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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Woolly Mammoth remount of An Octoroon (review) by Susan Galbraith

An Octoroon is a big play. It makes you sit up and take notice.  It makes you laugh and it makes you wince. More often than not it makes you squirm uncomfortably.  I’d say that it is tha…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Thurgood at Olney Theatre Center (review) by Susan Galbraith

It’s a great time in Washington to re-evaluate through drama the weights and balances of our justice system. Downtown at Arena Stage we’re watching Scalia’s story, penned as The Origin…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wildhorne’s Bonnie and Clyde musical (review) by Susan Galbraith

Times is hard in Bonnie and Clyde. Some would say not so different from now. Climate shifting, turning the land into a dustbowl. Whole businesses destroyed. Banks going under.  People out o…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

BON VOYAGE! A Happenstance Escapade (review) by Susan Galbraith

BON VOYAGE! A Happenstance Escapade is a soupçon, a patisserie, a confection, and, in its smellier moments, a big fromage! But most of all it is Mark Jaster’s love letter to Paris. And th…

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Raw. Hungry. Brilliant. RENT’s 20th anniversary tour (review) by Susan Galbraith

Some believe that if we keep people who have died in our thoughts and words then they are not really dead. Well, if so, then last night lights were blazing and the world was happily peopled …

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Sound of Music at The Kennedy Center (review) by Susan Galbraith

The Kennedy Center was alive with The Sound of Music on Friday night. Almost every seat was taken in the vast Opera House auditorium for the opening night of the latest Broadway-style tourin…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

In the midst of European tensions, Prague Fringe is undaunted by Susan Galbraith

DCTS writer Susan Galbraith returns to the Prague Fringe festival with Protest by Vaclav Havel, produced by her company Alliance for New Music-Theatre. —————&…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

WNO presents a bold, modern Madame Butterfly (review) by Susan Galbraith

In most productions, Madame Butterfly is unabashedly atmospheric in its romanticism.  “Orientalism” carries us back to composer Giacomo Puccini’s time when the West imagined a fancif…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Protest Theatre. Schenkkan pushes back on a Donald Trump promise with Building the Wall by Susan Galbraith

It’s in the air – an urgency to use theatre to get people into the conversation about what many see as our national crisis: the Trump presidency. Now Forum Theatre gets into the act pres…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Kipling’s Jungle Book meets the creative team at Imagination Stage (review) by Susan Galbraith

Starting with Kendra Rai’s gorgeously hued Indian-spice costumes, conjuring tamarind, cinnamon and saffron, Imagination Stage’s production of The Jungle Book brings to life the rich imag…

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Mosaic gives voice to Africa now with A Human Being Died That Night (review) by Susan Galbraith

Mosaic Theater Company is only in its second year of producing but, planting itself firmly on Washington’s H Street corridor in northeast Washington, the team of Ari Roth and Serge Seiden …

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Lucy, the latest short opera from UrbanArias (review) by Susan Galbraith

UrbanArias has gone wild! The company that pushes boundaries, reconceiving opera that is short, smart and fast, has given us an opera about a chimpanzee. Luckily, the chimpanzee, which we le…

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Peter Brook’s vision, Battlefield, on stage at The Kennedy Center (review) by Susan Galbraith

Minimal. Stripped-bare. Essential. Pure. Questioning. Uncomfortable. Profound. Spiritual. This is what you must expect when you experience a production by Peter Brook, one of the world’s g…

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Don Giovanni gets a youthful outing at Washington National Opera by Susan Galbraith

Mozart would have been grinning at this youthful production of his tried-and-true opera that reached out to a new younger and diverse audience Friday night, March 17th. Washington National O…

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Suffrage comedy takes the stage at Venus Theatre (review) by Susan Galbraith

Seeing something unlike anything you’ve seen before can be curious, mystifying, and even jarring. That was my experience this weekend with Venus Theatre’s presentation of what was, …

