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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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Monday, June 12, 2017

Review: ‘Still Life with Rocket’ at Theater Alliance by Jane Franklin

A few facts are laid at your feet as you move through a couple of simple rooms. Black and white video on old portable television shows a boxing match, which is no match for the clutter. A pe…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Review: ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ at Providence Players of Fairfax by Jane Franklin

The open living room has a well-lived in look: easy chairs, love seat, kitchen nook off to the side, and plenty of collected knick-knacks. It’s a cozy setting for an adolescent argument, e…

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Review: ‘Independence Eve’ at Urban Arias by Jane Franklin

The two men stand at opposite ends of an urban park, on a day that is a mere heartbeat away from the landmark midpoint in the calendar year. Summer and it is an evening to capture the heat t…

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Review: ‘Side Effects’ at Taffety Punk Theatre Company by Jane Franklin

In a simple bold setting, a man in a hurry is running late. He is answering his phone, head skewed at an angle to balance between shoulder and cheek. At the same time, he handles a slim file…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Review: ‘Master Class’ at MetroStage by Jane Franklin

Welcome to the rehearsal hall. You are a student at a prestigious school for the performing arts. You have mastered your technique, but you are young. You have not thought through the circum…

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Review: ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at the City of Fairfax Theatre Company by Jane Franklin

There’s the daily ordeal of truth, imaginary facts, and shifting identities. There is wealth and privilege and assumptions based on hearsay, without understanding. Within all of this lies …

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Review: ‘I Ought to Be in Pictures’ at Peter’s Alley Theatre Productions by Jane Franklin

Is it nature or nurture? Is it innate personality or fearless optimism? Is the ability to see the glass half full, the willingness to take a chance, the inclination to ask or speak your min…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Review: ‘The Gin Game’ at MetroStage by Jane Franklin

You observe a cozy setting, a two story structure slightly suggestive of institutional. There’s a gliding rocker and curtained windows that filter warm amber light, potted plants, scattere…

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Review: ‘I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart’ at The Studio Theatre by Jane Franklin

They are longtime friends who share an apartment, a hearty back-and-forth, and a splendid repartee of tease, criticism, support and jealousy, and multiple emotions that swirl as individuals …

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Review: ‘Goyescas’ at The In Series by Jane Franklin

Tiered steps and four small café tables re-imagine the Spanish courtyard.   With friendly interaction and wine, music and dancing, a cast of nine singers and two dancers introduce the eve…

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Review #2: ‘Copenhagen’ at Perisphere Theater by Jane Franklin

Three intersecting rings stand out in a circle of white, blindingly clear.  The intersection reminds of other triumvirates, three powerful individuals, in an arrangement both formal and inf…

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

‘Moby Dick’: A Co-Production with the Alliance Theatre and Southcoast Repertory at Arena Stage by Jane Franklin

A complex rigging of interlocking cables, ropes and steel clamps is harnessed by a skeletal steel structure. The structure is at once minimal and abstract, intricate and unambiguous, to sugg…

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Jane Franklin Dance Opens ‘The Migration Project: live performance art installation’ on Friday, November 4th by Jane Franklin

The Migration Project: live performance art installation: An immersive visual experience and stories of relocation explore the push and pull of human flight The Migration Project (Push/Pull)…

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