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Monday, October 16, 2017

An Act of God at Signature (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

You know how it is with celebrities: you don’t hear from them for awhile, you assume they’re dead. Until they put out a bestseller that refutes/justifies/excuses everything they&…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Tarot Reading III at Evening Star Cafe review by Jill Kyle-Keith

I’m no believer in astrology or the arcane arts. And a production that bills itself as part vaudeville, part carnival ride? The last thing I expected was to be moved to tears. But that…

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Monday, October 2, 2017

She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange review by Jill Kyle-Keith

Rectangles of Astroturf. A leafless blue tree branch, a standing lamp. Four very, very good actors and a script by playwright Amelia Roper. That’s all Taffety Punk Theatre needs to sho…

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Review: Big Fish at Keegan Theatre by Jill Kyle-Keith

In my family, my father was the Big Fish: a teller of tall tales and elaborate shaggy dog stories. Most families have someone like him: someone for whom life must be larger, greater, more co…

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Review: Tom Teasely underscoring The Cabinet of Dr Caligari closes this weekend by Jill Kyle-Keith

Looking for something a little… weird? Have I got a show for you. A Zombie. A Mad Doctor. A Carnival. An Insane Asylum. Live Music. Yes, a garden of delights awaits you, courtesy of Co…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Lincoln Center’s tour of The King and I, “Simply sublime” (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

The King and I, Lincoln Center’s dazzling new incarnation now at the Kennedy Center, is the jewel in the crown of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s work. Written during the golden age of…

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Clara Bow: Becoming ‘It’ by Jill Kyle-Keith

Though her name is no longer on the lips of an adoring public, during the height of silent film and then early talkies, Clara Bow was The It Girl, the very personification of the carefree fl…

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Comedian Elected to Town Council in New Jersey (Capital Fringe review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

Ask yourself: how much do you need to know about the inner workings of local government in Flemington, New Jersey? If the answer is “I’d rather know about Flemington, NJ than what’s go…

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

J-Swizzle’s (& D-Man’s) Epic Awesome Swaggy Broventure for Sweet Rhymes (Capital Fringe Review by Jill Kyle-Keith

Ah, to be thirteen again- the age full of equal parts hubris and insecurity. Such are the epic struggles of two teenage would-be rappers in this funny new piece by Emma Choi, herself a senio…

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Monday, June 26, 2017

My Fair Lady blooms with Olney Theatre Center’s new take (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

My Fair Lady, now at Olney Theatre Center, is yet another classic brought to life by this versatile theatre company. As reimagined by director Alan Souza, the timeline has been moved a few y…

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Boeing Boeing at NextStop, French farce about back when the skies were friendly (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

Mad Man meets Mad Women: that’s the farce that is Boeing Boeing, now being staged at NextStop Theatre. Written by French playwright Marc Camoletti in 1962, this madcap adventure involv…

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs at Theater J (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

You think you’ve got problems? Try being a too-smart-for-his-own-good Jewish kid in Brooklyn in 1937. Neil Simon’s largely autobiographical comedy follows his alter ego Eugene (C…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum, a rich phantasmagorical experience (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

Lovers of the new, the weird and the wonderful, take note: everything you’re looking for is in Baltimore, at Submersive Productions’ fantastical new piece,  H.T. Darling’s…

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them from Iron Crow (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

At its heart, family is less about bloodlines than choice: who do you love, and most importantly, who loves you back? That’s the crux of Iron Crow Theatre’s production of  A. Re…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Grug and the Rainbow at The Kennedy Center (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

The best children’s shows for young audiences are often ones that are the most like silent movies: minimal talk, maximum action, and if you happen to miss any dialogue because of the r…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Oh, what a tyrant: Richard III at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

The part of King Richard in Richard III is a plum for any actor lucky enough to be cast in the role. Part stand-up comic, part perennial outsider, and part moustache-twirling villain, Richa…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Show Boat at Toby’s Dinner Theatre (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

The legendary team of Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern created some of the best music ever written for the American stage in Show Boat. And each song gets a stellar rendition by Toby’…

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Magic abounds in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Adventure Theatre MTC (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe stars two excessively talented actors, a marvelous script, inventive technical design and a clever director, all waiting for you at Adventure Theatre M…

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Chesapeake Shakespeare’s Christmas Carol set in Baltimore (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

This year, if you see just one Dickens’ Yuletide story, let it be Chesapeake Shakespeare’s fine set-in-Baltimore A Christmas Carol. It has it all and then some: a nicely scary …

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Monday, November 21, 2016

The Second City’s Black Side of the Moon at Woolly Mammoth (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

You know how sometimes you laugh til you hurt? Or when you’re hurt so much the only real response left is laughter. Those are the real underpinnings of good comedy: tell the truth, th…

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

High flying Mary Poppins at Olney Theatre Center by Jill Kyle-Keith

Sometimes nostalgia can be disappointing, but even so, it’s awfully nice to go home again. So it is with Olney Theatre Center’s Mary Poppins. The movie you remember has been re…

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Happenstance’s Gorey-ish Cabaret Macabre returns to Baltimore (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

Still hanging on to those last few pieces of Halloween candy? Hesitant to fold your skeleton t-shirt into the Out Of Season box of clothes? Luckily for those who revel in the season of shive…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

An Unexpected Zombie Prom (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

Zombie Prom, now playing at Unexpected Stage Company, has great provenance, with a book and lyrics by John Dempsey and music by Dana P. Rowe. Both went on to adapt The Fix and The Witches o…

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Knuffle Bunny delights at Adventure Theatre MTC (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

Everyone knows that an hour speeds by quickly when you’re having fun. In children’s theater, though, that isn’t always the case: what works for the teeny weenies often bore…

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Othello at Chesapeake Shakespeare (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

Othello is one of the crown jewels of Shakespearean plays. The tragedy of Othello, a black general in the ranks of the Venetian army, is one of an eminent outsider who falls in love and marr…

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sister Act at Toby’s Dinner Theatre “heavenly” (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

There’s some serious jiving going on at Toby’s Dinner Theater. No need to dress up too much- just grab your rosary and hymnal, and head out the door to Sister Act. It’sR…

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hand to God at Studio Theatre (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

Not everything made big is made better. And not everything on a large Broadway stage is improved by a cavernous space. Sometimes the best gifts are in tiny boxes. So it is with Studio Theat…

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Brownie and Lolli Go To Hollywood (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

Brownie and Lolli Go To Hollywood, a tale of two girls off to fame and fortune via burlesque, sounds like an amusing evening’s romp on paper, but up close, that paper’s pretty th…

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Good Death (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

Set on a stoop in a Staten Island neighborhood, The Good Death covers a lot of ground: Alzheimer’s, caregiving, mental illness, the American Jewish experience, euthanasia, marriage e…

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Perfect Liars Club (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

We’ve all been there. That boozy party where someone tells a great story. The crowd is enraptured, laughs at all the right spots, and you’re with them, too- til you realize you j…

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Million Dollar Quarter from Infinity Theatre (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

On December 4, 1956, two young musicians  dropped in on a recording session at Sun Record Studio in Memphis, for what turned into an iconic night of jamming and jawing that changed the co…

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