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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

I Killed My Mother from Spooky Action Theater (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

For I Killed My Mother, you enter Spooky Action Theater through the bowels of a church, winding through the basement where performers are stationed—singing, strumming guitar, watching you …

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). MET delivers the funny (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

It’s never more apparent how salacious the bard is than when watching The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), a ridiculously wonderful semi-improvised comedy that parodies, r…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, a blazingly sharp script, a compelling staging at 1st Stage by Kelly McCorkendale

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train—a disturbing, dark dramedy by the Pulitzer-prize winning Stephen Adly Guirgis and first performed in 2000—places incarceration and morality side by side an…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Rodgers and Hammerstein, the team which gave us Carousel! Sound of Music. Oklahoma! South Pacific. The King and I, undoubtedly have one of the most celebrated musical theatre canons in the w…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Wig Out! at Studio Theatre – sexually charged, fun and flashy (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Wig Out! is beautiful, raw, and real. And magically human, bonding me to the sadness, joy, and fear of wonderfully deep characters. To be candid, this is a world—the underground Ball Cultu…

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Love and Other Lures by Kelly McCorkendale

An hour of music—wonderfully moody ballads, bluesy numbers, and almost twangy folk songs—is always an hour well spent. Even if that music largely focuses on supernatural themes. Monsters…

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII (Capital Fringe review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Divorced. Beheaded. Died. Divorced. Beheaded. Survived. What a clever mnemonic device to track the tragic lives of Henry VIII’s many wives. And this play will not let you forget it. It has…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Second City brings Divided We Stand to the city that, let’s face it, is a gift to sketch comics (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

North Korea’s nukes hurtle toward the U.S.—targeting both rural and urban areas—and we’ve got 15 minutes left to live, all the while being “monitored” by an unknown Russian opera…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Infinity brings back Patsy with A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Patsy Cline is easily the queen mother of country music—her importance to the genre on par with the Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Loretta Lynn. She was a pioneer, paving t…

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Flying V Fights: The Secret History of the Unknown World (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Genius. Fearless. Absolutely fun. Flying V Fights: The Secret History of the Unknown World is a pop culture junkie’s wet dream. And, given the violence, skin, and sexual innuendos, there…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New musical Crazy Mary Lincoln from Pallas Theatre Collective (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

A gunshot. Chaos. Followed by shock. And a nation, almost on cue and in sync, let’s out a collective wail of grief. But the cries of a lone, new widow displease the gentry surrounding her …

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp at Adventure Theatre MTC (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Scheherazade’s mystical folktale, Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, still spins its magic. Taken from James Norris’ 1940 adaptation of The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, Adventu…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Toby’s Dinner Theatre (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is as delightful today as ever, and Toby’s Dinner Theatre does it just right. If you are a certain age—somewhere between 30 and 40—Beauty and the Beast…

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Donny Hathaway’s life in Twisted Melodies at Baltimore Center Stage (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

The name Donny Hathaway probably doesn’t ring too many bells these days—certainly not as many as Stevie Wonder or Roberta Flack, his contemporaries—but you likely sing him every Chris…

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Brother Mario brings video game to hilarious life (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

The Mushroom Kingdom is in a tizzy. It’s perennial hero (and everyone’s favorite Italian plumber), Mario, no longer finds satisfaction in running, leaping, and rescuing, in facing his sp…

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Hip hop takes a fairy tale for a sci-fi spin in The Freshest Snow Whyte at Imagination Stage by Kelly McCorkendale

The Snow Whyte of the future is a lot doper than the one of the past. She’s also a lot more gender friendly and fiercer. The girl is no longer just a pretty face, thanks to The Freshest Sn…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Studio Theatre’s new comedy, I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Like a fantasy disco, I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart opens all glitz and glamour. Yet, it isn’t as frivolous as it would want you to believe watching Sam (Nicole Spiezio) and Leo (Tommy H…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies at Mosaic Theater (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

“Brilliant” is barely adequate to describe Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies, which blurs the line between comedy and drama with the infinite precision, speed, and flash of a p…

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

An Irish Carol, a lovely spin on its British cousin, at Keegan (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Like its English cousin, An Irish Carol is a dramatic look at life on a day when it should be most celebrated and filled with peace, hope, and love. Unlike its cousin, there are no actual gh…

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Second City’s Twist Your Dickens at The Kennedy Center (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Dickens—that stuffy purveyor of eternally drab tales—gets a refreshing and quirky upgrade in The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens, the Kennedy Center’s merry holiday fare that will h…

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

O. Hub! The Magi is magical. (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

The magical, the magnificent, The Magi. This play, wrapped in a concert, is a wonderfully performed piece that showcases the best of theatre: Storytelling. Drama. Humor. Song, along with gu…

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Tame. Powerful Shrew re-do from Avant Bard (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Dark. Squirmy. Brutal. Galling. Backwards. Chilling. A slew of punchy, powerful words ran through my mind, much like the pithy (and punctuated) Tame. on Monday night, as I watched a man dom…

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Open Circle returns with The Who’s Tommy (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Open Circle’s The Who’s Tommy shakes the establishment not with its hard-hitting guitar riffs but with its fearless use of American Sign Language (ASL), a move more rock ‘n…

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Debbie Allen’s Freeze Frame…Stop the Madness at The Kennedy Center (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Debbie Allen’s Freeze Frame…Stop the Madness is a multi-media show about gun violence at the hands of cops/authority figures. Dance is its beating heart. Which is good. Because the dialo…

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Freaky Friday is freaky fun (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

A musical about a suburban mom and her teen daughter having a bad day doesn’t scream high-octane or joyful or laughable, but Freaky Friday is lively, agile, and full of fun, fun, fun. Revi…

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bad Jews at MET (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s production of Bad Jews is drop-your-eyes, shake-your-head, rub-your-forehead funny. Because your family, though maybe not Jewish, is most probably just as mess…

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Collective Rage: A Play in Five Boops at Woolly Mammoth Theatre (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

The wide-eyed, baby-faced babe with a bod known as Betty Boop is an icon—a 1930s cartoon character based on singer and dancer Helen Kane (and influenced by other ladies of the day) who be…

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Catch Me If You Can at NextStop (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

The truest measure of a show is often how it leaves you feeling. Sometimes, a show has got its work cut out for itself—taking someone from an incredibly rotten mood to elation (or deep tho…

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Aliens with Extraordinary Skills (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

The elusive O-1 visa for individuals with extraordinary skills is a rare bird in the immigrant community, often going to big-name, A-list entertainers. Think Celine Dionne (Canadian) or John…

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Becoming at Capital Fringe (review), worthy of 8 stars by Kelly McCorkendale

Becoming—a modern dance in nine segments about how the interactions of the human heart shape us—is filled with bare feet and beauty. It is a stunning concoction of ballet, acrobatics, an…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Prison Break, Incorporated (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Nathan Duncan (Andrew Flurer) wants to tear down the system and build a better one (you know, “Damn the man” style). Instead, he’s an-almost-lawyer-turned-dog-walker with a marijuana o…

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