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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Review: Disenchanted! Suitably madcap, Princess-worthy performances at Creative Cauldron by Kelly McCorkendale

All the charm in Creative Cauldron’s Disenchanted! is homespun, from madcap performances to powerful voices and kitschy props. But the script lobs too much hate at the House of Mouse (wh…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Review: School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play at Round House by Kelly McCorkendale

“Jubilant!” Strange word to describe a play about skin tones, a mean girl with a foul mouth, and the lasting affects of colonialism. Yet, no other word works when it comes to School Girl…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Review: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Creative Cauldron by Kelly McCorkendale

Creative Cauldron doesn’t shy away from the big and bold, and producing the Broadway version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast embodies that to the hilt. Amidst its small modest space, th…

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Review: Singin’ in the Rain makes a splash at NextStop by Kelly McCorkendale

Singin’ in The Rain seems like the type of beloved movie that shouldn’t be made into a stage version, with its perfect 1952 film, directed and choreographed by Gene Kelly and named by th…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Review: Escape from Peligro Island, super fun regardless of which adventure you choose by Kelly McCorkendale

Economy or first class? Glasses or inhaler? Go right or go left? Rather, stay or go at all? I say go—go fast to Escape from Peligro Island: YOU Create Your Own Adventure, a delightfully f…

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

STOMP review: still a glorious, cacophonous slam bang of a show by Kelly McCorkendale

The National’s stage has an air heavy with anticipation. Trash hangs across a large set that is part tin shack, part jungle gym. It’s as if Marie Kondo has Kondo-ed a junkyard. Everythin…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Review: Winnie the Pooh at Adventure Theatre MTC. Fun for the under 8’s by Kelly McCorkendale

Pooh Bear is a fuzzy, golden puff full of positive wonderment whose honey addiction still roils little bellies with laughter at Adventure Theatre MTC’s Winnie the Pooh, a sweet stroll thr…

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Review: columbinus at 1st Stage by Kelly McCorkendale

Twenty years on. And the horror of April 20, 1999 has not only not dissipated, but it also seems to have continually intensified with each mass school shooting. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. …

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Finding Neverland review. J.M. Barrie discovers his Peter Pan in this charming musical by Kelly McCorkendale

Seems poetic that The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up is well over 100 now and still as impish as ever in Finding Neverland. Peter Pan, the eternal boy, sprung from the mind of Scottish novelist…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Review: Gypsy at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Kelly McCorkendale

Gypsy is a grand, brilliant affair. Then and now and forever. And Toby’s Dinner Theatre is giving it a first class production. This is the story of Rose (Cathy Mundy). The precursor to th…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Review: The Mystery of Love & Sex at Iron Crow by Kelly McCorkendale

Assuming love and sex are an intertwined riddle to be solved and you want an answer to the mystery —you’re not going to get it here. If you want to walk away deep in thought, contemplati…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Review: New Guidelines for Peaceful Times at Spooky Action Theatre by Kelly McCorkendale

The title, New Guidelines for Peaceful Times, sounds like a satirical take on a dystopian world. But it’s not. It’s a much more earnest, honest, and delicate look at how war—the inter…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Review: Sleepy Hollow, Synetic-style. Macabre. Scary. Glorious. by Kelly McCorkendale

Synetic’s Sleepy Hollow takes no cues from Disney’s version or even the 1999 remake by Tim Burton, which saw the tale go darker and deeper. It is far better—a richer, more provoc…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Review: Born Yesterday, the 1940s comedy at Ford’s Theatre takes serious aim at big money corruption by Kelly McCorkendale

Wow. Just wow. Born Yesterday, a Tony-award winning play written in 1946 by Garson Kanin, feels likes a premonition come to fruition. Shortly after World War II, tycoon Harry Brock (Edward …

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Review: Lincolnesque at Keegan Theatre by Kelly McCorkendale

