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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Concert Review: ‘Sarah McLachlan’ at Strathmore Music Center by Morgan Halvorsen

Sarah McLachlan’s singing, remarkably, hasn’t changed much in the past 20 years. There’s a startlingly intimate quality to her voice and to her music that’s virtually…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Other Life Forms’ at Keegan Theatre by Morgan Halvorsen

“Other Life Forms,” now playing at the Keegan Theatre, is a profound examination of what it means to be human, as seen by someone who (probably) isn’t. The world premiere b…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Opera Review: ‘Theo Hoffman and Bradley Moore’ at Vocal Arts DC by Morgan Halvorsen

As a storm loomed outside on March 20, 2018, baritone Theo Hoffman and pianist Bradley Moore braved the wintry spring weather to present a program at the Kennedy Center called Abendphantasie…

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Opera Review: ‘Christoph Prégardien and Julius Drake’ at Vocal Arts DC by Morgan Halvorsen

Vocal Arts DC’s Feb. 24 concert was a series of Lieder by Franz Schubert. Schubert, though he died before his 32nd birthday, left behind an impressive repertoire of music, including so…

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Opera Review: ‘Dorothea Roschmann and Malcolm Martineau’ at Vocal Arts DC by Morgan Halvorsen

Vocal Arts DC’s Feb. 8 concert was a Liederabend, a series of German art songs, largely from the Romantic era. Thematically, the series told the stories of four women—Mignon, the wai…

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Hamlet’ at the Shakespeare Theatre Company by Morgan Halvorsen

“Hamlet” is the longest Shakespeare play and certainly among the playwright’s most well-known. It tells the story of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, who returns home from univer…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Opera Review: ‘Tara Erraught and John O’Conor’ at The Kennedy Center by Morgan Halvorsen

If you had gone into Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught’s recital at the Kennedy Center on Jan. 9 expecting a series of music from her homeland, you would have been sorely mistaken — …

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Les Miserables’ at the National Theatre by Morgan Halvorsen

The June Rebellion of 1832 lasted all of two days, a short-lived revolution in Paris that had little lasting effect on the world of French politics. Its cultural impact has been much farther…

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Opera Review: ‘The Little Prince’ at The Kennedy Center by Morgan Halvorsen

At this time of year, as the days end earlier and the nights get darker, it’s easy for the world around us to seem a little more strange than usual. After all, it’s the time of year when…

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Opera Review: ‘Andrei Bondarenko and Gary Matthewman’ at The Kennedy Center by Morgan Halvorsen

Vocal Arts DC’s Dec. 5 offering at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater featured Andrei Bondarenko, a Ukrainian baritone, and Gary Matthewman, a British pianist, performing a program exc…

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Opera Review: ‘New York Festival of Song’ at The Kennedy Center by Morgan Halvorsen

The Kennedy Center’s newly reopened Terrace Theater feels like the perfect place for a tribute to Leonard Bernstein — it’s vibrant but intimate; unique, but working within …

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Sotto Voce’ at Theater J by Morgan Halvorsen

In 1939, the S.S. St. Louis fled Nazi Germany with nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees on board, headed for Havana, Cuba. When the ship arrived in Cuba, however, only a few passengers were allowed …

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Theatre Review: “Brighton Beach Memoirs” at Theater J by Morgan Halvorsen

It’s 1937, and Europe is on the brink of war. In the United States, the Great Depression lingers, evident even in the house of Eugene Morris Jerome (Cole Sitilides), a teenage Brooklynite …

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Dance Review: ‘Kylián, Peck, Forsythe’ by The Washington Ballet at Sidney Harman Hall by Morgan Halvorsen

It’s difficult to know what to expect with modern ballet, especially when it’s not a standard, story-driven piece like “Sleeping Beauty” or “The Nutcracker.R…

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Opera Review: ‘Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber’ at Theatre of the Arts by Morgan Halvorsen

Tuesday night’s Vocal Arts DC performance at University of District of Columbia’s Theatre of the Arts, featuring famed baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber, was compl…

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘The Second Shepherd’s Play’ at Folger Shakespeare Theatre by Morgan Halvorsen

These days, people’s thoughts turn to Christmas before we even hang up our Halloween costumes. Carols fill the air, TV starts airing Charlie Brown and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,”…

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Opera Review: ‘Ben Bliss and Lachlan Glen’ at Theatre of the Arts by Morgan Halvorsen

The UDC Theatre for the Arts is a rather unassuming, spartan building tucked into a corner of the University of the District of Columbia’s campus. The actual theater inside, however, is st…

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘Can’t Complain’ at Spooky Action Theater by Morgan Halvorsen

The setting of Christine Evans’s Can’t Complain, now playing at Spooky Action Theater and is part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, can be unnerving to anyone who has…

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Opera Review: ‘Carmen’ by WNO at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by Morgan Halvorsen

Carmen, now playing at the Kennedy Center, is uniquely brilliant. From the very first moment of its robust overture, echoing the now-iconic “Toreador Song” of the second act, the…

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘Tying the Knot’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre by Morgan Halvorsen

Tying the Knot, a Baltimore Playwrights Festival production now playing at Fells Point Corner Theatre’s Sokal Stage, is about a gay man who decides to marry a woman. With that single p…

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘One in the Chamber’ at Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint by Morgan Halvorsen

Walking into Flashpoint for the production of One in the Chamber feels almost unsettlingly voyeuristic. The black box stage has been transformed into a disorganized suburban dining room, the…

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Fringe Review: ‘The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle’ by Morgan Halvorsen

Last month, 21-year-old Dylann Roof walked into a South Carolina church and killed nine people with the apparent intention of starting a “Race War.” While the dialogue in news me…

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Fringe Review: ‘The Winter’s Tale’ at We Happy Few by Morgan Halvorsen

Walking into the Mead Theatre Lab for We Happy Few’s performance of The Winter’s Tale feels a little like stepping into a dream. The black box theatre is lined with gauzy white c…

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’ at Woolly Mammoth by Morgan Halvorsen

The Second City is notable for its vast number of talented alumni, including John Belushi, Dan Akroyd, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and countless others. These alumni are noted fo…

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ at Keegan Theatre by Morgan Halvorsen

At just shy of three hours long, Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof can be a difficult play to sit through–there are few moments of levity to lighten what amounts to an e…

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘The Book of Mormon’ at the Kennedy Center by Morgan Halvorsen

Any avid fan of South Park will know that creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have a very evenhanded approach when covering issues of religion–universal satire. Their Broadway musical …

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘Last of the Boys’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre by Morgan Halvorsen

The Vietnam War was a difficult and controversial event in American history. Young men died by the thousands, surrounded by enemies, half a world away from their homes. And sending them ther…

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘The Flying Dutchman’ at the Kennedy Center by Morgan Halvorsen

Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, directed by Stephen Lawless and now playing at the Kennedy Center, begins with a long overture set against a backdrop of rolling ocean waves, fram…

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘Dunsinane’ at the Shakespeare Theatre Company by Morgan Halvorsen

There is no other play in Shakespeare’s canon that conjures the power of fear and superstition the way Macbeth does. From the first appearance of the witches, it’s made clear tha…

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘La Sonnambula’ with InSeries at Source by Morgan Halvorsen

The InSeries’ Artistic Director Carla Hubner noted at the beginning of Saturday night’s performance of Vincenzo Bellini’s La Sonnambula that it was a “bigger piece th…

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘In Praise of Love’ at the Washington Stage Guild by Morgan Halvorsen

  According to the Washington Stage Guild, their production of In Praise of Love is the first Terence Rattigan play produced in Washington, DC since In Praise of Love premiered at the K…

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