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Review: ‘Tink!’ at the New York Musical Festival in NYC

From Peter and The Starcatcher to Finding Neverland, the ever popular tale of Peter Pan continues to inspire original interpretations for the theater. A different take on J.M. Barrie’s beloved children’s classic Peter Pan, or, The Boy Who Never Grew Up, Tink!, presented in the 2016 New York Musical Festival, tells the backstory of the […]

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Review #1: ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at The Kennedy Center

The appropriately psychologically penetrating and vivid production of The Merchant of Venice (now playing at The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater) embraces all the conundrums of William Shakespeare’s conceivably most controversial play.  Luckily for the theatergoer, top-notch acting and superior technical elements propel the dramatic and thematic thrust of this play with considerable aplomb.  A valuable […]

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Magic Time! A Report on ‘Double X’ at Schools Without Walls

S. Ann Johnson’s Double X—an exquisitely crafted choreopoem exploring the multicultural distinctions and connections among seven women—had its DC debut Saturday after appearances in Baltimore, New York, and Philadelphia. In a review of the Baltimore production two years ago (when the play was titled XX Chromosome Genome Project and directed by the playwright), DCMetroTheaterArts writer […]

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‘Review: Love’s Labours Lost’ at 4615 Theatre Company

With the savvy direction of Anne Donnelly and the industrious labors of 4615 Theatre Company, the 400 year-old Shakespearean comedy, Love’s Labours Lost has taken a fruitful leap into the 21st Century. If you don’t know 4615 Theatre Company, it self-identifies as “as a group of young people emerging into adulthood” who were “surprised to find […]

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Review: ‘West Side Story’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria

Poverty, street violence, guns, drugs, working-class whites blaming Hispanic immigrants for their financial woes, mistrust of the police—is this an article in last week’s newspaper? It certainly could be, but it also proves the timelessness of the groundbreaking 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story. Inspired by the Shakespearean tragedy Romeo and Juliet, this classic tale […]

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Review: ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre & Children’s Theatre

A first-rate production of Monty Python’s Spamalot opened last night in the intimate Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre & Children’s Theatre, in Frederick, Maryland. Spamalot is the creation of Monty Python’s Eric Idle who wrote the book and lyrics and with John du Prez the music. It is a very funny, farcical, British satire about the fabled […]

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Review: ’99 – A Rock Opera’ by DC Dogs

Musical theater and the country could use a good renegade rock musical inspired by the Occupy Movement. The demonstrations that spread across America spurred by Occupy Wall Street shared a kindred spirit and antiauthoritarian fervor with the 1960s  Anti–Vietnam War Movement—out of which, lest we forget, the groundbreaking musical Hair arose. And as the revival of […]

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Review: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at Theatre Lab

The story of Jesus Christ and his Apostles is a tale as old as time, all having different meanings to each religion. The story of Jesus Christ and his Apostles is a tale as old as time, all having different meanings to each religion. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice tackle the relationship between Jesus […]

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Review: ‘Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities’

Fans of Cirque du Soleil know to expect wonder, beauty, and thrills, and Cirque doesn’t disappoint. It’s a brilliantly executed brand that has become a global phenomenon (21 different productions are currently touring or installed in long runs somewhere). Each of Cirque’s shows is singular, unlike any other; yet they are all incubated within a similar […]

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