Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Review: ‘Harry Clarke’ at Vineyard Theatre by Deb Miller

At the core of all great theater is the art of great storytelling. Harry Clarke, a solo show with a compelling story told by a riveting actor in a tour-de-force performance, is just that. No…

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Review: ‘Twelfth Night’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Mike Bevel

We learned, shortly after taking our seats, and learned unexpectedly, not having known this before, but how could we, that, apparently, it is traditional to eat sauerkraut, the krautier the …

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Review: Broadway-Bound ‘Mean Girls’ at the National Theatre by Nicole Hertvik

It’s fun, it’s pink, it’s very Tina Fey. The pre-Broadway world premiere of Mean Girls officially opened at the National Theatre last night. Judging from the excitement in the theater,…

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Review: ‘Rasheeda Speaking’ at Allens Lane Theater by Tim Dunleavy

The setting is ordinary – an office with two desks side by side. The desks are covered with plants, knickknacks, and piles of paperwork. The sort of thing we see every day in corporate Ame…

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Review: André Watts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore Music Center by Amy Kotkin

André Watts brought an ecstatic audience to its feet after his magnificent performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s beloved Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor. Playing with the Baltimore Symphon…

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Review: ‘Coffin in Egypt’at Quotidian Theatre Company by Ravelle Brickman

Anyone who thinks that storytelling is a lost art should hurry on over to the Quotidian Theatre Company, where Jane Squier Bruns is now holding forth in A Coffin in Egypt, Horton Foote’s m…

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Review: ‘Hamlet’ at American University Rude Mechanicals by Jack Purcell by Guest Author

There are some who argue that the works of William Shakespeare should never be altered, but instead be treated as sacred texts, performed just as the Bard intended and left untouched for as …

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Review: ‘Misterman’ at Solas Nua by John Stoltenberg

A tour de force performance by Thomas Keegan and masterful stage arts combine to make Solas Nua’s Misterman a jaw-droppingly good show. Directed and choreographed by Artistic Director …

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Review: ‘Charlotte’s Web’ at Imagination Stage by Guest Author

reviewed by Sherrita Wilkins If you’re on the lookout for an engaging, kid-friendly activity this holiday season, look no further than the classic tale of Charlotte’s Web at Imagination …

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Review: ‘St Nicholas’ at Quotidian Theatre Company by Molly Murchie

Make no mistake, St Nicholas at Quotidian Theatre Company is not a Christmas play. Conor McPherson’s one-man-show starring Steve Beall and directed by Jack Sbarbori is a Gothic meditation …

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Review: ‘What We’re Up Against’ at WP Theater by Deb Miller

Office politics, gender-based inequality in the workplace, and self-damning outbursts of flagrant misogyny fuel the flames of Theresa Rebeck’s razor-sharp feminist comedy What We’re Up A…

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Review: ‘The Book of Merman’ at DC Arts Center by Guest Author

Review by Jason Williams Playfully tagged as a less expensive alternative to The Book of Mormon, which it satirizes, The Book of Merman quickly moves beyond just being a parody of the aforem…

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Review: ‘The Lion King’ at the Hippodrome Theatre by John Harding

The Lion King is epic. It is so full of throat-tightening spectacle and aural splendor that Baltimore’s grand Hippodrome Theatre can appear at times like a modest host. With Julie Taymor…

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Review: A Mini-Opera About Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings by Steve Cohen

The New York premiere of William Bolcom’s composition, From the Diary of Sally Hemings, could not be more timely. With so much news focused on racial tensions, as well as the recent uproar…

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Review: ‘The Ugly One’ at Nu Sass Productions by John Stoltenberg

The gutsy woman-centric theater company Nu Sass is notable for producing works that feature women in major roles, onstage and off, typically in a tiny second-floor space on F Street that sea…

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Review: ‘Annie’ at Olney Theatre Center by Andra Abramson

The musical Annie is 40 years old this year, and thanks to the Olney Theatre Center’s cheerful new production, a whole new generation of theater goers will get the chance to travel back in…

