All stories by Kendall Mostafavi on BroadwayStars

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Review: ‘Holiday Follies’ at Signature Theatre by Kendall Mostafavi

It’s that time of year again. Signature Theatre opened their annual Holiday Follies this week. The seasonal cabaret is packed with a set of over twenty songs including Christmas classics, …

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:57PM
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Review: ‘In Conversation with Samantha Bee…A Moderated Q&A’ at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall by Kendall Mostafavi

It was a match made in heaven: Rebecca Traister, author and commentator on feminism and politics; and Samantha Bee, Canadian-American writer, comedian, producer, and (according to TIME) one …

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:19PM
Thursday, November 23, 2017

Review: ‘Me…Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall’ at the Kennedy Center by Kendall Mostafavi

The story of Jane Goodall – primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist – has been told numerous times in various media forms. The British born naturalist is said to be the leading…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:15AM
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Review: ‘A Little Princess’ at Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theatre by Kendall Mostafavi

Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theatre has put on an original version of Francis Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess. Ellen Selby, who co-directed the show, wrote the book, with music by M…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:37AM
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Review: ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ at Little Theatre of Alexandria by Kendall Mostafavi

The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s most recent production, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, is an interesting look at family dynamics and the lingering effects t…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:42AM
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Review: ‘Assassins’ at NextStop Theatre Company by Kendall Mostafavi

NextStop opened their production of Assassins over the weekend and (all the cheesy pun intended) absolutely killed it. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman, th…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:01PM
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Review: ‘Emilie’ at Avant Bard by Kendall Mostafavi

Life is full of unanswered questions. But in Lauren Gunderson’s play, Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, the title character is given a second chance. Avant Bard is…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:12PM
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review: ‘Wilderness’ at The Kennedy Center’s Family Theater by Kendall Mostafavi

The Kennedy Center recently presented En Garde Arts’ touring production of Wilderness, a multimedia show that discusses the real-life accounts of young teens who struggle with mental healt…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:26AM
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: ‘Pippin’ at The Arlington Players by Kendall Mostafavi

The Arlington Players are entering the last weekend of their production of Pippin, a show that promises magic and fantastic feats, with book by Roger Hirson and music and lyrics by Stephen S…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:37PM
Friday, September 29, 2017

Review: ‘The Wild Party’ at Constellation Theater Company by Kendall Mostafavi

In 1928, Joseph Moncure March wrote a racy narrative poem that was received quite successfully, despite a ban resulting from its controversial content, called “The Wild Party.” A…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:01PM
Monday, July 31, 2017

Review: ‘Anne and Emmett’ at MetroStage by Kendall Mostafavi

Anne and Emmett, by Janet Langhart Cohen, is a play about an imagined conversation between two figures from history – teenagers, who were the victims of institutional terrorism. MetroS…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:20AM
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review: ‘A Grand Night for Singing’ at NextStop Theatre Company by Kendall Mostafavi

Composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II have been called the greatest writing partnership of the 20th century. Their work spans from 1943 to 1959 and includes some of the …

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:39PM
Monday, July 24, 2017

Review: ‘Bonnie & Clyde The Musical’ at Monumental Theatre Company at the Ainslie Arts Center by Kendall Mostafavi

The history of Bonnie and Clyde is well-known. Lovers, living a life of crime. Since their infamous streak of robberies and murders, which ended with the two being killed in an ambush on May…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:15AM
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review: ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ at McLean Community Players by Kendall Mostafavi

Oh the years of awkward adolescence. Who doesn’t look back on that time and cringe? No one! Which is why The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is the perfect combination of hilarity a…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:44PM
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review: ‘The Little Mermaid JR’ at BRAVO Productions by Kendall Mostafavi

Theater is a vital part of our culture. Imagination is discovered. History revealed. New ideas expressed. And the limitless lessons to be garnered from our fundamentally flawed human selves …

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:55PM
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: ‘Godspell JR’ at Bravo Productions by Kendall Mostafavi

BRAVO Productions Theatre for Young Artists strives to nurture young, local talent and offers the opportunity for those budding entertainers to perform both mainstream and classic shows on t…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:14AM
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Review: ‘The Tempest’ at Encore Stage and Studio by Kendall Mostafavi

