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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Review: ‘We’re Gonna Die’ by Flying V at The Writer’s Center by Ravelle Brickman

When Farrell Parker steps out onto the black box stage at The Writer’s Center in Flying V’s version of We’re Gonna Die, something explodes. Light and sound—literally—erupt. And whi…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Review: ‘Mary Stuart’ at Olney Theatre Center by Ravelle Brickman

What does a 200-year-old literary classic have to do with the chaos of the US Congress today? A lot, according to Jason Loewith, Olney Theatre Center’s Artistic Director, who has adapted F…

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Helen Hayes Tribute Recognizes Jennifer L. Nelson as a DC Theater Trailblazer by Ravelle Brickman

Actors, by definition, play all sorts of roles. But for Jennifer L. Nelson—a theater veteran who’s been working on stage and off ever since she landed in DC at the age of 22—the multi-…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Director Laura Giannarelli Muses About ‘Ghost-Writer,’ Michael Hollinger’s Tale of Mystery and Love at Quotidian by Ravelle Brickman

Laura Giannarelli is a woman of many roles. A founder of Washington Stage Guild, she’s been a fixture of the DC stage for almost four decades. She’s been the mother-in-law from hell in G…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Yiddish Translator Nahma Sandrow Talks About Bringing a 19th-Century Masterpiece to a Modern English-Speaking Audience by Ravelle Brickman

It took a little over 120 years. But—thanks to Theater J—Jacob Gordin’s wildly popular Yiddish drama, celebrated as The Jewish Queen Lear, has made it onto the English-language stage. …

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Nancy Robinette, Winner of Last Year’s Top Theater Award, Triumphs as Aunt Lavinia in ‘The Heiress’ at Arena Stage by Ravelle Brickman

From the moment she enters—decked out in widow’s weeds and descending a carpeted stairway—Nancy Robinette commands attention. That’s not unusual, since this actor—awarded the 2018 …

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

‘Nell Gwynn:’ A London Hit Brings Laughter, Love (and a Few Flying Oranges) to the Folger Theatre by Ravelle Brickman

Nell Gwynn – as brash and bawdy as a play could be – has arrived on Capitol Hill. And what a triumph it is! The play, which had a successful run in London’s West End and won Br…

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Misha Kachman: A Russian-born Designer Sets the Stage for ‘Kleptocracy’ at Arena Stage by Ravelle Brickman

One of the scariest moments in Kleptocracy – Kenneth Lin’s drama about the struggle for power in post-Soviet Russia – occurs when the shadow of a tiger prowls the length of an…

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Review: ‘Gulf View Drive’ at Washington Stage Guild by Ravelle Brickman

Gulf View Drive is the third and final play in Arlene Hutton’s highly-acclaimed Nibroc Trilogy, which opened this week to waves of laughter and applause at the Washington Stage Guild in do…

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Monday, December 31, 2018

Is God Dead? Or Just Depressed, Lonely and Fed Up With Humankind? by Ravelle Brickman

The verdict is in. God is not dead. And rumors of his death, to paraphrase Mark Twain, have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, the deity—He, She or That Which Transcends All Else—is aliv…

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Monday, December 24, 2018

‘Talley’s Folly’ Dances Through the Holiday Season at Theater J by Ravelle Brickman

Talley’s Folly – now in its final week at GALA Hispanic Theatre on 14th Street – is a waltz. Meaning, it’s not a salsa. And it’s not a hustle, a tango or even a hot pasodob…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

From D.C. to Broadway, Hollywood, TV and Back: Victor Raider-Wexler Returns to Washington in the Role of a Lifetime by Ravelle Brickman

The role of Otto in Paula Vogel’s Indecent—the Tony Award-winning play at Arena Stage—is an actor’s dream. The play, about a Yiddish melodrama that scandalized Broadway nearly a cent…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Review: ‘Venus in Fur’ at 4615 Theatre Company by Ravelle Brickman

One of the most remarkable things about D.C. theater is its abundance of good plays, professionally produced and performed, yet often staged in places that are, to put it mildly, a bit odd. …

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Broadway Glitz in a Black Box Theater: Michael Bobbitt’s ‘Aida’ Mixes Grandeur and Intimacy at Constellation by Ravelle Brickman

Michael Bobbitt gets around. This master-of-all-trades, whose adaptation of Aida is now playing to sold-out audiences at Constellation Theatre, has danced, directed and choreographed his way…

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Rick Foucheux Returns to Quotidian: Retired Acting Legend Presents Backstage Comedy at Fundraiser by Ravelle Brickman

