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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘ ‘night, Mother’ at Spotlighters Theatre by Nancy Blum

There are no casual or accidental moments in Marsha Norman’s “‘night, Mother.” For both characters, every word spoken and every action are chillingly intentional—there are no “th…

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Monday, May 15, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Three by Yeats’ at Scena Theatre by Nancy Blum

Earth receive an honored guest;William Yeats is laid to rest:Let the Irish vessel lieEmptied of its poetry.  – W.H. Auden, 1939 With Scena Theatre’s production of “Three by Yeats,” …

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Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Nosebleed’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company by Nancy Blum

There was a sense of excitement among the crowd at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company for the opening night of “The Nosebleed,” written and directed by Aya Ogawa. I seldom think of D.C. has …

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Monday, March 6, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Synetic Theater by Nancy Blum

At first glance, the silhouette of a Gothic castle on the set of “Beauty and the Beast” seems to signal a journey to Disney’s Magic Kingdom. The thought is quickly dispelled as the cas…

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Monday, February 13, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Ghost/Writer’ at Rep Stage by Nancy Blum

This world premiere of “Ghost/Writer,” written by Dane Figueroa Edidi and directed by Danielle A. Drakes, is the penultimate production by Rep Stage at Howard Community College. The firs…

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Monday, January 30, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Lifespan of a Fact’ at The Keegan Theatre by Nancy Blum

“The wrong facts get in the way of the story,” claims writer John D’Agata (Colin Smith) in the midst of a heated discussion with fact checker Jim Fingal (Iván Carlo) in “The Lifespa…

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Sunday, January 29, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Jump’ at Everyman Theatre by Nancy Blum

Everyman Theatre’s production of “Jump” by Charly Evon Simpson opens with a young woman vaping while gazing off into the distance from upon a high bridge. She drops the vape into the w…

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Sunday, December 11, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Love’s Labor’s Lassoed’ at Lumina Studio Theatre by Nancy Blum

Lumina Studio Theatre, a youth theater company based in Silver Spring, is celebrating its twenty-fifth year with an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labor’s Lost,” set in the Ol…

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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Snow Maiden’ at Synetic Theatre by Nancy Blum

Based on the 19th-century folktale “Snegurochka” by Alexander Ostrovsky, “Snow Maiden” is a new production created and directed by Helen Hayes Award-winning choreographer and Synetic…

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Monday, November 7, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Fade’ at Unexpected Stage Company by Nancy Blum

What does assimilation into U.S. culture mean for immigrants from different Latin American countries and economic classes? The points made in “Fade” by Tanya Saracho may break no new gro…

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Sunday, October 30, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Legally Blonde’ presented by Rockville Musical Theatre at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre by Nancy Blum

“Legally Blonde,” with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach, is an energetic, feel-good story where the worst character is justly punished an…

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Lion in Winter’ at Everyman Theatre by Nancy Blum

James Goldman’s problematic “The Lion in Winter” is a well-known vehicle for actors to show off their command of language, rhythm, and sharp emotional turns. It is, in large part, a du…

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Monday, October 17, 2022

Theatre Review: Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ at Synetic Theatre by Nancy Blum

  Synetic Theater has raised Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” to terrifying life in a reanimation of their 2009 Kennedy Center production, a thrilling triumph of Gothic horror. In his pre-show…

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Good Doctor’ at Washington Stage Guild by Nancy Blum

Adapted in 1973 by Neil Simon from Anton Chekhov’s short stories, most of the vignettes in “The Good Doctor” hold up surprisingly well and still evoke laughter and tears from a modern …

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Monday, October 3, 2022

Theatre Review: A Charming ‘Twelfth Night’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by Nancy Blum

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (CSC) kicks off its year-long celebration of their 20th anniversary with a re-staging of their very first production as a professional company—William Shakes…

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Monday, September 26, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Dinner and Cake,’ a Heartfelt Feast at Everyman Theatre by Nancy Blum

Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre launches its new season with a savory world premiere, “Dinner and Cake” by Tuyết Thị Phạm. Director Paige Hernandez skillfully guides an excellent ca…

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Monday, September 12, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Trip’ at Best Medicine Rep Theater Company by Nancy Blum

Best Medicine Rep Theatre Company kicks off its sixth season with “The Trip” by Crystal V. Rhodes. Four life-long friends take two road trips, 20 years apart. The play looks at how fragi…

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