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Author Archive | Kay-Megan Washington

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Cracked’

The director’s program note for Cracked (now playing upstairs at the Logan Fringe Arts Center) says that the play “asks what does it take to be a man?”, and this is the most cogent summary of the piece’s theme. The first part of a planned Broken Mirror Trilogy, the play’s three main characters – Henry […]

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Review: The Art of Comedy’ at Platform Arts Center

Approximately once a month – twice, if they feel like it – a group of comedians gets together at the Platform Arts Center in Baltimore, and perform to a packed house for free. Let me repeat that – “for free.” Hosted by comedian/actor/promoter Ivan Martin of Me-n-You Productions, the vibe is casual, yet elegant, with […]

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Review: ‘Ragtime’ at Memorial Players

Both E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel, Ragtime, and the musical adaptation of the same name, with Book by Terrence McNally, Music by Stephen Flaherty, and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, currently playing at Memorial Episcopal Church in Bolton Hill, begin with the same evocative lines: “In 1902, Father built a house at the crest of the Broadview […]

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Review #2: ‘House.’ at Arts Collective @HCC

For the last 21 years, the Arts Collective at Columbia’s Howard Community College has been an incubator for developing talent and nurturing new and interesting stage productions. With House., an original comedy now in workshop in the Studio Theatre at HCC’s Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, they continue that tradition in hilarious style. Penned […]

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Review: ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ at StillPointe Theatre Initiative

Over the past several years, StillPointe Theatre Initiative has emerged as “the little theater company that could.” They have become known for two things: staging ambitious works with very limited resources, and assembling immensely talented casts of actors who are all paid. In recent seasons, they have tackled original works like The Benefactor and Vanishing Point, […]

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Review: ‘Flatland’ at Annex Theater

As originally conceived by Edwin Abbot in the late 19th century, the novella Flatland is a biting satire about Victorian social hierarchies, played out in a two-dimensional world where women are simple line segments and men, polygons who strive mightily to move their families closer and closer to the perceived perfection of circlehood. Annex Theater’s current […]

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‘A Christmas Carol’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Like most Americans of a certain age, I have seen A Christmas Carol… a lot. I have seen multiple different iterations of the traditional story, I have seen Scrooge!, I have seen Scrooged. This is well-worn, well-covered territory. So I am happy to say that Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol, running this […]

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