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‘Hot Mikado’ at Glenelg Country School

For a show with more moving parts than a clock museum, it’s surprising how often Glenelg Country School’s Hot Mikado is in the groove. Revivals of this 1986 Ford’s Theatre staging are very hard to find, even on the professional circuit. So credit theater department head Carole Graham Lehan with again challenging the boundaries of […]

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‘Haddon Hall’ at The Victorian Lyric Opera Company

Haddon Hall is an enjoyable English ‘light opera’ with a melodic score by Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame) and a libretto by Sydney Grundy. It retells the legend of Dorothy Vernon and John Manner’s elopement, which has been moved up a century or two. It’s the only time Sullivan and Grundy composed an opera […]

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‘Harvey’ at Tantallon Community Players

The great Sanford Meisner once said that “the key to great acting is living truthfully in imaginary circumstances.” The cast of Tantallon’s latest production, which is Mary Chase’s Harvey, certainly mastered that concept on more levels than one! The entire cast did a phenomenal job of bringing a distinct sincerity and truth to their roles. Dick […]

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‘Rabbit Hole’ at Vagabond Players

Celebrating 99 seasons, Vagabond Players continues its time-honored tradition to present rich, relevant high-quality shows in its recent production of Rabbit Hole. A work of the prolific playwright, lyricist, librettist and screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire, Rabbit Hole has been the recipient of five Tony nominations (culminating in Cynthia Nixon’s win for Best Actress), the Spirit of America Award, […]

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‘Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp’ at The Puppet Co.

The Puppet Co. presents a gorgeously delivered production of Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp, written by Vera C. Hughes and Allan Stevens and inspired by its original version in One Thousand and One Arabian Nights. Elizabeth Dapo and Joshua Aaron Rosenblum perform alongside Christopher Piper, who is also in charge of Direction, Lighting, and Video […]

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‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Other Voices Theatre

A stage production of the beloved musical The Wizard of Oz is always difficult, because of the inevitable comparisons with the 1939 classic movie engrained in our popular culture. However, the cast in the Other Voices Theatre production, under the excellent direction and choreography of Samn Huffer and lovely musical direction of Gary Schwartz, does […]

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‘Grounded’ at Olney Theatre Center

Grounded provides a unique look into one woman’s journey from top-notch fighter pilot, on which her self-image is staked, to a drone pilot sinking daily into the shrouds of PTSD. There have been many stories of soldiers coming home but few are told so powerfully in the first person. Winner of the Scotsman Fringe First […]

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‘The Whole Truth’ at Urban Arias

“Contemporary Opera” or even “Original Opera” are not categories that immediately reveal their meanings to the average consumer of theatre. Sure, we may know and love the likes of RENT, Sweeney Todd or Spring Awakening, but even if these do indeed qualify as operas, as they’re entirely sung, we know in our hearts they’re not […]

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‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ at Spotlighters Theatre

The biggest question many theater goers will have leaving Beauty Queen of Leenane is “What is Complan?” Allow me to save you much speculating and googling, according to the Complan company website, “Complan is a tasty range of nutritional supplement drinks with protein, carbohydrate, and 26 vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins.” According to Mag […]

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‘Watch on the Rhine’ at The Colonial Players

Watch on the Rhine takes place during a seldom explored or even talked about era in American history. After the Great Depression and The New Deal, but before the bombing of Pearl Harbor there existed a dark period of uncertainty. In Europe, countries and territories fell to the Axis powers. One by one, rights were […]

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Russian Chamber Art Society: ‘Ballades, Fantasies, & Satires’

The Russian Chamber Art Society (RCAS) has become the go-to organization for those in the know in the DC area when it comes to rarely heard—and rewardingly performed—works from the Russian classical repertoire. Friday night’s exhilarating Ballades, Fantasies, & Satires, with performance of twenty-four pieces by four of its leading proponents, made many of those in the packed […]

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Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma at the Kennedy Center

An icy Sunday evening turned into a lush and warm, and enjoyable evening inside The Kennedy Center with the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma. Many of DC’s dignitaries attended, including TV journalist Andrea Mitchell, and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde. The concert began with an introduction from Washington Performing Arts (WPA) President […]

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‘God of Carnage’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria

As the curtain opens on God of Carnage, Veronica Novak (Karen Shotts) is walking on eggshells, trying to have an adult conversation with the parents of the child who hit her son with a stick. Veronica and her husband Michael (Chuck Dluhy) have invited Alan (Jack B. Stein) and Annette Raleigh (Allison Block),  a couple […]

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‘The Three Musketeers’ at Encore Stage & Studio

Encore Stage & Studio presents The Three Musketeers, adapted for the stage and composed by Matthew Heap, with direction by Susan Alison Keady. A large number of young actors (over 25 total!) make up the ensemble, and I always welcome an opportunity for children to see peers their own age perform onstage. Technical Director and […]

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‘Sunset Boulevard’ at Reston Community Players

Joe Gillis: You’re Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big. Norma Desmond: I AM big. It’s the PICTURES that got small. Well pictures may be small but Reston Community Players’ (RCP) production of Sunset Boulevard is really big and not to be missed. With a gifted cast, amazing […]

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‘Good Kids’ at University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Who knows for sure what really happened when sexual assault is the charge and impetuous youth, just out to have a good time, are exploring the possibilities? Good Kids, presented by the University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, is a timely conversation that push-pulls forward the national debate about sexual assault […]

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Spine: ’33 Variations’ at Silver Spring Stage

The Creation of Art. The Wrestle with Death. 33 Variations, Moisés Kauffman’s Tony nominated play, juxtaposes those two turbulences. In one — circa 1820 in Vienna, Austria — Ludwig van Beethoven wrestles with an inspiration, his composition of the Diabelli Variations (33 variations on a waltz composed by Anton Diabelli). His biggest obstacle during the process — […]

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