We often imagine Lincoln to have been an amiable, principled man, worn down by war and illness. Perhaps his own and, certainly, that of his sons and wife. Which is why Brandon McCoy’s Fran…

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Review: The Ice Child, a modern once upon a time fairy tale by Kelly McCorkendale

Sometimes it is just easiest to say it up front as clearly as possible: I loved The Ice Child—an old-school-esque “once upon a time” fairy tale about very real-world, right now issues …

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Review: Second City’s Generation Gap, a summer slice of funny by Kelly McCorkendale

Second City is back at it again with Second City’s Generation Gap…or How Many Millennials Does it Take to Teach a Baby Boomer to Text Generation X?, now invading the Kennedy Center to h…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Review: Dancing in My Cockroach Killers by Kelly McCorkendale

It’s a funny title, isn’t it? Dancing in My Cockroach Killers. Yet, profoundly telling. About stereotypes. About other cultures. About “our” opinions of Latinos. Yet, this is not a s…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Review: Charlotte’s Web casts its spell at Creative Cauldron by Kelly McCorkendale

Charlotte’s Web, the beloved children’s book by E.B. White, is an emotionally taut tale that plays well with music by Charles Strause, who’s next musical was Annie. Here, Creative …

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Review: The Speed Twins at Venus Theatre, lesbians in purgatory by Kelly McCorkendale

As it opens, The Speed Twins makes no bones about were you are: Dyke Heaven! A purgatory of sorts, set up like a seedy bar reminiscent of London’s now shuttered Gateways Club, where a dru…

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Review: Alice in Wonderland at Chesapeake Shakespeare Theatre by Kelly McCorkendale

Alice in Wonderland is so well known that it’s easy to forget the original two books—Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking-Glass—were written in 1865 in Queen…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Maria & Cecilia: Zarzuela a la Cubana from In Series (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

In its latest offering, the In Series has pulled a twisty, two-for-one punch with aplomb, presenting two Cuban Zarzuelas, based on the same novel, as Act I and Act II in a single show. It’…

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Review: The Wiz at Ford’s Theatre by Kelly McCorkendale

Much like its storied source material, (Frank L. Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), The Wiz is an American cultural institution. Seven Tony Awards in 1975. Numerous revivals. A 1978 film …

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Review: This Little Light at Venus Theatre by Kelly McCorkendale

This Little Light, like so many Venus Theatre productions, is a gem that radiates the very joy it dares us to find in ourselves, and each other, when we fear we’ve lost it most.   If you …

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Robbie Schaefer’s stage debut in Light Years is luminous (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Light Years celebrates the cornerstone to all human relationships, the first and most defining: child and parent. In this case, the focus is Robbie Schaefer and his father Konnie (Bobby Smi…

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Adventure Theatre MTC’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a laugh-out-loud journey through the worst calamities of childhood, and appealing to kids and adults …

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Waxing West, a Romanian immigrant’s American dream (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Waxing West is a rich, moving story of immigration, culture clash, and revolution—the common political kind and a deeper, internal, personal kind. A little over a decade after the Romanian…

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Review: Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains) at Woolly Mammoth by Kelly McCorkendale

Life: it’s not about good guys or bad guys. It’s about good choices and bad choices. And, Felonious Munk, a bearded comedian out of Chicago courtesy of Second City, is a solid, candid gu…

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Jacques Brel—Songs From His World (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Sometime in the not too distant past, an ornate street lamp, that you could easily imagine encircled by fog, glows at a dingy train depot early morning. Byron Jones, looking dapper in a suit…

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Assassins at NextStop Theatre (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

In a time in American history where gun control, collusion, corporate taxes, labor issues, immigration, war, and threats of violence dominate the daily news, Assassins feels chillingly relev…

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Effect at Studio Theatre (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

The Effect is a beautiful rumination on what love is—a combination of naturally occurring chemicals with which the brain floods the body. Or something altogether different. Something contr…

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