Author Archive | Emily Gilson

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Review: “Weird Al” Yankovic at Wolf Trap

“All bets are off,” says Wolf Trap’s website, when “Weird Al” Yankovic, King of Parody, takes over the concert hall. Absolutely anything can happen. 35 years on, the polka-dancing, accordion-playing weirdo with the iconic curly hair is still kicking. And he’s better than ever. It’s an incredible feat that for this long he’s been able […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Seven Windows’

In keeping with the theme of several shows in this year’s festival, Philadelphia-based SHARP Dance Company’s Seven Windows is another piece focusing on the power of dreams, death, and reincarnation. Featuring original choreography by Diane Sharp-Nachsin and Kevin Ferguson, Seven Windows combines dance with original paintings by artists worldwide to tell the story of a […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘H5x7’

Did you miss the Henriad this past spring at BAM? Or the Hollow Crown? Do you find Shakespeare inaccessible? Barabbas Theatre can help. Taking a cue from the play’s Chorus, urging the audience to assist the players by imagining the momentous events of the Hundred Years’ War, Barabbas founder Kevin O’Connell, who also directed the […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Petunia and Chicken’

I have never started a Fringe with such joy. The cause of that joy is kids’-show-in-disguise Petunia and Chicken, the brainchild of Animal Engine (husband and wife team Carrie Brown and Karim Muasher), a physical devised theatre ensemble based in New York City. Directed by Melinda Jean Ferraraccio, the show has been touring to what […]

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Review: ‘Annie’ at National Theatre

There are two things they always say never to work with: animals and children. There are exceptions, obviously. For six days at The National Theatre, Annie and Sandy — the bright red-headed, curly-topped little orphan and her scruffy yellow dog – are back for a limited run in a loving reincarnation of the iconic musical […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Bloody Banquet’

Hungry? Well, there’s a banquet waiting. In a tiny black box space just south of the river, Brave Spirits Theatre, known for staging intimate updates of early modern and Jacobean drama, presents a rarely performed rumination on the depths of human morality. Originally published by an unknown “T.D.” in 1639, The Bloody Banquet is believed […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Domestic Animals’

“I have trouble distinguishing things that are real from things imagined.” This is the reality we enter when we meet Lori, the “lone wolf” of the deeply moving Domestic Animals. Beautifully directed by Linda Lombardi with a talented cast of three and a smart, funny, poetic script by Jennifer Faletto, I found myself taken on a […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘straight on til moUrning’

This is not the Neverland you remember. It’s grown-up, it’s grittier, nothing is certain; and with straight on til moUrning, local physical theatre company relEASE has presented a daring and fresh new take on the story of Peter Pan. I should first point out that I LOVE Peter Pan – there are myriad adaptations of […]

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