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Review: ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ at Synetic Theater

Synetic’s The Taming of the Shrew is disarming, decadent, and a great visual rush. It is also great, dialogue-free storytelling with its own edge and outlook. The Synetic production simply cast a glorious, happy spell over me. Not considering myself to be a Shakespeare purist, I went to the production without either brushing-up or boning […]

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In the Moment: A Talk with the Pipeline Playwrights: Part One: Ann Timmons and Soo-Jin Lee

Northern Virginia is very much alive and supporting original play development by local playwrights. The diversity of the Northern Virginia demographic provides for fresh experiences to base a play on. One example is the recent launch of Pipeline Playwrights. Pipeline Playwrights is currently composed of four already accomplished Northern Virginia women playwrights with a goal […]

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Review: ‘Vive la France: The Magic of Saint-Saens’ at The National Chamber Ensemble

Love was in the air as The National Chamber Ensemble presented their Valentine’s Day performance called Vive la France: The Magic of Saint-Saens.  The concert was described as: Celebrate Valentine’s Weekend with music and passion of the great French romantic virtuoso composer Camille Saint-Saens. Listeners will be swept away on a magical journey. Featuring the Sonata […]

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Review: ‘No Solemn Silence: A Gilbert & Sullivan Review’ at George Mason University’s Center For the Arts

George Mason University (GMU) launched its Year of Gilbert and Sullivan Celebration with a clever, bright, joyfully sung musical homage to the masterful Gilbert and Sullivan team and its invented topsy-turvy world with No Solemn Silence: A Gilbert & Sullivan Review. Packed with the wonderfully, never-ending energy of 20 or so singers and musicians from the […]

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Interview: Meet ‘The Duskwhales’

I first ran across the Duskwhales when they performed at the 9:30 Club with Justin Trawick’s The 9 Songwriter Series in the Fall of 2016. I was mesmerized by their psychedelic dress, sound and charismatic presence.  I reached out to interview and find out more about them. They hail from Manassas, Virginia and true to […]

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Review: ‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’ at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Neil Simon writes terrific comedy. Tonight, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, directed by Theater J’s Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr, performed by Walnut Street Theatre at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, relied on two wonderfully talented comedians to remind us how good Simon’s plays can be. The play, which first opened on Broadway […]

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Review: ‘Blues in the Night’ at Creative Cauldron

Ready for top-notch singing talent that brings the “blues” to vibrant, spicy full life? Then high tail-it to Creative Cauldron (Falls Church) to take-in a cabaret-like revue called Blues in the Night. It’s all about love as a force that will take you under its spell.  In a smoothly unfolding production under Matt Conner’s confident, spirited […]

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Interview: Musician Rachel Levitin

Musician Rachel Levitin embodies passion. She is passionate about her music, life, and friends and is grateful for everything. When she sings, her whole body is enraptured in the music. It is a beautiful thing to see someone so present and engrossed in her music. Having lost her father, Steven, her last year of college, […]

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In the Moment: ‘Trevor’ at 1st Stage

Under the crafty direction of Alex Levy, 1st Stage’s production of Trevor, penned by Nick Jones, had me in agreement with a recent American Theatre headline calling Jones the “Deadpan Puppet Master of Human Folly.” 1st Stage’s Trevor is having its DC area premiere. If you think you don’t know playwright Jones, well, you may already know […]

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Review: ‘Company’ at McLean Community Players

Stephen Sondheim’s gloriously urbane, stylistic and sophisticated musical Company was groundbreaking when it first arrived on Broadway in the Seventies and it still remains relevant today. McLean Community Players are now presenting a most serviceable production of this exciting musical under the direction of Sharon Veselic who has stressed the positive aspects of this group […]

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The 2017 Helen Hayes Award Nominations To Be Announced Tonight/A Look Back at The 2016 Recipients

The 2017 Helen Hayes Awards nominations will be announced TONIGHT during a festive gathering beginning at 7 pm on Monday, February 6, 2017, in the Helen Hayes Gallery of Washington’s historic National Theatre. Joining theatreWashington President Amy Austin will be a line-up of leading theatre artists announcing nominations in 47 categories of artistic excellence – […]

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Review: ‘The Gin Game’ at MetroStage

You observe a cozy setting, a two story structure slightly suggestive of institutional. There’s a gliding rocker and curtained windows that filter warm amber light, potted plants, scattered chairs, a walker, a cluttered shelf of reading materials and dappled light that hints at spring. Most of all, there is a card table that takes center […]

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Review: ‘Trevor’ at 1st Stage

Trevor, directed by Alex Levy and written by Nick Jones, at 1st Stage, is equal parts emotional and thought-provoking. With strong performances throughout, this subversive show is dark comedy at its best. The peculiar storyline to the show is this: in a rural American home in 2009, an erratic, 200-pound, ex-actor chimpanzee named Trevor (the […]

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Review: ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ at Castaways Repertory Theatre

Blue Herons and Other Good Omens Come to Roost in the Castaways Repertory Theatre’s Current Comic Delight If you aren’t familiar with Christopher Durang’s popular comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, don’t fear. The Castaways Repertory Theatre’s production, directed by Director Terri Caretti, has you covered. When I first walked into the theatre at […]

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Review: ‘Spring Awakening’ at Zemfira Stage

The plucky Falls Church based Zemfira Stage has taken on the Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening, a far cry from the company’s joyous summer performance of The Wizard of Oz. Zemfira’s latest musical offering is no less remarkable in quality, but while the Wizard was a perfectly spectacular experience for everyone, especially the kiddies, Spring Awakening is a frank […]

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Review: Soprano Ailyn Pérez at The Barns at Wolf Trap

There’s no business like show business, but does that include opera? If in a few years people finally agree that opera is genuinely another form of musical theater, it may be because of the current career rocketship of American soprano Ailyn Pérez. Never mind her recent run as the star of the Metropolitan Opera’s uber-popular […]

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Review: ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts

On December 4, 1956, four young performers found themselves participating in an impromptu jam session in the recording studio of Sun Records in Memphis, TN. Enjoying the early stages of their respective careers, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis’ spontaneous, informal  evening would have gone unrecorded if it weren’t for the […]

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