monday, January 16, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts by Helen Ganley

Cast your line off the askew wooden dock, a distressed beach shack behind you, and dangling fairy lights overhead, and you’re sure to catch a nostalgic performance of the jukebox musical, …

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Monday, August 29, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Little Women’ at NextStop Theatre Company by Helen Ganley

Two pianos sit under a simple, wooden, A-frame house, lit by the yellow glow of string bulb lights, settling the audience into the life of the March household during the Civil War. Louisa Ma…

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy’ at Theater J by Helen Ganley

Framed by an open stage and wearing all-black clothing, Brad Zimmerman maneuvers around his simple set of a chair and a table beset with a single rose in a vase and a childhood sports trophy…

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Theatre Review: The Second City’s ‘The Revolution Will Be Improvised’ at The Kennedy Center by Helen Ganley

  Six improv comedians walk into a theater and… well, I’m not very good at improv. The cast of The Second City’s “The Revolution will be Improvised” are more than qualified to com…

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

Theater Review: ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ at The British Players by Helen Ganley

“Whodunits” are aptly named because at the end of the story, well, you find out who ‘dun it. However, when Charles Dickens passed away without finishing his novel, “The Mystery of Ed…

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘[title of show]’ at Dominion Stage by Helen Ganley

Classical theater is flush with the self-indulgent concept of a “play within a play”—”Hamlet,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “The King and I,” to name a few. In the mo…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Theatre Review: Rossini’s ‘The Barber of Seville’ at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap by Helen Ganley

           Sitting enraptured in an audience chair listening to Taylor Raven adeptly maneuver her way through “Una voce poco fa,” her rhythmic precision being only bolstered by…

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Fringe Review: ‘Intimate Dinner’ at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church by Helen Ganley

When a restaurant brands themselves as being “modern,” one can undoubtedly expect to partake in an elaborate ritual concocted of seemingly endless and over-specific courses: drinks with …

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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