Monday, September 25, 2017

Review: The In Series: Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ at the D.C. Scottish Rite Temple by Andrew Walker White

If you’re a Mozart fan – and if you aren’t, you should be – you probably have your favorite ‘conspiracy theory’ about why the composer met his untimely death at the age of 35. Th…

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Review: ‘Into the Woods’ at Fredericktowne Players by Susan Brall

Into the Woods, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is now playing at the JBK Theater at the Frederick Community College, presented by the Fredericktowne Play…

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Kink Haüs’ by Gunnar Montana at The Latvian Society by Deb Miller

Sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll have long been the rallying cry of post-modern youth, and Gunnar Montana takes that hedonistic call to its most emphatic, explicit, and artistic extremes in Kin…

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Review: ‘Carousel’ at The Media Theatre by Neal Newman

Musical Heaven. Is there a better way to describe the production of Carousel at the Media Theatre? It would be hard to find a better-sung production than that given by the surpassingly yout…

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Review: ‘Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story’ at Bucks County Playhouse by Tim Dunleavy

Who was the first rock and roller? You could say it was Elvis Presley, the first rock and roll superstar. Or Bill Haley, the first rocker to have a number one hit. Or maybe it was Ray Charle…

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Review: ‘Nunsense’ at Potomac Playmakers by Andrew L. Baughman

Something funny is going on at Potomac Playmakers in Hagerstown, Maryland! It’s a new production of Nunsense, an interactive musical with book, music, and lyrics by Dan Goggins. Anyone who…

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Review: ‘Bernstein on Broadway’ at The Kennedy Center by David Siegel

It was a glorious evening for Leonard Bernstein and musical theater fans at The Kennedy Center. It was the exceptional, one-night-only opening to the worldwide celebration of Leonard Bernste…

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Review: ‘How I Became a Pirate’ at Adventure Theatre MTC by Molly Murchie

A few days ago, you might have heard more than your fair share of “scallywags” and “lily-livered land lubbers” if an acquaintance or loved one elected to celebrate Internatio…

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Post-Play Palaver: ‘Lela & Co.’ by Factory 449 at The Anacostia Arts Center by John Stoltenberg

Post-Play Palaver is an occasional series of conversations between DC Metro Theater Arts writers who saw the same performance, got really into talking about it, and decided to continue their…

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Review: ‘Bridges of Madison County’ at Red Branch Theatre Company by John Harding

The Bridges of Madison County turns out to be an ideal musical for an ambitious youth theater looking to build bridges to a wider audience of grown-up fans. A sensitive, artfully realized pr…

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Review: ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ at Port Tobacco Players by William Powell

Sherlock Holmes is an enduring character in the annals of detective fiction. A master of deduction, Holmes has been the subject of countless movies and plays, one of the most famous of which…

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2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘A Period of Animate Existence’ by Pig Iron Theatre Company by Walter Bilderback

If you open the dictionary and look up the word ‘life,’ one entry reads: ‘a period of animate existence.’ Composer Troy Herion gives this explanation for the title of Pig Iron Theatr…

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Review: World Premiere of ‘The Wake World’ by Opera Philadelphia by Steve Cohen

Inside a museum dedicated to art from the past, the O17 Festival has brought a new opera which celebrates musical and literary styles from the past. Composer/librettist David Hertzberg built…

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2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Cymbeline’ by Revolution Shakespeare at Hawthorne Park by Deb Miller

For its fourth annual Fringe offering, Revolution Shakespeare returns to South Philadelphia’s Hawthorne Park with another free outdoor selection from the Bard’s canon. This year’s prod…

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Magic Time!: ‘The Arsonists’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company by John Stoltenberg

In a recent satire published on Medium, the San Francisco writer/actor/comedian Alison Page listed five dozen “Honest Theatre Awards.” Among them was one that struck me as an apt…

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2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Joan Crawford in Her Own Words’ by JC Productions at Tabu Lounge & Bar by Deb Miller

Created by Michael McHugh, directed by Peter Tupitza, and starring the fabulous Eric Singel, JC Productions’ revival of Joan Crawford in Her Own Words reunites the show’s original team f…

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Bind’ by Corinna Burns at The Drake by Deb Miller

