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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Fringe Review: ‘Home, Sweet, _____’ at Saint Augustine’s Episcopal Church Crocodile by Peter Orvetti

The best one-word description of “Home, Sweet, _____” is right there in the title. But this 40-minute clowning piece, created by Accademia dell’Arte-trained performer Collette Campbell…

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Fringe Review: ‘Kafka’s Metamorphosis: The Musical!’ by Peter Orvetti

The only bad thing to say about “Kafka’s Metamorphosis: The Musical!” is that you will not get a chance to see it at the Capital Fringe Festival. The company of the short musical poppe…

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Fringe Review: ‘Caribbean Command’ at Saint Augustine’s Episcopal Church Dove by Peter Orvetti

Audiences attending “Caribbean Command” at the Capital Fringe Festival will be presented with a stilted, repetitive debate between four members of the service over which one of them shou…

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Fringe Review: ‘Thanksgiving at Macbeth’s’ by Annexus Theatre Company by Peter Orvetti

Annexus Theatre Company’s “Thanksgiving at Macbeth’s” is a work by a very smart director and very talented actors who all work very well together. Frustratingly, despite the scads of…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Fringe Review: ‘Shakespeare’s Worst’ at Arena Stage Strawberry by Peter Orvetti

“Shakespeare’s Worst,” a Fringe Curated Series selection at this year’s Capital Fringe Festival, has at least two things in common with “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” the play at its…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Theatre News: Fauquier Community Theatre Expands Its Mission by Peter Orvetti

Fauquier Community Theatre, which marked its 40th anniversary in 2018, has been busily expanding its theatre education programs and upgrading the technical aspects of its venue while still p…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Theatre News: ‘Milburn Stone Theatre’ is Entertaining Cecil County by Peter Orvetti

Milburn Stone Memorial Theatre opened in 1992 on the North East campus of Cecil College, but its history dates back further. The Covered Bridge Theatre Company had been performing in various…

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Theatre News: ‘Stand Up For… Theatre’ Takes On Bullying and Hate by Peter Orvetti

Stand Up For… Theatre is a young company that, along with Erase Hate For Art, makes up How Do You Like Me Now Productions. The two programs work to promote acceptance and equality with the…

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘The Children’ at Studio Theatre by Peter Orvetti

Studio Theatre closes its current season with a tight, gripping production of Lucy Kirkwood’s “The Children” — nominated for Best Play at the Tonys last year — that craftily combin…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Theatre News: Silhouette Stages Brings Hit Shows To Howard County by Peter Orvetti

Columbia-based Silhouette Stages began as Shadow Block Productions in May 2003 with a production of “Quilters” — the name referred to the blocks individually sewn into the quilts. Like…

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

In Memoriam: Brian L. Dragonuk, 1953-2019 by Peter Orvetti

When I took my very first acting class at age 32, having never done so much as a school play, I asked a fellow student with more experience how people in the Washington region found their fi…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Theatre News: Colonial Players Marking 70 Years by Peter Orvetti

The Colonial Players is one of the region’s oldest continually operating non-professional theatre companies, marking its 70th anniversary this year. The very first production, “The Male …

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Theatre News: The City of Fairfax Theatre Company Meets Challenges With Ambition by Peter Orvetti

The City of Fairfax Theatre Company is marking its 10th anniversary this year. Founded by two Fairfax High School drama teachers and a team of volunteers in 2009, CFTC underwent what Artisti…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Dance Review: The Washington Ballet’s ‘Three World Premieres’ at the Shakespeare Theatre Company Harman Center by Peter Orvetti

This past weekend, The Washington Ballet again partnered with the Shakespeare Theatre Company for the debut of “Three World Premieres” of contemporary ballet at the Harman Center. The ve…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Theatre News: Castaways Repertory Theatre Brings the Old and New to Prince William County by Peter Orvetti

Castaways Repertory Theatre has been bringing stage classics like “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and modern hits like “August: Osage County” to Prince William County audiences for nearly 40…

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Arcadia’ at Lumina Studio Theatre by Peter Orvetti

