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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘After the Flood’ presented by Dominion Stage by Mary Ann Johnson

Imagine having the opportunity to interview various people who live in and around Ferguson, Missouri, and get them to really open up, even when they don’t realize how much they reveal. Thi…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Rosa Parks: Such A Time’ from The Essential Theatre, by special arrangements with See the Fruits, Inc. by Mary Ann Johnson

“We had no idea it would take so long, and be so hard.” There’s a hard truth in that statement, softly but emphatically delivered by Gwendolyn Briley-Strand as Mrs. Rosa Parks that see…

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Mothers and Sons’ at MetroStage by Mary Ann Johnson

“Mothers and Sons” is being produced in memory of Terrence McNally by MetroStage, the Board of Trustees, and Carolyn Griffin, who is the producing artistic director. A study in how quick…

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side,’ Round House Theatre in association with McCarter Theatre Center by Mary Ann Johnson

“Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side,” part of the “Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration and Influence” festival on-going at Round House Theatre, had its world premier on Sunday. T…

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Resurrection of Alice” from The Essential Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

This one-woman show is a story-teller’s dream, and Perry Gaffney, who wrote and performs it, is a storyteller. She can have you laughing, gasping, crying, nodding your head going uh-huh, a…

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘This Is Who I Am’ by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in partnership with Playco, American Repertory Theater, Guthrie Theater and t by Mary Ann Johnson

Written on an accelerated schedule (commissioned in June 2020 and ready in August 2020), then cast, rehearsed, and produced by five companies across the United States by December 2020, Sunda…

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs’ presented by Red Bull Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

Updated slightly for the Zoom, socially-distanced theatre era we’re in, “The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs” is a fun romp from the 17th century that has a subtle touch of feminis…

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Conversations Through A Bathroom Door’ presented by Dark Horse Theatre Company by Mary Ann Johnson

Dark Horse Theatre Company has come up with an ingenious new play that uses Zoom’s strengths and still gives us an insightful, funny, and wrenching work. And they accomplish it all within …

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Monday, November 9, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘GENESIS 37,’ Genome Theatre Company, at the Talos IV Festival, The Cockpit, London by Mary Ann Johnson

Once in a while a reviewer is lucky enough to review a pre-production of a new show, and then review it again when it produced for the public. I have been privileged to watch the incarnation…

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Marisol,’ presented by Theatre Morgan, Morgan State University by Mary Ann Johnson

“Marisol,” by José Rivera, is a fever-dream of a play. It is as if the normal world has lost its moorings, or mind, and people, systems, institutions are breaking down under the strain.…

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Theatre Review: ‘Roaring’ by Best Medicine Rep by Mary Ann Johnson

“Roaring” is one of the most delicious productions put on by Best Medicine Rep, and a world premier written and directed by John Morogiello, a founder of Best Medicine Rep. ‘Roaring’…

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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Twist,’ A social strategy game by theatre professionals by Mary Ann Johnson

Stage managers rule. In this innovative and imaginative venture that combines theatricality, games, and last-man-standing types of reality shows, the stage managers have gotten together and …

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Meet Me In The Nunnery’ by We Happy Few by Mary Ann Johnson

In this imaginative upending of “Hamlet,” We Happy Few has put Ophelia front and center. It’s a refreshing concept, and mostly works pretty well in this new play by Amber Smithers and …

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Joy’ presented by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

“Joy” is complicated. It’s not just a sudden childlike leap of glee with a whoopee. At least not all the time. In the hands of Synetic Theater’s cast and director, these two iteratio…

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Battle of Broken Mirrors’ presented by Scattered Players by Mary Ann Johnson

This is another world-creating, universe-hopping story brought by the same folks that brought ‘Shattered Spaces’ to streaming earlier in the pandemic. It has a similar message of unity, …

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘American Dreams’ presented by Round House Theatre by Mary Ann Johnson

This is a show that is made for our times when we have a reality TV show star as the president, and the chaos that has worn us down. Created in 2016 (or at least started to be conceptualized…

