Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Review: ‘Mary Poppins’ at Walkersville High School by Rick Weldon

From Bert the chimney sweep’s offstage introduction of the Bank’s stately home on London’s Cherry Tree Lane, the audience at Walkersville High School’s auditorium knows there’s mag…

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Review: Hamburg Ballet: John Neumeier’s ‘The Little Mermaid by Ana Morgenstern

In this production, John Neumeier adapts the classic 1837 tale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid. The production, not only explores the story of a young woman who wishes to have…

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Review: ‘Titanic’ at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School by Patrick (pj) McMahon

Something about the RMS Titanic’s sinking has, for the past hundred or so years, always struck a chord with the American public. There have been many books, movies (particularly the 1997 J…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: ‘The Glass Menagerie’ at the Belasco Theatre by Richard Seff

This is the play that introduced me to the writings of Tennessee Williams long ago, in 1945! That was the original production at the Playhouse Theatre on Broadway, and it contained the now l…

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Review: ‘Faun’ at The Next Ice Age by Carolyn Kelemen by Guest Author

The Columbia Figure Skating Club put on its annual spring show at the Columbia Ice Rink last Saturday and Sunday. The theme this year was Sing into Spring with two distinct parts. The first …

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Review: ‘Sub-Basement’ at Athena Theatre Company by Deb Miller

It’s not always easy to decide who you are and what you want to be when you grow up, especially if your father, ex-boyfriend, new date, and society at large, in both Canada and the US, are…

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In the Moment: A Talk with the Pipeline Playwrights: Part Two: Patricia Connelly and Jean Koppen by David Siegel

This is the second installment of In the Moment columns focusing on the Pipeline Playwrights. Pipeline Playwrights is a small collective of accomplished Northern Virginia women playwrights. …

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Review: Mozart’s ‘Idomeneo’ Live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera by Steve Cohen

Mozart’s Idomeneo is a landmark opera. It is undeniably a great achievement by a 25-year-old composer in the early stage of his career. Unlike the later Mozart operas, Idomeneo was written…

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Review: ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ at the Laurel Mill Playhouse by Susan Brall

Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring, directed by Jen Sizer and produced by Maureen Rogers, opened at the Laurel Mill Playhouse on Main Street in Laurel on Friday, March 24.  The scrip…

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Magic Time! ‘Dry Land’ & ‘What Every Girl Should Know’ at Forum Theatre by John Stoltenberg

I’ve seen some harrowing-to-watch theater in my time, but I recall nothing as excruciating as a particular scene in Dry Land, now running at Forum Theatre. The play by Ruby Rae Spiegel is …

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Post-Play Palaver: ‘Three Sisters’ and ‘No Sisters’ at Studio Theatre by John Stoltenberg

Post-Play Palaver is an occasional series of conversations between DCMetroTheaterArts writers who saw the same production—in this case the same two productions, Chekhov’s Three Sisters a…

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Review: ‘Mary Poppins’ at Charm City Players by Nicole Hertvik

For a day of family fun, it doesn’t get much better than Charm City Players. Charm City’s current production, Mary Poppins, continues their tradition of affordable family entertainment h…

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Review: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at Providence Players of Fairfax by William Powell

In a scene of fierce confrontation between Atticus Finch and Bob Ewell in Providence Players’ production of To Kill a Mockingbird, Ewell insults Atticus in such a vicious way, that one won…

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Review: ‘The New Yorkers’ at New York City Center’s Encores! by Richard Seff

Producer Jack Viertel and his merry band of music makers at Encores! have unearthed another great example of the beginnings of American dominance in the field of musical theatre. Our heritag…

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Review: ‘Los Otros’ at Everyman Theatre by David Gerson

It may be more by chance, rather than design, that Everyman Theatre’s production of Los Otros, with book and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh and music by Michael John LaChiusa, takes on an urgen…

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Review: ‘Wiseguy Kitchen Dinner Show’ at Germano’s Piattini by William Powell

