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Friday, January 24, 2020

Updated for the 21st century, ‘Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures: Swan Lake’ soars at The Kennedy Center by Jane Franklin

As you enter The Kennedy Center Opera House, a muted image of a swan, wings spread, neck extended, warms the curtains. The theater darkens, the performance begins, and the movement of flight…

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

‘The Day’ at the Kennedy Center captures the moment: an intimate measure beyond expectations by Jane Franklin

Ropes hang, partitioning off a raised platform that is a ramp. Curiosity rises in dimension with the angle of the ramp, a shiny black surface, and in scale with vertical ropes that provide c…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Review: ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’ at Imagination Stage by Jane Franklin

Shadow puppets, sock puppets, masked performances, large scale festival puppets, and marionettes appear in cultures around the world. Enduring over the centuries, puppetry is an art, in mult…

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Review: “Elephant & Piggie’s ‘We Are In A Play!'” by Adventure Theatre & ATMTC Academy by Jane Franklin

Elephant and Piggie, two delightful characters based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems, come to life in Adventure Theatre’s musical theatre production, Elephant & Piggie…

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Monday, July 15, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Little White Lies’ by Jane Franklin

Four performers appear from unexpected places in the waiting area of the Peacock venue of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. Emerging from hallways, stairways and around corners with a ripplin…

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Oizys in the Waiting Room’ by Jane Franklin

There is reason for concern or apprehension as you scroll the morning headlines or track developing news moment by moment. Closer to home, the cause for unease might be a decision as simple …

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Review: ‘Ripcord’ at Keegan Theatre by Jane Franklin

The cute little old ladies are up to something at the sunny nursing home. They share the same room and enough wit to fight over the turf like two college roommates. If only we all could grow…

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Saxophonist Trey Sorrells, Artist-in-Residence at Strathmore by Jane Franklin

I had the pleasure to speak with saxophonist Trey Sorrells about his participation in the residency program at the Mansion at Strathmore and about his unique blend of jazz, gospel, and R&…

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Review: ‘Ghost Light’ by Parlor Room Theater by Jane Franklin

A play is ephemeral. The written words momentarily dance off the page as they are given body and voice, transformed into experience, and witnessed by an audience. The conclusion arrives, the…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Review: ‘DEMO: Now’ at the Kennedy Center by Jane Franklin

As Director and Curator of DEMO: Now, Damian Woetzel brings together artists of different disciplines. The idea is simple: put artists together in a room and see what develops, what is creat…

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Review: ‘Women’s Works’ at George Washington University by Jane Franklin

Director and playwright Leslie Jacobson concludes her final year as a full-time professor at George Washington University with excerpts from plays she has written, directed or adapted. The w…

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Review: ‘Proof’ by St. Mark’s Players by Jane Franklin

“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” implies that a child has similar qualities or characteristics as his or her parents. A particular talent may be handed down through the g…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Review: ‘Judy Garland: A Star Is Born’ at Signature Theatre by Jane Franklin

Signature Theatre’s Cabaret Series is a relaxed affair. Pull up a chair and put your elbows on the table because Awa Sal Secka and Katie Mariko Murray are going to make you feel right at h…

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Choreographer Cathy Marston Talks Kennedy Center Debut With San Francisco Ballet by Jane Franklin

In San Francisco, the Unbound Festival included twelve choreographers and was a massive undertaking filled with phenomenal risks, tremendous creative freedom and the excitement of new territ…

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Interview: San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson Brings ‘Unbound’ to The Kennedy Center by Jane Franklin

In San Francisco, the Unbound Festival included 12 choreographers and was a massive undertaking filled with phenomenal risks, tremendous creative freedom and the excitement of new territory.…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Review: ‘Nevermore’ at Creative Cauldron by Jane Franklin

Creative Cauldron’s production of the musical Nevermore places the work of 19th-century writer, poet and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe at your feet. With music by Matt Connor, and Book b…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Review: ‘Pramkicker’ by Taffety Punk Theatre Company by Jane Franklin

Imagine a pram catapulting down the stairs and the sweet instant of satisfaction that the kick initiates. A fragment of a second later, the realization of the tumble hits home. The kick is, …

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Review: ‘Cirque De Nuit’ by PrioreDance at Atlas Performing Arts Center by Jane Franklin

Figures emerge into the light. They are remarkably similar and without guise, and as the bodies accumulate in number; it is as if one has been multiplied by ten. The variations are obvious b…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Review: ‘Harvey’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria by Jane Franklin

The imaginary friend is a staple of childhood play. In Harvey, currently playing at The Little Theatre of Alexandria, the adult version of the childhood friend emerges when the “oh so plea…

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Interview: Dancer Sebastian Haynes on ‘Nederlands Dans Theater’ by Jane Franklin

Nederlands Dans Theater makes its Kennedy Center debut April 4-6. Artistic director Paul Lightfoot brings a program of distinctive works: “Shoot the Moon” (Glass/León & Lightfoot), …

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Review: ‘DIAVOLO’ at The Kennedy Center by Jane Franklin

A lone dancer steps forward. Framed in silver metal rectangles, others stand behind her. As her gestures accumulate, others step forward, emerging to take her place. As the number of bodies …

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Review: American Ballet Theatre’s ‘Whipped Cream’ at the Kennedy Center by Jane Franklin

Take a step away from the mundane. Shrug off your office separates, buff hose, and business professional thoughts, and riggle into a world more like a pop-up children’s book than the s…

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Interview: Natalia Magnicaballi of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet Discusses ‘Forever Balanchine: Farewell Performances’ by Jane Franklin

I had the pleasure to sit down with Natalia Magnicaballi, principal dancer with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, to talk about her work with the company and the upcoming concert series: The Suzan…

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Review: ‘Black Girl: A Linguistic Play’ at The Kennedy Center by Jane Franklin

A lone bass guitar player, Electric Bassist Tracy Wormworth, is highlighted in a stream of light. He is seen at a distance and the sound is like a fluttering thought, familiar but quickly di…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Interview: Dominic North Discusses ‘The Red Shoes’ and Life As a Dancer with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Company by Jane Franklin

Based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Red Shoes comes to The Kennedy Center October 10 – 15, 2017. The Red Shoes rece…

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Review: ‘Any Given Monday’ at Dominion Stage by Jane Franklin

Moral dilemmas feed the dark humor of Bruce Graham’s Any Given Monday, directed by Jennifer Lyman. Marital infidelity, the loyalty of friendship, the eagerness of youth, and the logic of …

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Review: ‘Cabaret’ at Workhouse Arts Center by Jane Franklin

Everybody loves a winner. The song “Maybe This Time” reminds one of the spark of hope in a new beginning, what it feels like to cross a path and find someone and find a home. How very si…

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Review: ‘A Little Night Music’ at Signature Theatre by Jane Franklin

If you are eager to get away from the turbulent news cycle, August humidity, annoying traffic, a mostly undone to-do list, disorder in your immediate circle, or fractures at a global or micr…

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Friday, July 14, 2017

2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Shinka’ by Jane Franklin

The post World War II Japanese dance theatre form, Butoh, is traditionally performed in white body make-up. Slow controlled movement, body tension and muscular involvement may rely on elabor…

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Paper’ by Jane Franklin

A cluttered desk, a twenty-minute appointment, a student and a teacher, and what ensues are cerebral twists and turns, well beyond the subdued, weightiness of departmental office hours. We i…

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Life, Death & Everything In-Between’ by Jane Franklin

Large swatches of fabric move time forward or weave through space. The bold colors catch the eye. Confrontational dialogue sets characters in opposition while bodies remain static or surge f…

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