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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Review: Avant Bard opens its rep season with Tennessee Williams double bill: Talk to Me Like the Rain … and Suddenly Last Summer by Jeffrey Walker

With all the trappings of a Southern gothic – eccentric characters, grotesque situations, and (off-stage) violence – Suddenly Last Summer blazes the stage with vivid imagery and poetic c…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Review: Sheltered at Theater J by Jeffrey Walker

A compelling story and witty script, a faultless. pitch-perfect cast under the savvy direction of Adam Immerwahr, and its excellent design make Theater J’s production of Sheltered a must-s…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Review: The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. A community coping with the aftermath of a hate crime by Jeffrey Walker

How does a community face up to its history? And how does that community both move on while holding onto a pivotal moment that still elicits reactions from tears to indifference to denial? T…

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Magic review: The Good Liar. Brian Curry fools all the people all of the time by Jeffrey Walker

An easy rapport with the audience, gentle-ribbing included, and feats of mentalism that would surprise even the biggest skeptic – these are just a few of my take-aways from Brian Curry’s…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review: The Woman in Black, an edge-of-your-seat thriller by Jeffrey Walker

“It was 9:30 on Christmas Eve,” the lone figure entones in the grandest theatrical tradition of beginning an eerie tale. This holiday season, our fair city is visited by one of Britain…

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Review: Olney’s Singin’ in the Rain sings and taps up a storm by Jeffrey Walker

A Hollywood classic gets the royal treatment resulting in a heaping helping of theatrical magic courtesy of Olney Theatre Center’s staging of Singin’ in the Rain. As Hollywood ballyhoo m…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Review: Pride and Prejudice at NextStop. This comedy has the playwright ensconced in the cast by Jeffrey Walker

Jane Austen’s resilient and comedic novel “Pride and Prejudice” has survived high school English classes, stuffy college seminars, the musical stage, several film adaptations, and even…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Review: Trying at 1st Stage by Jeffrey Walker

Literate, compelling, and uplifting, Trying is a fine two-person play brought to life with simple style and a gentle grace by 1st Stage. Director Alex Levy has an impeccable cast to work wit…

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Review: Puliter Prize-winner Fairview at Woolly Mammoth by Jeffrey Walker

If someone were to ask me to describe the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury,  I would start with Shattering. I would add Visceral, Iconoclastic, and Stinging. Th…

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Review: Cabaret at Olney Theatre Center by Jeffrey Walker

Cabaret, the ground-breaking Kander and Ebb musical about sex and show-biz played against a backdrop of the Nazis’ rise to power in Berlin, gets a compelling production at Olney Theatre Ce…

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Review: Sartre’s No Exit. by Jeffrey Walker

Three different people, an eternity of living with the judgment of others in one tiny room, and one “hell” of a play. I could only be talking about one particular piece of vintage world …

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Review: Synetic Theater’s adaptation of Treasure Island by Jeffrey Walker

Once again, Arlington, VA has been invaded once again by bloodthirsty pirates. Earlier this summer, Signature Theatre premiered the rollicking musical Blackbeard in Shirlington Village. Now,…

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Review: Jayne Atkinson in Ann at Arena Stage by Jeffrey Walker

Wit, wisdom, and class are all on display through the southern, Texas charm and steely resolve of the late Ann Richards at Arena Stage. As portrayed by stage and screen veteran Jayne Atkinso…

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Capital Fringe review: Kafka’s Metamorphosis: The Musical! by Jeffrey Walker

Franz Kafka and musical theatre might not automatically go together in the minds of most theatre-goers. But Fringe festivals often showcase such juxtapositions and thus we have the musical t…

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Capital Fringe review: American Tranquility by Jeffrey Walker

Four for the price of one – what a deal! That’s four characters making a strong impression in the one-person show American Tranquility, which deserves to play to sold-out audiences every…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Capital Fringe review: Judge Me Not by Jeffrey Walker

