Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Magic Time: ‘The How and the Why’ at Theater J by John Stoltenberg

The very title poses a puzzle. How what? Why what? Yet the definite articles assert certitude. The what. The how. Turns out in this brainy play about two smart women, perplexity and uncertai…

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Review: ‘Kid Victory’ at Vineyard Theatre by Deb Miller

When seventeen-year-old Luke returns home to small-town Kansas after being missing for a year, he must come to terms with what transpired and face the aftermath with his family, church, and …

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Review: “The Bodyguard: The Musical” at the Academy of Music by Celeste Mann

Whitney Houston is a tough act to follow, especially in a version of the vehicle created just for her to showcase her most popular songs. Deborah Cox, as the star singer Rachel Marron, holds…

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Review: ‘Great Expectations’ at Everyman Theatre by Patricia Mitchell

Everyman Theatre (“Everyman”) continues its 2016/2017 season with an ambitious production: Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. A work of literature epic in scope and scale, the most n…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review: ‘The How and the Why’ at Theater J. by Ravelle Brickman

The How and the Why – Sarah Treem’s celebrated play about science, feminism and generational rivalry – has just made its long-awaited DC debut at Theater J. The two-handed play…

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Review: The Philadelphia Orchestra Performs Mozart and Brahms by Steve Cohen

During the 44 years when Eugene Ormandy was music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra (1936 to 1980), he led almost every concert. There was scant need for guest conductors. Now the symph…

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Review: ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ at Synetic Theater by David Siegel

Synetic’s The Taming of the Shrew is disarming, decadent and a great visual rush. It is also great, dialogue-free storytelling with its own edge and outlook. The Synetic production simply …

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Review: ‘Calendar Girls’ at Colonial Players of Annapolis by Charles Green

The Colonial Players’ production of Calendar Girls is a screamingly funny, yet it’s also a poignant comedy. Written by Tim Firth, who co-wrote the 2003 movie, and directed by Debbie …

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In the Moment: Atlas Intersections Festival 2017: Four Dance Troupes: Company Danzante, Jane Franklin Dance, Gin Dance Company, and Rebollar Dance. by David Siegel

This year’s Atlas Intersections Festival has a theme of “where the art world and the real world intersect. The Festival aims to “engage audiences and artists alike by sparking convers…

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Review: ‘Uncle Vanya’ at Hedgerow Theatre by Neal Newman

A group of people are seated at a dinner table. They discuss the weather. Meanwhile, their lives are falling apart. With the revealing use of subtext like this, Anton Chekhov and others intr…

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Review: ‘The Trojan Women’ at Taffety Punk Theatre Company by Kendall Mostafavi

The feminist movement has been on the rise for decades, but with our current political and social climate, saturated with patriarchal overreach into women’s lives (and even their bodies), …

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Review: ‘Luther Re-Lives’ at the Publick Playhouse by Ramona Harper

The velvet voice and beautiful love ballads of one of the greatest R &B crooners of all time, Luther Vandross, lives on through the magnetic stage presence of William “Smooth” Wardla…

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Review: ‘The Matchmaker’ at People’s Light by Deb Miller

An effervescent all-star ensemble of fourteen actors and two musicians under the ebullient direction of Abigail Adams bring to life the eccentric characters, madcap situations, and old-fashi…

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Review: ‘God of Carnage’ at Compass Rose Theater by Danielle Angeline

Compass Rose Theater does it again with another smart and dramatic production. God of Carnage is remarkable, this time with Director Steven Carpenter at the helm. Lucinda Merry-Browne is the…

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Review: ‘Mary Martello: Songs My Mother Taught Me’ at the Arden Theatre Cabaret Series by Tim Dunleavy

I’ve seen Mary Martello onstage more times than I can count. The 5-time Barrymore Award winner has played everyone from Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd to Queen Gertrude in Hamlet, from Abby B…

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Review: ‘Kid Victory’ at Vineyard Theatre by Richard Seff

John Kander, who will soon be celebrating his 90th birthday, has now confirmed that his collaboration with 39 year-old playwright Greg Pierce, is on solid ground, and offers us great promise…

