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Author Archive | Doug Poms

Elaine Page.Photo courtesy of Elaine's website.

Elaine Paige at The Birchmere by Doug Poms

Musical Theatre lovers in the DC area were given a big treat on this past Thursday evening when Elaine Paige made an appearance at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, as part of her first American concert tour. Elaine Paige is considered the ‘First Lady of British Musical Theatre,’ having originated the roles of Eva Peron […]

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Brian Sutow, Dorea Luther and Jerzy Gwiazdowski. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

‘Black Comedy’ at No Rules Theatre Company by Doug Poms

No Rules Theatre Company gets off to a fantastic start at its new location at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, with Peter Shaffer’s hysterical Black Comedy. This classic British farce by Shaffer (Equus, Amadeus), which debuted in 1965, has a terrific set-up that is a refreshingly different take on the concept of “black comedy.” The […]

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My Top 10 Favorite Shows in New York in 2012 by Doug Poms

Here are my Top 10 New York Theater Favorites of 2012:  1. Once -The  musical adaption of the Oscar-winning independent film masterly directed by John Tiffany. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including one for Steve Kazee for his heartbreaking lead performance. He co-stars with the charming Cristin Milioti. 2. Tribes – Nina Raine’s wonderful play deals powerfully […]

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Sarah Marshall, Michael Tolaydo, and Jennifer Mendenhall in ‘Apples From the Desert.’ Photograph by C. Stanley Photography.

‘Apples from the Desert’ at Theater J by Doug Poms

The latest offering at Theater J, Savyon Liebrecht’s Apples from the Desert, is an emotional family drama set in Israel. Although the characters in the play come close to becoming stock stereotypical characters, the strong performances add plenty of texture to these roles, resulting in a rich and moving production, directed with finesse by Johanna Gruenhut. […]

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The Holiday Follies getting into the holiday spirit! — with Rachel Zampelli Jackson, James Gardiner, Bobby Smith, and Eleasha Gamble. Photo courtesy of Signature Theatre.

‘Holiday Follies’ at Signature Theatre by Doug Poms

If it is holiday cheer you seek this week, look no further than Signature Theatre’s Holiday Follies. The cabaret features four of the Washington area’s most talented performers, Eleasha Gamble, James Gardiner, Bobby Smith, and Rachel Zampelli, along with talented musicians Rachel Zampelli,(on piano as well as musical director) and Steven Walker (on guitar). In […]

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‘Spring Awakening’ at Dominion Stage by Doug Poms

Spring Awakening, the 2007 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, is back in the DC area in a new production at Dominion Stage. The much beloved show with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater is based on a controversial German play of the same name from the 1890s. Spring Awakening tells the […]

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Alex Mills (Jekyll and Hyde). Photo by Johnny Shyrock.

‘Jekyll and Hyde’ at Synetic Theater by Doug Poms

Synetic Theater has started its new season with another spectacular show. This time the talented company takes on the classic tale of good and evil, Jekyll and Hyde, based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson and adapted for Synetic by Nathan Weinberger and director Paata Tsikurishvili. Led by a tour de force performance by […]

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 Blake Hammond (Uncle Fester) in 'The Addams Family.' Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

‘The Addams Family’ at The Kennedy Center by Doug Poms

The Addams Family, the kooky clan that was first the subject of Charles Addams cartoons in the New Yorker, then featured on a popular television sitcom, and more recently a couple of Hollywood films, have finally made it to the stage in a Broadway musical currently on tour at the Kennedy Center. For fans of […]

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Desiree (   and Fredrik  (Brent Stone) confront their muddled pasts. Photo courtesy of The Arlington Players.

‘A Little Night Music’ at The Arlington Players at The Mead Center by Doug Poms

A Little Night Music, the 1973 Tony Award Best Musical winner, features one of Stephen Sondheim’s loveliest scores, filled with grand waltzes, witty barbs and poignant ballads (including the popular standard, “Send in the Clowns”). The Arlington Players’ delightful production at the Mead Center for American Theater’s Kogod Cradle Theater does this beautiful score sweet […]

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The cast of 'The Fantasticks': L to R): Michael Schlesinge, Kieth Flores, Molly Nuss, Steve Nixon, Josh Goldman, Jacob Wittenauer, Philip Baedecker, and Donna Naybor. Photo by Harold Bonacquist.

‘The Fantasticks’ at Vienna Theatre Company by Doug Poms

The Fantasticks has the distinction of being the longest-running musical in history (the original Off-Broadway production ran a whopping 17,162 performances between 1960 and 2002, not including a revival running since 2006). The Vienna Theatre Company’s charming production, directed by Susan Devine, does much to demonstrate the reasons for the enduring popularity of this beloved […]

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The cast of 'Working (A Musical). Photo by Jim Coates.

‘Working – A Musical’ at The Keegan Theatre by Doug Poms

The Keegan Theatre brings to Washington the not-often performed musical, Working – A Musical, a show based on the well-known book of the same name from the 1970s by Studs Terkel that features a series of interviews with various American laborers talking about their jobs, lives and dreams. Working is not a typical musical. The […]

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Jay Alvarez. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

‘Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You!’ at MetroStage by Doug Poms

Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You! currently in performances at MetroStage in Alexandria, Virginia, is a wonderful, winning one-man show written and performed by veteran stage and television actor, Jay (Jorge) Alvarez. Mr. Alvarez gives an absorbing account of his family’s escape by boat from Castro’s Cuba to Florida in 1964. In telling the […]

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‘I Love You Because’ at Reston Community Players by Doug Poms

Reston Community Players’ production of I Love You Because is delightful. A romantic and humorous homage to the dating scene in current day New York City, this show is full of witty observations about relationships and the rules for finding ‘Mr. or Ms. Right.’ I Love You Because had a successful stint Off-Broadway and the […]

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