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Review: ‘The Elixir of Love’ at Opera Philadelphia

Unrequited longing for a capricious woman of a higher social class can only be cured by a magic potion, or so thinks the lovesick Nemorino when he overhears Adina, the object of his affection, reading aloud the romantic medieval tale of Tristan and Isolde. Soon afterwards, an itinerant charlatan just happens to arrive on the […]

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Review: ‘Our Town’ at Rockville Little Theatre

“The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises,” so it says in the Bible’s Book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter One, Verse 5. People, live, people die, life goes on. That theme was prominent in playwright Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, which is playing at the Rockville Little Theatre at […]

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Review: ‘Transmission’ at The Welders

You know you’re having an unorthodox experience in theater when there’s a near absence of dramatic action in front of you but an epic interplay of ideas happening in your brain. So it goes in Transmission, Gwydion Suilebhan’s curiously cognitive and rivetingly disruptive new performance piece just opened on H Street at Atlas Performing Arts […]

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Review: ‘A Lesson from Aloes’ at Quotidian Theatre Company

Globally, it’s 1963 in South Africa, in the midst of the Apartheid, and also the same year as the Rivonia Trial. This is the event in which ten leaders of the African National Congress (including Nelson Mandela) were tried for 221 acts of sabotage to overthrow the apartheid system. Privately however, Gladys and Piet Bezuidenout […]

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Review: ‘Wild Sky’ at Solas Nua

Exactly one century ago, on Easter Week 1916, Irish nationalists staged uprisings in Dublin and some surrounding areas in defiance of centuries of British rule, and in particular their conscription in the faraway and bloody trenches of World War I. The thousand-odd “Irish Volunteers” (who, after Independence in 1919, would be known as the IRA) […]

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Review: ‘The Explorers Club’ at Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington

Patterned Oriental carpets, richly aged dark wood paneling, a tufted leather sofa and a tapestry upholstered chair, an exotic collection of art, curiosities, and taxidermy specimens, and other traditional appointments place us in the world of an exclusive private club in London, 1879. Gentlemen scholars and scientific explorers, in three-piece suits and well-trimmed facial hair, […]

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Review: ‘Skin Deep’ at the Old Opera House

Skin Deep at the Old Opera House proves love comes in all shapes and sizes and the message is easily displayed with some outstanding performances from the small ensemble cast in this clever romantic comedy. Written by Jon Lonoff and directed by Steven Brewer, Skin Deep features a blind date between loveable and awkward, full-figured […]

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Review: ‘Tender Tears and Love and Life: Songs by Anton Rubinstein, Anton Arensky, Alexander Glazunov, and Mark Minkov’ at the Russian Chamber Art Society

In a concert that rang the rafters and tugged at the heartstrings, the Russian Chamber Art Society bade a thrilling farewell to its longtime home at the Austrian embassy, which, after hosting more than 440 events over the last four years, will henceforth devote its hall exclusively to the Austrian Cultural Forum series.  The three […]

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Review: ‘Coming Home’ at Port City Playhouse

With Eleanore Tapscott’s gentle, affecting, eloquent direction, the Port City Playhouse production of Athol Fugard’s Coming Home (2009) is an exemplary work about love, loss and resilience. The bittersweet world of Fugard’s script is made visible and palatable with acting deep from the cast’s heart with praiseworthy detailed design elements. With an intimate seating arrangements, […]

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Review: ‘Unnecessary Farce’ at McLean Community Players

Misunderstandings? Check. Discarded clothing and sexual innuendos? Check. A ridiculous number of doorways? Check. An absurd plot that you feel compelled to see through to the end despite the high frequency of groan-worthy jokes? Check and check! Unnecessary Farce, written by Paul Slade Smith, is a show that is jam-packed with all the classic tropes that […]

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Review: ‘Assassins’ at the Laurel Mill Playhouse

Assassins, comes to Laurel Mill Playhouse for a murderously fun evening of theatre. This quirky little musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman, is based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr. The premise of the show is a murderous carnival game. It is a revue style portrayal of […]

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Review: ‘All Lady Macbeth’ at Theatre Prometheus

The Northwest and Southwest sides of DC are filled with theatre and art. From the Shakespeare Theatre Company and Woolly Mammoth to Arena Stage and Studio Theatre, one never needs to look too far to fill a Saturday night. However, if you venture a little farther, there are cultural gems that begin to pop up, […]

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Review: ‘Fully Committed’ at The Lyceum Theatre in NYC

As  I gleefully watched Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s brilliant tour de force performance in this one man telephone marathon called Fully Committed, I pictured him  playing so many leading characters from years gone by. What a Music Man he would make, how tragicomically he would capture Pseudolus the Slave in A Funny Thing Happened On The […]

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Review: ‘American Psycho’ at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in NYC

From what would seem to be the most unlikely source material, Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa have fashioned a dazzling and original musical theatre piece. The source is Bret Easton Ellis’ novel and, though slight adjustments have been made to make it palatable for a Broadway audience, it remains startling and entertaining throughout. Rupert Goold has […]

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Review: ‘Disgraced’ at Arena Stage

If you think we are over-saturated with passionate discussions of race, gender, nationality, and religion during this chaotic election year — think again. There is still much to be probed, and learned. The highly personal issues of identity and loyalty that underlie our fractious society are given brilliant voice in Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, winner of a […]

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