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Sunday, September 11, 2022

Concert Review: ‘The Journey,’ Yo-Yo Ma and Paquito D’Rivera at Wolf Trap by Kaley Beins

  A bustling, happy crowd buzzed around Wolf Trap’s open air Filene Center Thursday night. Conversations swelled and quieted, mixing with the sounds of tuning instruments and chirping cri…

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Theatre Review: Spooky Action Theater’s ‘The Lady from the Village of Falling Flowers’ by Kaley Beins

Nothing gold can stay. So ends the Frost poem and begins our protagonist’s panicked search for a poet to immortalize the orange blossoms in his gardens. But who will be able to write poetr…

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Concert Review: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s BSO Sessions “The Return” by Kaley Beins

As the pandemic drags on, the performing arts have worked hard to adapt to a safe and accessible format. Theatres have hosted outdoor shows and online staged readings. Performances from well…

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ at Wildwood Summer Theatre by Kaley Beins

In 1965 a group of Walter Johnson High School students from Bethesda decided to put on a show over the summer. Lacking adults to supervise their summer theatrics, the teens decided to go it …

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Concert Review: ‘Trey Sorrells’ at Strathmore Artist in Residence by Kaley Beins

Trey Sorrells lit up the room. From his first song of the evening, he radiated energy, moving to the music coming from his saxophone and throwing himself fully into his performance. Sorrells…

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Dance Review: Charm City Ballet’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Gordon Center by Kaley Beins

As Christmas rolls around, popular culture is teeming with references to Scrooge and other Dickensian characters. But what would A Christmas Carol be without Marley’s haunting voice or Tin…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Concert Review: ‘The Beach Boys: Reason for the Season Christmas Tour’ at Strathmore by Kaley Beins

Fifty-seven years after their debut single, The Beach Boys are back! Though the original lineup of the Wilson brothers, Al Jardine, and Mike Love saw losses due to cancer, accidents, and men…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ at Sterling Playmakers by Kaley Beins

As you enter the theatre in Sterling, Virginia, you will be greeted by bloody knives and organ music. At center stage is a pair of dark furnace doors. The chilly space is tinged with blue li…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Dance Review: ‘The Little Mermaid’ at Charm City Ballet by Kaley Beins

An instant Disney classic, “The Little Mermaid” animated film has captivated audiences for almost 30 years. However, transitioning from a charming cartoon with witty banter to a …

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

News: Imagination Stage Reimagines a Classic Story with ‘The Princess & The Pauper – A Bollywood Tale’ by Kaley Beins

In their new musical ‘The Princess & The Pauper­ – A Bollywood Tale,’ Imagination Stage tackles a re-telling of the classic Mark Twain story. Described by playwright Anu Y…

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical’ by Kaley Beins

Toby’s Dinner Theatre, a popular Maryland venue with a buffet and a theatre-in-the-round, is known for involving its audiences in its shows. Actors double as servers, interacting with audi…

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘The Book of Mormon’ at The Kennedy Center by Kaley Beins

Since March 2011 “The Book of Mormon” has been making audiences wince and laugh as they try not to sing along. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, teamed up w…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Our Town’ at Olney Theatre Center by Kaley Beins

“Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?—every, every minute?” The famous line from Thornton Wilder’s classic play “Our Town” always seems to hush audie…

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Still Life with Rocket’ at Anacostia Playhouse by Kaley Beins

Gathering in the lobby of the Anacostia Playhouse, we waited for the box office to open as a mix of alternative and country music played over the speakers. Instead of tickets, we were given …

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Will on the Hill’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) by Kaley Beins

This June, D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) hosted their 15th annual “Will on the Hill” performance, a night where members of Congress and other influential Washingtoni…

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Opera Review: Annapolis Opera Company’s ‘Madama Butterfly’ at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts by Kaley Beins

Debuting in 1904, Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” is surprisingly modern in its approach to opera. The arias, duets, and choruses examine America’s attitude towards the rest of …

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Opera Review: ‘Champion’ at The Kennedy Center by Kaley Beins

“I kill a man and the world forgives me. I love a man, and the world wants to kill me.” Terence Blanchard and Michael Cristofer’s jazz opera “Champion” makes its East Coast…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Concert Review: ‘Affairs of the Heart’ by Sopranessence at GW National Masonic Memorial by Kaley Beins

Sopranessence, an all-female vocal group comprised solely of sopranos and mezzo-sopranos, held their Valentine’s Day event a few days early on February 11, 2017 in the Memorial Theater of …

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Once’ at National Theatre by Kaley Beins

“It’s a complicated business, is love.” Enda Walsh’s critically-acclaimed, Tony Award-winning musical “Once” tells the story of a Guy (Sam Cieri) and a Girl (Mackenzie Le…

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘The Wild Party’ at UMD’s Kogod Theatre at The Clarice by Kaley Beins

The smoke that filled the shadowy speakeasy dimmed the red overhead lights and clouded the crystal chandeliers. The University of Maryland’s blackbox Kogod Theatre at The Clarice had been …

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘The Bohemian Girl’ at The Victorian Lyric Opera Company by Kaley Beins

A cacophony of notes filled the theatre as the orchestra tuned their instruments. Six music stands with microphones stood downstage. The instruments gleamed in the red projection light, and …

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Make ‘Em Laugh’ at Signature Theatre by Kaley Beins

Seated in fours at small, candlelit tables and sharing bottles of wine, the audience face a miniature stage complete with a grand piano. Signature Theatre is hosting its last cabaret of the …

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘An American Daughter’ at The Keegan Theatre by Kaley Beins

“I’m a senator’s daughter…I can put it on, and I can take it off. I just thought I had earned the right not to.” Susan Marie Rhea’s voice rings through the theatre, her words car…

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘The Odyssey: from Vietnam to America’ at the Kennedy Center by Kaley Beins

Two sails rose from the stage, protruding at jaunty angles away from the instruments that surrounded them. Overlapping videos projected onto the sails depicted children telling of their pare…

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘Bright Star’ at The Kennedy Center by Kaley Beins

The music started and actors walked onstage to harmonize with the lead as they twirled her around in a cabin set-piece. As the opening number continued I thought, “Oh this must be a play w…

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘As You Like It’ at Synetic Theater by Kaley Beins

“Looks like our silence continues to speak, shout, and roar!” Director Paata Tsikurishvili finished his introduction—the last words spoken onstage for the rest of the evening. Red and …

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘Oliver!’ at Arena Stage by Kaley Beins

Cobblestones. Train tracks. Sewer grates. Each of the exits of Arena’s round stage featured a different piece of street life in London. The catwalks below the lighting formed an X and were…

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘Sorry’ and ‘Regular Singing’ at Studio Theatre by Kaley Beins

Searching for a modern American political play, Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of New York’s Public Theater, asked Richard Nelson to write him a grandiose drama. Instead, Nelson created a…

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘Avenue Q’ at Constellation Theatre Company by Kaley Beins

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to T and 14th? Until November 22nd, Source Theatre in NW D.C. will be hosting Constellation Theatre Company’s Avenue Q, a coming-of-age story featuri…

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘The Dealer of Ballynafeigh’ at The Keegan Theatre by Kaley Beins

Whiskey. Digestive biscuits. Cadbury chocolate. Everything’s better with an Irish accent. Even distasteful jokes and murder. In The Dealer of Ballynafeigh momma’s boy paramilitary Billy …

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite’ by Molotov Theatre Group at DC Arts Center by Kaley Beins

We walked down rickety paint splattered stairs into a tiny blackbox theatre. Six lengths of white fabric hung across the middle of the stage with Warhol-esque silhouettes blinking across the…

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