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Review: ‘Sultans of String’ at AMP at Strathmore

The Sultans of String delight and excite. This is World Music as you’ve never heard it before. The music is, quite simply, a soul satisfying mash-up of European gypsy, classical, punjabi, jazz, and blues, 70s and 80s rock, salsa, and rhumba. It shouldn’t work; it does. The group, based in Ontario, has hit #1 on […]

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Review: ‘kinK’ at Greenbelt Arts Center

 ‘kinK’ explores murder, revenge and justice Director\Writer William Dean Leary produces unsettling, lapel-grabbing work that addresses topical issues. In his previously written and directed, Forsaken Angels, Leary addressed sex-trafficking. In his latest originally written and directed work, kinK, Leary tackles the controversial world of bondage and discipline and the ramifications of when such a lifestyle […]

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Film Review: ‘Love & Friendship’

Love & Friendship opens with a sigh of regret from an unknown and unnamed narrator as one Lady Susan Vernon takes her leave of the Manwarings (pronounced as if that “w” was a boorish dinner guest one does not deign to take notice of). The film then assails us with a barrage of quick, witty visual […]

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Review: ‘Our Town’ at Eagle Theatre in Hammonton, NJ

In the 1930s, when Thornton Wilder was unhappy with the state of contemporary theater and felt that something had gone wrong, he created a metatheatrical work that would become an American classic. Eagle Theatre’s production of Our Town, directed by Ted Wioncek III, honors the playwright’s inventive style with a presentation that employs a mostly […]

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Review: ‘Kiss Me Kate’ at Act II Playhouse in Ambler, PA

The Broadway Musical flowered in the years following World War II.  Many of the musicals produced during this “golden age” remain treasures of our lyric theater. One of the best will always be Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate, the musical with something for everyone. Fans of Porter’s 30’s musicals like Anything Goes will recognize the […]

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Talking With 16 Year-Old Amir Randall on Playing Trayvon Martin in ‘The Ballad of Trayvon Martin’ at New Freedom Theatre

“Without these people, I would just be another black boy passing on the street” “The Ballad of Trayvon Martin by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj and Thomas J. Soto is a poetic docudrama inspired by the death of teenager Trayvon Martin inside a private gated community in Florida. Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a […]

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Review: ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Annapolis Shakespeare Company has done an excellent job with their production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. Directed by Sally Boyett, it presents three actors (John Bellomo, Brian Keith MacDonald, and Johnny Weissgerber) finding highly creative, unusual, and funny ways of performing all 37 […]

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The 2016 Helen Hayes Awards To Be Awarded Tonight

The 2016 Helen Hayes Award recipients will be announced TONIGHT at The Lincoln Theatre beginning at 7:30 PM.  There are nominations in 47 categories for Excellence in Theatre, and there will also be the announcement of the 2016 John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. Helen Hayes Award winners E. Faye Butler and Lawrence Redmond […]

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Review: ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ at Arts Collective @ HCC

HCC Arts Collective’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is hilariously F-U-N-N-Y (enjoyment, amusement or lighthearted pleasure) and delightfully Q-U-I-R-K-Y (characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits) night of theatre directed by Anthony Scimonelli with musical direction by Mayumi Baker Griffie and choreography by Jess Beach. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a […]

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Review: Ireland 100: ‘All That Fall’ by Pan Pan Theatre

All That Fall is quite the most quite unique, powerful, and delightful experiences I’ve had at the theatre.  Director Gavin Quinn, the Co-Artistic Director of Pan Pan Theatre, brings this radio play by Samuel Beckett, written 1956, to life. Pan Pan is an Irish company that performs internationally and is known for their genre-bending pieces […]

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Review: Brian Regan at The Warner Theatre

With the nonstop laughter tonight coming from the Warner Theatre in DC, it was easy to tell that Brian Regan had brought his comedy tour to town!  Playing through Saturday, May 21, 2016, Brian Regan’s unique blend of physical comedy and quirky observations had everyone in stitches—a fantastic (if early) start to the weekend. Brian […]

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Review: ‘The Object Lesson’ at The Studio Theatre

The Object Lesson—a highly acclaimed one-man performance piece, set in a warehouse of the mind that is stacked with memories and the objects that evoke them—has finally arrived in DC, where it is having a limited run at Studio Theatre’s Stage 4. Billed as “part installation and part magic show,” this startlingly original presentation—which took […]

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Lizzi Albert and Sue Struve on Appearing in ‘Collected Stories’ at Peter’s Alley Theatre Productions

Lizzi Albert and Sue Struve takes us on their journey of preparing for their roles and appearing in Collected Stories at Peter’s Alley Theatre Productions. Joel: Please introduce yourselves and tell our readers where they may have seen you perform on local stages. Lizzi: For the last several years I’ve worked mainly with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company […]

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Review: ‘Spring Trio’ at The Greenspring Players

One Act plays comprise a three-course menu of The Greenspring Players for their 2016 Spring Trio. It’s another home run for these theatrical mavens. When I pondered a connecting theme for the evening, it wasn’t difficult to extract a common element. Even though the three plays talk about events that happened many years ago, the […]

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An Interview with Pianist Simone Dinnerstein on Performing at Washington Performing Arts at Strathmore on May 22nd

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein (pronounced See-MOHN-uh DIN-ner-steen), based in New York, gained an international following the remarkable success of her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which she raised the funds to record. Released in 2007 on Telarc, it ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales and was […]

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An Interview with Eric Lynum of The Dolly Rockers

The Dolly Rockers are based in the Washington, DC area. Band members are Eric Lynum (vocalist, guitar), Larry D. (guitarist), Megan Strings (violin), Mike Trippi (bass), Derrick Decker (drums), and Loki (didgeridoo, hand drums). I conducted an interview with Eric Lynum about their music, their influences, and their goals.  Marlene: How did you get your […]

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Review: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at Children’s Theatre of Annapolis

This musical production of Sleeping Beauty by the Children’s Theatre of Annapolis shows just how many talented young people are in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. With music and lyrics by David Kisor, book by Joseph McDonough, and directed by Michelle Harmon Bruno, the show features singing, dancing, ballet, tumbling, puppetry, and even guitar playing […]

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