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Author Archive | Nicole Hertvik

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Love in Ruins’

Love in Ruins is the third Capital Fringe show written by playwright Paul Handy. Handy’s Cry for the Gods and and Carry a Big Stick appeared at the festival in 2011 and 2013 respectively. Handy would appear to specialize in historical plays, and he didn’t have to look far from home for inspiration for his […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Confederates’

In Confederates, a new play by James F. Burns, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson is a prescient military tactician who sees a clear path to Southern victory the day after the first Battle of Bull Run. It is July 22, 1861 and Jackson and his troops are quartered in the farm house of the Wilmer McLean family […]

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Review: ‘Rent’ at Rockville Musical Theatre

Jonathan Larson’s sudden death the night before Rent’s off-Broadway premiere is one of theater’s most heart-breaking events. Larson never got to see his only show move to Broadway, win the 1996 Tony Awards for best book, best score and best musical, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Larson’s tale of a group of misfit artists […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Once Upon a Bedtime’

The Silver Finch Arts Collective is back at the Fringe Festival with their first children’s show: Once Upon a Bedtime. But what a sophisticated children’s show! Five skilled musicians lead a cast of accomplished singers through an enchanting opera. And fear not parents, your children will be so entranced by this world of magical scarves […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘In a Day of Dreary’

In a Day of Dreary, written and directed by Henry Ragan, explores one day in the life of a charming and perpetually frustrated girl named, yes, Dreary. Ragan, who also plays Dreary’s boyfriend in the show, created a show intentionally free of typical narrative structures. The show is certainly innovative, allowing the linear storyline of […]

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Review: ‘Snakebit’ at Dominion Stage

You’re lucky if you’ve got one: That old friend from childhood who knows every mistake you’ve ever made but loves you anyway. The friend to whom you can confess your darkest secrets, display your biggest flaws and know things will come out alright between you. Dominion Stage’s production of Snakebit centers on three such friends. […]

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Review: ‘Floyd Collins’ at 1st Stage

“No more plowing a hard-scrabble field, I just know it’s my lucky day!” Evan Casey’s voice rings through the 1st Stage Theater as he navigates the narrow confines of a deep underground cave. His character, Floyd Collins, is searching for a way out of the hard-scrabble Kentucky “cave country” life of the 1920s, a life […]

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