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Friday, November 13, 2020

Review: El Perro del Hortelano (The Dog in the Manger) from GALA Hispanic Theatre by Susan Galbraith

February 8, 2020 I sat in GALA’s historic entertainment “palace” to review Nilo Cruz’ Exquisita Agonia. It was the last time (pre-Covid) I enjoyed live theater. Nine months later, Ma…

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Friday, November 6, 2020

Review: The interrogation of Alberto Gonzales hits its musical mark in Gonzales Cantata by Susan Galbraith

Election night 2020 IN Series opened a cantata-as-opera based on the Senate Judiciary hearings of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. It was bold enough that Artistic Director Timothy Nelson …

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Review: Synetic’s Joy! Maria Simpkins balances defiance with cheeky humor by Susan Galbraith

I click on the link and settle in for the new show, Joy!, delivered into my living room by Synetic Theater. A special surprise “Joy” box at my side ready to be opened. Check.  Glass of …

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Opera Review: Miranda: A Steam Punk VR Experience, LUMA’s bold experiment by Susan Galbraith

Steam Punk as a style launches viewers into a futuristic universe while it casts a glance backwards nostalgically to a simpler, more elegant world. Miranda: A Steam Punk VR Experience create…

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Susan Galbraith

Ruth Bader Ginsburg well earned the sobriquet “Notorious.”  Everything about her seemed to live in happy contradiction. She followed her mother’s “dueling” advice: always to be a …

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Opera Lafayette heads to Colorado cattle country for live open air performances of The Blacksmith by Susan Galbraith

Learning about performance companies leaping into bold adventures and rediscovering the impulse of sharing their art in new creative ways has never been more welcome. Opera Lafayette, a comp…

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Review: Synetic Theater’s The Decameron, Day 10. It’s a wrap! by Susan Galbraith

We have come to the end of Synetic Theater’s series of short videos based on Giovanni’s classic “in-the-time-of-the-plague” entertainments. Like one of those imported Masterpiece The…

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Review: Synetic Theater’s The Decameron, Day 9. Imaginings run wild by Susan Galbraith

Boccaccio’s world of The Decameron continues as cyber-theater for two more rounds of short videos by Synetic Theater’s company members and close associates. Imbedded in the program is o…

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Review: Synetic Theater’s The Decameron, Days 7 & 8. Unraveling minds. by Susan Galbraith

In trying to capture the times of our modern plague, the sum of the Synetic artists who have made these short performance works have shown us life as it has been reduced: clowns in cramped s…

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Review: Synetic Theater’s The Decameron, Day 5, a silent trio of humor and noir by Susan Galbraith

Day 5 brings us three new short works by Synetic Theater members as studies on life in the time of Covid. Kat Cárdenas-Cruz put a smile on my face with her short piece, “An Artist Struggl…

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Review: Synetic Theater’s The Decameron, Day Three. From somber to sexy by Susan Galbraith

”And how shall we entertain ourselves?” the characters in Boccaccio’s 14th century story collection, The Decameron, keep asking, and each in turn tells a tale. In Day 3 of Synetic Thea…

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Review: Synetic Theater’s The Decameron, Day Two by Susan Galbraith

In Ronald Harwood’s 20th-century play about the theater, The Dresser, the title character says of his friend who was in crisis due to depression, “What saved him was an offer of work.”…

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Review: Synetic’s artists interpret three stories from 14th century plague novel, The Decameron. Day 1 by Susan Galbraith

When society seems bound together in a single shared experience, that is often the time when a work of art resurfaces, offering itself up as metaphor and speaking directly to the times. Duri…

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Francesca Zambello: Thoughts on opera in the time of Covid by Susan Galbraith

On May 13th, Opera America launched its first annual conference online, marking the organization’s Fiftieth Anniversary. Over 1200 people had signed in when I checked the count of attendee…

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Monday, May 4, 2020

There is good news for audiences watching theatre online. And it’s not just that it’s free. by Susan Galbraith

Strange times have given us just that: time. Specifically, all of us have time inside to experience performances on our home screens. Individual artists and companies are scrambling to mater…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

