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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Twas the Night…’ presented by Cirque de Soleil at The Hippodrome by Lynne Menefee

Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever holiday production is based on “Account of A Visit from St. Nicholas” or, as it is more well-known, “The Night Before Christmas,” first published anon…

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Saturday, November 11, 2023

‘A Quick 5 ‘ with Richard Bradford and Clarence Michael Payne, Actors in ‘A Winter’s Tale’ at Folger Theatre by Lynne Menefee

“Folger Theatre continues its legacy through exciting interpretations and adaptations of Shakespeare and expands the classical canon through cultivating today’s artists and commissioning…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Chinese Lady’ at Everyman Theatre by Lynne Menefee

by Lynne Menefee and Herb Merrick Everyman Theatre is presenting the Baltimore premiere of “The Chinese Lady,” directed by Nana Dakin. Written by Lloyd Suh, the play follows the story of…

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Friday, September 29, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Wiz’ at the Hippodrome Theatre by Lynne Menefee

Review co-written by Herb Merrick and Lynne Menefee. Hold on to your hats! A tornado has hit Baltimore and this one is staying for week! Coming full circle, the revival of “The Wiz” is m…

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Monday, September 11, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ at Kennedy Center by Lynne Menefee

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” based on Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film, is currently playing at Kennedy Center. Nominated for 14 Tonys in 2021 during the pandemic, it won 10 awards including B…

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Friday, July 28, 2023

Theatre News: Fells Point Corner Theatre Announces 10x10x10 Short Play Festival by Lynne Menefee

In August, Fells Point Corner Theatre (FPCT) kicks off its 36th season with a production of ten short plays portrayed by ten actors and directed by five directors. The ninth annual 10x10x10 …

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Saturday, July 22, 2023

Opera Review: ‘The Gondoliers’ presented by the Young Victorian Theatre Company by Lynne Menefee

This year marks the beginning of the Young Victorian Theatre Company’s (Young Vic) next half century presenting works of the legendary Gilbert & Sullivan. An annual summer favorite, th…

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Monday, June 26, 2023

Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

Week of June 11, 2023 1. “One Jewish Boy” at Theater J “…thoroughly satisfying. Gruenhut delivers an emotional rollercoaster disguised as a psychological mystery, wrapped in the cloa…

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News: Washington Stage Guild Announces Its 2023-2024 Season by Lynne Menefee

Washington, DC—The Washington Stage Guild proudly announces the plays to be produced in its 2023-2024 Season will feature two area premieres and one world premiere by female playwrights al…

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Friday, June 16, 2023

Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

Week of May 28, 2023 1. “The Rocky Horror show” at Iron Crow Theatre “Under the direction of Sean Elias, it is strongly acted, beautifully choreographed, and balances favorite traditio…

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

News: Theatre Washington Celebrates 2023 Helen Hayes Awards by Lynne Menefee

Over 1,600 theatre-makers and theatre supporters attended the event at The AnthemON YOUR FEET! From GALA Hispanic Theatre Was the Night’s Big Winner with 9 Awards    WASHINGTON, DC – O…

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Thursday, May 18, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ at The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater by Lynne Menefee

  The Broadway Center Stage (BCS) series at Kennedy Center is currently presenting the Tony Award-winning, “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Billed as a musical “lovingly ripped off from t…

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Saturday, May 13, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘SIX’ at The Hippodrome Theatre by Lynne Menefee

“Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived.” Such was the fate of the six wives of Henry VIII, a very consequential English king with an appetite for women (among other thin…

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Thursday, May 4, 2023

News: KUMANANA! An Afro-Peruvian Musical Revue at GALA Hispanic Theatre by Lynne Menefee

Washington, D.C. – GALA concludes its 47th season with the premiere of KUMANANA! An Afro-Peruvian Musical Revue, conceived and directed by GALA’s co-founder Hugo Medrano with associate d…

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Friday, March 31, 2023

Top 6 Shows of the Week (+ 1) by Lynne Menefee

Week of March 19, 2023 1. “Consecrated Ground” at Laurel Mill Playhouse “…should not be missed and one of the most memorable plays I have seen in a very long time. It is another bri…

