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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Seussical the Musical’ at The Keegan Theatre by Kelsey Casselbury

“Oh, the things you can think when you think about Seuss,” implores the opening number. Well, here’s the things I think when I think about “Seuss(ical the Musical):” This boisterou…

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Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Wizard of Oz’ presented by Compass Rose Theater at Maryland Hall by Kelsey Casselbury

As Dorothy famously repeats, “There’s no place like home.” Annapolis’ Compass Rose Theatre certainly understands that sentiment, having long journeyed from space to space across the …

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Sunday, October 30, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Elegies: A Song Cycle’ at The Keegan Theatre by Kelsey Casselbury

Life, loss, legacy. These are just three, short words, but they’re certainly not small in concept. How, then, could composer and lyricist William Finn—best known for “Falsettos” and …

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ at Kennedy Center by Kelsey Casselbury

Co-created by the inimitable Lin Manuel Miranda, alongside Anthony Veneziale and Thomas Kail, the content of hip-hop improv comedy show “Freestyle Love Supreme” might be brand-new every …

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Come From Away’ at The National Theatre by Kelsey Casselbury

  You are here at the start of a moment. For me, that single, oft-repeated lyric in “Come From Away,” holds incredible meaning. The first time I was lucky enough to see the musical (cur…

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Friday, April 1, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Grace’ at Ford’s Theatre by Kelsey Casselbury

Families are complicated and we all know that. Nolan Williams, Jr., composer, lyricist, and co-writer of the new musical, “Grace,”now playing at Ford’s Theatre, clearly knows that. Thi…

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Sunday, March 13, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Make Way for Ducklings’ at Adventure Theatre MTC by Kelsey Casselbury

Line up, little ducklings! It’s time for a journey to 1940s Boston for a musical retelling of the Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book, “Make Way for Ducklings” at Adventure Theat…

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Sunday, December 26, 2021

Concert Review: Choral Arts Society of Washington DC presents ‘A Family Christmas’ at The Kennedy Center by Kelsey Casselbury

Every year as Thanksgiving passes and December dawns, I pledge to make it a festive holiday season for my family of three by enjoying all the sights and events the DMV region has to offer. S…

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical’ at The National Theatre by Kelsey Casselbury

If the world seems rude and sad and dreary, there’s a way to make your Christmas feel much more cheery! Grab the kids (it’ll be a cinch), then head to The National to see “The Grinch!�…

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Clue on Stage’ by Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre by Kelsey Casselbury

Life is a game, and all the world’s a stage. For “Clue on Stage,” running through March 6 at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, both adages are true.  The play takes inspiration, of cou…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘All That Jazz’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company by Kelsey Casselbury

Do you ever get a longing to feel like you’re in an intimate jazz house somewhere deep in the heart of New York City? “All That Jazz,” presented by Annapolis Shakespeare Company throug…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Aladdin’ at The Kennedy Center by Kelsey Casselbury

With all the hype about Disney’s live-action remakes of classic animated films, it’s easy to forget that there has been live-action options of these stories for years (or, in some cases,…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Towards Zero’ at The Colonial Players of Annapolis by Kelsey Casselbury

A weekend at a waterfront estate escalates from simply awkward to downright murderous in “Towards Zero,” a play by the inimitable Agatha Christie (and Gerald Verner) that’s based on he…

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Winnie the Pooh’ at Adventure Theatre MTC by Kelsey Casselbury

The willy nilly silly old bear is back in “Winnie the Pooh,” a charming one-hour production that’s tailor-made for children at Adventure Theatre MTC. The musical runs through May 26, 2…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Theatre Review ‘Into the Woods’ at Ford’s Theatre by Kelsey Casselbury

“Into the Woods” is a clever musical. In fact, until Hamilton came along a few years ago, some might argue that the Stephan Sondheim-James Lapine brainchild was the most clever of musica…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Interview: Conor McGiffin, ‘Charles Frohman/Captain James Hook’ of ‘Finding Neverland the Musical’ Tour by Kelsey Casselbury

For nearly a century, Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell and the Darling siblings have been captivating audiences in mediums from print to stage to screen. Finding Neverland, which plays at…

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Review: ‘Finding Neverland’ at The National Theatre by Kelsey Casselbury

In “Finding Neverland,” a tale about the man who created the famed boy who wouldn’t grow up, there’s charm, there’s talent, and there’s even a fairy—but, in the end, the musica…

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘The Addams Family’ at Stand Up For…Theatre by Kelsey Casselbury

In the middle of Act I of “The Addams Family,” produced by Stand Up For…Theatre at Chesapeake Arts Center’s Studio 194, Gomez pleads to another character: “Ask me why! …

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Chess’ at 2nd Star Productions by Kelsey Casselbury

The history of “Chess the Musical” is nearly as fascinating as its subject matter of tensions during the Cold War. The West End (London) production opened in 1986 after first bei…

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ at Keegan Theatre by Kelsey Casselbury

There’s something magical about children’s theatre. It might be the excitement on the kids’ faces as they wait for a production to start, or it could be the awe in their eyes throughou…

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Anastasia’ at The Kennedy Center by Kelsey Casselbury

“Anastasia the Musical” may have roots in a dark and turbulent historic event, but at its heart, it’s simply a princess story — and an enchanting one at that. Those familiar…

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