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Author Archive | Karim Doumar

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‘Kiss Me Kate’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

In a perfect world, the actors and actresses of a production get along. In a perfect world, there is no backstage drama. In a perfect world, that drama does not confuse and alter a production of The Taming of the Shrew. But this is not a perfect world as shown in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s new […]

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‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ at The Alliance Theatre

A heartfelt story of family loyalty and triumph, The Alliance Theatre’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, directed by Elaine Wilson, starts as the tale of a loving father who tries his hardest to make his children happy and then transforms into a fantastical adventure as he and his kids must help to rescue his father from […]

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‘Twelve Angry Men’ at The American Century Theater

In this famous, thrilling court-room drama, 12 jurors deliberate over the fate of an alleged murderer. The case seems clear-cut. They open the play with a vote, to see where everybody stands and the result is 11-1 in favor of a guilty verdict. One man, known only as Juror 8, must convince the rest to […]

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‘The Altruists’ at The Flying Muskrat Theatre Company

Being a student at UC Berkeley, I am all too familiar with how hypocritical and conceited student-activist culture can be. The Altruists, written by Nicky Silver and first performed off-Broadway in 2000, is a critique of the worst aspects of the crazy millennial, left-wing activists and really emphasizes the negative characteristics of their culture in […]

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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at McLean Community Players

Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock n’ roll opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, and the McLean Community Players cast and crew, directed by Kevin and Pamela McCormack, rocks and rolls. This awesome production is flashy and colorful, loud and entertaining, and ambitious and fun. The musical is based on the […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Never Never’

Alexandra Petri’s Never Never is absolutely brilliant. It explores a heavy topic – pedophilia – without being overbearingly serious and dark. In fact, it was wildly funny. That said, Petri treated the topic at hand with the necessary solemnity and sincerity. She didn’t get her laughs by making light of the pedophile’s struggle but through […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Great Awkward Hope’

The Great Awkward Hope displayed both the good, funny aspects of awkward, and the bad aspects of the word. The play follows a man, Jeff, as he tries to write a play about himself writing a play in which he plays Jack Johnson, the famous African American boxer. Consequently, he must deal with race issues that […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Interconnected’

Written and directed by Brian Schwartz and Karen Snyder, Interconnected tells the twisted and complex story of three intertwined families. It is ripe with dramatic turns worthy of the soap operas but with the added benefit of being funny. The show’s humor is based on the fact that it is simply a tale of family problems […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Neda Wants to Die’

You never expect to sympathize with the murderer and rapist. You expect to be repulsed and disgusted by them. That, however, would do a disservice to the complexity of life, particularly in war-torn, underdeveloped countries. Neda Wants to Die, written by Luigi Laraia explores this gut-wrenching theme with amazing dramatics and candor. It is the […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘ALICE’

Alice was colorful, in every sense of the word. And that was good. Adapted from Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice in Wonderland, Alice, directed by Haley Murphy was an explosive version of the story we all know. Alice, a girl, falls into a hole and finds herself in Wonderland where she encounters rival queens, timid rodents, […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Insanity of Mary Girard’

The Insanity of Mary Girard is a play showing Mary Girard’s descent into insanity as she comes to term with her admittance to an insane asylum by her jealous and hateful husband. This version, directed by Natalie Villamonte Zito, was fully entertaining, creepy, and wonderful. Zito’s artistic vision was best exemplified by the five Furies. […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Life of King John’

The Life of King John is a one-of-a-kind interpretation of Shakespeare’s historical play, directed by Alan Duda. The production weaves elements and references from Monty Python’s Spamalot into this Shakespeare work. Though many of the jokes were either predictable or ‘unique,’ the humor set a goofy, entertaining tone. Peter Eichman and Mikki Barry, who played […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Twelfth Night: A Musical Remix’

There was never a dull moment in Twelfth Night: A Musical Remix directed by Justin Poole. This version of William Shakespeare’s well-known comedy, filled with confused identity, trickery and drunkards, took a usually three hour production and condensed it into the space of about 70 minutes. It was fabulous. The plot is simple. Sebastian and […]

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‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ at Aldersgate Community Church Theatre

There’s an old adage that states “time wasted having fun isn’t wasted.” The Aldersgate Community Church Theatre effectively explored this theme with its production of Cheaper by the Dozen, adapted by Christopher Sergel and directed by Becky Patton. Taking place in 1925, the play focuses on the patriarch of the Gilbreth family who is a […]

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Flying V Fights: ’Heroes & Monsters’ at Flying V Theatre

Bold, gallant heroes; terrifying, grim monsters; beautiful young love; fear; heroism; nostalgia; excitement: these are just a few of the things you’ll experience at Heroes & Monsters. In its first show since being named the 2015 Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company by the Helen Hayes Awards, Flying V Theatre proved just why it deserves the title […]

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‘Dirty Blonde’ at the Little Theatre of Alexandria

Dirty Blonde, written by Claudia Shear and directed by Jennifer Lyman, follows two stories: the rise to fame of star Mae West and the blossoming love affair of her two most obsessive fans after her death. The play is full of laughs, many coming from the fun, not-so-discreet sexual innuendos of Mae West during her […]

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