Tom Stoppard’s 1993 play “Arcadia” is a complex work of ideas, and Lumina Studio Theatre’s student ensemble set itself an ambitious task in taking it on for a just-ended weekend run …

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Confection’ at Folger Theatre by Peter Orvetti

You art what you eat. Third Rail Projects’ “Confection,” a site-specific slice of immersive theatre open to very limited audiences at the Folger Theatre this month, is many things. It…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Theatre News: Aldersgate Church Community Theater Brings Quality To Fairfax County by Peter Orvetti

Aldersgate Church Community Theater has been entertaining Fairfax County audiences for three decades. Founded in 1990, the company originally mounted just one or two shows per year. Today, i…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Vanity Fair’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Peter Orvetti

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of “Vanity Fair,” directed by Jessica Stone, is a marvel and a delight, a hilarious rendition of William Makepeace Thackeray’s puckishly nast…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Theatre News: 2nd Star Productions Makes Its Own Rules by Peter Orvetti

(This is the first in a series of profiles of nonprofessional and small professional theatres in our coverage area.) Since 1996, 2nd Star Productions has been bringing nonprofessional produc…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Richard the Third’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Peter Orvetti

David Muse’s dour production of “Richard the Third” at the Shakespeare Theatre Company opts for nerve-wrenching tension at the cost of some of the protagonist’s joie de vivre. “Ric…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘The Master and Margarita’ at Constellation Theatre Company by Peter Orvetti

Constellation Theatre Company continues its run of visually lush and challenging productions with its current mounting of Edward Kemp’s adaptation of “The Master and Margarita.” My gue…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

TV Theatre Review: ‘Rent’ on Fox by Peter Orvetti

To a certain generation of theatre kid, “Rent” is a landmark, a seminal work that is also a personal milestone, akin to “A Chorus Line” a generation before and “Hamilton” a gener…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Blueberries for Sal’ at Adventure Theatre MTC by Peter Orvetti

I brought my friend Maddie along with me to review the Adventure Theatre MTC world premiere production of “Blueberries for Sal.” While I have the experience of some years as an actor and…

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Born Yesterday’ at Ford’s Theatre by Peter Orvetti

Frank Capra’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” is today seen as a sentimental bit of corn that reflects an idealism about American government that has little in common with the real thin…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Melancholy Play’ at Constellation Theatre Company by Peter Orvetti

Sarah Ruhl’s “Melancholy Play: A Contemporary Farce,” which is opening Constellation Theatre Company’s “Epic Love”-themed 2018-19 season, is a delightful confection of surrealism…

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Fringe Review: ‘Heartbreak Hitman’ at Blind Whino Turquoise by Peter Orvetti

With “Heartbreak Hitman,” which just ended its run at the Capital Fringe Festival, Washington journalist Leigh Giangreco serves up what she calls a “love letter to D.C.” in the style…

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Fringe Review: ‘Riot Brrrain’ at Blind Whino Turquoise by Peter Orvetti

Caitlin M. Caplinger’s “Riot Brrrain” is a messy, confusing, raw, and real piece of theatre that takes the experimental nature of the Capital Fringe Festival and runs with it, sometime…

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Fringe Review: ‘The Truth*’ by A Muse Zoo at Blind Whino Yellow by Peter Orvetti

The stated premise of A Muse Zoo’s Capital Fringe Festival offering “The Truth*” — an “over-the-top comedy about political power and the winners of war” — might lead on…

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Fringe Review: ‘Barococo’ by Happenstance Theatre Company at Arena Stage Cradle by Peter Orvetti

Happenstance Theater Company’s “Barococo” is a delightful hour that illustrates the full potential of the Capital Fringe Festival. Happenstance got its start with the very first Capita…

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Fringe Review: ‘Vengeance in My Heart’ at Arena Stage Cradle by Peter Orvetti

“Titus Andronicus” can be viewed as many things. Some have called it William Shakespeare’s effort to out-gore his macabre rival Christopher Marlowe; others say Shakespeare was satirizi…

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