With raw emotion, dashes of humor, and a bold style, Judge Me Not comes out swinging from its first moments. Broken hearts, abused bodies, life and death – all the ups and downs of a group…

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Review: New musical Blackbeard swashbuckles its way across Signature’s stage by Jeffrey Walker

Singing and dancing pirates who aren’t stuck in a Disney theme park ride? Shiver me timbers and pipe me aboard, mateys! With rollicking fun, swashbuckling action and room enough for some h…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Review: A Misanthrope, a witty, somewhat crass update of Moliere comedy by Jeffrey Walker

With A Misanthrope, Manhattan-based playwright Matt Minnicino has fashioned a “Molière for millenials” with this very witty and sometimes crass twist on the 17th century playwright’s …

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Review: Grease at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Jeffrey Walker

Grease is still “the” word, judging from the packed house and enthusiastic response to the 50’s-style Broadway score most people can easily sing along with. The stage show has been a p…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Review: Jubilee, Tazewell Thompson’s glorious tribute to The Fisk Jubilee Singers by Jeffrey Walker

Steeped in history and echoing with divine harmony, Jubilee is an event you won’t want to miss. A cast of thirteen singing actors – each a strong performer in their own right – work se…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Review: The Value of Moscow from Dark Horse Theatre Company by Jeffrey Walker

“Sisters, Sisters, There were never such devoted sisters,” warbled Rosemary Clooney and Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas. (Yes, Clooney was the stand-in singing voice for Vera-Ellen f…

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Review: Ghost-Writer at Quotidian Theatre by Jeffrey Walker

I admit, Michael Hollinger’s tight, 90-minute Ghost-Writer, now being presented by Quotidian Theatre Company, snuck up on me. It may seem to tip its hat pretty early, as titles go, but you…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Daddy Long Legs review. Monumental Theatre’s polished production outshines the musical by Jeffrey Walker

When two highly engaging performers are saddled with less than dynamic material, you can at least revel in their onstage chemistry and delightful voices. Even the design work attempts to ele…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Review: Cyrano de Bergerac. A knockabout clown in love with a tiny dancer by Jeffrey Walker

Confession time: When I fell in love with theatre, I really fell for Cyrano, Roxanne, Christian and their heady love triangle. And the swashbuckling. And the language. Edmond Rostand’s her…

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Review: Huckleberry Finn’s Big River at Adventure Theatre MTC by Jeffrey Walker

Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo Park has put runaways Huck and Jim back on a raft down the mighty Missisippi in a revamped version of the musical Big River, itself based on Mark TwainR…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Gulf View Drive review at Washington Stage Guild. Masterful. by Jeffrey Walker

For Washington Stage Guild patrons, the downtown theatre company’s current production offers a bit of closure. After introducing DC audiences to a complicated young couple in Last Train to…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Review: Little Shop of Horrors. Megan Hilty and cast give smashing performances by Jeffrey Walker

I’ll bet my mutant Venus fly trap you know this show. Little Shop of Horrors took off-Broadway by storm in the 1980s, the talented team of book writer and lyricist Howard Ashman and compo…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Review: Poe musical Nevermore, chamber sized, is still evocative by Jeffrey Walker

How fitting that Creative Cauldron has chosen to revive an early success that fits perfectly with the darker aspects of the Halloween season. That brooding poet and spinner of fantastic tal…

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Review: Labour of Love, a witty British brew of politics and romance by Jeffrey Walker

A comedy that mingles romance with politics and it’s not about porn stars and reality show moguls? Please let it be a breath of fresh air, I plea to the theatre gods, as I take my seat for…

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Review: Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Jeffrey Walker

Toby’s Dinner Theatre is THE place and its joint is jumping thanks to the infectious melodies of the late, great Mr. Thomas Waller, a.k.a Fats Waller. The show is Ain’t Misbehavin’, on…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Review: Sweeney Todd at Rep Stage by Jeffrey Walker

The lean, black box staging of Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Joseph W. Ritsch packs a more muted wallop than other versions I have seen but is highlighted by a cast of e…

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