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Friday, March 24, 2023

MD Theatre Guide’s ‘Top 5 Show of the Week’ (+1) by Lynne Menefee

Week of March 12, 2023 1. “Pacific Overtures” at Signature Theatre “…a talented 10-member cast, the innovative musical numbers and clear, concise direction by Ethan Heard…a memorab…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Top 5 Shows of the Week (+1) by Lynne Menefee

Week of March 5, 2023 1. “King Lear” at Shakespeare Theatre Company “Expertly directed…fasten your seat belt for this imaginative journey into Shakespeare’s mind and soul.” – S…

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Thursday, March 16, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ at the Hippodrome Theatre by Lynne Menefee

  The touring company of Academy Award®-winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” is currently having its…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

Week of February 26, 2023 1. “Beauty and the Beast” at Synetic Theater “…an outstanding cast, notably Zana Gankhuyag in the role of the Beast.” – Nancy Blum READ review. Synopsi…

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Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

Week of February 19, 2023 1. “Into the Woods” at Kennedy Center “The casting was absolutely perfect, and the small ensemble helped keep the action tight and brisk…strongly recommend …

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Monday, March 13, 2023

Cappies Review: ‘My Favorite Year’ at Albert Einstein High School by Lynne Menefee

Picture 1954 as your favorite year, a year of swing fashion, technological brilliance, and the legendary genre that is Rock ‘n’ Roll. But, in a matter of seconds, Hollywood star Alan Swa…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Do Not Go Gentle’ at Spotlighters Theatre by Lynne Menefee

The play “Do Not Go Gentle,” written in 1996 by Suzan Zeder, takes its title from the Dylan Thomas poem. “Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close o…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Cappies Review: ‘Legally Blonde The Musical’ at Walt Whitman High School by Lynne Menefee

From Delta Nu to Harvard U, someone always wants to take advantage of the fashion-forward blonde. But what happens when she decides to take the stand? Find out with Walt Whitman’s spectacu…

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Thursday, February 23, 2023

Top 5 Shows of the Week (+1) by Lynne Menefee

Week of February 12, 2023 1. “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” at Fells Point Corner Theatre “Bizarre, dizzying, witty, tender, and spiritual…all the layered questions of morality, love, dea…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Top 5 Shows of the Week (+1) by Lynne Menefee

Week of February 5, 2023 1. “Ghost/Writer” at Rep Stage “…breathtaking…the beauty of Act One and the compelling performances by Dane Figuero Edidi in both roles are not to be misse…

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Friday, February 17, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Actor Michael Sullivan in ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ at Cumberland Theatre by Lynne Menefee

Cumberland Theatre, Western Maryland’s only regional professional theatre, is currently presenting “Murder on the Orient Express,” adapted by Ken Ludwig from the novel by Agatha Christ…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Top 5 Shows of the Week (+1) by Lynne Menefee

Week of January 29, 2023 1. “Peter and the Starcatcher” at Children’s Theatre of Annapolis “This tight, well-timed production is constantly surprising, from the unexpected opening n…

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Monday, February 6, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Sunset Boulevard’ at The Kennedy Center by Lynne Menefee

The Kennedy Center’s Broadway Center Stage series has produced another pearl with their current production of “Sunset Boulevard.” Based on the 1950 film starring Gloria Swanson and Wil…

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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Top 5 Shows of the Week (plus one!) by Lynne Menefee

Week of January 22, 2023 1. “High School Coven” at Strand Theater Company “…energized by the acting, the witty character interplay, and the effects…highly engaging direction…” …

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Friday, January 27, 2023

News: Arena Players Receives Federal Funding to Revitalize Theater by Lynne Menefee

  From Arena Players’ Facebook page:   “Hello Family!   Every now and then … we ALL get it just right! If you haven’t done so already, Please take a moment to say CONGRATULATIONS …

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News: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will present Adam Sandler with the 24th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by Lynne Menefee

Prize Will Be Awarded at the Kennedy Center at a Gala Performance on March 19, 2023. (WASHINGTON)—The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will present the 24th Mark Twain Prize …

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater