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Monday, May 15, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘In the Heights’ at NextStop Theatre Company by Peter Orvetti

It has been a decade since the Elden Street Players, an all-volunteer community theatre located in a nondescript office park in Herndon, took a leap of faith and reinvented itself as NextSto…

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Monday, May 8, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Henry IV’ by Lumina Studio Theatre at Silver Spring Black Box Theatre by Peter Orvetti

Part of the magic of Lumina Studio Theatre is that it mounts serious, artistically thoughtful productions of complex works with a young cast of all ages and makes it work for all of them and…

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Monday, March 27, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Push the Button’ at The Keegan Theatre by Peter Orvetti

The fast-paced and energetic “Push the Button” is making its world premiere at the Keegan Theatre. The hip-hop musical emerged from Keegan’s Boiler Room Series, an incubator for works …

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Monday, March 13, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen’ at Imagination Stage by Peter Orvetti

Imagination Stage has a well-earned reputation for presenting innovative children’s theatre that does not talk down to its audience. It continues to impress with “The Hula-Hoopin’ Quee…

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Monday, January 30, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Endgame’ at Washington Stage Guild by Peter Orvetti

Washington Stage Guild has mounted a production of Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” that is more than satisfactory in its parts. The acting, direction, and set and sound design are all top-n…

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Theatre Review: ‘46 Plays for America’s First Ladies’ at NextStop Theatre Company by Peter Orvetti

Five years ago, NextStop Theatre Company presented “45 Plays for 45 Presidents,” (read our review here), a collection of super-short plays about each of the men who had served in the nat…

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Monday, November 14, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘People, Places & Things’ at Studio Theatre by Peter Orvetti

The actor playing Nina in a production of “The Seagull” trips over one line and forgets another. Her scene partner tries to cover for her. She stumbles through another line or two, then …

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Friday, September 2, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Outsider’ at The Keegan Theatre by Peter Orvetti

“The Outsider” by Paul Slade Smith feels unstuck in time. First performed in 2015, the politics of this agreeable, light satire are those of 2008, and the tone and style evoke smart sitc…

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Monday, July 25, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Blue Man Group’ at the Kennedy Center by Peter Orvetti

Blue Man Group is, as the Kennedy Center website says, a “phenomenon.” Created in New York in 1987, Blue Man Group has performed for more than 35 million people on multiple continents, w…

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Capital Fringe Review: ‘All the Feels’ by Pinky Swear Productions at Capital Fringe 3 Stars by Peter Orvetti

Capital Fringe perseveres. Two years after the pandemic led to the cancellation of the 15th annual festival, Fringe has returned—a bit smaller, a bit quieter, but alive and unbowed. If the…

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Capital Fringe Review: ‘Etched Glass Decanter’ by Evening Crane Theatre at Capital Fringe Representation by Peter Orvetti

Michael Seebold’s “Etched Glass Decanter” evokes Edgar Allan Poe or the darker works of Neil Gaiman. The 70-minute play takes place in an obscure universe where dream logic prevails an…

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Capital Fringe Review: ‘Green Machine’ by Urban Idyll Theater at Capital Fringe Home Rule by Peter Orvetti

“Is this legal?” “More or less!” Welcome to the weird world of D.C. marijuana gifting. In the District of Columbia, every law comes with an asterisk. The Council can overturn a measu…

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Friday, July 15, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Beckett Shorts’ by SCENA Theatre at DC Arts Center by Peter Orvetti

If you laugh at the abyss, the abyss laughs back at you. Samuel Beckett was the funniest of the existentialists who took European thought by storm after the horrors of Nazism and the Second …

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Monday, July 11, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (and Her Dog!)’ at The Keegan Theatre by Peter Orvetti

In addition to being a prolific playwright, Lauren Gunderson is also one of the nation’s best ambassadors for science. Works like “Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonig…

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Monday, June 20, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Nollywood Dreams’ at Round House Theatre by Peter Orvetti

Currently at Round House Theatre in Bethesda, “Nollywood Dreams” is a delightful, feel-good telling of the familiar young-girl-makes-it-big-in-the-movies story set in a world that may be…

