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Nibbles and Sips Around Town: Pudding it Together: ‘Valentine’s Day Recipes to Charm Your Sweetheart’

Valentine’s Day Recipes to Charm Your Sweetheart  These recipes from Nielsen-Massey are too delicious not to share. For the Decadent Chocolate Pudding be sure to use only the best semi-sweet chocolate you can find. May love find you and light your path! Decadent Chocolate Pudding (Serves 5) – Yields about 2 ½ cups Ingredients: 2 tablespoons […]

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Review: ‘Big Love’ at American University

The cast of American University’s Big Love, written by Charles L. Mee and directed by Isaiah M. Wooden, was masterful in communicating the big and complex issues raised in the play. Without harangues or preachiness, they explored themes of individual rights vs. those of a group, justice, marriage, and how one person’s power can exert undue […]

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‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ at StillPointe Theatre Initiative

Over the past several years, StillPointe Theatre Initiative has emerged as “the little theater company that could.” They have become known for two things: staging ambitious works with very limited resources, and assembling immensely talented casts of actors who are all paid. In recent seasons, they have tackled original works like The Benefactor and Vanishing Point, […]

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Filichia on Friday: ‘There’s a Little CABIN at Encores!’

It’s an honor to bring Peter Filichia’s column every week on Kritzerland called ‘Filichia on Friday’ to our readers on DCMetroTheaterArts. This Week: There’s a Little CABIN at Encores! Purchase Peter Filichia’s New Book The Great Parade: Broadway’s Astonishing, Never-to-Be-Forgotten 1963-1964 Season HERE. Recent ‘Filichia on Friday’ Articles: February 5, 2016: Reaching the Other Ninety Percent. January 29, 2016: January’s Leftovers and February’s […]

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Review: ‘Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles’ at The Merriam Theater in Philadelphia

From the British Invasion to the Psychedelic Sixties, the Fab Four from Liverpool defined the music and lifestyle of the watershed decade of our post-modern era. Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles recreates the ground-breaking chart-topping classics of the legendary band and the worldwide phenomenon of Beatlemania in an all-ages multimedia spectacular that stirs the […]

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A Visit to The Ivy Hotel in Baltimore, MD

Recently I had the honor to spend the night at the Ivy Hotel located in midtown Baltimore at 204 East Biddle Street at Calvert. It opened in June of 2015 in a house that was built in 1889. Of course there has been a big expansion of the property since then. Actually The Ivy consists of […]

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Review: ‘Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet’ at Howard University

Last night I had the great satisfaction of watching Howard University students take on the challenge of a certifiably risk-taking play—Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet—and with it showcase nine student actors who took risks in performance that delivered an eveningful of moment-to-moment emotional payoffs. By the end I had no doubt […]

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‘A Grand Night for Singing’ Opens This Friday at The Arts Barn

Montgomery Playhouse in Partnership with the City of Gaithersburg – Arts on the Green Presents: A Grand Night for Singing Music and Lyrics by Rodgers and Hammerstein Book by Walter Bobbie Directed by Kevin Sockwell Musical Direction by Arielle Bayer Choreography by Melanie Barber With: Brian Lyons-Burke Lauren-Nicole Gabe Jennifer Georgia Daniel Santiago Rachel Weisenthal […]

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Auditions for Arts Collective@HCC’s ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ on 2/27/16 for its May-June Production

Howard Community College’s (HCC) Arts Collective proudly announces open auditions for actors 16 and up for the Tony award-winning musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, under the direction of Anthony Scimonelli, with music direction by Mayumi B. Griffie, and choreography by Jess Beach, on Saturday, February 27 and Saturday, March 5, from 10:00 a.m. – […]

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Review: ‘Senorita y Madame’ at GALA Hispanic Theatre

The rivalry between Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden—two women who actually invented the cosmetics industry—is largely forgotten today. Yet the story of these feminist icons, who at one time dominated headlines and made marketing history—along with millions of dollars—is the stuff of legends. Luckily for theatre-goers in Washington, DC, their battles—which at times loomed larger […]

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Review: ‘OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist’ at The Kennedy Center’s Theater for Young Audiences

The Kennedy Center has produced yet another world premiere production for this season’s Theater for Young Audiences. This time, they have taken Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and brought the story to modern-day Rio in OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist. With book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías and music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, this adaptation breathes […]

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Review: ‘Pirates of Penzance’ at H-B Woodlawn by Jessica Cruz

After its debut in 1879, The Pirates of Penzance has been produced and performed many times and was even made into a movie in 1983. A combination of W.S. Gilbert’s libretto and Arthur Sullivan’s music provides satisfying entertainment for the audience. This past weekend the students at H-B Woodlawn recreated the comic operetta, directed and […]

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Join Performing Arts Association of Linthicum (PAAL) for ‘Finian’s Rainbow’ This Sunday at 3 PM at North County High School in Ferndale, MD

Inspired by Joel Markowitz’s recent interview with J. Ernest Green, focusing on his upcoming Live Arts Maryland’s Finian’s Rainbow concerts February 12 and 13th at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, and as a member of DCMetroTheaterArts’ roster of writers, I must underscore the fact that these concerts are absolutely not to be missed. This freelance arts […]

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Review: ‘for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf’ at Creative and Performing Arts Center

Ntozake Shange’s music-drama, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf [“for colored girls”] (1976), comprises a seminal work of poetry, music, and improvisational dance. In a series of twenty poems, Shange creatively self-describes her work as a “choreopoem” of pain, suffering, abuse, strength and resilience, and imbues it with a joy […]

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