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Human Resources’ by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Telephonic Literary Union by Mary Ann Johnson

Are you comfortable with surprises? With not having a clear idea of what is happening next? With vagaries and/or vicissitudes? Of a moment of unexpected snort-laughter and then a sudden sear…

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘From the Ash Baxter Files: The Search for the Stolen Spyglass,’ by Alden Theatre by Mary Ann Johnson

“The Alden presents Drive-Thru Drama, a new model of theater…in a COVID-19 world. Drive-Thru Drama is a social-distance theater format that brings people together for live theater from t…

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Genesis 37’ streamed live by Genome Theatre in the UK by Mary Ann Johnson

“Genesis 37” was an intriguing and rather mysterious play and where it ended up was not at all expected. It was also a rather savage — in a supremely civilized fashion — takedown of …

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘QFest 3.0’ streaming by Adventure Theatre MTC, ArtsCentric, 4615 Theatre Company, and Convergence Theatre by Mary Ann Johnson

The Q-Fest Round Three was a full eight hours of theatre and talk-backs featuring 20 playwrights (five per theatre). Artists from Adventure Theatre MTC, ArtsCentric, 4615 Theatre Company, an…

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Saltwater Farm, Act Two’ brought to streaming by the Pipeline Playwrights and Metro Stage by Mary Ann Johnson

Before I start the review of the last act of this new play, let me be clear that this is a work in progress, and this was the first public reading of the entire work (over two Tuesdays). It …

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Saltwater Farm, Act One’ streaming by the Pipeline Playwrights and Metro Stage by Mary Ann Johnson

Families are never easy. Add in generations of “heritage,” familial roles, declining wealth, and seething rage, and a family business meeting becomes incendiary. . . . there was enough t…

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Virtual Pub Reading’ streaming from The Colonial Players of Annapolis by Mary Ann Johnson

On Sunday night, nearly 150 households that had signed up for The Colonial Players Virtual Pub Reading brought their A game to a mini-festival of four, one-act plays and a Mad Libs-type of a…

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Zero,’ streaming by Spooky Action Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

“Zero” is enigmatic, devious, heartbreaking, and breathtaking. Set in a private reform school/residential treatment center called St. Vedastus Academy for Misguided Teens, it does a mast…

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Tears of the Soul,’ streaming from Globe Online by Mary Ann Johnson

In 2018, Angela Wilson’s play about the Memphis sanitation workers strike in 1968 first debuted as part of the Angelwing Project in Anne Arundel County, MD. Angela Wilson is a founder and …

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Theatre Review: ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream,’ City of Fairfax Theatre Company by Mary Ann Johnson

There is good news and bad news. The good news is that the City Fairfax Theatre Company is putting on a live show. The bad news is that is was rained out last night, so I didn’t get to see…

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Spirit Seekers,’ brought to streaming by Dark Horse Theatre Company by Mary Ann Johnson

“Spirit Seekers” is a quick romp with a couple of chills and some really funny moments brought to life on Zoom through the efforts of the Dark Horse Theatre Company. It was an engaging, …

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Theatre Review: ‘Wannabe,’ brought to streaming by 4615 Theatre Company by Mary Ann Johnson

“Wannabe” is an intriguingly deep dive into the lives of five Black kids that follows them from the early 1980s to young adulthood in Front Royal, VA. There are also three white characte…

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 10,’ streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

Day 10, the final day of Synetic artists’ epic 30-story interpretations of tales from The Decameron, has come to an end. However, the stories will be available until July 31, 2020. They al…

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 9,’ streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

Day 9 finds us with three stories that explore loss and coming to grips with it in unexpected ways. All three stories of Day 9 were complex emotionally and featured the movement-based theatr…

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Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 8,’ streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

This was one day in which masks and social distancing figured prominently, and the music was striking. Day 8 was very physical and beautifully graceful. Even falling down had a poetic grace …

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