Author Archive | Nicole Hertvik

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Review: ‘Two Rooms’ at Kensington Arts Theatre

International diplomacy is like a game of chess, full of strategy, maneuvering and calculation. You take risks you hope won’t prove fatal and you never want to be the pawn. Two Rooms, by playwright Lee Blessing, soberly explores the world of US foreign policy by examining a fictitious kidnapping in Beirut, and the calculations made […]

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Review: ‘I Love You, Because’ at Damascus Theatre Company

Pop-rock musicals are having a moment. With Dear Evan Hanson ruling on Broadway and Freaky Friday recently debuting at Signature Theatre, fun, upbeat musicals are all the rage. While lesser known than some of its contemporary musical counterparts, I Love You Because – with a lively score by Joshua Salzman and book and lyrics by […]

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Best Medicine Rep, A New Professional Theater Company, Is Coming to Gaithersburg, MD; Free Reading of Jennifer Faletto’s ‘Bathroom Hate’ This Sunday, 2/12@3 PM

A new professional theater company is coming to Montgomery County, Maryland. Best Medicine Rep, helmed by playwright John Morogiello, will focus on new comedies and judging from my conversation with John, these shows are sure to tickle your funny bone! This season, Best Medicine Rep will offer a monthly series of readings out of the […]

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Review: ‘Sweeney Todd’ at Olney Theatre Center

Revenge is sweet as pie in Olney Theatre Center’s Sweeney Todd. Director Jason Loewith serves up a grisly production of Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 Tony Award-winning musical that captures the essence of Sondheim’s genius creation with a stellar cast and creative team. Indeed, this production is a “team” affair. From the flawless ensemble that moves and sings in […]

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An Interview With Jay Kuo, Composer and Lyricist of ‘Allegiance.’ A film of the Broadway Musical Will Show in Theaters Across the Country on Tuesday, December 13th

Allegiance, the 2015 Broadway musical based on the forced relocation of 120,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II, will be shown in movie theaters around the country for one night only on December 13th, 2016. Allegiance was inspired by George Takei, who stars in the musical along with Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga […]

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Review: ‘The Nutcracker’ at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre’s 28th annual production of The Nutcracker is a veritable feast for the senses. With a gorgeous array of costumes, a set that will evoke contented sighs from any Downton Abbey fan and choreography that highlights the diverse ages and skill levels of Metropolitan Ballet Theatre’s student base, this holiday staple is a […]

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Review: ‘Black Nativity’ at ANKH Repertory Theatre and The Finest! Performance Foundation

Productions of Langston Hughes’ holiday classic Black Nativity are numerous in the DC area this holiday season, but the joint production by ANKH Repertory Theatre and The Finest! Performance Foundation offers an updated, thought-provoking version of this holiday classic. You may have seen Black Nativity before, but you’ve never seen it like this. Originally premiering […]

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Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Ford’s Theatre

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is back at Ford’s Theatre in a production that is guaranteed to fill your heart with Yuletide cheer. Michael Wilson’s adaptation tells the classic tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge as he is visited by the three ghosts of Christmas who offer the crotchety miser a chance at redemption. This iteration of […]

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Review: ‘Metropolis’ at Constellation Theatre Company

Percussion and film enthusiasts, listen up! For five nights only, Constellation Theatre Company presents a unique combination of the silent-film Metropolis set to a new score by renowned percussionist Tom Teasley. Metropolis, the 1927 sci-fi film by German filmmaker Fritz Lang, is considered one of the most influential and iconic films of all time. Set […]

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Interview: Tom Teasley on his Percussion Composition for ‘Metropolis’ playing at Constellation Theatre Company through November 19th

For five nights only, world renowned percussionist Tom Teasley is performing an original composition set to Fritz Lang’s 1927 sci-fi film Metropolis. I saw the first performance at Constellation Theatre Company last night and was gobsmacked by his performance and inspired to ask Tom some follow up questions. Nicole: Gottfried Huppertz’ original score to Metropolis was written in 1927 […]

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Review: ‘Shrek: the Musical’ at Rockville Musical Theatre

Rockville Musical Theatre’s Shrek, the Musical is a large-scale, glitzy, theatrical extravaganza. This production has got it all: Belting performers, elaborate sets and eye-catching costumes. Director Lee Michele Rosenthal has assembled a perfect cast in this production of the 2008 Tony-nominated musical with book and lyrics by renowned playwright David Lindsay-Abaire and music by the […]

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Interview: Maestro Simeone Tartaglione on Conducting ‘Peter and the Wolf’ TOMORROW 11/5 at 2:30 PM and 4:30 PM at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn

Residents of the DC Metro Region are in for a treat this weekend. For two performances only at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn, Maestro Simeone Tartaglione will be conducting Peter and the Wolf. The 1936 composition by Sergei Prokofiev tells the story of Peter and his animal friends who are each represented by a different instrument […]

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Review: ‘Cabaret’ at Kensington Arts Theatre

In Act One of Cabaret, Cliff Bradshaw tells Sally Bowles that he loves Berlin because it feels like a city full of children behaving badly, getting wilder and wilder because they know that at any moment their parents will be home and the party will be over. The year is 1931 and the ‘children’ are […]

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Report: ‘Leslie Odom, Jr.’ and ‘The Roots’ perform at the 6th Annual ‘An Evening of Unexpected Delights’ Fundraiser at Baltimore Lyric Opera

Generous donors and enthusiastic fans enjoyed a night of bountiful music and goodwill at the 6th Annual “An Evening of Unexpected Delights” Fundraiser to decrease homelessness in Baltimore. The tone for the evening was set on the beautiful Lyric Opera House stage which was lit up with an outline of the Baltimore skyline and the logo […]

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Review: ‘Stupid Fucking Bird’ at Silver Spring Stage

Stupid Fucking Bird is Aaron Posner’s inspired and irreverent takeoff on Anton Chekhov’s 19th Century play The Seagull. Stupid Fucking Bird follows the plotline of its predecessor, while simultaneously poking fun at it. It became something of an instant classic in its own right when it debuted at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in 2013 and […]

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Interview with Leslie Odom, Jr. on “An Evening of Unexpected Delights” Fundraiser at Baltimore Lyric Opera This Saturday,10/22 at 9 PM

You know him as Aaron Burr, Sir, the damned fool who shot Alexander Hamilton. Now get to know Leslie Odom, Jr., the man behind America’s most notorious villain. I spoke with Odom in advance of the 6th Annual An Evening of Unexpected Delights fundraiser benefiting The Journey Home at the Baltimore Lyric Opera House where […]

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