Author Archive | Jeanette Quick

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Good Death’

The Good Death explores the tension between a brother and sister who must come to grips with their past and make hard decisions about their future.  The play takes place entirely on the stoop of a Staten Island home, where we see items strewn about as if in a yard sale. The playwrights, Scott Mandel […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Different, Damaged, Damned’

The short but powerful Different, Damaged, Damned explores the relationship and resentments between a father Ralph (Jeremy Keith Hunter) and his high-school age son Chamuel (Austin Farrow). Written by rising senior at Howard University Alric Davis, the play centers on unexpected bonding between Ralph and Chamuel after Ralph picks up his son from the police […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Real World: Kabul’

The Real World: Kabul is a comedy based on real events of three American writers who traveled to Afghanistan in 2009 to write, of all things, a soap opera for the Muslim world’s “biggest media mogul.” Written and produced by Emily Liner, Emily Liner, who is also a Policy Advisor in the Economic Program at a […]

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Review: Bob Dylan at Wolf Trap With Mavis Staples

Bob Dylan and the balmy air of the Mid-Atlantic summer: the folksy voice of an era and the backwoods feel of Wolf Trap seem like they were meant to go together. However, for those fans hoping for a glimpse of that 1960’s Dylan likely would have been disappointed with last night’s performance. The Dylan that […]

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Review: ‘District Merchants’ at Folger Theatre

District Merchants, in its world premiere at Folger Theatre, is a tour de force that explores the complexity of race and identity in Reconstruction-era America. As part of Folger Theatre’s 2016 celebration of 400 years of Shakespeare and in tandem with its exhibition America’s Shakespeare, Folger commissioned this very fine reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Merchant […]

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Review: Ireland 100: ‘The Hunger’ at The Kennedy Center

The East Coast concert premiere of The Hunger begins with a harsh, discordant note, immediately conveying that this will be a performance about pain. The short opera, from modern Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy, explores the trauma and suffering of his homeland’s nineteenth-century Great Famine, as well as its root causes and its ongoing relevance to our […]

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‘An Irish Carol’ at The Keegan Theatre

An Irish Carol is an Irish twist on the holiday classic A Christmas Carol, written by one of Keegan’s own company members, Irish-born Matthew Keenan, and directed by Mark Rhea. The play premiered in 2011 and has been performed year after year at Keegan, making An Irish Carol its own holiday tradition in Washington. The […]

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‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ at Scena Theatre

Scena Theatre’s comedy through the lens of small-town folk in a small Aran Islands community named Inishmaan, off the coast of Ireland. The year is 1934, and we catch a glimpse of all the archetypal small-town characters: the town busybody, the melancholy tough guy, the aging spinsters, the wayward young woman, and of course, the young […]

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The Women’s Voices Theater Festival: ‘The Guard’ at Ford’s Theatre

Only through art do we become immortal. The Guard, commissioned by Ford’s Theatre for the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, is an original work by playwright Jessica Dickey. Jessica Dickey and The Guard are recipients of the National Theatre Conference’s 2015 Barrie and Bernice Stavis Award, an award celebrating outstanding emerging playwrights. The play plumbs existential depths […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Our Lady of the Clouds’

Exile, home, memories – these fundamentals are dreamily explored in an inventive interpretation of Argentinian playwright Aristides Vargas’ play, Our Lady of the Clouds, or Nuestra Senora de las Nubes. The play nominally centers on two exiles – Oscar and Bruna – who confront each other again and again through a series of vignettes, often […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Last Burlesque’

The Last Burlesque is a fun, sexy romp with much to delight – from spirited performances, creative dance numbers, eye-catching costumes, to (of course!) good old-fashioned titillating burlesque. Produced by Pinky Swear Productions, which dedicates itself to creating theatre with strong roles for women, this very fine production lives up to the company’s mission with […]

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‘Fools’ at Parlor Room Theater

Fools, staged by Parlor Room Theater at Callan Theatre, is an entertaining romp through love and ignorance in a small Ukrainian village in the late 1800s. Though the play, written by Neil Simon and first produced on Broadway in 1981, is one of Simon’s lesser produced plays, many of its jokes land right on the […]

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‘Tyger’ at banished? Productions at Mead Theatre Lab

Check your pre-conceived notions of a theater experience at the sidewalk at this week’s innovative Tyger at Mead Theatre Lab by banished? Productions. The interactive experience begins before you enter the theater, playfully toying with the divisions between audience and performers. I don’t want to give anything away about the experience, but suffice to say that […]

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