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Review: ‘The Zero Hour’ at Iron Crow Theatre

Madeleine George asks a lot of questions in her award-winning 2011 play, The Zero Hour at The Baltimore’s Theatre Project through the weekend. How do you tell the truth about yourself when that truth might devastate the people you love? Should you answer that phone call during an intimate moment in a relationship that demands […]

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‘Dancing for Divas: A Labor of Love’ Benefit at Howard Community College TONIGHT, Saturday, October 22nd at 8pm

The Bald Ballerina stages a dance in the name of Love Her many Howard County supporters would probably be pleased if Maggie Kurdirka, The Bald Ballerina, merely walked on stage and posed in her gorgeous arabesque at Saturday night’s Dancing for Divas, A Labor Love benefit concert at Howard Community College in Columbia. Ballet fans […]

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Dance Preview: Misako Ballet Reflects Asian Culture

It’s very quiet – quite lovely, in fact – in the upstairs studio where visiting guest artist Fumihito Shimizu is rehearsing the Misako Ballet Company and guest dancers from Tokyo for a special one-time-only presentation of Water Flow this Saturday evening at the Convergence Art Center in Alexandria. How strange it feels to be climbing these […]

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Dance Preview: Misako Ballet Celebrates Cultural Diversity

Classical ballet director Misako Aoki began her dance training in her native Japan where she later received a scholarship to study at the Royal Ballet School in London. From there she joined the Matsuyama Ballet Company and performed in Europe and China with Rudolf Nureyev, among other famous dancers. Modern dance director Eva Anderson was […]

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Review: ‘First Date’ at Drama Learning Center

Looking for a respite from the winter doldrums and a glimpse of color, hope, and light-hearted entertainment? Go no further than the Drama Learning Center where founding director Stephanie Lynn Williams has gathered talented teens (two separate casts) in the area premiere of First Date. The Center’s Professional Training Program (TYA) performs the musical at […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #12: ‘Memorable Dance in Baltimore and Beyond’ by Carolyn Kelemen

There were many big, wonderful dance events in 2015, including world premieres, new renditions of the warhorse ballets, made-for-TV series (Flesh & Bone),dance documentaries, and grand dance on the big screen (the Bolshoi, among others). Nonetheless, it was those special, often quiet, dance moments that still linger into the New Year. What follows are the […]

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‘As You Like It’ by Baltimore Shakespeare Factory

Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It is fun for the family. The Meadow, just below the historic Evergreen House, is a lovely place to spend a late afternoon or early summer evening. Spread a blanket on the hillside – you can see the performance from just about anywhere on the meadow – and lookup at the […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘District of Cara’

District of Cara is like a huge pajama party where your best friend dishes on boyfriends, past and present. In this one-hour monologue/skit/therapy session, actor/writer/storyteller Cara Foran is sooooo likeable, well, you just want her to be happy and get on with her life. Actually, her life reminds one of another millennial, Lena Dunham, star […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Tomato Beard’

Raunchy, irreverent, and just plain silly, Tomato Beard is a series of skits much like those early Saturday Night Live spoofs. This Pennydog production, billed as a “rock musical,” is a work in progress – three-quarters of the cast have never performed on a stage, according to a post-show announcement. Still it seems safe to […]

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‘Shrek The Musical’ at Reisterstown Theatre Project

Shrek is back in full green glory Last year Jonah learned to ride a bike. More recently he picked up a hockey stick. During the holidays my seven-year-old grandson tolerated three “Nutcrackers” – one on ice – and yesterday he got his first taste of a live, local theater rendition of Shrek the Musical not […]

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