Wiseguys, also known as those certain individuals the U.S. Government considers a bit more organized than they should be, descended on the quaint restaurant Germano’s Piattini in Baltimore…

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Review: ‘Twisted Melodies’ at Baltimore Center Stage by Gina Jun

Despite affecting nearly one in every five Americans, including ‘70s soul singer and songwriter Donny Hathaway (perhaps, best remembered for his chart-topping collaborations with Roberta F…

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Magic Time! ‘Well’ at 1st Stage by John Stoltenberg

“Social ills” is a term often used to name a problem without caring about the people affected by it—as in the phrase “racism and other social ills.”  It’s a way of keeping one…

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Review:  NSO Pops:  Sophisticated Ladies:  100 Years of Ella & Company     by Ramona Harper

Acclaimed vocalists Capathia Jenkins, Sy Smith and Montego Glover joyously hopped the A train to Harlem along with the NSO Pops in tribute to the Queen of Jazz in Sophisticated Ladies:  100…

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Review: ‘The King and I’ at the Academy of Music by Tim Dunleavy

More than sixty years after its debut, The King and I remains one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most popular and enduring musicals. The handsome national touring company of the recent Broa…

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Review: ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at the Walnut Street Theatre by Tim Dunleavy

The Walnut Street Theatre is doing The Importance of Being Earnest in high style. The Victorian era was noted for its excesses in decoration and costume, and Robert Koharchik’s set design…

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Review: ‘The Shattering Frame: A Bridgette Miakowski Mystery’ at Annex Theater by Patricia Mitchell

It was night like any other night in Charm City; me and my fella were sitting home, gabbin’ about what to do. We remembered hearing some buzz about a brand new play that ain’t never been…

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Review: ‘Footloose’ at Quince Orchard High School by Mark Ludder

WOW!!! Actual bouncing off walls, excitement, enthusiasm and synchronized choreography – and that was just maneuvering into a parking space out front! Footloose Director Nicholas Jullian S…

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Review: ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ at The Catholic University of America by Natalie Barsoum by Guest Author

Who would have thought that an evening of love, ambition, betrayal, violence, and death could be so enjoyable? That is precisely what last night’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor at The …

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Review: ‘Tribulation Periwinkle: Civil War Nurse’ at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion by Deb Miller

In commemoration of Women’s History Month, Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion’s Victorian Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Tribulation Periwinkle: Civil War Nurse. Adapted and direct…

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Review: ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre by Alyssa Denton

I don’t think this is Virginia anymore, Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz transported the audience from Munchkin Land to the Emerald City all …

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Review: ‘Steel Magnolias’ at The Heritage Players by Susan Brall

Steel Magnolias by the Heritage Players opened Friday, March 24, 2017, at the Thomas-Rice Auditorium written by Robert Harling and directed by Kevin James Logan and Katie Sheldon. This produ…

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Review: “Jesus Christ Superstar” at Bristol Riverside Theatre by Deb Miller

Scheduled to coincide on the calendar with the days historically associated with the last week in the life of Christ, Bristol Riverside Theatre’s spring production of the groundbreaking 19…

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Review: ‘Where Can I Find Someone Like You, Ali?’ in Collaboration with Sundance Institute Theatre Program at The Kennedy Center by Robert Michael Oliver

Sometimes a story is so unique it needs no explanation. Sometimes a story dares you to disbelieve. Sometimes a story… Where Can I Find Someone Like You, Ali? is such a story. And as wr…

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Review: ‘My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy’ at Bucks County Playhouse by Neal Newman

Nearly everyone in the arts has taken another job such as waiter, receptionist, or office temp just to pay the rent. Brad Zimmerman has an unfortunately typical problem: He’s Jewish and hi…

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Interview: A Q & A with Arts Collective@HCC’s ‘IMPROVAGANZA’ Participants: Part One by Guest Author

Howard Community College’s Arts Collective’s What Improv Group?! is presenting Improvaganza, HCC’s (and Howard County’s, too) FIRST Improv Festival with Master Classes, on Ma…

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