Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: ‘Can You Forgive Her?’ at Vineyard Theatre by Deb Miller

“I’ve made bad choices. And I’ve made them . . . knowingly,” says 27-year-old Tanya – a single mom and bar waitress in a South Jersey beach town – in the opening scene of…

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Review: ‘Ulysses on Bottles’ at Mosaic Theater Company of DC by John Stoltenberg

Near the beginning of this transporting play, the actor Sarah Marshall, wearing a man-tailored white suit, unrolls a map of Gaza and lays it on the floor. She then dumps onto it 150 tiny pl…

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Spine: ‘Ulysses on Bottles’ at Mosaic Theater Company of DC, Part of the 2017 Voice From a Changing Middle East Festival by Robert Michael Oliver

Last night, Gilad Evron’s Ulysses on Bottles opened the Mosaic Theater Company’s 2017 Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival. Described as an allegory, Evron’s Ulysses…

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Review: “Richard III” at Annapolis Shakespeare Company by Charles Green

Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard III is a darkly compelling piece of theater. Directed by Donald Hicken, it strips the stage of all but a few props, allowing great act…

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Review: ‘The Dollar Princess’ at Concert Operetta Theater by Steve Cohen

Leo Fall’s music is not likely to return to Broadway. It did, however, provide pleasant vocal opportunities for gifted young singers of the Concert Operetta Theater in Philadelphia this we…

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Interview: Dawn Ursula and Vincent Lancisi on ‘Trouble in Mind’ and Everyman Theatre’s Salon Series by Allie Press

Everyman Theatre of Baltimore is nearing the end of its season with the opening of Noises Off on May 19th, and soon the performance of their last Salon Series staged reading, Trouble in Mind…

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Review: ‘Movie with the BSO: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert’ at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall by Gina Jun

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) honored the 35th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s classic family adventure E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall with a uniquely…

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Film Review: ‘Cloudy Sunday’ Appearing at the Washington Jewish Film Festival by Andrew Markowitz

In most wartime films, the plot lines tend to not feature one thing: a romantic story. This is done to keep more emphasis on the action scenes. Director Manousos Manousakis attempts to combi…

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Review: ‘Rent’ at Gateway Playhouse by Kristen Weyer

The Gateway Playhouse opened its 68th Season with the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical, Rent. With book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, this artistic show is loosely based on Gi…

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Review: ‘Building the Wall’ at New World Stages by Richard Seff

Out of his imaginative mind comes another powerful theatre piece by Robert Shenkkan, author of 15 plays including two dealing with LBJ (All the Way and The Great Society.) This time, he prop…

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Review: ‘Silent Sky’ Reprised at Silver Spring Stage by Susan Brall

Friday marked the reprisal at Silver Spring Stage of a very timely Silent Sky, by Laura Gunderson. Produced by Seth Ghitelman and directed by Bill Hurlbut, it is the fascinating story of Hen…

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Review: ‘Sioux Falls’ at 10th Muse Productions at Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint by John Stoltenberg

Megan Dominy’s The Wedding Party was a huge hit in Capital Fringe 2015 (the DCMetroTheater Arts review called it a “delightful comedic romp”). Now in her new play, Sioux…

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Review: ‘Proof’ at Olney Theatre Center by Mara Bayewitz

Who wants to go see a play about math? That could be a typical dialogue when people are perusing the paper wondering how to spend their Saturday night. In the case of David Auburn’s Tony A…

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Review: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at Eagle Theatre by Tim Dunleavy

Peter and the Starcatcher creates a backstory for one of literature’s greatest heroes, Peter Pan. But much of the appeal of Rick Elice’s play – and director Ted Wioncek III’s product…

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Dangereuse: Shakespeare’s Most Badass Misanthrope: ‘Timon of Athens’ at Folger Theatre by Sophia Howes

Just when Canada starts to sound like a good idea, comes Timon of Athens at the Folger Theatre, confirming once again that first-rate Shakespeare is a cure for almost anything. The show’s …

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Film Review: ‘Fog in August’ Appearing at The Washington Jewish Film Festival by Andrew Markowitz

