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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Lasso of Truth’ by Towson University Department of Theatre Arts by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

The play “Lasso of Truth” by Carson Kreitzer, which is now playing at Towson University Department of Theatre Arts under the direction of Steven J. Satta, dives into the origins of femal…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

‘A Quick 5’ with Paul Morris, director of MAD Production’s ‘Steel Magnolias’ by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

“Steel Magnolias” is a much-beloved Robert Harling play and later film of the same name that traces the lives of a small group of southern women as they frequent friend Truvy’s home be…

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Theatre Review: ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: In Concert’ at The Heritage Players by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

The song may say that “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” but the co-starring brunette was equally appealing as the blonde in this fantastic “In Concert” production put on by The Heritage Pl…

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Crowns’ by Creative Cauldron by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

“Crowns” is a fantastic musical now playing at Creative Cauldron that proudly details the important role that women’s hats have played in the black community and church. Written by Reg…

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Amen Corner’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Shakespeare Theatre Company offers a taut, emotionally charged production of James Baldwin’s “The Amen Corner” under the direction of Whitney White. … a powerful, not-to-be-missed pr…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Murder and comedy unite in a top-notch production of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps,” now playing at Annapolis Shakespeare Comedy under the direction of Sally Boyett. Boasting only f…

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Concert Review: ‘Holidays on Tap’ by Unexpected Stage Company by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

 “Holidays on Tap” by Unexpected Stage Company put on one of the best holiday shows in the area this past Saturday night. Featuring pianist Hope Udobi Nwachukwu, vocalist Porsche Vander…

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Calamity in Camelot’ by A Taste For Murder Productions by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Whether you’re looking for a fun solo outing or a date night, A Taste For Murder Productions in residence at The Kentlands Mansion offers a whimsically delightful way to spend an afternoon…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Fringe Review: ‘Neverlanding’ presented by Amanda Zeitler by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

It doesn’t really matter who you are – if you love all things Peter Pan, if you saw “Hook” with Robin Williams once or twice, if you love re-tellings of classic tales, or plays relat…

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Fringe Review: ‘meg jo beth amy & louisa’ by Tier5 by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

If you’re a fan of the children’s classic novel “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, you will adore this adaptation by Tier5 – and even if you’re not a fan or have never heard of…

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Fringe Review: ‘Passing’ at Indian Ocean Theatre Company by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

“Passing” is a play about one fictional Jewish family’s connection to the Holocaust. On one hand, I am always grateful for any work that shines a light on the Holocaust because to “n…

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Concert Review: ‘Youssou N’dour’ at Strathmore Music Hall by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Rolling Stone has called Grammy-winning Senegalese singer Youssou N’dour “one of the most beloved artists in the entire continent of Africa” and it was clear on Wednesday night at Stra…

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Jubilee’ by Arena Stage by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

African American spirituals are ingrained in our present day culture – sung in churches, taught in school music curriculums, lauded for their tragically powerful history and acknowledged f…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Clothes for a Summer Hotel’ at Rainbow Theatre Project by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

What could make a play by the great Tennessee Williams close after only fifteen performances in its original Broadway run, thus earning the title of the most disparaged play of his career? A…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Concert Review: ‘Let Freedom Sing’ by Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC doesn’t shy away from grappling with tough questions, and last year the chorus had many internal discussions about whether or how they should conti…

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Jeffrey’ by Rainbow Theatre Project at DCAC by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Rainbow Theatre Project’s latest offering is the early 1990s Paul Rudnick play “Jeffrey,” written and set during the AIDS crisis and directed by Robert Mintz.  Through the lens of…

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘School of Rock’ at National Theatre by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Jack Black’s hit movie “School of Rock” comes to life at National Theatre featuring new music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and an amazingly talented cast of children who actually play their …

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A Quick 5 with Marion Glatz, Producer of ‘Salute to Vienna’s New Year’s Concert’ by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

I was delighted to speak this week with Marion Glatz, co-producer with her husband Attila of “Salute to Vienna,” a New Year’s Concert that emulates Vienna’s long-stan…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Concert Review: ‘The Holiday Show’ by Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (just read my past reviews) and for good reason – their technically flawless vocals blend with humor and p…

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

If autumn has you feeling nostalgic, you’ll definitely want to head to Toby’s Dinner Theatre for the Fats Waller musical revue “Ain’t Misbehavin” directed by Monique Midgette. Feat…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Amour’ at NextStop Theatre Company by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

If you’re looking for a delectable patisserie of music, color, and whimsy, look no further than “Amour,” a Broadway musical based on a classic French fable, now playing at NextStop The…

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Fringe Review: ‘Burn Out Blessings’ by Al Baker by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

One-person show “Burn Out Blessings” by Al Baker, now playing at Capital Fringe Festival, gives a raw and touching depiction of a new teacher’s arduous journey to cope with the stress …

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Fringe Review: ‘Shopworn’ by playwright Derek Hills by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

“Shopworn,” written by Derek Hills and directed by Bryanda Minix, is a story about two ideologically opposed brothers who inherit their mother’s southern thrift shop when she dies. Aid…

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Secrets of the Universe (And Other Songs)’ at The Hub Theatre by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

It is rare to see a play that is so perfect that it becomes divine as it bestows gifts of transcendence upon its lucky audience, so I heartily encourage you to seek out “Secrets of the Uni…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘The Legend of Georgia McBride’ at Round House Theatre by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Round House Theatre is currently offering the regional premiere of “The Legend of Georgia McBride” by playwright Matthew Lopez, which I attended on Monday, June 11, 2018. Featuring a sma…

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Concert Review: ‘TransAmerica’ by Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

When you’re at a concert that both moves you to tears and stuns you with the quality of musicianship, you know you’re watching the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, under the directi…

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Music News: Local Band NBTF Opens for Bon Jovi at Capital One Arena by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

Bon Jovi’s final stop on their American “This House Is Not For Sale” tour was Monday night, May 14, 2018 at Capital One Area in Washington, D.C. and local band NBTF, made up of Virgini…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ at Kensington Arts Theatre by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” is a delightful musical based on an Australian movie of the same name, which was remade as the American film “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie…

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Concert Review: ‘The Holiday Show’ by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC at Lincoln Theatre by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

An elf in holiday briefs struts across the stage carrying a sign that reads “One year later…” Where else could we be except at the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC’s …

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Theatre Review: ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ at Silver Spring Stage by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

‘Tis the season for church parents and Sunday School teachers to stress out about the annual Christmas children’s program and whether you’ve experienced the “joys” of w…

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Me… Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall’ at Kennedy Center Family Theater by Liz Ruth-Brinegar

The Kennedy Center is now presenting a newly commissioned musical entitled “Me… Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall” based on a biographical children’s pi…

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