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Review: ‘Diana Ross – All the Best of Times’ with the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center

Singer extraordinaire Diana Ross is a musical legend and she proved it last night in a concert at The Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall. Presenting a showcase full of golden oldies as well as some classic standards and some newly-chosen material, Ross’ silvery, seductive and sassy tones permeated each and every number that she sang. Dazzling […]

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‘Take A Bow!’ Part 1: The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ DC/MD/VA Fall 2016 Favorite Performances/Directors/Designers

Here is the staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ first series of ‘Take A Bow!’ Fall 2016 honorees: ____ Edwin Aparicio, as Choreographer, Flamenco Dancer, and Co-Director of Salvador, at GALA Hispanic Theatre. The great Flamenco choreographer and dancer Edwin Aparicio delivered an astonishing performance in Salvador, the full-length autobiographical dance that celebrated its world premiere at the opening […]

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Review: ‘Uncle Nick’ at Wolf Pack Theatre Company

Uncle Nick brings a merry good time to the Holidays Who hasn’t heard the line: “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house…” during the Christmas Holiday Season? That line, from the 1823 Clement Moore Clark poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” served as the metaphorical spine of Wolf Pack Theatre Company’s World […]

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Review #2: ‘Copenhagen’ at Perisphere Theater

Three intersecting rings stand out in a circle of white, blindingly clear. The intersection reminds of other triumvirates, three powerful individuals, in an arrangement both formal and informal, equal on paper though rarely the case. The design reminds of a trefoil knot, fundamental to the study of mathematical knot theory or the multiple overlapping closed […]

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Review: ‘Avenue Q-School Edition’ at Fairfax High School

Avenue Q is not your mother’s musical. Sure, the muppets might seem cute, but once they start singing you’ll see that they’re just as messed up as most people. Fairfax High School’s FX Players introduced audiences to Avenue Q, a Sesame Street-esque strip filled with colorful characters and catchy songs. Avenue Q is the brainchild […]

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Review: ‘Black Nativity’ at New Freedom Theatre

Fifty years is a very long time for an arts group to exist in this changing world and economy, but Freedom Theatre is celebrating its golden anniversary with a reconceived production of its traditional favorite Black Nativity. I first saw Black Nativity in a tiny theater in the Broad and Master complex in a production […]

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Review #1:’Copenhagen’ at Perisphere Theater

The storytelling in Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen—which won the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play—is ingeniously done. The play’s three characters are deceased. They are actual historical figures whom Frayn extensively researched then imagined conversing in an afterlife on a circular stage space that has no specific time but three actual chairs. They speak sometimes to […]

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Meet the Cast of Avant Bard’s ‘TAME.’ Part 5: Karen Lange

In part five of a series of interviews with the cast of Avant Bard’s production of TAME., meet Karen Lange. Joel: Where have local audiences seen you perform recently on stage? Karen: Most recently, I was singing bluegrass murder ballads in Pinky Swear Productions’ Capital Fringe Festival show Over Her Dead Body: A Bluegrass Benediction. […]

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Review: ‘1-800-MICE’ at The Annex Theater

Birthday Party, Cheesecake, Jelly Bean, Boom On Black Friday, The Annex Theater (“Annex”) invited Baltimore to “celebrate anti-consumerism and new art” by attending the World Premiere of 1-800-MICE, an adaptation of Brooklyn artist Matthew Thurber’s graphic novel of the same name. Baltimore responded in force; a jam-packed house, including Matthew Thurber himself, watched as the […]

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Review: ‘Cerebral Sorcery’ with Francis Menotti and David London

I’ve oftentimes heard magic referred to as a universal language in the performance realm, not only capable of transcending linguistic boundaries, but cultural and sensational constructs as well. The idiosyncratic brand of intellectual wizardry within Cerebral Sorcery is a testament to the extraordinary and magnetic peculiarity of the two illusionists responsible for its creation. Having […]

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Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Ford’s Theatre

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is back at Ford’s Theatre in a production that is guaranteed to fill your heart with Yuletide cheer. Michael Wilson’s adaptation tells the classic tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge as he is visited by the three ghosts of Christmas who offer the crotchety miser a chance at redemption. This iteration of […]

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‘A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play’ Opens Thursday, December 8th at 7:30 PM and Plays Through Sunday, December 11th at Howard Community College’s Arts Collective

HCC’s Arts Collective Presents A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play December 8–11, 2016 SHOW DATES AND TIMES: Thursday, December 8 at 7:30 PM Friday, December 9 at 7:30 PM Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 PM *Sunday, December 11 at 3 PM followed by a special post-show discussion. $15 for General Admission. $10 for Students, Seniors, Faculty, […]

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Call for Proposals for the 2017-2018 Theater Season at the Arts Barn

Arts on the Green, the City of Gaithersburg’s home for the performing and visual arts which includes the Kentland’s Mansion and Arts Barn, is now soliciting production proposals for the theater season beginning July 2017 through June 2018. Located in the Kentland’s, the Arts Barn (theatre venue) is housed in a Victorian-era renovated stable with […]

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Review: ‘Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley’ at Round House Theatre

Love is in the air for Miss (Mary) Bennet this Christmas in the imagined, holiday-themed sequel to Jane Austen’s literary masterpiece Pride and Prejudice – Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley – now receiving its rolling world premiere at Bethesda’s Round House Theatre. In Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s winning new play, under Eleanor Holdridge’s astute direction, the […]

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In the Moment: Interviews with the Cast, Composer, Director, and Artistic Director of The Hub Theatre’s ‘The Magi’ Opening This Weekend

The Hub Theatre will present a premiere musical, The Magi by local playwright Helen Murray Pafumi with music by singer/songwriter Eli Pafumi. This is a unique collaboration between them. The Magiis a love story set to music that riffs on that classic holiday short story by O. Henry, “The Gift of the Magi.” Under Helen Murray Pafumi’s […]

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