Author Archive | Vanessa Terzaghi

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Rosanne Cash: The River & The Thread at Strathmore

The smoky, soulful singer knows how to make an entrance and how to keep an audience mesmerized. Rosanne Cash played at The Music Center at Strathmore on Friday, April 17, 2015. Her two-hour set featured a mixture of country, gospel and blues heavily infused with history and longing. Cash performed two separate sets with a brief […]

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‘Other Desert Cities’ at The Highwood Theatre

“Relationships are hard-earned things” in The Highwood Theatre’s production of Other Desert Cities. Jon Robin Baitz’s beautiful play is a taut family drama involving a clan split by generations, values and their connection to the past. Parents Polly and Lyman Wyeth are cool, conservative, former Hollywood players. Polly’s sister Silda is staying in their guest […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Ten Principles )'(‘

(Best of the Capital Fringe) “There are so much worse things to be greeted with than warm silliness.” TD Smith grins as he utters this mantra. In AWoL Productions’ 10 Principles )'(, TD recounts the story of meeting an absolute stranger who embraces him and says “welcome home.” The show’s title refers to the Ten […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Seance’

“Save Madame MacGuffin’s shop!” The actors greet audience members as they walk in the door, invite them to browse the shop and inquire about their spiritual or psychic needs. Many audience members immediately respond with plausible requests. The two actresses on stage insist that the remaining character will soon join us. Madame MacGuffin (Annetta Dexter […]

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‘The Music Man’ at Rockville Musical Theatre

Can music really save your mortal soul? Could the right mixture of song and human kindness reform a career swindler? These questions emerge in Meredith Wilson and Franklin Lacey’s The Music Man. This July, Rockville Musical Theatre presents The Music Man at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville, MD. Although it is a musical […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Hey, Hey, LBJ!’

The unfolding story of one combat correspondent and his changing views on the Vietnam War, David Kleinberg’s solo performance Hey, Hey, LBJ! spans three decades and two continents. Hey, Hey, LBJ is an honest and uncompromising account of Kleinberg’s life in a combat zone and the aftermath. Kleinberg uses dark humor to depict the interactions […]

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Source Festival: ‘Quests’-Six 10-Minute Plays

We travel to seek the unknown, and we undertake quests to find or achieve something of life-altering importance. The characters in Quests are seeking mementos of the past, self-understanding, complete transformations and a recipe for cornbread. Quests, comprised of six separate 10-minute plays, is part of the Source Festival at Source Theatre. Playwrights from across […]

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‘Seussical’ at Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre

“Hear it like a whisper, smell it on the summer breeze.” It’s the sound of story and whimsy—the smell of childhood and daydreams. These sensations are brought to life in Seussical the Musical, (with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens), playing at Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre. Seussical combines the plots from several […]

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‘The British Players’ 50th Anniversary Old Time Music Hall’

Wine, beer, barmaids, and song—these are the mainstays of The British Players’ 50th Anniversary Old Time Music Hall. A salute to the popular British music halls of the 19th and early 20th century, the production is a variety show. Attentive servers and free-flowing libations complete the ambience. The servers lead the audience in pre-show and intermission sing-alongs. Not to worry […]

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‘We Will Rock You’ at The Warner Theatre

Guaranteed to blow your mind and your senses, We Will Rock You appeals to the rebel in all of us. Written and directed by Ben Elton with music and lyrics by Queen, We Will Rock You will astonish you with spectacle and trigger your sense of nostalgia. The show features mesmerizing light displays and a […]

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