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Review: ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ at Mauckingbird Theatre Company in Philadelphia

Mauckingbird Theatre Company twists the tides a bit while taking the audience on a fun-filled, thoroughly enjoyable trip on the high seas of hilarity, with its rollicking LGBT adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1879 operetta, The Pirates of Penzance, directed by Peter Reynolds. From the scintillating opening aria, “Pour, Oh Pour The Pirate Sherry,” onward, it […]

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The 7:30 PM ‘Summer Hummer V: Champions’ at Signature Theatre

Theater folks and fans alike reveled in last night’s Summer Hummer V: Champions –  the Washington Theater Community’s annual one-night-only benefit for theatreWashington’s ‘Taking Care of Our Own’ at the Signature Theatre last night. Each year, the organization raises much-needed emergency assistance for members of the theater community, everything from medical costs to transportation and […]

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘Take One”

Sometimes even the most inspired geniuses need to do some rethinking, reworking, and rewrites of their greatest creations to forge an unforgettable masterpiece. Such is the case with God, Michelangelo, and Richard Rodgers in Take One, the exceedingly witty and tuneful new musical, with book, music, and lyrics by Jeff Ward, now in its world […]

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘Dementia Americana”

On June 25, 1906, famed architect Stanford White, of the firm McKim, Mead & White (among whose most noted works is NYC’s Washington Square Arch), was shot and killed by crazed multi-millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw while attending the premiere performance of Mam’zelle Champagne in Madison Square Garden’s rooftop theater. Hailed by the press of the […]

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Review: Kristin Chenoweth at Wolf Trap

On a hot, humid summer evening at the Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center last night, the lithe and absolutely charismatic Broadway, television, and singing sensation Kristin Chenoweth brought out the balmy breeze of her immense talent through a disarming set of 18 (or so) eclectic songs and lively, iconoclastic comedic patter for ninety glorious minutes. […]

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“Summer Hummer V: Champions” Takes Off Tonight at Signature Theatre at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM to Benefit “Taking Care of Our Own”

Signature Theatre and theatreWashington present this year’s Summer Hummer to benefit Taking Care of Our Own  TONIGHT, AUGUST 22ND at 7:30 and 9:30 pm. AT SIGNATURE THEATRE-4200 Campbell Ave. IN Arlington, Virginia 22206 From Signature Theatre: The Summer Hummer has become the Washington area’s hottest, sweatiest, most provocative summer tradition. This racy benefit for theatreWashington’s Taking […]

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Review: ‘Hamlet’ at National Players at Olney Theatre Center

At dusk yesterday, the stage lights of Olney Theatre Center’s outdoor Root Family Stage shined bright, as the National Players enlightened the audience with their imaginative take on the Bard’s darkest tragedy: Hamlet. Directed by Jason King Jones, the production is the National Players’ first rendition of the Prince of Denmark’s story in over 30 […]

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Review: ‘Aliens with Extraordinary Skills’ at the 4615 Theatre Company

The 4615 Theatre Company returns to Woolly Mammoth’s classroom theatre with its DC premiere of Saviana Stanescu’s Aliens with Extraordinary Skills. With its touching story, enthusiastic ensemble, and devout theatrical earnestness, these Aliens and their Extraordinary Skills will warm your heart on this otherwise dreary (and cold) Washington August eve. And, of course, I’m speaking metaphorically: in a town dedicated […]

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Review: The 2016 One-Act Festival Performed by The Montgomery Playhouse on 8/20/16 at Silver Spring Stage

This weekend two theater companies, Silver Spring Stage and The Montgomery County Playhouse, collaborated to present the 2016 One-Act Festival. This weekend, The Montgomery Playhouse performed their One Act Plays at Silver Spring Stage. The first play, Marriage Suite, was comprised of a talented young cast. Playwright Daria Kerschenbaum is still a student at Thomas […]

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Review: ‘Broken Bone Bathtub’ at Submersive Productions

Here’s a tip, the most exclusive performance venue in Baltimore isn’t the Hippodrome or the Power Plant. It’s not Centerstage or Everyman. If you’re able to get in, and I suggest you try, the hottest show running in Charm City during these waning days of summer is playing in a lovely private home near Patterson […]

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Review: ‘columbinus’ at The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts

Columbine: an aquilegia with long-spurred flowers. Despite the elegance of this flower, the name “columbine” has become synonymous with terror, fear and death. On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris, and Dylan Klebold forever changed the public’s perception of the word as they killed 15 people, including themselves, at Columbine High School. This summer, the Theatre […]

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘Einstein!’

15,000 documents ÷ 3 years of intensive research + 1 actor x 9 characters = the formula for success with Einstein! Written and performed by Jack Fry, the one-man tour-de-force brings the titular genius of relativity back from the dead to correct the public misconceptions about him and his life. Based on a treasure trove […]

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Review: ‘The Last Class: A Jazzercise Play’ at The Klunch

Practice your “Diva Pose” and head down to The Last Class: A Jazzercise Play before it’s too late! The Klunch presents this production by Dodo Theater Collective, and directed by Margot Bordelon. It is currently playing at the Logan Fringe Art Space Trinidad Theatre, which is a wonderful space. There’s a lovely outdoor seating area, as well as […]

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Magic Time! Kathleen Akerley’s ‘Fear’ at Longacre Lea

There’s a good chance that watching FEAR—Kathleen Akerley’s playfully subversive new comedy at Longacre Lea about a troupe of actors in the throes of performing Shakespeare—will change your perception of the next play of the Bard’s that you see. For theater makers, FEAR is a deliciously insider backstage romp sure to tickle the funny bone […]

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Continuing Today @8PM & Tomorrow at 2PM: Silver Spring Stage’s & Montgomery Playhouse’s One Act Festival

Silver Spring Stage is delighted to host Montgomery Playhouse for a collaborative One Act Festival this weekend and next. This weekend belongs to Montgomery Playhouse and its three shows, while next weekend will feature four plays produced by Silver Spring Stage. All performances will be at Silver Spring Stage, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD […]

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