When Rick Foucheux, the award-winning actor whose work has dazzled DC audiences for 35 years, decided to retire last year, it wasn’t because he was tired of the stage. He just wanted to fo…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Kelsey Hunt Dresses the Stars in Ford’s Frothy Revival of ‘Born Yesterday’ by Ravelle Brickman

“Born Yesterday is a winner.” Those are the words of my colleague, David Siegel,  whose review of the gloriously effervescent comedy that just opened at Ford’s Theatre is full of sup…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Timothy Douglas: The Voice Behind ‘Small Mouth Sounds’ at Round House Theatre by Ravelle Brickman

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a disembodied voice floating above the seats at the Round House Theatre this month. The voice belongs to Timothy Douglas, an award-winning director who…

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A New Dynasty Commands the Stage in the Folger Theatre’s Macbeth by Ravelle Brickman

“The moon is down; I have not heard the clock.” Those words—spoken by 10-year-old Owen Peakes in the Folger Theatre’s startling new production of Macbeth—send a faint tremor throug…

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Surrealism on Stage: Behind the Doors at Sarah Ruhl’s ‘Melancholy Play’ at Constellation Theatre by Ravelle Brickman

Imagine a cluster of windows without walls, set against a backdrop of doors. And imagine a stage with a floor whose texture resembles sand. Those are just a few of the images—improbable as…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

2018 Capital Fringe Review: ‘up your aesthetic’ by Ravelle Brickman

Although it is aesthetically pleasing—beautifully designed and performed—up your aesthetic has nothing to do with aesthetics, per se. Instead, the production—which opened at the Blind …

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

2018 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Burn Out Blessings’ by Ravelle Brickman

Imagine a classroom decorated for a birthday party. On the table is a cake, party hats, paper napkins, and plates; a banner is tacked on the wall. Ambling back and forth in this classroom is…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

2018 Capital Fringe Review: metamorphose by Ravelle Brickman

Jo Williamson is the creator and performer behind metamorphose, a solo production stitched together out of some musical storytelling and the patterns of Martha Graham-like modern dance. As i…

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2018 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Love in Three Scenes’ by Ravelle Brickman

Love in Three Scenes, which opened during the second week of this year’s Capital Fringe,  is not so much about love per se as it is about the lack thereof, particularly on the part of our…

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2018 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex & My Mother’ by Ravelle Brickman

Solo performances are among the most difficult in show business. Without other actors to parry dialog or set up jokes, the entertainer can easily end up putting an audience to sleep. Luckily…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

2018 Capital Fringe Review: The Tragical Comical Fool’s Game by Ravelle Brickman

Shakespeare is alive and well at this year’s Fringe, and that includes both the usual adaptations and some of the more surprising spin-offs. One of the most entertaining of the latter—qu…

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

2018 Capital Fringe Review: ‘O Monsters’ by Ravelle Brickman

Against a background of black timber walls, a beautiful dark-haired woman stretches out languorously on a table. Dressed in a skimpy black nightgown, she moves like a dancer. On the floor, t…

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Monday, July 9, 2018

2018 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Vandal’ by Ravelle Brickman

The Vandal, which opened to a sold-out audience on the first weekend of the 2018 Capital Fringe, is a comedy about loss. It’s also a bittersweet riff on death, performed by a trio of talen…

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Profile: Naomi Jacobson Lends Laughter and Innocence to ‘The Remains’ at Studio Theatre by Ravelle Brickman

The Remains, a brand new one-act play that’s been generating rave reviews since its opening at Studio Theatre two weeks ago, is a witty and wise meditation on marriage. By turns funny and …

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Rising Stars: Emily Pogorelc in the Washington National Opera’s ‘Candide’ by Ravelle Brickman

When Emily Pogorelc bursts onto the stage in the Washington National Opera’s current production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, there is a shock of laughter. Pogorelc plays Cunegonde, th…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Profile: Chris Stezin Plays a Rock Music Diehard in the ‘Undeniable Sound of Right Now” by Ravelle Brickman

Chris Stezin is a prolific playwright whose last play—produced at The Keegan Theatre in January of 2017—was Mack,Beth, a contemporary take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Now he’s back at …

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Friday, May 4, 2018

A Modern Classic Takes on Epic Proportions: Constellation Theatre Brightens Brecht’s Manifesto, Adds Musical Makeover to ‘Caucasian Chalk Circle by Ravelle Brickman

Last week, I decided to venture off my usual path and check out the Constellation Theatre, which performs at Source in the lively 14th Street corridor. What lured me there was the chance to…

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