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Review: ‘Passion & Struggle’ at The In Series

Poetry can be the seed of music, and music the seed of love. Music may even be used as a form of protest—and ultimately a promoter of peace. This is evidenced by the music of composers and performers such as Spaniard Joan Manuel Serrat; Chileans Violeta Parra and Victor Jara, Puerto Rican Rafael Hernández, and […]

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Review: NSO Pops: LeAnn Rimes at The Kennedy Center

International multi-platinum selling acclaimed singer and ASCAP award-winning songwriter LeAnn Rimes returned to DC Friday night, joining the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall to showcase vibrant rearrangements of her chart-topping hits, as well as to introduce new material from her newest album, Remnants. Following a sprightly, 30-minute opening set by […]

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Review: ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at the City of Fairfax Theatre Company

There’s the daily ordeal of truth, imaginary facts, and shifting identities. There is wealth and privilege and assumptions based on hearsay, without understanding. Within all of this lies the day-to-day news cycle of now. Then there is a play first performed in 1895. Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest satirizes the upper-class societal conventions […]

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Review: ‘Three Sisters’ at Maly Drama Theatre at The Kennedy Center

Anton Chekhov’s classic play Three Sisters is being given a superb rendering by the Maly Drama Theatre (from St Petersburg, Russia) at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. Director Lev Dodin emphasizes the brittle, comic retort against the vagaries, interruptions, faded illusions and broken promises so prevalent in Chekhov’s world. The authenticity of this introspective and […]

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Spine: ‘Three Sisters’ by the Maly Drama Theatre at The Kennedy Center

With the Maly Drama Theatre’s Three Sisters, playing through April 30 at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theatre, theatre lovers will feast on every slow motion wonderment, every long glance into emptiness, every hysterical laugh at utterly meaningless boredom. For this is Chekhov, the master playwright, and his master play, Three Sisters, being performed by a […]

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Interview: Jazz Chanteuse Changamiré

I met jazz chanteuse Changamire’ at a networking event. She quickly warmed up to me and gave me her latest jazz album “Love” to listen to. I was blown away. In our interview she shared how she got started in music, her influences and her incredible musical connections/ experiences. Marlene: How is your name pronounced? […]

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Who’s in Town? A Conversation with Adam Pascal, Performing in Concert with ‘Rent’ Costar Anthony Rapp at Strathmore This Friday, April 28th at 8pm

Rent fans are in for a treat as Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp team up for a one-night-only concert event at Strathmore this Friday, April 28th at 8 PM. Pascal and Rapp are forever joined in the hearts of musical theater fans thanks to their portrayals of Roger Davis and Mark Cohen in the original […]

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Review: ‘Taking Sides’ at Port City Playhouse by Wesley Cobaugh

Taking Sides by Ronald Harwood is a stark look at post-war process and what is really meant by getting at the truth of what happened, why, who knew and when. Director Mary Ayala-Bush has crafted a thought-provoking scenario of whether Wilhelm Furtwangler, the celebrated conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra was a Nazi sympathizer, supporter […]

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Review: ‘Hairspray, Jr.’ at Ovations Theatre

Ovations Theatre hits another one out of the park with their production of Hairspray, Jr. performed entirely by 3rd through 9th graders. With a book by Marc O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music my Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Whitman and Marc Shaiman, Hairspray tells the story of Tracy Turnblad’s desire to dance on The […]

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Conversations with Five Makers of ‘Forgotten Kingdoms’ at Rorschach Theatre

RANDY BAKER, Playwright Michael: Introduce yourself, Rorschach, and the play Forgotten Kingdoms in under 140 characters. Go! No, just kidding…just tell us something about yourself and about this crazy play you’re mounting (which runs to May 21). Randy: Forgotten Kingdoms dramatizes a clash of civilizations through the conversation of two men from very different worlds—an […]

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Review: ‘In the Heights’ (Spanish Version) at GALA Hispanic Theatre

Those looking to add “a little bit of cinnamon” to their theatergoing should head to GALA Hispanic Theatre’s current production of In the Heights. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2008 Tony Award-winning musical about ordinary Latino families exploring what it means to belong takes on new resonance thanks to a new Spanish translation of the lyrics. While Spanish-language […]

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Who’s in Town?: Luis Salgado, Director and Choreographer of GALA Theatre’s Spanish Language ‘In the Heights’

¡No pare, sigue, sigue! Hamilton lovers rejoice! Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2008 Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights premieres tonight at GALA Hispanic Theatre in the show’s first Spanish-language production in the United States. In the Heights, which tells the story of ordinary Latino families trying to scrape by in the New York City neighborhood where Miranda grew up, […]

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Review: ‘Smart People’ at Arena Stage

As soon as the lights come up on Lydia R. Diamond’s Smart People, now playing at Arena’s Kreeger Theater, the focus is clear. Or is it? Are four really “smart” people, who are only trying to save the world from itself, being shut down by an entrenched Western, “racist” mindset? Or are four “smart” people […]

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Review: ‘OR,’ at Round House Theatre

The revolution will not be televised. Nope, it is on stage at Round House Theatre with a playful, headlong charge of a wild comedy. The comedy is called OR, a fictionalized account of free-spirited, real-life folk who set the theater world on-fire with their outlooks and attitudes. With OR, I was engaged and enraptured by the […]

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Review: Ballet Across America Showcases a New Day in Dance at The Kennedy Center

Since its debut in 2008, The Kennedy Center’s Ballet Across America series continues to showcase the best of ballet from regional companies across the nation. This fourth time around, there are the added elements of athleticism, those thrilling moves that American dancers do so well, plus diversity, social consciousness and definitely edginess, curated by two […]

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