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Review: ‘Trust’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre by William Powell

What’s the nature of trust? What specifically makes a person choose one partner over another? These questions and more are brought up by Fells Point Corner Theatre’s production of Trust,…

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News: Howard County to See Two New Musicals: ‘The Hot New Deal’ at Glenelg Country School and ‘Dorian’s Closet’ at Rep Stage by John Harding

Howard County is about to enjoy the debuts of no less than two original musicals in the coming weeks. First up this week is The Hot New Deal at Glenelg Country School’s Mulitz Theater, thi…

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In the Moment: A Talk with the Pipeline Playwrights. Part One. by David Siegel

Northern Virginia is very much alive and supporting original play development by local playwrights. The diversity of the Northern Virginia demographic provides for fresh experiences to base …

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‘Vive la France: The Magic of Saint-Saens’ at The National Chamber Orchestra by Joel Markowitz

Love was in the air as The National Chamber Ensemble presented their Valentine’s Day performance called Vive la France: The Magic of Saint-Saens.  The concert was described as: Celeb…

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Review: Ahamefule J. Oluo’s ‘Now I’m Fine’ at The Clarice by Emily Schweich

It takes bravery to decide that your story is worth telling. It’s even more admirable to have the courage to tell your story onstage with a 16-piece orchestra. That’s what Ahamefule J. O…

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Review: ‘No Solemn Silence: A Gilbert & Sullivan Review’ at George Mason University’s Center For the Arts by David Siegel

George Mason University (GMU) launched its Year of Gilbert and Sullivan Celebration with a clever, bright, joyfully sung musical homage to the masterful Gilbert and Sullivan team and its in…

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Repairing and Healing the World Through Theater: An Interview With the Actors of IRC, Philadelphia’s Surreal Theater Company by Henrik Eger

Near the end of each year, Philadelphia’s only surreal theater, The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium (IRC) —with their deeply philosophical mission statement, “We Bring Good Nothing…

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Music with a Mission: Interview with Last Chance, a Great American Musical Duo by Tim Dunleavy

Last Chance, Philadelphia’s much-talked-about musical duo of singer-songwriter Jack Scott (vocals, banjo, and guitar) and Ingrid Rosenback (vocals, fiddle, and harmonica), has been perform…

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Review: ‘H20’ at Rep Stage by John Harding

Not everyone who attends Jane Martin’s H20 at Rep Stage will necessarily agree, but the case could be made for its taking place in one of Dante’s outer circles of Hell. As the play opens…

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Review: ‘The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus’ at Restoration Stage by John Stoltenberg

A long-ago love story inspired this richly textured play with 1920s music. When Playwright Stephen A. Butler Jr. was growing up, he heard family stories about how his great-great grandparent…

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Review: ‘Leper + Chip’ at Inis Nua Theatre Company by Deb Miller

The goal of Inis Nua Theatre Company is to “tell the story.” In its American premiere of Irish playwright Lee Coffey’s Leper + Chip we get not only the story, but the big picture. As w…

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‘Laughter on the 23rd Floor’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Susan Brall

Politics, laughter, and lunacy come together in this lesser known Neil Simon comedy, Laughter on the 23rd Floor which opened last night at Laurel Mill Playhouse. Directed by John D’Amato …

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Review: Balé Folclórico da Bahia at the Merriam Theater by Celeste Mann

They say “music is the universal language.” Balé Folclórico da Bahia definitely proved that in their one-night-only performance in Philadelphia at the Merriam Theater. The show, Bahia …

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Review: Regina Carter: ‘Simply Ella’ at The Kennedy Center by Robert Michael Oliver

Regina Carter and her violin: a human voice has never sounded so true. If you get a chance to experience Regina Carter: Simply Ella, the jazz quintet composed of Regina Carter (violin), Marv…

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Review: ‘Two Rooms’ at Kensington Arts Theatre by Nicole Hertvik

International diplomacy is like a game of chess, full of strategy, maneuvering and calculation. You take risks you hope won’t prove fatal and you never want to be the pawn. Two Rooms, by p…

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