Corinna Burns is not just skilled at acting, she’s also a superb writer and an enthralling storyteller, and she’s proving it once again in this year’s Fringe Festival with Bind. Her la…

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Review: Sondra Radvanovsky in Recital at Opera Philadelphia by Steve Cohen

Sondra Radvanovsky’s recital as part of Opera Philadelphia’s O17 Festival was a spectacular event. That may seem like an oxymoron to some readers, who expect singer/pianist recitals to b…

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Event: ‘MUCHO KLUNCHO TALENT SHOW a Parade of Raw Ridiculousness’ Presented by The Klunch by Guest Author

Opera singers, jugglers, tango dancers, strippers, puppets, and way more gather for the Mucho KlunchoTalent Show! An epic assemblage of talent, the likes of which DC hasn’t seen in centuri…

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review: ‘Native Gardens’ at Arena Stage by Wendi Winters

Native Gardens is a bloomin’ hysterical comedy at Arena Stage Need something to boost you up? Perhaps something to make you, temporarily, forget the current political and social climate? O…

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Review: ‘Respect! A Tribute to Aretha Franklin’ at the American Pops Orchestra by Amy Kotkin

Five fabulous divas joined the innovative new American Pops Orchestra to celebrate the music of Aretha Franklin at the Arena Stage’s Fichandler Stage on September 16. An energized audience…

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2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘#CocktailPlays’ by Juniper Productions at Philadelphia Distilling by Deb Miller

For its inaugural offering in the Fringe, Juniper Productions, founded earlier this year, partners with Philadelphia Distilling for a themed site-specific presentation of four commissioned s…

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In the Moment: Matt Haimovitz Brings Mobile Music to Northern Virginia by David Siegel

In these days of the end of the brick-and-mortar retail shops, and in these times when new audiences are less likely to purchase subscriptions to the performing arts as Baby Boomers once did…

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Review: ‘Ripcord’ at South Camden Theatre Company by Tim Dunleavy

Ripcord is the story of a cutthroat battle of practical jokes and dirty tricks between two women in an assisted-living residence for the elderly. Does that seem unlikely? Then you’ve neve…

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Review: ‘Lady M’ – A Co-Production of Collective Eleven, Women from Mars and Gitana Theatre at Atlas Performing Arts Center by Elizabeth Ballou

In the first scene of LadyM, a show devised by Francesca Chilcote, Rachel Hynes, Vanita Kalra, and Anastasia Wilson, a woman dressed in white dumps an entire bottle of ketchup onto a burger.…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘(insert thoughts here)’ by Bradley’s Bucks at Franky Bradley’s by Deb Miller

In a delectable mash-up of the 2017 Fringe with an extended Restaurant Week, Franky Bradley’s gives festival-goers the option of enjoying dinner while attending the latest all-new offering…

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Review: ‘The Addams Family’ at Washington County Playhouse by Terri Magers

The Addams Family, made famous by American cartoonist Charles Addams in 1938 in The New Yorker, became well-loved in the 1960s when adapted for television, starring John Astin and Carolyn Jo…

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Review: ‘Simpatico’ at McCarter Theatre Center by Tim Dunleavy

“Do you want to talk, or do you want to be cryptic and weird?” Those words – which sound like they might belong in a lot of Sam Shepard’s plays – appear in the first scene of Shepa…

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Monday, September 18, 2017

2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Marx in Soho’ by Iron Age Theatre/Radical Acts at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia by Deb Miller

Actor and activist Bob Weick is back in the Fringe with his signature touring show Marx in Soho by Howard Zinn, which he first performed in the festival in 2004. Presented by Iron Age Theatr…

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Review: ‘I Killed My Mother’ at Spooky Action Theater by Mike Bevel

Andras Viskey’s I Killed My Mother, now in production at Spooky Action Theater, is a challenging bit of business. Its wordless opening is several minutes of wordless wandering by vari…

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Review: ‘Deathtrap’ at Silver Spring Stage by Susan Brall

The opening of Ira Levin’s Deathtrap this weekend marked the start of the 50th Season for Silver Spring Stage. The play, which opened on Broadway in the late 1970s, is a suspense thriller …

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