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Friday, August 11, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Big Fish’ at The Keegan Theatre by Stephanie House

“Big Fish” is one of those shows whose origin feels a little bit like a game of telephone. Before it was a musical, it was a critically acclaimed movie by Tim Burton, with a screenplay b…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Night Seasons’ at Quotidian Theatre by Stephanie House

In a 1986 interview with the New York Times, screenwriter and playwright Horton Foote once said, “I’ve known people that the world has thrown everything at to discourage them, to kill th…

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Fringe Review: ‘Abortion Road Trip’ by Theatre Prometheus at Trinidad Theatre by Stephanie House

We drove up in our car and were faced with huge blown up signs of fetuses, babies, and a man on a megaphone screaming things at a couple of peaceful women in simple red sashes who blocked th…

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Fringe Review: ‘Quantum Suicide: A Professional Talk with Sophia Miller’ by Reliant Theatre in association with Nu Sass Productions at Caos on F by Stephanie House

Tennessee Williams once said, “There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself…

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘When We Were Young and Unafraid’ at The Keegan Theatre by Stephanie House

From Sarah Treem, the woman who brought you the incredibly nuanced and stimulating play “The How and The Why” comes another incredibly stimulating and nuanced play, “When We Were Young…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Master Class’ at Metro Stage by Stephanie House

Before Patti Lupone took on the role of Maria Callas in Terrence McNally’s “Master Class,” the New York Times hailed it as “actor proof.”  However, as “art is domination” …

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘H.M.S Pinafore’ at The Georgetown Gilbert and Sullivan Society by Stephanie House

My acquaintance with Gilbert and Sullivan began, as most high school theatre kids’ do, with the tongue twister song “Modern Major General” from “The Pirates of Penzance.” We wo…

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Theater Review: ‘The How and the Why’ at Theater J by Stephanie House

A play about the biological origins of menstruation? When he first heard about it, even Theatre J’s esteemed artistic director, Adam Immerwahr, remembers being skeptical. But as he worked …

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Mack, Beth’ at Keegan Theatre by Stephanie House

Does the curse of the Scottish play still apply when the play is stylized “Mack (comma) Beth”? If the audience’s reception is any indication, I would say no. Keegan Theatre has shown o…

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘The Hard Problem’ at Studio Theatre by Stephanie House

After a tirade from her tutor about the nature of human beings being derived from their status as animals and not from any superiority to the other creatures living in the world, Hilary reto…

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ at Keegan Theatre by Stephanie House

Sydney Poitier said it best when he said “So much of life, it seems to me is determined by pure randomness.” John Guare might have had this quote in mind when he was writing “Six Degre…

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Eurydice’ at NextStop Theatre by Stephanie House

“I’ll give this letter to a worm and hope that it reaches you.” With those words Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice’s absurd and ancient world is encapsulated. The play is an award-winning mode…

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Witch’ at Convergence Theatre by Stephanie House

There are few mythical creatures in our culture as pervasive as the witch. Especially around this time of year, it’s hard to go anywhere without seeing them leering at you from advertiseme…

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘What We’re Up Against’ at The Keegan Theatre by Stephanie House

It’s been quite a year for men who know next to nothing about certain industries talking over women who’ve made careers out of the same industry. I think that’s partially what inspired…

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Man of La Mancha’ at The Arlington Players by Stephanie House

Can I make a confession to you, theatregoer? “Man of La Mancha” is one of my all-time favorite plays, and this production by the Arlington Players reminded me of all of the reasons why! …

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘A Collective Rage: A Tale in Five Boops’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre by Stephanie House

At the height of the action of Jen Silverman’s “A Collective Rage: A Tale in Five Boops,” one of the Boops joyfully exclaims “art is danger and profit!” The full title: “In Essen…

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘The Last Schwartz’ at Theater J by Stephanie House

The origin story of “The Last Schwartz” is equally as endearing as its actual story. This was actually Deborah Zoe Laufer’s first play, and it was read as part of a reading of …

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Lobby Hero’ at 1st Stage by Stephanie House

In one of my previous jobs, I walked past the security guard, let’s call him Fred, every morning. Sometimes I would be running trying to get to work on time. Other times, I would be amblin…

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Theatre Review: Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at the Kennedy Center by Stephanie House

The Kennedy Center is an institution, inspiring awe from the moment you walk in the door. You get to your seat and the stage is an Elizabethan hall, with light filtering through the latticew…

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Fringe Review: ‘H5x7’ by Barabbas Theatre Company by Stephanie House

Shakespeare’s Henry V famously begins “O for a muse of fire that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention, a kingdom for a stage, princes to act and monarchs to behold the swelling…

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘We Know How You Die’ by Upright Citizens Brigade at Woolly Mammoth by Stephanie House

It seems a little presumptuous to write a review of something so amorphous as improvisational comedy. It was always an enigma to me, being so married to the written word. It was my worst sub…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Hand to God’ at Studio Theatre by Stephanie House

It’s a lovely Sunday morning in July where Jesus smiles down upon the congregation of Mount Logan Lutheran Church, who’ve just gathered round the basement in order to see the world premi…

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Waiting for Godot’ at Capital Fringe Theater Festival by Stephanie House

When J. Robert Oppenheimer was called upon to discuss his participation in the Manhattan Project and witnessing the destruction wrought by the invention, he recalled a quote from the Bhagava…

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Theatre Review: ‘Romanov’ at Capital Fringe by Stephanie House

When Lin Manuel Miranda announced at the 2009 White House Poetry Jam that he was planning on writing a rap musical based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, he was met with outright laughter.…

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Another Way Home’ at Theater J by Stephanie House

Somewhere towards the middle of Anna Ziegler’s Another Way Home, Philip turns to his wife Lillian after searching for hours for their son and demands, rather than asks of her, “What else…

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Next to Normal’ at Keegan Theatre by Stephanie House

Even in 2016, far beyond the days of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, mental Illness is a topic that is rarely brought up until it is absolutely necessary, such in instances of unspeakable destruct…

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Static’ by Tom Horan at the Source Festival by Stephanie House

Sound waves travel through the air around us, molecule by molecule until finally, they reach our ears. There are people that touch our lives in this same most fundamental way, and more than …

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Old Town Music Hall Celebrating Queen and Country’ at Kensington Arts Theatre by Stephanie House

When you walk into the Kensington Town Hall, home of the Kensington Arts Theatre, you are usually greeted with a towering bleacher structure. This show however called for an array of small r…

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Voices the Play’ by Roseprose Productions at Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint by Stephanie House

There are plays that move us, and shake us, and inspire us to act, but then there are those that inspire us to be true to ourselves and use our own voice. Voices the play written and produce…

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Caroline or Change at the Creative Cauldron by Stephanie House

The Creative Cauldron has brought Broadway to the humble town of Falls Church Virginia in their incredible production of Caroline, or Change. Matt Conner directs a cast and crew of absolutel…

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘The Who’s Tommy’ at Kensington Theatre Arts by Stephanie House

“How familiar are you with The Who’s Tommy?” This is the question that directors Carlotta Capuano and Ruben Vellekoop were presented with at the beginning of their journey into this ec…

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