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Review: ‘Senorita y Madame’ at GALA Hispanic Theatre

The rivalry between Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden—two women who actually invented the cosmetics industry—is largely forgotten today. Yet the story of these feminist icons, who at one time dominated headlines and made marketing history—along with millions of dollars—is the stuff of legends. Luckily for theatre-goers in Washington, DC, their battles—which at times loomed larger […]

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Review: ‘OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist’ at The Kennedy Center’s Theater for Young Audiences

The Kennedy Center has produced yet another world premiere production for this season’s Theater for Young Audiences. This time, they have taken Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and brought the story to modern-day Rio in OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist. With book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías and music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, this adaptation breathes […]

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Review: ‘Pirates of Penzance’ at H-B Woodlawn by Jessica Cruz

After its debut in 1879, The Pirates of Penzance has been produced and performed many times and was even made into a movie in 1983. A combination of W.S. Gilbert’s libretto and Arthur Sullivan’s music provides satisfying entertainment for the audience. This past weekend the students at H-B Woodlawn recreated the comic operetta, directed and […]

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Review: ‘for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf’ at Creative and Performing Arts Center

Ntozake Shange’s music-drama, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf [“for colored girls”] (1976), comprises a seminal work of poetry, music, and improvisational dance. In a series of twenty poems, Shange creatively self-describes her work as a “choreopoem” of pain, suffering, abuse, strength and resilience, and imbues it with a joy […]

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Review: ‘Cold Mountain’ at The Academy of Music in Philadelphia

Charles Frazier’s 1997 award-winning best-selling debut novel, adapted into an Oscar-winning feature film starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Renée Zellweger in 2003, is now a new American opera. Cold Mountain, with music by Philadelphia-based Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon and libretto by Gene Scheer, is currently celebrating its east-coast premiere at Opera Philadelphia, in […]

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Review: ‘One Slight Hitch’ at the Old Opera House

One Slight Hitch at The Old Opera House, directed by Glenn Frail, is a wonderfully romantic comedy. In this delightfully sharp farce by Lewis Black, it’s 1981 and Courtney’s wedding day in a perfect suburban neighborhood has arrived. Her mother, Delia, is making sure every last detail is perfect.. right up until the doorbell rings. […]

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Review: ‘The 33rd Annual Choreographers’ Showcase’ at The Clarice

The 33rd Annual Choreographers’ Showcase presented by The Clarice and The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) and adjudicated by notable choreographers and teachers Zvi Gotheiner and Leah Cox honored the individuality, risk-taking, and theatricality of seven fabulous choreographers. Woodbind. It Courses (excerpt), choreographed by Sarah Beth Oppenheim and performed by Oppenheim and Kate Folsom, […]

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Review: ‘Legally Blonde, Jr.’ at Adventure Theatre MTC

The performance of the student version of Legally Blonde Jr.at Adventure Theatre MTC was a rollicking ride through the highlights of the extended version. The story is one of female empowerment; a ditzy blonde gaining admission to Harvard Law School to follow her former boyfriend only to find during her time and self-empowerment experiences at Law […]

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Review: ‘The Philadelphia Story’ at 2nd Star Productions

It’s always fun to peer into the lives of the rich and famous. As a native Philadelphian, I found Christopher Overly’s revival of Phillip Barry’s 1939 Broadway hit a delightful throwback set amidst my hometown’s Main Line society, its wealth and power, privilege and arrogance. Originally written for the stage for Katherine Hepburn, The Philadelphia […]

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Review: ‘The Laramie Project’ at the Kensington Arts Theatre

The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and Members of the Tectonic Theater Project, and produced by Craig Pettinati and directed by John Nunemaker, opened at the Kensington Arts Theatre on Friday, February 5, 2016. The subject of this extremely moving drama is Matthew Shepard – the young man who was brutally killed in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998 […]

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Review: ‘Bizet’s Carmen in Havana’ at The In Series

The In Series wows again with one of their trademark reimaginings: Carmen in Havana, which takes the essential scenes from Bizet’s classic and adds the Latin rhythms of the Caribbean with iconic Cuban songs like “Siboney” and “Orgullecida.” The arias are also mixed with ballet as company members and trainees from The Washington Ballet complete […]

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Review: ‘The Government Inspector’ at Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium in Philadelphia

First performed in 1836, The Government Inspector–playwright Nikolai Gogol’s unrelenting farce on socio-political corruption in Imperial Russia–has long been considered an important precursor to Theater of the Absurd of the mid-20th century. Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Philadelphia’s only company devoted exclusively to the absurdist genre, captures all the pandemonium of Gogol’s influential work in a madcap production […]

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Review: ‘The City of Conversation’ at Arena Stage

In the daring new play about Washington politics and the halcyon days of genteel social hostesses, The City of Conversation, (now playing at Arena Stage) the word “conversation “ is most decidedly a polite euphemism for today’s more applicable words such as “gossip,” “back biting,” and “slander.” Time marches on and the viciousness of people […]

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Review: ‘Cabaret’ at The Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts’ Academies of Musical Theatre and Dance

The Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts’ Academies of Musical Theatre and Dance made one of history’s darkest and most beloved musicals a vehicle to showcase the talents of their student performers with their production of Cabaret, directed by Michael Replogle, with music direction by Luke Frels and choreography from Andrea Heininge. Cabaret, with […]

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Review: ‘Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert with Arlo Guthrie’ at Strathmore

Fifty years later, audiences can still get anything they want – but Alice is still not part of the package. Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert with Arlo Guthrie played to a packed house Wednesday evening at The Music Center at Strathmore. The room vibrated with energy and enthusiasm. The crowd of mostly older boomers, some accompanied by […]

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