Encore Stage and Studio closed their most recent production, Shakespeare’s comedy The Tempest, this past weekend. As the self-proclaimed “Theatre for kids, by kids,” Encore works with …

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:22PM
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Review: ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore’ at Brave Spirits Theatre by Kendall Mostafavi

Brave Spirits Theatre (BST) has recently opened two productions, performing in tandem, to present what they refer to in their press release as “Theatre for the Game of Thrones fan.” Call…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:30PM
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review #2: ‘Parade’ at The Keegan Theatre by Kendall Mostafavi

Arguments have been made that the theater is supposed to be a “safe place” where patrons can go to be entertained, away from the harshness of the world.  Yet there is a large(r) number …

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:38PM
Monday, February 20, 2017

Review: ‘The Trojan Women’ at Taffety Punk Theatre Company by Kendall Mostafavi

The feminist movement has been on the rise for decades, but with our current political and social climate, saturated with patriarchal overreach into women’s lives (and even their bodies), …

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:47AM
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Review: ‘Eclipsed’ at Howard University by Kendall Mostafavi

Howard University presented the powerful new play, Eclipsed, in their black box theater this past weekend. Eclipsed was written in 2015 by Danai Gurira (well-known for her role as Michonne o…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:38PM
Monday, January 30, 2017

Review: ‘The Lion in Winter’ at The Arlington Players by Kendall Mostafavi

This past weekend, The Arlington Players opened a solid production of the dark comedy, The Lion In Winter, by Playwright James Goldman. For those unfamiliar with the play, it is a work of fi…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:01PM
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: ‘Anything Goes’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria by Kendall Mostafavi

Cole Porter’s Anything Goes is a show that is equal parts silliness, slapstick, and shenanigans. The Little Theatre of Alexandria opened the old classic this past weekend to a sold-out hou…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:17AM
Friday, January 13, 2017

Review: ‘Bud, Not Buddy’ at The Kennedy Center by Kendall Mostafavi

Last night, The Kennedy Center presented an inspiring world premiere commission of Bud, Not Buddy. Kirsten Greenidge created the fast-paced and touchingly funny script, based on the book fr…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:57PM
Monday, December 19, 2016

Review: ‘An Irish Carol’ at The Keegan Theatre by Kendall Mostafavi

For the 6th year in a row, The Keegan Theatre is paying tribute to the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, with their production of An Irish Carol. Reimagined by Keegan company member, Matthe…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:28PM
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Review: ‘A Christmas Carol Memory’ at Creative Cauldron by Kendall Mostafavi

Right in time for the Holiday Season, Creative Cauldron has presented another installation from their Bold New Works project with the World Premiere of A Christmas Carol Memory. Adapted from…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:14PM
Monday, December 5, 2016

Review: ‘Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka’ at NextStop Theatre by Kendall Mostafavi

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka opened at NextStop Theatre in Herndon to a sold-out house this past weekend. The cast included professional actors, alongside local students, which made for a very…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:27AM
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Review: ‘DanceWorks Fall 2016’ at The George Washington University’s Department of Theatre and Dance by Kendall Mostafavi

This past weekend, The George Washington University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presented DanceWorks Fall 2016. The program consisted of nine separate dance pieces, each by a differe…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:54PM
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Review: ‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid’ at Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre by Kendall Mostafavi

Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre opened their production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid this weekend, and I had the pleasure of seeing their show with my three young boys. The m…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:41PM
Monday, September 19, 2016

Review: ‘Balloonacy’ at NextStopTheatre Company by Kendall Mostafavi

NextStop Theatre Company has been producing theatre for young audiences for almost 30 years. Their most recent show is a sweet and enjoyable story called Balloonacy from Playwright Barry Kor…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:05PM
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Page-to-Stage Festival: ‘Wendy: The Girl Who Grew Up’ at Monumental Theatre Company by Kendall Mostafavi

The Kennedy Center’s 15th Annual Page-to-Stage Festival took place on Labor Day weekend, with over 50 D.C. area theaters participating. Through free readings and open rehearsals, the Fes…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:47AM

All that Chat

2017-2018 BROADWAY SEASON