Thursday, July 27, 2017

Review: ‘Scarborough Fair: A Tribute to Simon & Garfunkel’ at Bristol Riverside Theatre by Neal Newman

Whenever a musical group has the name “brothers” or “sisters” (as in “Smothers” or “Andrews”) you can expect a tight, controlled sound with seamlessly blended harmonies. Clos…

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Review: National Theatre Live: ‘Angels in America’ in HD by Steve Cohen

Angels in America remains a sad, hilarious, hallucinogenic theatrical achievement. The juxtaposition of those seemingly-opposite qualities is what makes the play memorable. It has even great…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review: ‘A Grand Night for Singing’ at NextStop Theatre Company by Kendall Mostafavi

Composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II have been called the greatest writing partnership of the 20th century. Their work spans from 1943 to 1959 and includes some of the …

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Review: ‘Moon over Buffalo’ at People’s Light by Deb Miller

Now in production at People’s Light, Ken Ludwig’s Moon over Buffalo, directed by Pete Pryor, contains all the expected elements of a farce: there’s mistaken identity; insult humor; imp…

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Deb Miller’s Top Picks for the ‘2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival’ by Deb Miller

From antiquity to the present, tragedy and drama to absurdism and comedy, masterpieces by classic playwrights to experimental ensemble-devised works by local artists, the 2017 Philadelphia F…

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

2017 Capital Fringe Announces 5 Best of Festival Awards and 16 Show Extensions by Guest Author

Out of nearly 90 shows in this year’s Capital Fringe Festival, 5 captured Audience Awards, as announced Monday, July 24. And a total of 16 shows got coveted extensions because they bec…

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Interview: Joan Almedilla Discusses Playing Lady Thiang in ‘The King and I’ at The Kennedy Center by Hilary Sutton

It’s difficult to imagine a more lush or beautiful production to take the stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts than Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I. The r…

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Review: ‘Thurgood’ at The Olney Theater Center by Susan Brall

Thurgood, a one-man-show by George Stevens, Jr., is playing at the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab at the Olney Theatre Center in Olney. The play is a about the late Supreme Court Justice and re…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Review: ‘Guys and Dolls’ at Bucks County Playhouse by Steve Cohen

Guys and Dolls is a paragon of American musical theater. Considering its blend of interesting characters, clever story and glorious songs by Frank Loesser, it deserves more frequent revivals…

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Review: ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ at Cockpit in Court – A Must-See Show to Chekhov Your Bucket List by Wendi Winters

This hot, summery production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (VSMS), a production of Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre, is a spicy show you definitely want to… Chekhov… your bucke…

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Review: ‘Nana’s Naughty Knickers’ at Bowie Community Theatre by Carole Long

In Bowie Community Theatre’s latest offering, Nana’s Naughty Knickers, Sylvia Charles (Shelley Rochester) is a modern-day New York widow who has a pretty big secret. When her granddaught…

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Review: ‘As You Like It’ at The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival by Tim Dunleavy

Like all of Shakespeare’s plays, As You Like It is filled with rich, quotable language. (This is the one with the “All the world’s a stage” speech.) But Pennsylvania Shakespeare…

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Review: ‘The King and I’ at The Kennedy Center by Gina Jun

Swapping one beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein’s national tour production for another, the Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater revival of The King and I made its Washington, D.C. premi…

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Review: ‘Bonnie & Clyde The Musical’ at Monumental Theatre Company at the Ainslie Arts Center by Kendall Mostafavi

The history of Bonnie and Clyde is well-known. Lovers, living a life of crime. Since their infamous streak of robberies and murders, which ended with the two being killed in an ambush on May…

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Review: ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at City of Fairfax Theatre Company by Paul M. Bessel and Barbara Braswell

For those who love musical theatre, there is something amazing going on in Fairfax, Virginia this weekend and next, as the City of Fairfax Theatre Company and Truro Anglican Church present J…

