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Author Archive | Justin Schneider

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Persephone’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) Usually when someone tells you a Fringe show is different every night, it means “improv showcase” or “audience participation.” Sometimes it means “we didn’t really rehearse.” Not so here. Persephone, the brainchild of Eames Armstrong (director of Aether Art Projects), is literally a different performance each night. And if the […]

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Source Festival: ‘Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea’

I’ve been thinking about Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea from the moment I left the theatre, and my mind hasn’t really slowed down. Here’s the takeaway: rarely have I encountered a work that explores so many issues this well and this intelligently. Dontrell doesn’t just employ the theme of quests, but teaches us how to […]

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Source Festival: ‘We Forget, We Never Forget’

In a theatre festival marked by brave, bold performances, the Artistic Blind Dates may be the bravest. The Blind Dates bring together three artists of varying disciplines to create a short performance inspired by one of the Source Festival’s full length plays. Putting up a new work can be nervewracking; creating that work from scratch […]

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‘Happy Days’ at SCENA Theatre

Rejoice, Beckett fans! Short of an actual festival, it’s rare to have the opportunity to see two productions of the same Beckett play in a single season. SCENA Theatre’s latest production of Happy Days, featuring DC great Nancy Robinette alongside Stephen Lorne Williams, proves Beckett’s work to be deep and adaptable as it is specific […]

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‘Titus Andronicus’ at Faction of Fools

I’ll be the first to admit that I was… concerned when I heard that one of DC’s funniest acting troupes was staging one of Shakespeare’s trickiest tragedies. I’ll also be the first to admit that I shouldn’t have worried. In the hands of the Faction of Fools, William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus is transformed into the […]

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‘The Václav Havel Project: ‘Vaněk Unleashed’ and ‘Unveiling’ at Alliance for New Music-Theatre at Artisphere

The latest of Alliance for New Music-Theatre’s additions to The Vaclav Havel Project (originally part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival), Vanek Unleashed is a funny, imaginative, and lyrical take on the work of Václav Havel. Combined with the previous success story of Unveiling, the current iteration of the Project is a thought-provoking and entertaining two […]

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‘Nero/Pseudo’ at WSC Avant Bard at Fort Fringe

Celebrities are the new royalty; rock stars are the new idols. With bacchanalian excesses on both sides of the equation, is it any wonder that someone decided to make the comparison literal? In the new musical Nero/Pseudo, WSC Avant Bard make a daring, punk rock attempt at setting the question to music. And like the […]

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A Report on ‘TYGER’ at banished? productions

Following a first workshop production at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Happenings at the Harman series, banished? productions have returned with version two of their work in progress, TYGER. A meditation on loss, ritual, and identity, TYGER is a show on the tipping point – an intriguing, thought-provoking work carrying the weight of too many ideas. […]

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‘Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet’ at Pointless Theatre Co. at Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

Have you ever thought that the ballet needed more puppets? Or is it just me? For those of us troubled by this glaring oversight, Pointless Theatre Company brings us their technically impressive and entertaining – but narratively unsatisfying – version of the classic fairy tale. Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet is a reworking of Pointless’s […]

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‘Cab Calloway’s Minnie the Moocher’ at Pointless Theatre Co. at Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint by Justin Schneider

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be trapped in a old cartoon? One of those aggressively manic black-and-white pieces where everything has a face and bounces along to the music? Wonder no more. With Cab Calloway’s Minnie the Moocher, Pointless Theatre Company brings those cartoons to riotous, overwhelming, jazz-fueled life. Originally […]

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‘Classic Albums Live: The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ at the Music Center at Strathmore by Justin Schneider

I have good news for the music lovers out there. Classic Albums Live is exactly what it says on the tin: world-class musicians playing classic rock albums in their entirety, live. At the group’s recent performance of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at The Music Center at Strathmore, that formula meant a packed house […]

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