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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Yes, And’

‘Yes, And’ explores the history of improv Yes, And… directed by Jeff Quintana and expertly written and acted by Playwright Zack Myers is a quirky bit of work that questions the nature of improv comedy legends and how such legends came to be. As part of this year’s Capital Fringe Festival, Yes, And…, is a […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Poe, Times Two’

Poe, Times Two directed by DeLisa M. White and expertly written, adapted and acted by Playwright Greg Oliver Bodine, is a haunting double-dose of one-man plays based on two classic tales of horror by the great 19th Century horror and detective writer Edgar Allen Poe: “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Black Cat.” Bodine expertly brought […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Cake!’

Cake! Directed by Corin Andrade and created by burlesque impresario Ché Monique asks a profound, yet comical question: What happens when a 300 pound woman jumps out of an eight-foot birthday cake during a burlesque show? As part of this year’s Capital Fringe Festival, Cake! tries to answer the aforementioned question and address the disruption […]

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Review: ‘Moxie: A Happenstance Vaudeville’ at Round House Theatre

Moxie: A Happenstance Vaudeville channels pre-radio\TV entertainment America’s Got Talent, The X Factor, Benny Hill, The Gong Show, and The Ed Sullivan Show are nothing new. The variety show has been around for ages. With the spirited direction of Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell, and music arranged and composed by Karen Hansen, Moxie: A Happenstance Vaudeville, is […]

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Review: ‘Next to Normal’ at The Keegan Theatre

‘Next to Normal’ Confronts Depression, and Anxiety Depression hurts. It deadens and dulls the edge of life and can even kill. With a Tony Award-winning score composed by Tom Kitt with lyrics and book by Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal, is a study of what happens when a family matriarch can’t cope with the demons in her […]

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Review: ‘10x10x10” at Fells Point Corner Theatre

Ten stories, ten plays, ten minutes per play. That was the set up for 10x10x10, a collection of plays by local area playwrights, which played at Fells Point Corner Theatre. The audience got to vote for the top three plays at the show’s end, winning cash awards for three of the playwrights. The plays traversed […]

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Review: ‘Lost in Wonderland’ at Pallas Theatre Collective

 ‘Lost in Wonderland’: Journeys Through an Author’s Imagination Have you ever wanted to ask a famous, classic author, say a Mark Twain or an Edgar Allen Poe how and why they shaped their characters the way they did? The characters in classic author Lewis Carroll’s (aka Charles Dodgson) Alice in Wonderland get to do just that […]

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Review: ‘Dreamgirls’ at Tantallon Community Players

Dreamgirls Sizzles with Soul Why is sudden fame so destructive? Can true friendship survive the pressures of show business? Those questions and a whole heaping spoonful of soulful, Motown-inspired music were a part of Tantallon Community Players’ Dreamgirls, playing through June 12th at Harmony Hall Regional Center in Fort Washington, Maryland. With music composed by Henry Krieger and the […]

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Review: ‘kinK’ at Greenbelt Arts Center

 ‘kinK’ explores murder, revenge and justice Director\Writer William Dean Leary produces unsettling, lapel-grabbing work that addresses topical issues. In his previously written and directed, Forsaken Angels, Leary addressed sex-trafficking. In his latest originally written and directed work, kinK, Leary tackles the controversial world of bondage and discipline and the ramifications of when such a lifestyle […]

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Review: ‘Voices’ at Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

VOICES eschews platitudes for depth There are life-changing events that can hit one’s soul with the ferocity of a hurricane. Mental violence and strife can tear up the psyche to the point where those suffering from it become stuck in a quagmire, literally and figuratively. VOICES directed by Jared Shamberger and written by emerging, local […]

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Review: ‘The Tempest’ at Lumina Studio Theatre

The Tempest which played at The Silver Spring Black Box Theatre through May 8th was a delightful tour-de-force of sound, fury, fanfare and color. Directed and adapted by David Minton for Lumina Studio Theatre’s ensemble, The Tempest mixed Shakespeare’s vision with Minton’s vision of a dystopian future in which the eastern seaboard has been flooded […]

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Review: ‘The Who’s Tommy’ at Kensington Arts Theatre

‘Tommy’ energizes, brings emotion We’ve all felt misunderstood at times. Ostracized. Criticized. Left out of the community of our peers. But then hopefully things change; we find a hidden skill or talent that sets us apart from the rest and we excel—socially and professionally. Written by legendary rock musician Pete Townshend, Tommy, playing at Kensington […]

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Review: ‘Our Town’ at Rockville Little Theatre

“The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises,” so it says in the Bible’s Book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter One, Verse 5. People, live, people die, life goes on. That theme was prominent in playwright Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, which is playing at the Rockville Little Theatre at […]

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Review: ‘Black Pearl Sings!’ at MetroStage

Review: ‘Black Pearl Sings’ explores the political and the personal         Politics, whether personal or political often divides us. These differences come to light when two women with out-sized personalities meet in Depression-era Texas in a prison: Susannah Mullally (Teresa Castracane) is a White Musicologist who works for the Library of Congress, she’s a woman “who […]

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Review: ‘The Flying Dutchman’ at Virginia Opera

How should we deal with the storms of life? Should we go through life content and yet oblivious to the suffering of ourselves and others? Or, do we allow ourselves psychic disturbance over the plight of the world? Should we play the role of Pollyanna or Realist? Should we choose the Red Pill of reality […]

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Review: ‘Middletown’ at Lumina Studio Theatre

Middletown is a series of vignettes powered by a strong ensemble Middletown, which played at The Silver Spring Black Box Theater through April 17th was a glorious, energetic crowd pleaser. Directed by David Minton for Lumina Studio Theatre, Middletown is an homage to Anywhere, U.S.A. style plays like Our Town; the show was a series of […]

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Review: ‘The Mousetrap’ at Prince George’s Little Theatre

The Mousetrap Weaves a Tangled Patchwork of Suspense The Mousetrap, now playing at Bowie Playhouse and produced by Prince George’s Little Theatre, is a purist’s take on late mystery writer Agatha Christie’s classic play, which has run continuously since 1952. (Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino recently borrowed its suspects-in-a-room conceit in The Hateful Eight.) While Christie has […]

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Review: ‘The Lion in Winter’ at Vagabond Players

The Lion in Winter’ reaches the pinnacle of high entertainment Vagabond Players’ The Lion in Winter, expertly directed by Steve Goldklang is a show any theater lover, nay any lover of art must see. The show is spectacular beyond words. This show proves the theorem that theater is a support system for life. The play follows […]

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