Author Archive | Eric Denver

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‘Guys and Dolls, JR.’ at Thoreau Middle School by Eric Denver

You didn’t have to take Amtrak to Broadway this past weekend to find “The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York.” All you had to do was to drive out to Vienna, Virginia to Thoreau Middle School and witness their joyful spring musical – Guys and Dolls, JR. The students completed a successful dress rehearsal […]

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‘Holly Near’ at Wolf Trap by Eric Denver

The packed Holly Near concert last night  at the Barns at Wolf Trap was a coming home for me. The last time I saw Holly was in the exact same venue about ten years ago. The 90-minute non-stop concert only skimmed her successful career as a singer/songwriter, but what a concert it was! Holly’s band […]

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Reflections on Signature in the Schools’ ‘Revolution’ by Eric Denver

Back in November 2012, “about 250 student/Signature meetings ago,” playwright Joe Calarco and director and Signature Theatre’s Education Department Director Dave Zobell began their yearly collaboration for Signature in the Schools’  Revolution, which would premiere in February 2013. Five of the shows are performed just for an audience of Washington, DC metro area schools and two shows […]

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‘Will Gartshorez: Underappreciated & Overexposed’ at ‘Sizzlin’ Summer Cabaret’ at Signature Theatre by Eric Denver

Last night, Signature Theatre continued the second day of its sixth annual ‘Sizzlin’ Summer Cabaret’ series with an outstanding solo performance by Will Gartshore (with a surprise).  Will performed over 20 songs in an entertaining evening of both fun and delight. During the course of Underappreciated & Overexposed, Will displayed an encyclopedia of musical diversity. […]

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Matthew Scott and Kirsten Scott at ‘Sizzlin’ Summer Cabarets’ at Signature Theatre by Eric Denver

Last night, Signature Theatre opened its annual ‘Sizzlin’ Summer Cabaret’ series with a smashing performance by Matthew and Kirsten Scott. This is the first cabaret out of the batting cage of 16 different performers totaling 19 cabarets in this annual Signature summer extravaganza, and they hit a home run! For Washington DC audiences, the individual accomplishments […]

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‘Double Indemnity’ at Round House Theatre by Eric Denver

I was honored to be in the audience last night to catch this last production under the stewardship of Artistic Director Blake Robison. What a way to complete his seven year tenure as Producing Artistic Director with this gripping noir and powerful evening of theatre. Originally written by James M. Cain in 1935, Round House Theatre’s […]

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On the Waterfront at American Century Theater by Eric Denver

American Century Theater (ACT) is currently producing a  powerful production of On the Waterfront – about the shenanigans of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the resultant corruption in the Big Apple. This production is adapted for the stage by Budd Schulberg, who wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for the 1954 film based on the same name, with Stan […]

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