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Sunday, February 18, 2018

New version of Chess proves its next move should be Broadway (review) by Jeffrey Walker

Chess at the Kennedy Center is a checkmate. In other words, this formerly troubled musical with a beloved score, is taking the Eisenhower Theatre stage by storm in a staged, semi-concert for…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Iyona Blake in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (review) by Jeffrey Walker

Heartache, pain, regrets, joys, and a fair share of personal demons might fell a weaker person. But not even time in prison could stop the musical force of nature known to fans as Lady Day. …

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Today’s war on women reflected in The Trojan Women Project (review) by Jeffrey Walker

Playing like variations on the theme of the ancient Greek play The Trojan Woman, Brave Spirits’ The Trojan Women Project faces head-on a number  of issues ripped from the headlines a…

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Tina Fey’s Mean Girls world premiere (review) by Jeffrey Walker

Welcome to the jungle! No not the Serengeti plains where both wildebeest and ostrich have reason to fear the predatory lion. This is Chicago’s fictional North Shore High School where the c…

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Monday, September 18, 2017

In the Heights at Olney Theatre Center (review) by Jeffrey Walker

In the Heights, now packing them in at Olney Theatre Center, has a visceral and emotional score coupled with a story of finding your home and your heart closer than expected. Behold the powe…

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Signature’s A Little Night Music – sophisticated, stylish and sexy (review) by Jeffrey Walker

Signature Theatre’s stunning production of this Sondheim gem is nothing short of a masterpiece. A Little Night Music is one of my personal favorites from the Stephen Sondheim canon. Set in…

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Friday, July 21, 2017

The Originalist returns to Arena Stage (review) by Jeffrey Walker

All rise! Not so much for an associate Supreme Court Justice, but for Edward Gero, the man currently embodying the late Antonin Scalia in the remounted and revised production of The Original…

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Pursuing happiness in The Happiest Place on Earth, review by Jeffrey Walker

Ah, the land of dreams, whimsy, and mouse ears! Main Street, USA, the Matterhorn ride, and Tom Sawyer’s Island. All these are part of a mecca for family entertainment nestled in sunny Anah…

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Toby’s (review) by Jeffrey Walker

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast may claim to be the “tale as old as time” but it has nothing on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. As Tim Rice’s accessible lyrics state, thi…

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An SNL-style Godspell from Infinity Theatre (review) by Jeffrey Walker

It is incredible that no one’s thought of pairing Godspell with the structure of “Saturday Night Live” before. I am sure I have just turned off a purist or two who might think such…

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure (review) by Jeffrey Walker

Eclectic and electric, Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure is a wild and wondrous ride through Lewis Carroll’s world of imagination but this time with a heavy beat, some killer…

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Urinetown The Musical at NextStop Theatre Company (review) by Jeffrey Walker

Putting together a satirical musical with nods at classic musicals (Annie, Les Miserables), the works of Brecht and Weill (The Threepenny Opera), and even Fringe theatre and launching it in …

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New musical Kaleidoscope gets stunning debut with Florence Lacey in the lead (review) by Jeffrey Walker

I wept during the musical Kaleidoscope. Quietly, but involuntarily, tears welled up and just started flowing. What a time not to have a tissue or handkerchief handy. I cried for people I hav…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Peter and the Starcatcher well worth catching at MET (review) by Jeffrey Walker

Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, den mothers, scoutmasters, youth leaders – okay, anyone who oversees children, please follow directions: Go to the website Maryland Ensemble T…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore by Brave Spirits (review) by Jeffrey Walker

  The human heart: such a powerful muscle, and such a delicate instrument at the same time. The frailties of the human heart, especially when twisted with desire, can make for dangerous…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Review: Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing – and does she ever! by Jeffrey Walker

If Dolly Gallagher Levi is still going strong, and if Mame Dennis could charm the husk right off of the corn, then  it can be said Mrs. Elva Miller could stop traffic – with her voic…