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Review: ‘Nina Simone: Four Women’ at Arena Stage by Robert Michael Oliver

After the Birmingham 16th Street Baptist Church bombing of 1963, Nina Simone turned her singing career toward the Civil Rights’ struggle. After a decade of singing mostly popular mus…

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Review: ‘The Love of the Nightingale’ at The Catholic University of America by John Stoltenberg

A play from the 1980s about revenge for a rape, based on an ancient story from Greek mythology, comes alive in a student production as though it was about now. As though everything in it abo…

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Review: ‘The Pillowman’ at George Mason University by Chuck Leonard

Last night, the Mason Players opened another excellent student-directed play at George Mason University. Following strong performances of Deadman’s Cell Phone and 1984 earlier this semeste…

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Review: ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ at Arden Theatre Company by Tim Dunleavy

The list began after her first attempt. A list of everything brilliant about the world. Everything worth fighting for. If I were to make a list of every brilliant thing about the world, audi…

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In the Moment: ‘Crazy for You’ at Signature Theatre by David Siegel

What a giddy, joyful afterimage of mouthwatering kinetic alchemy. Under the confident direction and chemistry-setter Mathew Gardiner, Signature Theatre has produced an irresistible The Gersh…

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Magic Time!: ‘Republic For Which We Stand’ at United States Capitol Visitor Center by John Stoltenberg

For anyone who is more than a little unnerved that President Trump might go off half-cocked and trigger a war—which he could do with as little thought as he puts into a tweet—this civic-…

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Interview: Submersive Productions Co-Artistic Directors Glenn Ricci and Ursula Marcum on ‘H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum presents: The Treasure by Patricia Mitchell

In April of this year, I wrote: Submersive Productions has outdone itself with its new production, H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum presents: The Treasures of New Galapagos, Astonishing A…

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Review: ‘The Fight’ at The Storm Theatre Company in New York by Guest Author

Reviewed by Steve Weinstein Stephen Sondheim had it nearly right in his lyrics to “I’m Still Here.” First, you’re a legend, then you’re camp, then you become an icon. As the Foundi…

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Review: ‘Annie’ at the Walnut Street Theatre by Celeste Mann

The sun’ll come out tomorrow Bet your bottom dollar that Tomorrow there’ll be sun…. Those familiar lyrics seem fresher than ever in Walnut Street Theatre’s new production of Annie. W…

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Review: ‘Nothing to Lose (But our Chains)’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company by Robert Michael Oliver

When the Born Again have the opportunity to witness, they do it before their congregation, and everyone shouts “Hallelujah!” When the Stand Up Comics have that same opportunity,…

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Report: ‘The Mousetrap,’ ‘A Woman of No Importance,’ ’42nd Street,’ and ‘Ink’ in London by Richard Seff

A few weeks ago I found myself hankering to have a look at the London theater season, so I spent a day in the friendly skies of United Airlines to spend a week in which our own NY scene was …

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Review: ‘The Craftsman’ at Lantern Theater Company by Deb Miller

Guilty or not guilty? And of what crime? An intriguing real-life episode from 20th-century Art History provides the basis for The Craftsman, Bruce Graham’s latest world-premiere play commi…

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Review: ‘Junk’ at Lincoln Center Theater by Richard Seff

A junk bond is a high-yield, high-risk maturity in the financial markets, and a greedy group of investors bought them and enjoyed the 10-12 percent interest that was sent out semi-annually, …

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News: Capital Fringe Announces Venue Change and Application Details for the 2018 Capital Fringe Festival by Nicole Hertvik

Registration is now open for the 13th Annual Capital Fringe Festival. Those wishing to participate in the festival can apply from now through January 16th, 2018. The 2018 Capital Fringe Fest…

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Review: Pinchas Zukerman Performs Bach at The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra by Mike Bevel

We learned, shortly after 8 p.m., that half the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was stuck on 495. Traffic unites people with weak social bonds; it gives us something communal to commiserate abo…

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