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Monday, May 2, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Revolutionists’ by Prologue Theatre at Atlas Performing Arts Center by Peter Orvetti

  Lauren Gunderson has made a name for herself—and became the nation’s most produced living playwright in each of two recent years—with a series of works that include wordy and funny,…

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Saturday, February 26, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at the Kennedy Center by Peter Orvetti

“Jesus Christ Superstar,” the current production the Kennedy Center, reminds us that it is a half-century old — or rather, a bit past that, since the “50th Anniversary Tour” was de…

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Compulsion or the House Behind’ at Theater J by Peter Orvetti

  Anne Frank is an icon. A symbol. A tragedy. Anne Frank is also a commodity. Rinne B. Groff’s “Compulsion or the House Behind,” currently at Theater J, is a lightly fictionalized loo…

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Flight’ at Studio Theatre by Peter Orvetti

“Flight” contains no live actors—and no actors at all, save for those heard over headphones. It has no traditional set, and yet has dozens of them. It is a work of immersion experience…

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Mysticism & Music’ at the Constellation Theatre Company by Peter Orvetti

“Mysticism & Music,” a newly devised Constellation Theatre piece running both in person at the Source Theatre and in streaming production, is not a play. It has no through-line of na…

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Monday, October 11, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Peter Orvetti

“Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski,” now running at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Michael R. Klein Theatre, is a searing and intimate study of a hero who thought he was a failure…

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Teenage Dick’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company by Peter Orvetti

Classic novels and plays have often been reimagined and updated with modern language in high school settings — films like “Cruel Intentions,” “Clueless,” and “Easy A” come to m…

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘A Wind in the Door’ presented by the Kennedy Center by Peter Orvetti

The real star of the Kennedy Center’s world premiere, commissioned production of “A Wind in the Door” did not herself appear on stage during the show’s just-ended run. This one-hour …

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Monday, August 16, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Moon Man Walk’ presented by Constellation Theatre Company by Peter Orvetti

With director Angelisa Gillyard’s production of “Moon Man Walk,” Constellation Theatre Company continues its tradition of exceptionally staged, visually rich performances — this time…

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Sunday, August 8, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Twelfth Night’ presented by Her Majesty & Sons by Peter Orvetti

The Her Majesty & Sons production of “Twelfth Night” is a delightful, quick-paced bit of very midsummer madness that manages to achieve theatrical intimacy even in this time of renew…

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Theatre News: Signature Theatre’s Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer Resigns in Wake of Assault Allegations by Peter Orvetti

Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer will leave his position as of next Tuesday in the wake of allegations of sexual assault. Schaeffer co-founded Signature in 1989 and has bee…

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Theatre News: Flying V Fires Artistic Director Over Sexual Harassment by Peter Orvetti

Montgomery County-based Flying V fired Producing Artistic Director Jason Schlafstein and accepted the resignation of Associate Artistic Director Jon Rubin on Monday evening following the rev…

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Theatre News: ‘Pointless Theatre’ Looks Beyond the Current Strangeness by Peter Orvetti

With theatre on indefinite lockdown throughout the region and the nation, Pointless Theatre in Washington is keeping an eye on the future. The decade-old professional company — known for s…

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Friday, March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Cancellations and Updates for Theatres in Our Coverage Area by Peter Orvetti

Maryland Theatre Guide reached out to more than 100 professional and community theatres, as well as performance venues, in our coverage region about their policies regarding the COVID-19 sit…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Theatre News: Wolf Pack Theatre Company’s ‘Puffs’ Lands in Georgetown by Peter Orvetti

Harry Potter novels involve certain tropes. There’s a mission, some unexpected setbacks, some tragedy, and ultimately triumph due to teamwork, ingenuity, and a bit of magic. All of these e…

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘’ at Taffety Punk Theatre Company by Peter Orvetti

Taffety Punk Theatre Company, one of the region’s boldest and most vital troupes, this weekend offers up a brief 10-year anniversary revival of Artistic Director Marcus Kyd’s “suicide.…

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