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Author Archive | Carolyn Kelemen

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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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‘Sleepy Hollow’ at The Washington Ballet

‘Sleepy Hollow’ ballet premieres at the Kennedy Center:  D.C. Ballet shakes up expectations Yes, even classical ballerinas let their hair down once in a while. They relish tossing off those stiff upper body movements and taping their feet to a syncopated beat rather than a traditional waltz. Mainly, though, ballet dancers (the guys and the […]

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‘Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’ at The Kennedy Center

Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater returned to The Kennedy Center last evening with a tribute to its famous six-foot tall Texan director. Ailey died 25 years ago and filling his size-12 shoes has got to be tough job. When Ailey’s star protégée Judith Jamison retired in 2011, Robert Battle became director and is “pushing boundaries,” […]

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Mariinsky Ballet Featuring Hodson’s ‘Le sacre du printemps,’ Fokine’s ‘Le Spectre de la Rose’ and ‘The Swan,’ and Petipa’s ‘Paquita Grand Pas’ at The Kennedy Center

 Russians return to the glory days of ballet Ulyana Lopatkina could have wrapped up The Kennedy Center and taken it home with her after her performance in The Swan, a.k.a. The Dying Swan, created by Michel Fokine in 1905 to Camille Saint-Saens’ cello solo Le Cygne. The gorgeous redheaded prima ballerina – I dare anyone […]

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‘Interlock’ at Vagabond Players

Purple lights illuminated Charm City on the eve of the Ravens playoff game. Downtown in the cobblestone village of Fells Point, folks were celebrating in the streets as well inside the Vagabond Players, America’s oldest continuously operating little theater. Indeed there was a lot to celebrate. The Vagabond Players are presenting a work that’s rarely been […]

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‘Fortune’s Child’ at Baltimore Theatre Project

For the world premiere of Mark Scharf’s play, Fortune’s Child, the weather outside Baltimore’s Theatre Project was, indeed, “frightful,” yet inside the historic 1887 building, the atmosphere, “delightful,” to quote Sammy Cahn’s “Let It Snow” lyrics. Snuggled in our unobstructed stadium seats – some of us sipping hot toddies – we were warmly greeted by […]

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A Duo of Dance and Comedy: Arts Collective @ HCC’s ‘Hallow-Scream’ and Washington Ballet’s ‘Petite Mort’

The late Alan M. Kriegsman once told dance critics at a conference that a “laundry list” of reviews should be avoided at all costs. With apologizes to Mike (who was a dear friend and colleague), here’s my Monday morning wrap-up of two special events that are after-the-fact, meaning that there’s no chance you can catch […]

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‘Beijing Dance Theater’ at The Kennedy Center

Chinese dancers meander through the grass without a GPS  It can be a long ride home to Baltimore from the Kennedy Center, especially on a rainy night. After last evening’s Wild Grass presentation by the Beijing Dance Theater and the Post-Performance Discussion with the Beijing Dance Theater director, Wang Yuanyuan, and producer, Han Jiang, this […]

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‘Chéri’ at The Kennedy Center

Revisiting Chéri – and a Baltimore visionary The venerable Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts turned avant-garde last night with the return of modern dance maven, Martha Clark, and her latest (and sexiest) work, Chéri. Adapted from Colette’s infamous 1920 novella, Clarke’s petite histoire of forbidden love between a young man and an older woman, features […]

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