Review: ‘The Electric Baby’ at Rorschach Theatre

At the center of this beautifully ambiguous and hauntingly honest play is a sick infant. The baby is peculiar, perhaps mythically so, in that it glows like the moon. As we enter the theater, the baby’s mother is sitting knitting in a wicker chair beside a white bassinet, and she is singing a lullaby or […]

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Review: ‘In the Secret Sea’ at The Beckett Theatre in NYC

A company called Wellington Road, LLC has produced this 80-minute play by Cate Ryan at the Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row on 42nd Street, with a company of five featured players, under the direction of Martin Charnin. Charnin was the original lyricist and director of the very popular musical Annie, made his authentic theatrical debut […]

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Review: ‘Cosi Fan Tutte Goes Hollywood’ at The In Series

The confusion all begins with the title. Cosi Fan Tutte — It is of course the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart comic opera, or “opera buff,” that is today considered part of the gold standard of the opera empyrean! But more about the title later. Washington DC area audiences now have a real treat this coming weekend, in the second two of a total of only four performances of a new jewel in the Mozart crown. […]

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Movie Review: ‘Elvis & Nixon’

It’s not every day that the world’s greatest entertainer asks the President to become an undercover narcotics agent (and the badge that goes with it, of course). Up until Elvis did it, it wasn’t any day that such a thing happened. Elvis & Nixon turns that bizarre ask into a fascinating little movie that follows […]

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Review: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at The Puppet Co.

The fairytale of Sleeping Beauty is a beloved classic, and what better way to tell the ancient story then through the timeless art of puppetry? The Puppet Co. Playhouse in Glen Echo Park is well-known for their original adaptations and hand-crafted puppets. Their current production of Sleeping Beauty stays true to the tale, while adding […]

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Review: ‘Black Pearl Sings!’ at MetroStage

Review: ‘Black Pearl Sings’ explores the political and the personal         Politics, whether personal or political often divides us. These differences come to light when two women with out-sized personalities meet in Depression-era Texas in a prison: Susannah Mullally (Teresa Castracane) is a White Musicologist who works for the Library of Congress, she’s a woman “who […]

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Review: ‘Hugo Ball: a Dada puppet AdveNTuRe!!/?1!!?? at Pointless Theatre Company

The whooshing, passionate ride that is Hugo Ball: a Dada puppet AdveNTuRe!!/?1!!?? – an original piece by DC’s perennial enfant terrible, Pointless Theatre Company – masquerades as a simple biography of the titular German artist. Ball, along with his wife Emmy Hennings and a rogues gallery of other Modernist iconoclasts, coined the term “Dada” at […]

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Review #2: ‘I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk’ at Strathmore

Composer Andrew Lippa’s pulsating music shoots like a jolt of adrenaline throughout the super-charged heightened music of the World Premiere Concept Opera I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk. Premièring at the Music Center at Strathmore, this ambitious and audacious operatic concert was, very obviously, practically a fully-realized production with the magnificent lush playing of […]

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Review: ‘Force Continuum’ at Cohesion Theatre Company

Force Continuum opened at Cohesion Theatre Company on Friday – three days after the first anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimorian who died from injuries sustained while in police custody, sparking the Baltimore Uprising. Force Continuum tells the story of third generation African-American police officer, Dece Becker. Through Dece, the play […]

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Review: ‘Godspell’ at Popes Head Players

Godspell is the inaugural productiom for Popes Head Players in Fairfax, VA. Conceived from a love for performing arts and outreach, Sovereign Grace Church’s high school drama troupe started almost a decade ago. Since then, the program has blossomed under the loving attentions of Godspell’s producer, Martha Weaver. Now, with the introduction of Director John […]

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Review: ‘I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk’ at Strathmore

From Handel’s Giulio Cesare to Donizetti’s Anna Bolena to Adams’ Nixon in China, real-life historic figures have often been the subjects of operas. The multi-talented actor, singer, composer, and songwriter Andrew Lippa has continued that tradition with his groundbreaking “concept opera” I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk, which had its world premiere at Strathmore […]

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Review: Theater Triebewerk’s ‘Moby Dick’ at The Kennedy Center

A big theatrical story created on a small space is no easy matter. For the too-short stay of Moby Dick at the Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences, it was accurate what the Kennedy Center staff suggested about the Theater Triebewerk‘s imaginative, musically-tinged original take on Herman Melville’s classic read Moby Dick: You’ve never seen […]

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Review: ‘The Flying Dutchman’ at Virginia Opera

How should we deal with the storms of life? Should we go through life content and yet oblivious to the suffering of ourselves and others? Or, do we allow ourselves psychic disturbance over the plight of the world? Should we play the role of Pollyanna or Realist? Should we choose the Red Pill of reality […]

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