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

BWW Feature: Building FENCES - A Journey From Stage To Screen and the Legacy of August Wilson by Jeffrey Walker

From the Broadway stage to the Pulitzer Prize, back to Broadway, and now as a film adaptation with four Oscar nominations, FENCES has riveted audiences for more than 30 years. The film, dir…

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

BWW Profile: Oscar-Nominated Michelle Williams Of MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Makes Her Mark in Independent Film by Jeffrey Walker

From BAYWATCH to BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN and beyond, actress Michelle Williams is making her mark in film. Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for a role with relatively little screen-time in M…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

BWW Profile: Oscar-Nominated Star and Director of FENCES, Denzel Washington by Jeffrey Walker

Television, film, the stage - As an actor, Denzel Washington has made an indelible mark in these arenas. His stature as an actor, director, and filmmaker has only been solidified this year w…

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Monday, February 20, 2017

BWW Profile: LA LA LAND's Oscar-Nominated Stage and Screen Star, Emma Stone by Jeffrey Walker

Emma Stone's star is on the rise. The 27-year old actress has been a sought after leading lady for several years. Her Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd at Olney Theatre Center (review) by Jeffrey Walker

Witty and perverse, scary and heart-warming, lofty, and yet wholly accessible. Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is one of my favorite musicals. Period. Olney Theatre Center, …

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Pinky Swear rocks out Lizzie at Anacostia Playhouse (review) by Jeffrey Walker

Imagine a Victorian parlor where music is played and shared very much as it was in a bygone era, with songs and stories ripped from the headlines and whispers of a folk legend. Now, place yo…

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

In Series delivers infectious Irving Berlin: A Simple Melody (review) by Jeffrey Walker

Shakespeare once wrote “if music be the food of love, play on.” Another wordsmith, who doubled as a tunesmith, boiled that sentiment down to the even more succinctly stated “Say it wi…

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Signature Theatre’s production Titanic, the stuff legends are made of (review) by Jeffrey Walker

What can I add that has not already been said about Signature Theatre’s end of the year triumph, Titanic? My editor says the highest rating we can offer is five stars. Titanic deserves a f…

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas – The Musical. A Seuss-like review by Jeffrey Walker

In the spirit of whimsy, my small gift to you, I have wrapped up my thoughts in a Seuss-like review. I arrived at the National in a whirlwind of traffic And was greeted forthwith by a colorf…

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Ford’s Christmas Carol continues its tradition with a commanding Craig Wallace as Scrooge (review) by Jeffrey Walker

For youngsters growing up in the DC area, chances are the Ford’s Theatre production of A Christmas Carol was one of the shows they experienced. Since this year marks the 35th anniversary o…

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A small town, southern-style Silver Belles at Signature Theatre (review) by Jeffrey Walker

After the recent political season we have all just made it through, the song “We Need A Little Christmas” has never seemed more apropos. So you won’t find this guy bemoaning yet anothe…

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Ruthless! – a poisoned parody of musicals brimming with talent at Creative Cauldron (review) by Jeffrey Walker

In the Ruthless! world where little girls break out into song when strangers pay a visit, and show business aspirations are passed down through the genetic code of some wacky dames, hilarit…

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

A brilliant Romeo and Juliet from Shakespeare Theatre Company (review) by Jeffrey Walker

Alan Paul’s direction of Shakespeare is brilliant. As familiar as I am with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, upon viewing this vibrant production, I felt as if it had been written today.…

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Monday, July 25, 2016

The Hypocrites’ G&S: The Mikado at Olney (review) by Jeffrey Walker

  Entering the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab at Olney Theatre Center for The Mikado, be prepared for balloons. Hundreds of them; many of them being bopped in your general direction. Go ah…

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The Pirates of Penzance, Hypocrites’ style at Olney (review) by Jeffrey Walker

You might want to hit the bar before you take your seat for The Pirates of Penzance as performed by the Chicago-based theatre company The Hypocrites, now ensconced in the Theatre Lab at Olne…

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