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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

How I got hooked on theatre: John Geoffrion by John Geoffrion

“The transformative power of live theatre” has arguably become a cliché, co-opted by the marketing and development departments of large regional theatres to convince the locals of their…

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Review: Henry the Fifth from Brave Spirits. The last show standing is closed by COVID-19 by John Geoffrion

Brave Spirits opened Henry the Fifth this past weekend, and then closed it due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the hope to return in a few weeks. A shame, for a multitude of reasons not limite…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Defining and defending the gray area: the invisibility of small professional theatre by John Geoffrion

I’ve spent nearly three decades working in nominally professional theatre. That is to say non-Equity but (usually) paid, albeit below a living wage, but with enough EMC points to join. Two…

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Review: Brave Spirits’ Henry the Fourth, Part 2. Strong cast. Superb Falstaff. by John Geoffrion

Brave Spirits’ two-year repertory of Shakespeare’s history cycle continues with an impressively lively production of one of the Bard’s more challenging plays, Henry the Fourth, Part 2.…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Review: Henry the Fourth, Part 1 – A Monarchy… if you can keep it. by John Geoffrion

(First off: my sincere apologies to the company for my constant coughing through the performance.) Henry Bolingbroke, having snatched the English crown with boist’rous hands, must now stru…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Review: Richard the Second kicks off Brave Spirits’ History Project with panache by John Geoffrion

Brave Spirits – oh brave indeed! – have kicked off their ambitious plan to perform the entirety of Shakespeare’s double-tetralogy of history plays covering one of the most tumultuous p…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review: Other Desert Cities from Peace Mountain Theatre by John Geoffrion

A grown daughter’s soon-to-be-published memoirs of a childhood family trauma rip open long-festering emotional scars over Christmas Eve at the Palm Beach manse of an aging Hollywood B-list…

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Review: The Havel Project: A tribute to Czechoslovakia’s dissident playwright and president by John Geoffrion

To mark and honor the thirtieth anniversary of Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution, the Alliance for New Music-Theatre is presenting two one-act plays to honor the revolution’s leader, th…

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Review: Surfacing from ExPats Theatre by John Geoffrion

Sometimes theatre amuses, sometimes it entertains, sometimes it moves. Oftentimes we get caught up in the protagonist’s journey, sometimes we are dazzled by technical brilliance. Then ther…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Review: Despite a solid 4615 Theatre production, Harold Pinter’s Betrayal gives one pause by John Geoffrion

The second leg of 4615 Theatre Company’s “Summer of Scandal” repertory, Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, opened this past weekend at the Dance Loft on 14th. My review of the other play, Enr…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Review: 4615’s ENRON is a Strong Buy by John Geoffrion

Eighteen years ago, a Texas energy company’s deceptive accounting practices finally caught up with them, their inflated stock value plummeted, billions of dollars evaporated, employees’ …

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Zombies move into Wilder’s Our Town in Capital Fringe show Our Town Plus Zombies by John Geoffrion

I’ve been in Our Town five different times in my acting career, from college to community to summer stock to regional over a twenty year span. I have played or understudied nearly every ad…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Review: Richard III, a dystopian cyberpunk vision from Synetic Theater by John Geoffrion

Shakespeare’s most iconic schemer is the centerpiece of Synetic’s fourteenth (mostly) wordless re-interpretation of the Bard’s works. The world of 15th century England is updated to a …

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Review: Mary Stuart at Olney Theatre Center by John Geoffrion

One of the most fascinating political power struggles in history is being brought to life at Olney Theatre Center with a crackling and electric modernization of Schiller’s masterpiece by t…

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Review: Faction of Fools’ whodunnit, The Great Commedia Hotel Murder Mystery by John Geoffrion

The Faction of Fools are at it again. After a decade adapting titles that one wouldn’t typically expect of a Commedia troupe (Henry V, Our Town and The Cherry Orchard to name a few), Produ…

