Author Archive | David Siegel

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Review: ‘Blues in the Night’ at Creative Cauldron

Ready for top-notch singing talent that brings the “blues” to vibrant, spicy full life? Then high tail-it to Creative Cauldron (Falls Church) to take-in a cabaret-like revue called Blues in the Night. It’s all about love as a force that will take you under its spell.  In a smoothly unfolding production under Matt Conner’s confident, spirited […]

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In the Moment: ‘Trevor’ at 1st Stage

Under the crafty direction of Alex Levy, 1st Stage’s production of Trevor, penned by Nick Jones, had me in agreement with a recent American Theatre headline calling Jones the “Deadpan Puppet Master of Human Folly.” 1st Stage’s Trevor is having its DC area premiere. If you think you don’t know playwright Jones, well, you may already know […]

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In the Moment: ‘As You Like It’ at Folger Theatre

Gaye Taylor Upchurch’s appealing direction gives Folger Theatre’s As You Like It a warm flirtatious essence with buffoonery galore masking over Shakespeare’s initial soulful melancholic core. With modern notions that love can be a transforming force, that risky behavior can have huge rewards, and that women can be every bit as  commanding and stealthy as […]

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Review: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at NextStop Theatre Company

Zestful. Savvy. Crafty. Satisfying  Director Abigail Isaac Fine’s feisty NextStop production of Shakespeare’s battle-of-wits, romantic-comedy Much Ado About Nothing is a stimulating, adult-depth interpretation. It’s not all breezy, dreamy, gauzy midsummer’s night romping, but a show with dark elements. Nevertheless, it offers ample over-the-top mayhem and antics worthy of The Three Stooges in all their glorious lunacy. Fine found […]

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In the Moment: The Studio Theatre’s ‘The Hard Problem’

Studio Theatre’s production of The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard charmed me with its intellectual and ideological turmoil fueled by verbal fierceness. With a shiny, contemporary veneer and Stoppard’s cleverly stylish verbal razzle dazzle about science and finance, I left the performance thinking I had been eaves-dropping on a cool late night argument on “big” issues […]

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Review: ‘Someone Is Going to Come’ at Scena Theatre

Scena Theatre’s Someone Is Going to Come is a tightly wound riddle about danger; the lightly concealed danger lurking in a couple’s push-pull of a relationship that is further inflamed with an unforeseen entanglement. With plaintive, spare dialogue full of sharp darts, Someone Is Going to Come is a rare sighting from Norwegian playwright Jon […]

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In the Moment: Signature Theatre’s Epic ‘Titanic’ and its Backstage Unsung Heroes

Epic refined splendor comes to mind after seeing and hearing Signature Theatre’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical Titanic. Director Eric Schaeffer’s vision and implement of such a staggering musical theater production deserves each and every loving, well-earned accolades, including from my DCMTA colleague John Harding. So what more is there to say with my […]

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Review: ‘Fully Committed’ at MetroStage

Tom Story is a knockout in his one-actor, effortlessly frenetic, tour de force performance as 40 different characters who comprise the charming “controlled” frenzy of MetroStage’s Fully Committed. Story’s performance – as a put-upon phone reservation clerk at the bottom of the food chain – clearly requires intense stamina of his mind and body. Yet […]

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In the Moment: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at Synetic Theater

Sleeping Beauty, Synetic Theater’s new dialogue-free production, is gorgeous, entertaining, and illuminating. This Sleeping Beauty is more than a fanciful, “white bread, white washed” Disney-like take on a classic fairy tale. The production has bite and unanticipated muscle to balance out its enchantment, good looks, and a lovely happy-ending. Under the sure hands of Paata […]

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Review: ‘The Magi’ at The Hub Theatre

“A simple tale of love and hope,” is the way local playwright Helen Murray Pafumi describes her new work, The Magi. That is an understatement. In its premiere at Fairfax’s The Hub Theatre, The Magi is a lovely little holiday gem about a couple of indie-musicians who have taken the leap into a relationship. Now they wonder; what’s […]

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In the Moment: Interviews with the Cast, Composer, Director, and Artistic Director of The Hub Theatre’s ‘The Magi’ Opening This Weekend

The Hub Theatre will present a premiere musical, The Magi by local playwright Helen Murray Pafumi with music by singer/songwriter Eli Pafumi. This is a unique collaboration between them. The Magiis a love story set to music that riffs on that classic holiday short story by O. Henry, “The Gift of the Magi.” Under Helen Murray Pafumi’s […]

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Review: ‘Silver Belles’ at Signature Theatre

I needed it. A lot. A musical that reminded me that “life is a gift.” A new holiday musical with heart, humor, and great new tunes. A most-welcomed and pleasant swift sleigh ride during these dark days and darker nights here in the nation’s capital. Directed with an easy-going style by Eric Schaeffer, have yourself […]

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