From The Women Composers Festival. Timothy Nelson introduces the women and the music that will “surprise, delight, and inspire” by Susan Galbraith

This first weekend in March brings together works from some extraordinary women working in exciting new directions today in the realm of ‘opera and beyond.’  In Series hosts a Women Com…

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Opera review: Don Giovanni meets the #MeToo movement by Susan Galbraith

It was inevitable. Don Giovanni would have to face the match of his life against the #MeToo movement. The problem is this production, not two years after the resplendent WNO production direc…

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Opera review: Samson and Delilah. Modern technicals make this rarely seen story “an opera for the senses” by Susan Galbraith

Opening night came on a Sunday afternoon for Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns. It’s an opera not seen in Washington for ages, and, headlined by the ravishing J’Nai Bridges, the…

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Opera review: Beethovan’s Leonore from Opera Lafayette by Susan Galbraith

Opera Lafayette has taken on a prodigiously ambitious task in tackling the “reawakening” of Ludwig van Beethoven’s single operatic masterpiece (Fidelio) by giving us the composer’s e…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Review: World Stages: Heroine. A disappointing production of a powerful wartime story by Susan Galbraith

I mostly love the works brought to DC by The Kennedy Center’s World Stages. I love the sub-genre of one-person shows. I also take a serious interest and have been involved in working with …

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Review: GALA’s Exquisita Agonía (Exquisite Agony), visually and emotionally stunning by Susan Galbraith

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz has come to Washington’s GALA Hispanic Theatre to direct his most recent play, and has unleashed from his prodigiously creative mind something l…

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Review: World Stages: Huff. A dazzling young performer delivers hard truths by Susan Galbraith

A stranger comes to town. He changes things up. He sheds a light on deep darkness.  There are things the people don’t want to see but can’t look away. There is something of the shaman a…

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns at Arena Stage, a harrowing Afghan drama by Susan Galbraith

Carey Perloff’s opening scene of the staged adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s shattering novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, moves with breathtaking beauty. Two women in one direction and a m…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

2020 trends in Opera: DC area opera companies are confronting race, sex and gender discrimination by Susan Galbraith

It was a rare pleasure to share the stage at the Smithsonian Institution’s S. Dillon Ripley Center less than a week ago with colleagues who are also in the business of reviewing the perfor…

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Opera review: Glory Denied, a heartbreaking story of the Vietnam War and its aftermath by Susan Galbraith

For many of us in the audience of UrbanArias’ new production, Glory Denied, the Vietnam War is not distant history.  Like the characters in this opera by Tom Cipullo, we carry that war in…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Review: Three new operas showcased in WNO’s AOI Festival 2020. Is the development process working? by Susan Galbraith

2020 marks the 8th year of Washington National Opera’s showcase of new compositional teams working in the most specialized art form of opera in a rollout of three twenty-minute operas. It…

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Review: Le Cabaret de Carmen. In Series kick-starts the new decade with an LGBTQ Carmen by Susan Galbraith

In 1981, the once enfant terrible of stage and screen, Peter Brook, then seasoned into arguably the most formidable theatre director in the world, took the opera world by storm with his radi…

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Review: Bartlett Sher’s My Fair Lady, a fresh, loverly production with a curiously unsatisfying end by Susan Galbraith

Everyone has a special memory of their first musical. Mine was My Fair Lady. It had opened in London in 1958 on Drury Lane after taking Broadway by storm, and, as a young child living there,…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review: I Take Your Hand in Mine. Anton Chekhov in love by Susan Galbraith

I Take Your hand in Mine is based on the intimate letters written between Anton Chekhov at the end of his life and his wife Olga Knipper. It  has come to the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in t…

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Review: The 2019 Christmas Revels: Celestial Fools by Susan Galbraith

When singer/musician/educator John Langstaff launched a seasonal celebration of early music in Boston back in 1971, comprised of song and general merriment that would bring community togethe…

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Review: Keep. A brilliant theatrical tour de force at Studio Theatre by Susan Galbraith

Make no mistake about it, I had this guy pegged in the first two minutes: a bumbling, bald-headed bungler trying to string together a show based on his own hoarding. Worse, an amateur!  My …

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre