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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Smart satire and sorcery from Reston Community Players teens by Terry Byrne

Pop quiz: If you set out to train young musical theater artists, whose canon would you sample? A) Rodgers and Hammerstein B) Stephen Sondheim C) Jerry Herman D) Andrew Lloyd Webber E) Kander…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:18PM
Sunday, October 3, 2021

A grand night of singing in ‘A Familiar Melody’ at NextStop by Terry Byrne

A revue of beloved showtunes makes for a giddy reunion of artists and audience.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:26AM
Sunday, September 26, 2021

In ‘Prepping for Widowhood,’ it’s ladies night and never too late by Terry Byrne

Best Medicine Rep channels women of a certain age ready for their next act.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:10PM
Sunday, August 22, 2021
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

‘Theater people are magic’: A Q&A with Deaf and gay artivist Joshua Castille by Terry Byrne

The LA-based performance artist—now appearing as Romeo at the Frederick Shakespeare Festival—talks about being labeled and falling in love.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:10AM
Sunday, August 8, 2021

A mesmerizing and moving ‘R&J’ from Endangered Species (theatre) Project by Terry Byrne

Too many Shakespeare reinventions hang on costume overhauls or time travel. But Endangered Species (theatre) Project’s Romeo and Juliet is not your garden-variety redo. This ambitious gend…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:32AM
Thursday, August 5, 2021

On directing R&J with a Deaf Romeo: A Q&A with Christine Mosere by Terry Byrne

Broadway veteran Joshua Castille (Deaf West's 'Spring Awakening') comes to Frederick Shakespeare Festival and a classic gets a rethink.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:38AM
Monday, August 2, 2021

Signature’s ‘Detroit ’67’ is a fiery history lesson that grooves and moves by Terry Byrne

Played out in a basement bunker, this uplifting virtual show spins on nostalgia and desire.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:23AM
Sunday, July 25, 2021

‘Rumors’ swirls with mischief and mayhem at Little Theatre of Alexandria by Terry Byrne

A solid reason to return to live theater for an outlandish peek at the ups and downs of married life.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:34PM
Saturday, July 17, 2021

What the fork?! ‘What Comes Next’ picks up where pandemic left us off-kilter by Terry Byrne

In an era of TikTok attention spans, 21st Century Players' new audio play is a refreshing dive into storied traditions that came before.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:22AM
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Review: ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Creative Cauldron by Terry Byrne

America’s beloved franchise The Wizard of Oz gets a sprightly and spectacular makeover at Creative Cauldron this month. The musical — with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harbu…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:36PM
Sunday, June 4, 2017

Review: ‘Red, White, and Tuna’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria by Terry Byrne

The title alone is fair warning. Red, White, and Tuna is irreverently reverse-patriotic. Let’s break it down: red state (Texas), mixed with a dash of white supremacy and a tangy, Southern …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:28PM
Sunday, May 7, 2017

Review: ‘Private Lives’ at Reston Community Players by Terry Byrne

Some plays are like peeping through your eye doctor’s phoropter — layer upon layer of filters. Say, a playwright of the Roaring Twenties borrows a style of the 1660s English Restoration …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:10AM
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Review: ‘Broadway Bound’ at 1st Stage by Terry Byrne

As self-conscious plays go, Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound is both a self-fulfilling prophesy and a cross-examination of the creative process. The play, which was nominated for a Pulitzer P…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:31PM
Friday, November 4, 2016

Review: ‘Godspell’ at W.T. Woodson High School by Terry Byrne

Stephen Schwartz’s often treacly Godspell, conceived by book writer John-Michael Tebelak, is a parade of parables borrowed from the New Testament’s Matthew and Luke set to a hippie-chic …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:45PM
Friday, October 14, 2016

Review: ‘Cirque Spooktacular’ at The Kennedy Center by Terry Byrne

Like The Nutcracker at Christmastime, Cirque Spooktacular, the NSO Pops’ Cirque de la Symphonie Halloween Extravaganza, is bound to become a seasonal tradition at The John F. Kennedy Cente…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:44PM
Friday, July 15, 2016

2016 Capital Fringe Review: ’22 Boom!’ by Terry Byrne

Think commissioned plays are a thing of the Elizabethan past? Nu Sass Productions’ 22 Boom! is concierge theater at its nimblest. Written by Miranda Rose Hall and directed by Renana Fox, t…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:00AM
Monday, July 11, 2016

