Author Archive | Francine Schwartz

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‘Menopause The Musical’ at The Warner Theatre

If a musical about not being able to the pay the rent or a plant that eats people can make it big, a musical about Menopause is following in a great tradition. It’s long run demonstrates it’s enduring appeal. It’s now playing in Spanish and soon will be updated as Menopause the Musical Extreme “for […]

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‘Rumors’ at Providence Players of Fairfax

Rumors is  Neil Simon’s first farce and The Providence Players of Fairfax wring every possible laugh out of it. The zingers fly everywhere, and Director Liz Mykietyn and her hilarious and hard-working cast make sure those funny one-liners land-and land they do. At the performance I attended, the audience was howling! So if you need a […]

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‘Brother Hal’ at Lumina Studio Theatre

I was so impressed by Lumina Studio Theatre’s Brother Hal, adapted from Shakespeare’s Henry V by David Minton and Jamie Raskin, which was performed on Sunday, May 4th at Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. Directed by David Minton, one of the founders of the celebrated youth Shakespeare Company, it champions and retells the […]

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‘Etiology’ at The Catholic University of America by Francine Schwartz

The Catholic University of America’s Department of Drama presented a very moving production of Etiology, a new play – an M.F.A. playwriting  thesis – written by Teri Gillmor. The passionate production was directed by Shirley Serotsky. Etiology tells the story of three estranged sisters who ponder reconciliation or to simply go their separate ways after their mother […]

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‘International Guitar Night’ Featuring: Brian Gore, Italy’s Pino Forastiere, Mike Dawes from England, and Quique Sinesi from Argentina at The Barns at Wolf Trap by Francine Schwartz

The Barns at Wolf Trap had a full house on Thursday nightt, bringing 2014′s International Guitar Night for a return engagement. This year’s tour featured Brian Gore from Santa Cruz, Italy’s Pino Forastiere, England’s Mike Dawes from England, and Argentina’s Quique Sinesi. First to take the stage was Brian Gore, who actually created the concept of […]

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‘A Tribute to the Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein & Andrew Lloyd Webber’ at Reston Community Players by Francine Schwartz

The Reston Community Players opened their 47th season with a rousing and well-conceived juxtaposition of iconic songs from the well-loved musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The popular songs were played with gusto by a group of 30 talented musicians conducted by Musical Director Mitch Bassman, and sung by passionate performers Harv Lester, Jolene Vettese, […]

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NSO Pops: Wayne Shorter 80th Birthday Celebration with the Wayne Shorter Quartet and Esperanza Spalding by Francine Schwartz

Wayne Shorter, his Quartet, and vocalist Esperanza Spalding appeared last night in another sold-out concert at The Kennedy Center. There was a new work that was commissioned from Wayne Shorter, as part of their mission to provide more variety, “everything from jazz to hip-hope,” according to the Pops Conductor Steven Reineke. The Wayne Shorter Quartet […]

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Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition Finals & All-Star Gala Concert at The Kennedy Center by Francine Schwartz

On Monday, September 16, 2013, the Finals of this year’s Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition took place at The Kennedy Center. This famous event is not only an opportunity to hear some of the best young musicians in the world, but a fundraiser for students and educational programs. Always a sell-out, some of the people I […]

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