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‘Peter Pan’ in the ThreeSixty Theatre

“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough.” In its DC area premiere, Peter Pan in the ThreeSixty Theatre has plenty of stimulating ingredients providing an exciting, dreams-come-true technically sophisticated evening of entertainment visiting in J. M. Barrie’s fictional Neverland. Add to that, it’s in a most unlikely spot: a big tent on a […]

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‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’ at The Puppet Company

The Puppet Co. presents Snow White and the 7 Dwarves, an adaptation of the Grimm’s classic with a mixed cast of actors and rod puppets. Playwright Christopher Piper uses intricately-detailed puppets and animation in this version to keep things interesting, while also celebrating the original plot. Allan Stevens is the director of this production, as […]

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‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ at The Keegan Theatre

The “hothouse,” loquacious and “southern-fried” appeal of Tennessee Williams’ classic Cat On A Hot Tin Roof is very evident in the scorching, white-hot production now inaugurating the new season of the newly-renovated Keegan Theatre. In this unexpurgated edition of the play (as distinct from the Elia Kazan Broadway play and the bowdlerized Paul Newman film), […]

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‘Impossible! A Happenstance Circus’ at Round House Theatre

A colorful celebration of classic circuses and clowns from the 1930s and ’40s, Happenstance Theater elevates old-fashioned, family-friendly entertainment to a fantastical new level with Impossible! A Happenstance Circus, which officially opened at Round House Theatre last night. Set on a simple, yet purposeful, proscenium stage, highlighting fanciful, brightly-hued costumes and vintage accessories, the six-member ensemble, consisting of Artistic […]

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‘Double Trouble (AKA The Parent Trap)’ at Imagination Stage

Imagination Stage presents Double Trouble (AKA The Parent Trap), based on Erich Kastner’s novel, Lottie and Lisa. This production is adapted by David S. Craig, with music by Marc Schubring and orchestration by Nico Gaik. This particular adaptation of the famous story (re-imagined many times over the years, particularly in film) is making its premier […]

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‘The Miss Firecracker Contest’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

The Miss Firecracker Contest by Beth Henley opened this weekend at the Laurel Mill Playhouse, and is directed by Patrick Pase and produced by Julie Rogers. Maureen Rogers is the Executive Producer. Henley is best known for her plays about the South, like Crimes of the Heart. This play continues in that genre. Although it […]

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‘The Music Man’ at Charm City Players

The Music Man is Charm City Players’ summer production that is sure to dazzle and delight all ages. With Book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Wilson, The Music Man is based on a story written by Wilson and Franklin Lacey. As always, Charm City Players, Inc., founders Stephen and Christina Napp, take a hands-on approach as they […]

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‘The Producers’ at Olney Theatre Center

Camp it up with the comic free-for-all that is the Olney Theatre Center’s take on Mel Brooks’ Tony Award-winning musical The Producers. Become your very own disrupter of your very own straight-laced, most likely politically correct life-style. Political correctness be damned in this instance. Brooks’ The Producers is primed and pumped up under the gleefully spirited […]

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DC Black Theatre Festival: ‘Secrets of a Black Boy’

A theater troupe from Toronto brought this play to town for three performances only for the DC Black Theater Festival. Secrets of a Black Boy speaks with great honesty and artistry. It achieves on stage that rare synthesis when a show that is entertaining enriches an audience’s understanding at the same time. One wishes it […]

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Columbia Festival of the Arts Part 5: ‘The Stoop/Stoop Storytelling Series: Kitchen Confidential’ and Comedian Max Silvestri

Friday, June 26, 2015 was a night of laughter at the Smith Theatre. First, the Columbia Festival of the Arts, presented The Stoop Stoop Storytelling Series: Kitchen Confidential which was followed by a performance by Max Silvestri. (Note: These shows were independent of each other, but many came to both.) The Stoop Storytelling Series was created in […]

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Maysa at The Birchmere Music Hall

There’s an earthy, primal kind of beat that pulsates through every song at a Maysa concert. It’s a sound akin to a heartbeat, a panting breath, or a sonic boom that touches the emotional core the way great music can. Maysa, jazz-soul singer, songwriter and Baltimore home girl soared before an adoring crowd of local […]

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‘Million Dollar Quartet’ at Wolf Trap

Wow, just wow! There is a reason why Million Dollar Quartet is a Tony Award-winning musical. It features a talented cast, amazing singing, and musicianship, incredible music, awesome dance moves by Elvis (thank you very much), an intriguing story, and an insight into music history. Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis coined “The […]

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‘Blue Straggler’ at Source Festival

The Source Festival is a showcase of new works; not world premieres but workshops of 3 full-length works in progress (the 12 ten-minute plays are icing on the cake, so to speak). For example, last year’s Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea, which recently closed at Theatre Alliance, shrunk from 2 hours in 2014 to 80 […]

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at Wolf Trap

Eight dancers paused on an open-air stage. The curtain is up. No music, yet. A rustle from a small, brown mass as far downstage as can be: a bird, flicking wings. One more sits near the other quarter mark then flies out into the transitioning day. A drum beat starts. Dancers, in profile, run slowly […]

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Polish National Ballet at The Kennedy Center

Grey, almost nondescript costumes, would not seem powerful. A lightly lit modern painting, blue, then back to grey, would not seem striking. Eight dancers, re-entering in lines from upstage to downstage, walking toward the audience, may not sound breathtaking; but “Adagio & Scherzo,” the first piece from the Polish National Ballet in their Washington, D.C. […]

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New CDs from Washington Area Cellist Amit Peled and Pianist Thomas Pandolfi

It must be time for dessert! Two new recordings by prominent local classical artists coincidentally use the metaphor of desserts-after-a-meal in their concepts. They both provide delightful summertime listening while simultaneously exploring meaty musical ideas. Cellist Amit Peled’s new CD, Collage, spends its first half hour on a large and ravishing sonata from a master […]

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