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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Point…Blank…Period’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) Point…Blank…Period, created by Tramaine Brathwaite and written along with Ryiesha Simms, Kenya D. Morris, and and Devynne Stevenson, is a hilarious, heartwarming, look into that ever taboo subject…Aunt Flo…the red tide…the monthly visitor…a women’s menstrual period. The development of the show came from wondering why this topic that is so natural […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review ‘What Would Tina and Amy Do?’

Wouldn’t it be great if we could all have some stellar, successful person be our own personal mentor? That’s what Annie (Catie Carlton) and Tinley (Larissa Kruesi, also one of the two playwrights) find in comics Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. Annie and Tinley are two young, stuck-in-a-rut twenty somethings trying to find love and […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Homeboy Thanksgiving’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) Homeboy Thanksgiving, written by Jose Zarate and directed by Rhiannon Cooper is a story of the healing nature of family and friendship. Ernesto (Silas Gordon Brigham) is a recently released felon and gang member living with his younger brother, Ray (Luis Avila). Ernesto has been tasked with cooking for Thanksgiving […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Stone Tape Party’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) Even before the show starts, Stone Tape Party, written by Danny Rovin and directed by Angela Pirko, immerses the audience in the vivacity that is the house where the party never stops. As audience members entered the room, the party is already in full swing with scantily clad drunk girls […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Everything I Do’

Everything I Do is a musical, loosely adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman by playwright and composer John Becker. Just as the tagline in the promos for the show say, “You’ve never seen Shaw like this.” In this version, directed by Brad Porter, Mr. Tanner (Phil Hosford) is diagnosed with cancer and it […]

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Diana Ross at Wolf Trap

Last night at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, I got to be in the presence of the amazing, legendary Diana Ross. Ross, named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful female music artist in history, kicked off this stop on her In the Name of Love tour with 1980’s hit […]

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Source Festival: ‘Revenge: Six 10-Minute Plays’

Someone once said “revenge is sweet.” In the case of CulturalDC’s Source Festival show Revenge, not only is revenge sweet, but it is hilarious, thought-provoking, and at times a little frightening. Revenge, a series of six 10-minute plays is based on the full length play, The Thrush and the Woodpecker, and is also one of […]

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Source Festival: ‘Mortality’-Six 10-Minute Plays

Last night I was back at CulturalDC’s Source Festival for Mortality, a series of six 10-minute plays inspired by the full length play, A Bid to Save the World. Mortality, one of the 3 themes of the festival, gives us a glimpse into how we all deal with life and death in our own ways. […]

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Source Festival Review: ‘A Bid to Save the World’

Summer is theater festival season in DC and first up is CulturalDC’s Source Festival, now in its seventh year. Each year the festival is built around 3 themes which are each support by a full length play, six 10-minute plays, and an artistic blind date. This year’s Source Festival, with the three themes of Mortality, Revenge, […]

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‘Mamma Mia!’ at The National Theatre

The music of ABBA never fails to get toes tapping and listeners dancing. Last night at The National Theater was no different. Mamma Mia! is the ultimate love story written by Catherine Johnson, around the snappy tunes and beautiful lyrics of the 1970s pop sensation opened last night to a packed audience. The words of 1977’s […]

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‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Anne Tsang

The opening number of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical farce A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, “Comedy Tonight,” promises, “Something appealing, something appalling, something for everyone…tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!” If its comedy and baudy that you are expecting, you will most definitely not be disappointed! Alan […]

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Josh Groban at Wolf Trap by Anne Tsang

I can’t think of anything better than a beautiful fall-like night in the middle of the summer, picnicking on the lawn of the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, the company of a good friend, and the incredibly beautiful voice of Josh Groban, backed by the Wolf Trap Orchestra, and Groban’s unbelievably talented band. I’m still […]

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Capital Fringe Review: ‘Mme. Macbeth’ by Anne Tsang

When you hear that a theater company is performing Shakespeare’s Macbeth, you probably think to yourself “Oh yea…I know Macbeth. How will this be any different from all the other times I’ve seen this show?” Well, if you go see King’s Players Mme. Macbeth at this year’s Fringe show, you are in for a surprise! […]

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The Temptations at Wolf Trap by Anne Tsang

Just like in The Temptations song “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” I sure did love the way the Temptations and The Four Tops did the things they do last night at the Filene Center at Wolftrap. The two legendary Motown bands, who have frequently toured together since the 1980s, gave a fantastic […]

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Billy Idol at Wolf Trap by Anne Tsang

What’s better than the sound of rock and roll music and catchy familiar lyrics? Rock and roll music with a British accent, of course! Last night at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, Billy Idol proved to an almost full house that he is the Peter Pan of rock and roll. With his iconic platinum […]

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