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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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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Concert Review: ‘Declassified: Ben Folds Presents Regina Spektor and Caleb Teicher’ at NSO by Kristin Franco

“We’ll pass it on to you, and you’ll blow us all away.” NSO Artistic Advisor Ben Folds continues his crusade to bring orchestral music to the masses with his concert …

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Brigadoon’ by Rockville Musical Theatre by Kristin Franco

“The mist of May is in the gloamin’, and all the clouds are holdin’ still. So take my hand and let’s go roamin’ through the heather on the hill.” Rockvill…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘King John’ at Folger Theatre by Kristin Franco

They say heavy is the head that wears the crown, but it’s even heavier when a rival nation and part of your own family see you as having usurped that crown. Power, family, loyalty, and…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘How I Learned to Drive’ at Round House Theatre by Kristin Franco

“Family is family.” This seemingly straightforward and innocuous phrase takes on new meaning in the complex and deeply personal “How I Learned to Drive,” by Paula Vog…

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Concert Review: National Philharmonic ‘Lenny’s Playlist’ at Strathmore Music Center by Kristin Franco

Leonard Bernstein might be one of the most recognizable American composers of all time. This year, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, many notable musical groups are doing tributes to hi…

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Measure for Measure’ at The Kennedy Center by Kristin Franco

“My false o’erweighs your true.” Though Shakespeare wrote those words over 400 years ago, they could not be more relevant to our world today. In the wake of “fake new…

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Kindertransport’ by Sandy Spring Theatre Group at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn by Kristin Franco

“Our immortality comes through our children and their children. Through our roots and branches. The family is immortality. And Hitler has destroyed not just branches and roots, but entire …

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Theatre Review: ‘The Last 5 Years’ by Montgomery Playhouse and Theatre @ CBT by Kristin Franco

“All I could do was love you hard and let you go.” Unfortunately, not all love stories get a fairy-tale ending, which is true of the fraught relationship of Jaime and Cathy, the …

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