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

As You Like It review. To Brave Spirits’ show, we say “We do” by John Geoffrion

I am pleased to report a rising company of young-ish actors doing first-rate work: a conceptually cohesive, intimate, spunky, charming staging of a pastoral Shakespeare comedy all too easy t…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Review: Henry IV, Part 2 at Chesapeake Shakespeare by John Geoffrion

Baltimore’s Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is presenting Henry IV, parts One and Two in repertory. Part One (not reviewed by DCTC, we regret) opened February 15th, Part Two opened March 15…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Queen of Basel review. Strindberg’s Miss Julie gets a fresh update and moves to Miami by John Geoffrion

If every copy of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie spontaneously combusted, and from each pile of ashes emerged phoenix-like a copy of Hilary Bettis’s Queen of Basel in its place, I could b…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Review: Pramkicker at Taffety Punk by John Geoffrion

Once upon a time, there was a woman named Jude who kicked a pram (a baby carriage). An empty one, don’t worry, but nonetheless Jude has to complete an anger management program to avoid cha…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Review: Folger’s alt-Macbeth, a “strange perfection” by John Geoffrion

I’ve seen Macbeth performed in the round, outdoors, in the nude, multiple film and TV versions, various homages and parodies across multiple media, I saw a spirited production last month b…

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Review: Macbeth. The kids are alright by John Geoffrion

If I walked into the Highwood to see the fledgling 4615 Theatre’s stab at the Scottish Play with lowered expectations, I hope my readers and colleagues can forgive me. There were numerous …

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Review: Theatre Du Jour’s The Accidental Pilgrim for Capital Fringe by John Geoffrion

If any play is a complete 180º polar opposite of the safe suburban outdoor Shakespeare I reviewed most recently, it is certainly B. Stanley and company’s inscrutable, frustrating, and nea…

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed midsummer in the open air by John Geoffrion

Ah, the quintessential play set in the magical woods… and performed there as well. Park in the town lot, walk up the hill (or if you or your theatre date wore heels, take the complementary…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Review: Mosiac’s The Vagrant Trilogy by John Geoffrion

Mona Mansour’s The Vagrant Trilogy, three one-acts that close Mosaic’s third season, is an engaging, troubling and eye-opening tale of displacement and dispossession on a scale that is b…

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Until – a look at recent #MeToo moments in Boston theatre and elsewhere by John Geoffrion

The Boston theatre community was rocked to its core this spring following a Facebook posting by a 26-year old actor. In this post, the young man recounts in vivid and unsettling detail how, …

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

We Happy Few’s Pericles is a wild ride by John Geoffrion

One block west of the main drag through Eastern Market, in the cozy Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, the aptly named troupe We Happy Few has an amusing, engaging winner of a show with their take …

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Review: Olney’s Invisible Hand packs a mighty punch by John Geoffrion

An American banker abducted by jihadists in Pakistan must earn his $10 million ransom by making a killing on the market. And as he introduces concepts of high finance to his kidnappers ̵…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Review: Constellation’s Caucasian Chalk Circle hits its mark by John Geoffrion

Powerhouse director Allison Stockman and her powerhouse resident designer A.J. Guban have created yet another minor miracle of transformation at the Source. As the 14th/U neighborhood around…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Review: Landless’ symphonic metal version of Mystery of Edwin Drood by John Geoffrion

When I last encountered Landless — full disclosure, I performed with the group in a 2006 production — they seemed to delight in being charmingly slapdash and a bit ramshackle in …

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Review: Cabaret Noir by Happenstance by John Geoffrion

Take a tip from me. If your jones for hard-nosed detectives, shady nighttime dealings on foggy piers, dive bars serving bathtub gin, torch songs, sassy dames and the like can’t be satiated…

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Winter’s Tale at Chesapeake Shakespeare (review) by John Geoffrion

The earliest recorded reference to The Winter’s Tale is a 1611 performance at the Globe. Letting my romanticism momentarily override my scholasticism, I find so many elements of the play …

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