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Review: ‘Grease’ at the John W. Engeman Theater by Kristen Weyer

Grab your leather jacket and go back in time to Rydell High, 1959 in Grease. The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport has opened its 2017-2018 season with this much loved classic, and it’s…

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Review: ‘Annie’ at Westchester Broadway Theatre by Lori Speiser

Westchester Broadway Theatre is currently presenting Annie, and this production, directed and choreographed by Mary Jane Houda, is enjoyment and smiles from start to finish. In 1970 Martin C…

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Review: ‘Chicago’ at ArtsCentric at Motor House by William Powell

The city of Chicago is “Hog Butcher for the World… City of the Big Shoulders,” as poet Carl Sandburg wrote just over a 100 years ago. Much the same could be said of certain element…

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Review: ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ at the Summer Dinner Theatre of Montgomery College by Mike Bevel

In 1850 Oregon, Adam Pontipee (a velvety-voiced Da’Von Moody) has come to town to trade some furs and look for a bride. We know he’s a romantic because his opening song is “Bless Your …

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Review: ‘Barefoot in the Park’ at The Candlelight Theatre by Neal Newman

Six days do not a week make. These famous words of nonsense, uttered by the young wife Cory, will tell all serious theatergoers that they are in the domain of Neil Simon and his oft-performe…

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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ by Guest Author

Imagine a bird emoji tweeting. No, it’s not another bizarre White House official message. The Hodgepodge Group has adapted Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five. It would be wise to be ha…

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Review: ‘An Octoroon’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (remount) by Nicole Hertvik

Honestly, I am still reeling after seeing Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon last night. I’ve been wandering around the house all morning, eyes glazed over, wheels turning in my head wh…

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Review: ‘New York – The Melting Pot’ at Soulpepper on 42nd Street by Deb Miller

The first in Soulpepper Theatre Company’s three-part musical celebration of the history of diversity in New York – The Melting Pot pays tribute to Lower Manhattan, from Battery Park …

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Review: ‘to tell my story: a hamlet fanfic’ at The Welders at Silver Spring Black Box Theater by Mike Bevel

Maybe the only way the play Hamlet could ever make sense is to filter it through a teenaged girl perspective. Watching a 30-year-old man galumph and philosophize his way through Elsinore –…

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Movie Review: ‘Landline’ by Erin Teachman

Landline, the latest from Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm, the creative team behind Obvious Child, opens with the sounds of… rutting, I guess is the word I can use in a family publi…

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Review: The Kinsey Sicks in ‘Things You Shouldn’t Say’ at Theater J by Lisa Traiger

There’s virtually nothing a drag queen won’t say, or do, in public or private, say the Kinsey Sicks. The San Francisco-based beauty shop quartet that puts the show into show business, th…

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Review: ‘The Mark of Cain’ at Synetic Theater by John Stoltenberg

Fans of Synetic Theater’s music-and movement-based works derived from classic texts will find a surprise twist in the company’s latest offering. Typically, s Synetic extravaganza…

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Review: ‘Night Tide’ at the New York Musical Festival by Deb Miller

Ancient sea lore meets Sixties beach party in Night Tide, a new musical parody by Taylor Tash (book and lyrics) and Nathania Wibowo (music), based on Curtis Harrington’s 1961 B-movie thril…

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Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘Welcome to Fear City’ by Robert Michael Oliver

Fear City is the South Bronx in July 1977. There is nothing particularly unique about that July in that year in that place. Fear, it seems, is a way of life in the South Bronx. Kara Lee Cort…

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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Portraits of GRRRLs by Guest Author

The production of Portraits of Grrrls felt like I walked into a high school guidance counselor’s activity. This should not diminish the discussions, content, importance, and impact this …

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Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘Everything Is Wonderful’ by Robert Michael Oliver

The Amish with their horse and buggy, 19th century culture; their simple, old world uniforms and habits; their infamous Rumspringa where the teenage Amish is given the opportunity to choose …

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