2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Too Close’ by Terry Byrne

What better setting for black-box theater than a figurative black box — a stalled elevator — with two discordant strangers trapped inside? Luigi Laraia’s Too Close is definitely too c…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:48PM
Monday, June 13, 2016

Review: Source Festival 2016: ‘Secrets & Sound’: Six 10-Minute Plays by Terry Byrne

Don’t feel like committing to a two-hour show in development? Secrets & Sound: Six 10-Minute Plays is your ticket to theatrical speed-dating. You’re bound to fall in love with one of…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:30PM
Friday, April 1, 2016

Review: ‘A Little Night Music’ at GWU by Terry Byrne

A Little Night Music might be classified as a gateway drug to Stephen Sondheim. Whether a fan or a skeptic, once you get a whiff of this vigorous (and tuneful!) exposé on humankind’s mati…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:53PM
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Review: ‘American Idiot’ at The Keegan Theatre by Terry Byrne

The Keegan Theatre’s American Idiot speaks to collective genius. Hardly a no-brainer to mount this explosive, war-weary work, weaned in the Bush II era, at the height of today’s media-hi…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:30PM
Friday, February 26, 2016

Review: ‘Robin Hood’ at Victorian Lyric Opera Company by Terry Byrne

Rob from the rich, give to the poor ̶  a theme with universal and enduring appeal, at least among 99% of us. The centuries-old legend of benevolent British outlaw Robin Hood has pranced a…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:23PM
Friday, February 19, 2016

Review: ‘Cyrano’ at Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society at Georgetown University by Terry Byrne

Long before singles misrepresented themselves in their Tindr profiles or cribbed others’ memes online, there was Cyrano de Bergerac— the man who would be Romeo, if not for that monstrous…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:59PM
Monday, September 7, 2015

Fuse Theater Review: A ‘Loverly’ “My Fair Lady” From the Lyric Stage by Terry Byrne

Simplicity is the key to director Scott Edmiston’s passionate vision for this musical.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 01:08PM
Friday, July 17, 2015

2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Eddie Lounge Reunion Tour: The Lounge Awakens’ by Terry Byrne

Somebody get Eddie Lounge a cocktail — and maybe a ream of cocktail napkins to wipe his beady, bald head. What’s a guy gotta do to get a drink around here?! The Lord of Loungeolo…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:45AM
Saturday, July 11, 2015

2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘How to Quit Your Day Job’ by Terry Byrne

Memo to Star Johnson, mastermind of OpenStage’s How to Quit Your Day Job: Quit your day job. It’ll be OK. Johnson’s merry musical comedy — staged bohemian-style in the Eastern Ma…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:41AM
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Capital Fringe 2015 Review: ‘BellyFunkShun’ by Terry Byrne

A critic is not supposed to be part of the show. A critic is not supposed to get up on the stage and “get down,” wiggling her fat belly/butt under the bright lights. But BellyFun…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:59PM
Monday, June 15, 2015

‘I Think I Love You’ Cabaret to Benefit Playwright’s Family on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 7:30 PM at Clifton Town Hall by Terry Byrne

Area performers will be performing a good deed on June 27th to help a theater family in need. On June 1, Kelly Hennessa, a social studies teacher for children with special needs at Centrevil…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:50PM
Saturday, June 13, 2015

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic at Wolf Trap by Terry Byrne

Who knew metro Washington was also the nation’s nerd capital? A sold-out crowd — many ectomorphs in geeky garb, monk/Jedi robes, foil caps, riotous colors, vintage tour shirts, and even …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:29PM
Saturday, May 30, 2015

‘The Glass Mendacity” at Providence Players of Fairfax by Terry Byrne

For a good time, call (703) 425-6782. That gets you the Providence Players of Fairfax’s reservations line, and this bedrock company of major-league players never disappoints. The Glass Men…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:08PM
Friday, May 22, 2015

‘If All the Sky Were Paper’ at The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater by Terry Byrne

Fitting that If All the Sky Were Paper — a dramatization of war correspondence lovingly presented by archivist Andrew Carroll — would unfold at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Perform…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:49PM

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