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Author Archive | Kim Moeller

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Review: ‘Deathtrap’ at The Arlington Players

I could tell you about the play’s plot, but then you would have to kill me. Yes, you read that right and it’s the premise of Deathtrap, The Arlington Players’ latest production. The highly entertaining production is a clever blend of plot twists, humor, and suspense. What I can tell you this. The plot revolves […]

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The Women’s Voices Theater Festival: ‘Uprising’ at MetroStage

Uprising is, quite simply, what live theater is meant to be. The gripping story, set in 1859 and told with pathos and humor, asks questions about the nature of freedom, family, sacrifice, and revolution. The entire ensemble delivers powerful yet nuanced performances offering three-dimensional, relatable characters who must make tough choices. Written by playwright and […]

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‘Sunset Boulevard’ at Reston Community Players

Joe Gillis: You’re Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big. Norma Desmond: I AM big. It’s the PICTURES that got small. Well pictures may be small but Reston Community Players’ (RCP) production of Sunset Boulevard is really big and not to be missed. With a gifted cast, amazing […]

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‘Rehearsal for Murder’ at Reston Community Players

Whodunit? That’s the question asked in Reston Community Players’ latest production Rehearsal for Murder. Producer Jay Stein says he, “can almost guarantee that whatever your theory is, it will be wrong.” Alright Mr. Producer Man. Game On. I’ve read every Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot book and watched every episode of Monk and Murder She […]

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‘Black Hole’ at Port City Playhouse

Black Hole is a show about people with emotional baggage. Not the cute little carryon kind of baggage but the its-going-to-cost-you-money-because-it’s-over-fifty-pounds kind of baggage. It’s a powerful drama about family history and relationships and their impact on feelings of loss, control, and love. It’s a story told with honesty and humor and it’s a production […]

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Pink Martini and The von Trapps With NSO Pops at The Kennedy Center

The NSO Pops season kicked off with a bang last night as conductor Steven Reineke and his musicians welcomed Pops-favorite Pink Martini featuring vocalist China Forbes to The Kennedy Center stage. Together with the always strong Pops, the 11-piece group took us on a fun, retro around-the-world adventure with a cool repertoire featuring songs in […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘A Lesbian Belle Tells!’

Stories are a key to unlocking connections between people and hearing other’s stories can bring us deeper insights into our own lives. Elizabeth McCain’s personal stories delivered during her one-woman show at Capital Fringe generate many connections with the audience. The stories are more than McCain’s journey to understand her sexuality. Her personal stories are […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Sage of Blackwell’

Sage of Blackwell is a good example of the Capital Fringe Festival’s mission to provide “a showcase for…raw and authentic live performance work.” The world premiere of the drama from Lena Productions tells the story of Runyon Law as he moves from line worker at a large aircraft manufacturing plant in Oklahoma to union activist […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Tomorrow’s Dawn’

(Best of the Fringe!) What would you get if you crossed a French High School Musical with some of the characters from The Breakfast Club? You’d get Tomorrow’s Dawn, a bright, original musical in English (with heavy French accents) now playing on stage at the Capital Fringe Festival. Presented by the French theatre company La […]

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‘Distracted’ at Arcturus Theater Company

When is a boy just being a boy and when does a boy need meds for ADD/ADHD? Arcturus Theater Company’s production of Distracted, from Playwright Lisa Loomer, tackles this question with humor, poignancy, and a creative approach to the theatrical fourth wall. The play opens with Mama (Dana Gattuso) trying to meditate to start her […]

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‘Take 2: Say I Do’ at Main Street Theater by Kim Moeller

As sweet as frosting on a wedding cake, Main Street Theater’s production Take 2: Say I Do offers an entertaining and comical evening of the challenges and joy that accompany the wedding of two people in love who also bring fears and family to their special day. The musical review brings together in holy matrimony […]

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‘Into the Woods’ at Sterling Playmakers by Kim Moeller

And they lived happily ever after…but what really happens after? Sterling Playmakers’ production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1987 Broadway musical Into the Woods introduces us to a mashup of Brothers Grimm fairytales including that of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel. The dark but humorous saga creatively intertwines their stories […]

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‘The Bobs’ at The Barns of Wolf Trap by Kim Moeller

There are three things that make me very happy: 1) good tight harmonies, 2) smart comedy, and 3) The Bobs, a vocal group that combines the first two. The a cappella quartet played Saturday, October 12, 2013 to a warm reception at The Barns of Wolf Trap. They have been described as Manhattan Transfer meets Monty […]

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Judges Wanted for ‘The Challenging Voice Competition’ Sat 9/28 @1:30 PM

To raise money to support its mission to end homelessness, Wesley Housing is hosting the Challenge Voice Competition. It is at Cameron Run Park in Alexandria next Saturday afternoon, Sept. 28th, from 1:30-4:00 pm. The competition will feature 13 finalists ages 9-19 competing for a cash prize of $1,000, donated by corporate sponsors. Kim Moeller, a DCMetroTheaterArts writer […]

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Will Gartshore’s “Dressed Up: A Class-Conscious Cabaret” at Signature Theatre’s Sizzlin’ Summer Cabarets by Kim Moeller

Signature Theatre’s summer cabaret series offers a great opportunity to get to know some of the area’s best performers in an intimate venue and last night’s performance by multiple Helen Hayes Award winner Will Gartshore was truly a delight. Entering the stage looking the fashionable lobbyist for the World Wildlife Fund that he is, the […]

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Capital Fringe Show Review: ‘What It’s Like? One Veteran’s Tale of Addiction, Survival and PTSD’ by Kim Moeller

The story is powerful…one marine’s experience in the Persian Gulf and his challenges with addiction, survival, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in his return to civilian life. Richard D. Graham Jr. crafted the script, What It’s Like? One Veteran’s Tale of Addiction, Survival and PTSD, based upon his life story supplemented with information from other […]

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