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Author Archive | Gina Dalfonzo

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Review: ‘Crazy for You’ at Signature Theatre

I have a perpetual soft spot for Crazy for You, which was the first show I ever saw on Broadway. What with George and Ira Gershwin songs, Tony-winning choreography by Susan Stroman, and the wonderful loopy energy of Ken Ludwig’s book, a theater-mad teenage girl couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to the Great […]

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‘A Broadway Christmas Carol’ at MetroStage

Probably no other cast in the D.C. metro area works harder for a laugh, or enjoys it more when it comes, than the cast of A Broadway Christmas Carol, now playing its sixth consecutive season at MetroStage. Three intrepid actors, with help from a versatile pianist, make Kathy Feininger’s delightful musical spoof of the Dickens […]

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‘Oliver!’ at Arena Stage

From its opening number, Arena Stage’s innovative new production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! is bursting with excitement and emotion. Director Molly Smith has stripped the classic musical based on Charles Dickens’s novel to its essence, bringing out its inherent rawness and power. Watching Oliver (Jake Heston Miller) and his fellow orphans angrily banging their dishes […]

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‘Friendship Betrayed’ at WSC Avant Bard

Put 1630s Spain and 1920s America into a cocktail shaker, shake well, and you get WSC Avant Bard’s sparkling update of María de Zayas y Sotomayor’s 1632 play Friendship Betrayed. Translated by Catherine Larson and directed by Kari Ginsburg, the play conveys timeless themes about love and friendship with a wit and energy that feel […]

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‘A Man for All Seasons’ at NextStop Theatre Company

Forget everything you learned from the recent PBS miniseries Wolf Hall. Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons, currently playing at Herndon’s NextStop Theatre, tells a very different tale of Sir Thomas More (Todd Huse), Thomas Cromwell (Bruce Rauscher), and Henry VIII (Sun King Davis). The focus here is on More and his unfashionable insistence […]

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‘Major Barbara’ at Pallas Theatre Collective

It’s not always easy to figure out what view of life George Bernard Shaw is trying to express in Major Barbara. Though he was a freethinker, he gives us a witty, tolerant, idealistic heroine, Barbara, who’s passionate about her work with the Salvation Army; though he was a committed socialist, he nevertheless puts some of […]

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‘The Fox on the Fairway’ at Reston Community Players

“Golf is not a game, but a way of life. A religion, if you will,” intones Henry Bingham, president of the Quail Valley Country Club, in Ken Ludwig’s The Fox on the Fairway, playing now at Reston’ Community Players at CenterStage, and directed lovingly by Adam Konowe. The production by the Reston Community Players faithfully […]

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‘The Great Divorce’ at Lansburgh Theatre

Having successfully adapted C. S. Lewis’ classic The Screwtape Letters into a two-character play, Max McLean and his group Fellowship for Performing Arts have gone for an even bigger challenge: adapting Lewis’s The Great Divorce into a three-character play, now playing at the Lansburgh Theatre. Part fantasy, part spiritual reflection, The Great Divorce (the title […]

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