Author Archive | Vanessa Berben

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Review: ‘Teresa’ at Seventh Street Playhouse

Now playing at Greenbelt Arts Center (GAC), Seventh Street Playhouse’s Teresa is a thought-provoking, historical dramedy written by Anthony Ernest Gallo and inspired by the life of Saint Teresa of Avila. Teresa of Avila, the patron saint of headaches, illnesses, and the sick, is best known in religious history for establishing an offshoot of the […]

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Review: ‘LIZZIE: The Musical’ at Pinky Swear Productions

Fresh off their Capital Fringe Best Overall Show and Best Musical Theatre or Opera wins for 2016’s Over Her Dead Body, Pinky Swear Productions (PSP) rips onto the stage of Anacostia Playhouse with LIZZIE: The Musical, created by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Alan Stevens Hewitt, and Tim Maner. PSP Artistic Director Karen Lange has been pursuing the […]

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Review: ‘The Who’s Tommy’ by Open Circle Theatre

After a five-year hiatus Open Circle Theatre (OCT) makes a triumphant return with an incredible production of The Who’s Tommy at Silver Spring Black Box Theatre. Written by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff and based on the The Who’s 1969 rock opera, Tommy, the story of a traumatized and subsequently disabled boy becoming a pinball […]

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Review: ‘Memories & Legends’ at Wolf Pack Theatre Company

Director William Leary returns to Greenbelt Arts Center (GAC) with Wolf Pack Theatre Company’s world premiere of Writer/Composer Stephen Geddes’ inspirational new musical, Memories & Legends. Memories & Legends (M&L) tells the story of aging rocker Oran Tobin, who returns home to Newfoundland to attend his father’s funeral. He’s doing so begrudgingly, after receiving an […]

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Review: National Philharmonic: Beethoven’s ‘Symphony No. 7’ with Brian Ganz at The Music Center at Strathmore

The National Philharmonic kicked off its 2016-2017 Fall/Winter season with three of Beethoven’s most celebrated works, featuring a special appearance by pianist Brian Ganz performing Piano Concerto No. 4. It’s been a busy year for Brian Ganz at the Music Center at Strathmore (Strathmore). First appearing in January for an evening of Chopin with celebrated mezzo-soprano […]

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Review: ‘Henry V’ at The Rude Mechanicals

With Henry V, actor Rebecca Speas marks her directorial debut with an energetic, well-choreographed production featuring an outstanding cast. After bringing their critically acclaimed production of Henry IV Parts I & II to The Highwood Theatre this summer, The Rude Mechanicals (RM) continue to deliver excellent interpretations of Shakespeare’s works by bringing its follow-up, Henry […]

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Review: ‘A Few Good Men’ at Off the Quill

Fresh off their DCMTA “Best of Capital Fringe 2016” production Timon 2016, Off the Quill (OTQ) brings a faithful adaptation of Aaron Sorkin’s 1992 film to the Greenbelt Arts Center that stands on its own as a gripping comedic drama thanks to an all-star cast lead by Andy De. If you’ve never seen the movie […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Over Her Dead Body’

“All you fair and tender ladies – beware of how you court your men.” Returning Fringe-favorites Pinky Swear Productions have a lot to live up to at this year’s festival. After debuting at Fringe in 2009 with the critically acclaimed Freakshow they produced the incredibly popular Cabaret XXX series from 2011 – 2014. If anyone […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Macbeth in the Basement’

William Shakespeare serves as playwright Annie Bryan’s inspiration for Dodgeball Theatre’s Macbeth in the Basement, directed by Talley Murphy. The show features only five actors and a limited set, and Bryan tries weaving a modern retelling focused on school shootings with the Bard’s original text. While they’re delivering a powerful message, the mash-up is uneven at times. […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Greatest Science Fiction Show (No One’s Ever Seen)’

The Greatest Science Fiction Show (No One’s Ever Seen) delivers a riotous parody of classic science fiction and pop culture. Hilarious, and a must-see for anyone who considers themselves fans of either genres. Director Sara Bickler makes her Fringe return following a Best Drama nod for 2014’s R+J: Star Cross’d Deathmatch. Bickler serves as Managing […]

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