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Author Archive | Alexa Kelly

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‘Marat/Sade’ at American University by Alexa Marie Kelly

If you are an American University student and wander into Katzen Arts Center this weekend, you may hear wails of agony. Do not be alarmed. The Department of Performing Arts presents The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de […]

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Shannon McArdle (Emcee) and cast member of 'Cabaret.' Photo by Jeff Watts.

‘Cabaret’ at American University by Alexa Kelly

“Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome!” the master of ceremonies begins, with an eerie grin. But you never really feel welcome, or at home. Nor would you want to. In American University’s production of the musical Cabaret, you are forced into the underbelly of 1930s Berlin. From the get-go, you know that there is something sinister growing here, […]

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‘Emma’ at The George Washington University by Alexa Kelly

I have never lived in the eighteenth century, but, in my mind’s eye, I see a quiet era of classical music and gentle manners. In many ways, The George Washington University’s production of Jane Austen’s Emma fulfilled my expectations of England, 1815. There is some music, yes, but there also is a soothing quality to […]

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