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Friday, March 17, 2017

A deeply moving Ragtime at Ford’s Theatre (review) by Susan Galbraith

Ford’s has given us a magnificent and deeply moving musical about where we’ve come from, featuring, as its main character, America. The superbly attuned ensemble announces with full emot…

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Fickle: A Fancy French Farce, frothy fun at Olney Theatre Center (review) by Susan Galbraith

Hard-hitting, issue-packed, relevant plays are all the rage right now, but if you are weary of such emotional drain, and would just like some old-fashioned fun, look no further than Olney’…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Champion at Washington National Opera (review) by Susan Galbraith

The air was electric at Kennedy Center Saturday night with the promise of a great fight mounted as opera on stage, and I had what amounted to ringside seats.  Champion clearly had some heav…

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Dead Man Walking at Washington National Opera (review) by Susan Galbraith

The opera Dead Man Walking is a journey of harrowing truth and compelling beauty. If, as Sister Helen Prejean says, “ Grace is waking up to the gospel of encounter,” then Director France…

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Rehearsing Dead Man Walking: digging deeper in Week 2 by Susan Galbraith

I am being given an intimate look inside the rehearsal rooms of Washington National Opera’s Dead Man Walking under the direction of WNO’s Artistic Director Francesca Zambello. This repor…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Chronicling Washington National Opera’s Dead Man Walking: Rehearsals begin by Susan Galbraith

A rare inside look at the making of an opera. Washington National Opera’s Artistic Director Francesca Zambello invited Susan Galbraith to sit in on rehearsals of Dead Man Walking. T…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Kennedy Center (review) by Susan Galbraith

Big News at the Kennedy Center. Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater rocked the place last night.. And no one rushed to exit the Opera House auditorium (as they often do at the KC) until …

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Rinde Eckert performs RIN: Tales from the Life of a Troubador at The Kennedy Center (review) by Susan Galbraith

To the degree that a creative artist can draw you into his world and make you follow him regardless, to merge with his very humanity, that is the measure of his worth. By this measurement, R…

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Mariinsky Ballet’s The Little Humpbacked Horse at The Kennedy Center (review) by Susan Galbraith

Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has created a dance-theatre piece that is part ballet, modern, and Russian folk dance with plenty of comical pantomime to share the much-beloved folktale of hi…

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake at The Kennedy Center (review) by Susan Galbraith

As I walked up the steps into Kennedy Center’s Opera House for the season’s opening of American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake, my heart was fluttering as if for a first love. As indeed it…

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Kennedy Center classical season announced: Aida will lead off Washington National Opera’s season by Susan Galbraith

Washington National Opera announced its programming for the 2017/2018 season on Monday, almost three months earlier than usual. The upcoming season is all part of Kennedy Center’s continue…

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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Dictator’s Wife at Washington National Opera (review) by Susan Galbraith

Watching an opera take its first life breath is witnessing a high-risk birth. There were some serious devotees on hand at Kennedy Center’s Family Theatre to support Washington National Ope…

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Someone is Going to Come from Scena: smart and compelling theatre (review) by Susan Galbraith

Monday night, Jon Fosse’s play felt like a blast of early Pinter with some hoary frost of Edward Munch thrown in for good measure.  You know: a threesome locked for eternity in jealous t…

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Monday, September 26, 2016

The Marriage of Figaro from Washington National Opera (review) by Susan Galbraith

  As the dimming lights turned the deep red walls of the Kennedy Center Opera House into darkness, the spiky celestial chandeliers seemed to glow with unusual brilliance, welcoming us i…

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Urinetown: The Musical from Constellation Theatre (review) by Susan Galbraith

It takes a lot of balls but maybe not much brain to call a musical “Urinetown,” and the joke is made several times in the show just what a terrible name it is.  But that’s the point.…

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Jason Loewith and Ryan Rilette team up to direct Angels in America by Susan Galbraith

Twenty-five years ago at the small Eureka Theatre in downtown San Francisco, Tony Kushner pushed forth the first iteration of a play that would become what many feel is not only a great Amer…

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