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Monday, August 6, 2018

Review: The Color Purple’s ‘Push da Button’ a showstopper at The Kennedy Center by Jeffrey Walker

Trimmed up and in glorious voice on all accounts, the national tour of The Color Purple has moved into the Eisenhower Theatre at the Kennedy Center. And Hamilton, packing them in next door i…

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Review: Legrand musical Amour by Jeffrey Walker

Perhaps you have never heard of Amour, the musical with a score by the prolific French composer Michel Legrand. Perhaps it was champagne when the masses wanted beer back in 2002 when it open…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Review: Hawaii Nei at Capital Fringe by Jeffrey Walker

Under the title Hawaii Nei, author Paul Handy has crafted two plays, both set in the picturesque Pacific islands of Hawaii. One is a revival of sorts; the other is a new companion piece. The…

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Review: BLOWIN’ OFF STEAM at Capital Fringe by Jeffrey Walker

Are steam rooms still a ‘thing?’ I ask because I have only encountered them in movies, television shows, and a very interesting production of Verdi’s Rigoletto many years ago. As anyon…

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Review: PolySHAMory at Capital Fringe by Jeffrey Walker

Three times the charm for solo performer Kate Robards, back for another outing at Capital Fringe, using her life as the very funny inspiration for her third solo show. After 2014’s amusing…

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Review: Mamma Mia! at Toby’s, the feel-good show of the summer by Jeffrey Walker

After a decade on Broadway and a prolonged national tour, Mamma Mia! has come to Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia for what promises to continue the winning streak for this feel-good and …

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Review: Synetic’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Jeffrey Walker

Imaginative, kinetic, engaging, and bold – those are just a few words to describe The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Synetic Theater. For the young and young at heart, this fanciful and fa…

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Review: #poolparty by Jennifer Mendenhall by Jeffrey Walker

Many citizens have been welcome at community pools and swim clubs their entire lives. This is not true of African-Americans.  Here we have the story of the African American Bowlding family …

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Review: Avant Bard’s The Tempest, theatrical magic by Jeffrey Walker

Shakespeare’s brave new world – a desolate island miles aways from Europe – is the fantastical setting where The Tempest offers up a blend of danger, romance, intrigue, family …

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Review: Bob Bartlett’s Swimming with Whales outstanding debut at 1st Stage by Jeffrey Walker

Personal, funny, poetic, rough around the edges – Bob Bartlett’s Swimming with Whales is well worth checking out while it’s at 1st Stage as I predict it will have life beyond …

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Review: Max McLean’s return visit with C. S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert by Jeffrey Walker

Wit and intelligence are under attack in today. So is faith. And the idea of intelligence working in tandem with religious convictions are often at odds with one another. The argument could …

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Review: Chicago at Keegan Theatre’s got that razzle dazzle by Jeffrey Walker

“Razzle dazzle ‘em!” Silver-tongue shyster lawyer Billy Flynn melodically opines that if you do that, you’ll have an audience eating out of your hand. If you can snag a ticket to th…

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The Gospel at Colonus gets a glorious revival from Avant Bard (review) by Jeffrey Walker

The ancient Greeks took to the stage with joyous dancing and choral singing thousands of years ago, even before they created the timeless tragedies of Euripides and Sophocles. So why not a b…

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George – Don’t Do That!, Catherine Flye at MetroStage (review) by Jeffrey Walker

To a world of Instagram, YouTube, reality television, and other forms of hyped up, electrified media for the short attention span-addled populace, MetroStage offers something different. Cath…

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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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