Author Archive | Mark Ludder

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Review: ‘Adam & Anthony Live’ at Strathmore

Suppose your two best friends were really talented and you invited them over to sing and tell stories and a few of your other friends found out and showed up to listen and it turned out to be a really fun, intimate evening. That would have been almost exactly like what happened at Strathmore last […]

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Review: ‘Pygmalion’ at The British Players

I envy the folks lucky enough to have attended the opening night performance of George Bernard Shaw’s brand new play Pygmalion in 1913. They were afforded an unfiltered observation of class war humor without the subconscious comparison to My Fair Lady – the musical based on this play some 43 years later. Those original patrons would […]

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Review: ‘Footloose’ at Quince Orchard High School

WOW!!! Actual bouncing off walls, excitement, enthusiasm and synchronized choreography – and that was just maneuvering into a parking space out front! Footloose Director Nicholas Jullian Saadipour and his trio of Quince Orchard High School Student Directors Bree Kooienga, Madhur Vinaik and Emilie Prince pumped the energy into the High School performers who danced their […]

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Review: Beethoven’s ‘Leonore’ at Washington Concert Opera

Washington Concert Opera (WCO) concluded its 30th anniversary season with a rare performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Leonore on stage at the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium (“Lisner”). Artistic Director & Conductor Antony Walker selected this original version of the 1805 opera. The overarching dark and somber tone of the work reflects Beethoven’s own failure […]

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Review: ‘Image China: Confucius’ at The Kennedy Center

It seemed fitting somehow during a full moon, on Friday the thirteenth, to be attending Confucius on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Kong Dexin, a 77th-generation direct descendent of Confucius directed and choreographed this opulent production. Confucius highlights the philosopher’s journey through the kingdoms of Zhou Dynasty China, and his quest to […]

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Review: The Choral Arts Society of Washington’s ‘A Choral Arts Christmas’ at The Kennedy Center

I love choral music. I love the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. I’ve been looking forward to this performance. Everything musical was wonderful during the evening. Even as the doors opened, a small brass choir accompanied the nearly packed house while we settled in. Conductor Scott Tucker informed us that A Choral Arts Christmas was highlighting music from […]

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Review: The Capital Hearings at AMP by Strathmore

I came to review the venue as well as the performance so I need to share a bit about both. First of all AMP by Strathmore is a swanky nightclub nestled at the corner of Montrose Road and Rockville Pike in a new neighborhood dubbed “Pike & Rose.” The ongoing transformation of this former strip […]

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Review: The NSO Pops: ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’: Film with Live Music at The Kennedy Center

The most significant difference between entering your neighborhood cinema to catch the latest PG film offering and traversing the Hall of Nations to enter the Grand Foyer at The Kennedy Center in anticipation of The National Symphony Orchestra Pops (NSO): E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (E.T.) – Film with Live Music is the number of black cocktail […]

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Review: ‘The Waiting Room’ at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center

Inside Montgomery College (MC) Online advertised The Waiting Room by Lisa Loomer as, “a dark comedy about the timeless quest for beauty–and its cost.” Director Dennis Mulligan masterfully animates “Three women from different centuries [who] meet in a modern doctor’s waiting room. Forgiveness from Heaven is an eighteenth-century Chinese woman whose bound feet are causing […]

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Review: ‘Almost, Maine’ at Quince Orchard High School

“If needed, use additional sheets.” I remember always being curious how anyone writing a High School exam essay could ever write enough to need additional sheets. Then I had the opportunity to review the Quince Orchard High School production of Almost, Maine by John Cariani and produced by Linda Lee. According to Wikipedia Almost, Maine was developed at […]

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Review: ‘Postmortem’ at Montgomery Playhouse

In partnership with Montgomery Playhouse, Arts on the Green presents Postmortem, a thrilling mystery by Ken Ludwig. Unravelling the relationships between cast members on holiday in a whodunit within a murder mystery is a dizzying feat until the lights finally dim. Real life actors playing the fictional roles of real life celebrities post-World War I is […]

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