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Author Archive | Caroline Simpson

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Review: ‘Unnecessary Farce’ at McLean Community Players

Misunderstandings? Check. Discarded clothing and sexual innuendos? Check. A ridiculous number of doorways? Check. An absurd plot that you feel compelled to see through to the end despite the high frequency of groan-worthy jokes? Check and check! Unnecessary Farce, written by Paul Slade Smith, is a show that is jam-packed with all the classic tropes that […]

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Review: ‘Innovations 2016’ at Ballet Theatre of Maryland

There could not be a more apt title for Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s current production than Innovations 2016. This performance of five original works is both timeless and fresh. From traditional ballet steps to more modern feats of athleticism, audience members are dazzled by choreography that is anything but stale. The show opens with “A […]

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‘Shrek The Musical’ at Reston Community Players

Reston Community Players’ production of Shrek The Musical (Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and Music by Jeanine Tesori) is just as fun as the movie it is based on, with the added bonus of unfolding live in front of you. Sue Pinkman directs this lively production with the audience’s enjoyment in mind and a keen […]

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The Women’s Voices Theater Festival: ‘No Spring Chicken’ at NextStop Theatre Company

NextStop Theatre Company’s contribution to the Women’s Voices Theater Festival is the extraordinary No Spring Chicken, written and performed by Ginna Hoben and directed by Sullivan Canaday White. This one-woman show follows the spunky, type A protagonist on her journey to motherhood. Deftly navigating unhelpful insurance agents, doubting doctors, tongue-twisting medical terms, and even Mother Nature herself, […]

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‘Laughing Stock’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria

Even if you aren’t acquainted with any of the actors in the play, or if you have ever been involved with a theatrical production anywhere, you’ll recognize some old friends when you go see Little Theatre of Alexandria’s Laughing Stock. The play, written by Charles Morey, affectionately pokes fun at the various tropes and stereotypes […]

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‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ at Montgomery College’s Summer Dinner Theatre

As promised by the lead character, Pseudolus (Gregory Atkin), there is indeed “something for everyone” at Montgomery College’s Summer Dinner Theatre production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum directed by Walter Ware III and stage-managed by Matt Balfour. In addition to the entertainment provided by the show itself (book by […]

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‘The Good Counselor’ at 1st Stage

“You will never know the truth of my life,” says Rita Heffernon (Deidra LaWan Starnes) to her son, Vincent (Manu Kumasi), in a moment of heart-wrenching honesty. “Children never know.” The Good Counselor, written by Kathryn Grant, is a study of complex family dynamics, especially of the relationships between mothers, their children, and the world. […]

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‘Once on This Island’ at Creative Cauldron

Creative Cauldron’s production of Once on this Island (book and lyrics by Lynn Aherns and music by Stephen Flaherty) starts off with a bang.  Well, to be more precise, a thunderclap. What follows is one of the most impressive thunderstorms ever created in live theater, courtesy of Lighting Designer Joseph Lovins. And what follows that […]

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