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Sunday, May 3, 2020

In Memoriam: ‘A Tribute to Joe Kaplan’ by Kristin Franco

On April 22, 2020, our theatre community lost a vital and beloved member when Joe Kaplan lost his battle with COVID-19. Joe’s day job was as an attorney, and an impressive one at that. In …

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Bandstand’ at National Theatre by Kristin Franco

So often for people affected by war, the battles don’t end with one side’s victory. This harsh reality is examined in the winning and moving musical “Bandstand,” playing through Marc…

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘No Sex Please, We’re British’ at Kensington Town Hall by Kristin Franco

Be advised- there is some adult content in this review. In the days before the internet, one might have wondered where people got their pornography. Well, in Kensington Arts Theatre’s “N…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The King’s Speech’ at the National Theatre by Kristin Franco

“Duty is the sole justification of our privilege.” This belief is at the very heart of the British monarchy, and thusly it is central to the story of the “The King’s Speech,” the p…

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Next to Normal’ at The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Auditorium by Kristin Franco

“Everything is perfect; nothing’s real.” A complex tale of mental illness and a family on the brink becomes the latest entry in the stellar Broadway Center State series at the Kennedy …

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by the British Players by Kristin Franco

A DMV holiday tradition is sticking around a bit longer than usual this year, which is a treat for the end of the decade. The British Players’ annual panto is here, and this year it will t…

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

A Quick 5: ‘Anne Carrere’ by Kristin Franco

Critically-acclaimed singer and performer Anne Carrere is reprising her role as Edith Piaf in “Paris! The Show,” coming to George Washington’s Lisner Auditorium this coming Tuesday, Oc…

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Ballet Review: ‘Paquita’ at Mariinsky Ballet at The Kennedy Center by Kristin Franco

A feast for the eyes and ears, the prestigious Mariinsky Ballet sweeps back to The Kennedy Center’s lavish Opera House this week for their annual engagement. While this is something that D…

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Theatre News: ‘Ruby Griffiths Awards’ Honor Local Theatres by Kristin Franco

  This past Sunday, the local theatre community came together to celebrate an outstanding year of community theatre achievement. The 2019 Ruby Griffith awards were handed out on a gorgeous …

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Side Show’ at Wildwood Summer Theatre by Kristin Franco

Sadly, people who are different haven’t always been treated kindly by our society. This is largely true of the Hilton sisters, a pair of conjoined twins that were born in the early twentie…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Concert Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ at National Symphony Orchestra by Kristin Franco

“Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right, and what is easy.” Dumbledore’s warning acts as a harbinger of a tonal shift to the Harry P…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Oliver!’ at Kensington Arts Theatre by Kristin Franco

With well-known songs like “Where is Love,” “Consider Yourself,” and “Who Will Buy,” “Oliver!” can be considered one of the best known and beloved musicals of the 20th centur…

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Sherlock’s Veiled Secret’ at Rockville Little Theatre by Kristin Franco

The game is afoot! But with a different lens, as the women of Sherlock Holmes’ life take center stage in “Sherlock’s Veiled Secret,” presented by Rockville Little Theatre. Perhaps on…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Songs I Never Get To Sing’ at Bethesda Little Theatre by Kristin Franco

I think every performer has a song that they wished they could sing in performance, but there’s something that takes it out of your reach. In Bethesda Little Theatre’s latest cabaret sho…

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Concert Review: ‘Strathmore Annual Spring Gala’ with Matthew Morrison & Shoshana Bean by Kristin Franco

No doubt many of you are familiar with Strathmore – it is a preeminent performance venue right here in our backyard. Not only does it boast the impressive Music Center, which draws some of…

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Concert Review: ‘Iron and Wine’ with National Symphony Orchestra Pops by Kristin Franco

The album “Our Endless Numbered Days” was released in March 2004 and quickly became a definitive indie album of the decade. Sam Beam, the driving force behind the band Iron and Wine, joi…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Theatre News: Local Youth performance group Young Artists of America performs with Broadway legend Kristin Chenoweth. by Kristin Franco

When famous Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth performed earlier this month on the Strathmore Music Center stage, she was joined for her final two songs by some familiar faces: students from lo…

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Annie’ at Reston Community Players. by Kristin Franco

There’s an old adage in performance that you should never work with children or animals since they tend to steal the show. Reston Community Players do not shy away from this challenge with…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Concert Review: ‘Kristin Chenoweth’ at Strathmore Music Center by Kristin Franco

She’s a musical theatre juggernaut, she’s got one of the most unique voices in modern musical theatre, she’s… Popular! Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth made her way to our area this A…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘David Sedaris’ at Strathmore Music Hall by Kristin Franco

David Sedaris once said, “what other people call dark and despairing, I call funny.” Mr. Sedaris brought his unique and particular brand of comedy to the Strathmore stage this past week,…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

‘A Quick 5’ with Ella Gatlin, featured performer with Young Artists of America by Kristin Franco

Ella Gatlin is a junior at James Hubert Blake High School and is a member of the Young Artists of America program. She recently portrayed Cosette in their Spring musical, “Les Miserables.…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

“Theatre Review: ‘A Bronx Tale’ at National Theatre by Kristin Franco

What is more powerful: fear or love? The autobiographical musical “A Bronx Tale” explores this question, with a lot of heart along the way. Many readers will be familiar with actor Chazz…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Performance Report: ‘Titanic, the Musical’ at The Highwood Theatre by Kristin Franco

The sinking of the Titanic has transfixed our culture for over 100 years now, which you can see in its frequent re-tellings and interpretations within popular culture. Perhaps the most well-…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Concert Review: ‘Les Miserables in Concert’ by Young Artists of America at Strathmore by Kristin Franco

“Do you hear the people sing?” This weekend, you could hear an impressive group of young people sing the music of the juggernaut musical “Les Miserables,” as the Young Artists of Ame…

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Heathers, the Musical’ by Rockville Musical Theatre at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn by Kristin Franco

At Westerburg High, friendship can be murder. Rockville Musical Theatre brings this dark musical comedy to life at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn as they present “Heathers, the Musical,” now…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Noises Off’ by The British Players at Kensington Town Hall by Kristin Franco

“That’s what it’s all about: doors and sardines!” This line, uttered by director Lloyd Dallas (Roger B. Stone) would be a decent descriptor of The British Player’s production of …

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Dance Review:’Tap Dogs’ at The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theatre by Kristin Franco

When most people think of a tap dance troupe, they think a glittering group of girls on a polished stage. “Tap Dogs” is about as far from that idea as you can get; it’s a gritty and dy…

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

10 Romantic Shows to See This Valentine’s Day by Kristin Franco

February has come to the DMV, bringing with it icy-cold weather, a forecasting groundhog and, of course, romance! Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and with that, the Maryland The…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Catch Me if You Can’ by The Montgomery Playhouse at Gaithersburg Arts Barn by Kristin Franco

“A cop in the country has a thousand problems,” quips small town dick Inspector Levine (Stan Rosen). But the problem at the center of genre-defying mystery “Catch Me if You…

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Monday, December 31, 2018

Theatre Review: The Second City’s ‘Love, Factually’ at the Kennedy Center’s Theatre Lab by Kristin Franco

“If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love, actually, is all around.” But is it? The Second City takes a comedic journey through the romantic cliche…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Concert Review: ‘Mannheim Steamroller Christmas’ at Strathmore Music Center by Kristin Franco

During the holiday season, there’s never a shortage of lively entertainment options. How do you choose? Well, this year, this reviewer got the opportunity to see a performance that she…

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