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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Review: Why is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me?: A Love Story by Susan Galbraith

With Why is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me?, UrbanArias has given us an operatic gem, and the talents assembled for the production have encased this most entertaining work in pure gold. What…

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Review: The Cunning Little Vixen, opera for children at Glimmerglass Festival by Susan Galbraith

For parents pondering how they might introduce their children to opera and which might be most appropriate, look no further than The Cunning Little Vixen. This curious and fanciful little op…

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Review: West Side Story at Glimmerglass Festival by Susan Galbraith

With a big nod to the continued centennial celebration of “Lennie” (Leonard Bernstein) that this opening of Glimmerglass 2018 season represents, one cannot overestimate the importance of…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Celebrating Shalwitz: report from the scene Monday night for the One and Only Howard Shalwitz by Susan Galbraith

From the theater that prodded, poked, and provoked for nigh on forty years rose the unlikeliest of DC’s hallowed institutions and its leader – Howard Shalwitz. Many from the Woolly Mammo…

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Review: An Iliad. Homer’s Trojan War epic in the time of nuclear weapons by Susan Galbraith

A bright young team of theater professionals brings Homer’s epic to Washington for a fresh look at An Iliad, and the production packs a powerful punch. It may be just in time.  Or maybe n…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Review: The Scottsboro Boys at Signature Theatre by Susan Galbraith

Signature Theatre and its own “Scottsboro boys” have given us a musical for our times.  Smart. Searing. Dangerous. Funny. Provocative. And – as it continues to expose and engage us in…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Review: Final thoughts on 2018 Spoleto Festival. Strong women, fake news and favorite performance by Susan Galbraith

Some of the best of Spoleto comes happenstance and often spills out onto the streets.  So don’t let the size of your wallet dictate whether you can take part in the joyful exuberance of t…

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

2018 Spoleto Festival USA – Miami City Ballet is sublime and a diva dies twice by Susan Galbraith

To judge the relative importance of a performing arts festival, one must ask the questions: “How are the arts furthered?” and “How are the artists being pushed?” Challenges come in a…

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Monday, May 28, 2018

From Charleston, SC, opening day for 2018 Spoleto Festival USA by Susan Galbraith

Charleston ravishes the senses. The unique aromas of this town hit you on your first step onto its streets. Confederate jasmine and magnolia mix with the smell of salty pluff mud at low tide…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Review: 10 Million from Cuba by Susan Galbraith

I do not know. I do not remember. These are the words of a man looking back on his life: a young man haunted by shame and the pain of losing a part of himself as he lost his family. They bec…

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Review: Candide from Washington National Opera: glorious with a bit more bite by Susan Galbraith

Candide is one of those hybrids (opera/Broadway show) that seemed so radical and ungainly a child when it first appeared in 1953 that it shocked and raised the critical ire of many. No one w…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Review: The Barber of Seville from Washington National Opera by Susan Galbraith

Washington, especially the State Department it seems, wants to get back its swagger (sic.) No need to look further than taking a cue from the newly landed stellar body in our midst, baritone…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Review:  Druid performs Beckett’s Waiting for Godot by Susan Galbraith

The accidental Samuel Beckett festival now going on in Washington (Scena Theatre’s three one-acts, Arcturus Theatre’s two one-acts) has been made internationally lustrous by acc…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Part II of the accidental Beckett festival: Play and The Old Tune from Arcturus (review) by Susan Galbraith

April appears to be the month of celebrating locally not only cherry blossoms but playwright Samuel Beckett. There are three notable productions in town. Scena Theatre has just presented The…

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Washington National Opera announces its 2018-2019 season by Susan Galbraith

The partnership between Washington National Opera and The Kennedy Center continues to dominate the opera scene in Washington. But Deborah Rutter, at the helm of the entire arts complex, cont…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Kennedy Center Arts Summit 2018: imagining the ‘what if’s’ that could everything by Susan Galbraith

Deborah Rutter, President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts announced the Citizen Artists Initiative in 2016, and she has been bringing together a group of talented young artists ea…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Review: Athol Fugard’s confessional play, “MASTER HAROLD” … and the Boys by Susan Galbraith

What does radical empathy look like? Look no further than the plays of Athol Fugard. He has made his life’s work giving voice to the Black Africans of South Africa who were not allowed…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Review: Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia by Susan Galbraith

In the darkness, a disembodied voice tells us we are embarking on a journey and instructs us to ready ourselves for take off and to put our cell phones to airplane mode. Then so many thousan…

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Powerful ‘wake up’ energy in Washington, DC: August Wilson, Peggy Cafritz and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr by Susan Galbraith

This past week brought a powerful confluence of “wake up” energy to Washington, DC. Sunday, people gathered at Washington’s National Cathedral to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., …

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Review: New opera Florida from UrbanArias by Susan Galbraith

With Florida, the world premiere of an opera by composer Randall Eng and librettist Donna Di Novelli, Urban Arias just got bigger. It’s not just that the piece of ninety-five minutes didn…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Aaron Posner and Katie deBuys talk of magic and music in Folger’s Winter’s Tale by Susan Galbraith

Susan Galbraith speaks with director Aaron Posner and actor Katie deBuys during rehearsals for The Winter’s Tale which opens at Folger Theatre this week. ————&#…

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Washington National Opera stages Verdi’s greatest opera (review) by Susan Galbraith

The icy blast that whipped through Washington this past week blew in a work rarely seen to the Kennedy Center’s Opera House Saturday night that both tested one’s brain stamina and also b…

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Opera Lafayette performs Erminia and La forêt enchantée (The Enchanted Forest) Review by Susan Galbraith

Watching a Baroque opera delivered by Ryan Brown and Opera Lafayette can feel like a refreshing “re-set” time-travel from warp-speed to the pace of a gently-moving skiff down a lazy rive…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

American Opera Initiative 2018: three new short operas by Susan Galbraith

Opera has a promising future, judging by this past weekend’s plethora of riches delivered in the newly renovated Terrace Theatre at The Kennedy Center.  As part of the American Opera Init…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Franz Kafka’s The Trial at Synetic Theater (review) by Susan Galbraith

In a world where facts are malleable, the working government gets shut down, good people are without protection of the law, bureaucrats are colluding with the powerful and mad, and officials…

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Proving Up, a ghost story opera from Washington National Opera (review) by Susan Galbraith

This weekend a new opera, Proving Up, proved itself indeed – a chamber opera worthy for the 21st century. Born out of a spirit of inquiry, Proving Up is mysterious, mesmerizing, startling …

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Birthing Opera: The Next Generation of Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative by Susan Galbraith

This coming weekend Washington National Opera will showcase its most vital work: insuring the future of the form by developing young creative talent through its American Opera Initiative (AO…

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti (review) by Susan Galbraith

Stillpointe Theatre, a Baltimore-based company known for its sharp takes on the American musical, has just entered the field of opera and became one of the first out of the gate this year to…

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Is WNO’s The Little Prince too sophisticated for children? (review) by Susan Galbraith

The Little Prince returned to earth this past weekend, filling the newly renovated Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center with a veritable feast of sound and sights. “Amazing!” pronounced…

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Christmas at the Old Bull & Bush, British music hall at MetroStage (review) by Susan Galbraith

Christmas traditions can pull you back into  memories of your favorite childhood outings, gooey or punchy. MetroStage has delivered a seasonal British music hall with more punch than goo. …

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

WNO’s Alcina casts its spell at The Kennedy Center (review) by Susan Galbraith

Old things may become new. Handel’s opera, Alcina, which premiered in 1735 has done just that – quite magically so. Washington National Opera has dared to take on the classic sorceress f…

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