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Friday, November 10, 2017

Review: ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ at Sandy Spring Theatre Group by Mark Ludder

I heard Kris Kringle (played by Harley Venton) tell little Susan Walker (Leah Packer): “…Imagination is a place all by itself. Now, you’ve heard of the French nation? … And the B…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Review: ‘Lost In Yonkers’ at Peace Mountain Theatre Company by Mark Ludder

I had a Great Aunt whose fourth floor walk-up apartment was very much on display when I entered the performance space at Har Shalom. I wondered if set designers Maggie Moddig and Steven Lesh…

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Review: ‘The Canterville Ghost’ at The Montgomery Playhouse by Mark Ludder

Just as you are taking down your Labor Day bunting and searching for last year’s fall decorations, there arrives a bit of spooky mystery and merriment for the whole family to enjoy. The Mo…

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Review: ‘The Legend of Pufferfish Pat’ at InterAct Story Theatre by Mark Ludder

Pufferfish Pat is hardly your run of the mill Cowboy name. In fact, it’s so unusual that the cowboy it identifies gets “madder than a wet hen!” whenever it is mentioned. His face turns…

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Review: ‘Seussical The Musical’ at Wildwood Summer Theatre by Mark Ludder

Hurry to see Seussical the Musical! This may be one of our area’s most popular theatrical events in no small part because it invites performers of all ages. Yet this particular performance…

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review: ‘Rent’ at the National Theatre by Mark Ludder

Okay, twenty years ago I was more concerned with raising kids than living rough on the street, but that’s what the current tour of Rent celebrates. Where to live, how to love, finding work…

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Review #1: ‘An American Daughter’ at Montgomery Playhouse and Arts on the Green by Mark Ludder

Humanity can never quite manage to get out of its own way. And that’s a good thing for the entertainment industry. Since “there is nothing new under the sun,” there is constant materia…

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Review: ‘Adam & Anthony Live’ at Strathmore by Mark Ludder

Suppose your two best friends were really talented and you invited them over to sing and tell stories and a few of your other friends found out and showed up to listen and it turned out to b…

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Review: ‘Pygmalion’ at The British Players by Mark Ludder

I envy the folks lucky enough to have attended the opening night performance of George Bernard Shaw’s brand new play Pygmalion in 1913. They were afforded an unfiltered observation of cla…

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Review: ‘Footloose’ at Quince Orchard High School by Mark Ludder

WOW!!! Actual bouncing off walls, excitement, enthusiasm and synchronized choreography – and that was just maneuvering into a parking space out front! Footloose Director Nicholas Jullian S…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Review: Beethoven’s ‘Leonore’ at Washington Concert Opera by Mark Ludder

Washington Concert Opera (WCO) concluded its 30th anniversary season with a rare performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Leonore on stage at the George Washington University Lisner Auditoriu…

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Review: ‘Bo Dacious and Liz Russo’ at AMP Powered by Strathmore by Mark Ludder

There’s this hot little night club right across from some swanky automobile dealerships in a neighborhood calling itself Pike & Rose. The venue hosts a wide variety of arts and enterta…

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Review: ‘Image China: Confucius’ at The Kennedy Center by Mark Ludder

It seemed fitting somehow during a full moon, on Friday the thirteenth, to be attending Confucius on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Kong Dexin, a 77th-generation direct descendent of…

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Review: The Choral Arts Society of Washington’s ‘A Choral Arts Christmas’ at The Kennedy Center by Mark Ludder

I love choral music. I love the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. I’ve been looking forward to this performance. Everything musical was wonderful during the evening. Even as the doors opened, a…

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Review: The Washington Chorus’ ‘A Candlelight Christmas’ at The Kennedy Center by Mark Ludder

Once the energized crowd was seated and ready, Conductor and Music Director Julian Wachner had us all stand up for some vocal warm ups.  Moans, laughter and hearty Ho, Ho, Ho’s were enoug…

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Review: ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ at Adventure Theatre/Musical Theatre Center by Mark Ludder

Once again I was faced with the question: “How are they going to pull this off?” I mean a two person cast with easily a dozen significant characters in the original text – somethings g…

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Review: The Capital Hearings at AMP by Strathmore by Mark Ludder

I came to review the venue as well as the performance so I need to share a bit about both. First of all AMP by Strathmore is a swanky nightclub nestled at the corner of Montrose Road and Roc…

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Review: ‘The Comedy of Errors…at Colonus’ at Lumina Studio Theatre (Blue Cast) by Mark Ludder

The Comedy of Errors at Colonus: Uauthorized by William Shakespeare and Sophocles, adapted and directed by David Minton on December 3, 2016, at 7 PM, performed by the blue cast. I wonder if…

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Review: The NSO Pops: ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’: Film with Live Music at The Kennedy Center by Mark Ludder

The most significant difference between entering your neighborhood cinema to catch the latest PG film offering and traversing the Hall of Nations to enter the Grand Foyer at The Kennedy Cent…

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Review: ‘The Waiting Room’ at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center by Mark Ludder

Inside Montgomery College (MC) Online advertised The Waiting Room by Lisa Loomer as, “a dark comedy about the timeless quest for beauty–and its cost.” Director Dennis Mulligan mast…

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Review: ‘Almost, Maine’ at Quince Orchard High School by Mark Ludder

“If needed, use additional sheets.” I remember always being curious how anyone writing a High School exam essay could ever write enough to need additional sheets. Then I had the opportun…

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Review: ‘Postmortem’ at Montgomery Playhouse by Mark Ludder

In partnership with Montgomery Playhouse, Arts on the Green presents Postmortem, a thrilling mystery by Ken Ludwig. Unravelling the relationships between cast members on holiday in a whodun…

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