The horrors of the Holocaust have been portrayed many times in film, most notably Schindler’s List and The Pianist. One such horror, however, has never been a focus of film study: the euth…

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Review: ‘Side Effects’ at Taffety Punk Theatre Company by Jane Franklin

In a simple bold setting, a man in a hurry is running late. He is answering his phone, head skewed at an angle to balance between shoulder and cheek. At the same time, he handles a slim file…

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Review: The Philadelphia Orchestra Performs Mahler’s Longest — and Greatest — Symphony by Steve Cohen

Although not frequently performed, the Symphony No. 3 is Gustav Mahler’s most encompassing work, the piece which best exemplifies his life and career. Yannick Nézet-Séguin led a ma…

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Review: ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ at Act II Playhouse by Neal Newman

Are there any award nominators out there? Is so, get down to Act II Playhouse. This superb production of Brighton Beach Memoirs deserves a bundle of them. Much of the production’s success…

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Review: ‘Intimate Apparel’ at McCarter Theatre Center by Tim Dunleavy

“It was as though God kissed my hands when I first pulled the fabric through the sewing machine and held up a finished garment.” That’s how the main character of Intimate Apparel desc…

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Review: ‘Noises Off’ at Everyman Theatre by Allie Press

It is always a good time seeing a production of Noises Off, but Everyman Theatre (Everyman) took it to another level last night. If you are a regular theatregoer, it is quite likely you have…

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Review: ‘Psycho Beach Party’ at Stillpointe Theatre by Ben Fisler

If you’re looking for an escape, there’s a thoroughly entertaining performance of Charles Busch’s perennially popular parody of 1960s beach-blanket cinema that’s just what you need. …

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Review: ‘Mercy Killers’ at Taffety Punk Theatre Company by Robert Michael Oliver

Joe in Michael Milligan’s one-man show Mercy Killers is, indeed, your average Joe: he listens to Rush Limbaugh, he works on cars as a mechanic, he has no college degree, and (yes) he p…

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Review: ‘Tunnel Vision’ at Venus Theatre by Susan Brall

Tunnel Vision, written by Andrea Lepcio and directed by Deborah Randall, opened May 11, 2017 at the Venus Theatre in Laurel, Maryland. Venus Theatre, under the direction of founder Deborah R…

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TODAY Only: ‘Tribute to Classical Ballet’ at L’Etoile, The Classical Ballet Theatre of Maryland by Carolyn Kelemen

Dance Preview: L’Etoile Dances a Ballet Gem Pretty, pastel costumes, new ribbons on the toe shoes, tiaras that sparkle bright as a shiny new penny – these are signs of spring recitals wh…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: ‘Fear Eats the Soul’ at Scena Theatre by William Powell

As part of its 30th anniversary season, Scena Theatre has offered a stage adaptation of  of late German film auteur Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1974 film Fear Eats the Soul, translated and…

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Film Review: ‘Menashe’ Appearing at The Washington Jewish Film Festival by Andrew Markowitz

Fuelled by fantastic performances and effective cinematography, Joshua Z. Weinstein’s Menashe brings to light the world of Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community through the story of…

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Magic Time!: ‘The Father’ at The Studio Theatre by John Stoltenberg

There are reasons aplenty not to miss The Father now playing at The Studio Theatre, and Ted van Griethuysen’s performance in the title role is foremost among them. Recently the recipie…

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Broadway Producer Jack Viertel to Appear in Conversation with Jason Loewith at the Gaithersburg Book Festival, This Saturday, May 20th at 2:15pm by Nicole Hertvik

This Saturday, at 2:15pm, noted Broadway Producer Jack Viertel will appear at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in conversation with Olney Theatre Center Artistic Director Jason Loewith to disc…

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Review: ‘The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey’ at Philadelphia Theatre Company by Deb Miller

It seems counter-intuitive that a play about a missing fourteen-year-old boy could be in any way funny or uplifting, but The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, written and performed by…

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Review: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at Signature Theatre by David Siegel

Signature Theatre’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar is an impressive beauty of a rock musical. It successfully takes a Biblical phrase such as, “Let us lift up our heart with our ha…

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