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‘The Three Musketeers’ at Encore Stage & Studio

Encore Stage & Studio presents The Three Musketeers, adapted for the stage and composed by Matthew Heap, with direction by Susan Alison Keady. A large number of young actors (over 25 total!) make up the ensemble, and I always welcome an opportunity for children to see peers their own age perform onstage. Technical Director and […]

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‘Sunset Boulevard’ at Reston Community Players

Joe Gillis: You’re Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big. Norma Desmond: I AM big. It’s the PICTURES that got small. Well pictures may be small but Reston Community Players’ (RCP) production of Sunset Boulevard is really big and not to be missed. With a gifted cast, amazing […]

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‘Good Kids’ at University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Who knows for sure what really happened when sexual assault is the charge and impetuous youth, just out to have a good time, are exploring the possibilities? Good Kids, presented by the University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, is a timely conversation that push-pulls forward the national debate about sexual assault […]

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Today’s Theatre Closings-March 1, 2015

Here are the latest Theatre Closing for Sunday, February 22, 2015 As of 2 PM ____ The Arts Barn is closed. Beoing, Boeing is cacelled. The Colonial Players “Watch on the Rhine’ is cancelled. Damascus Theatre Company is closed today. Musical of Musicals (The Musical!). Kensington Arts Theatre ‘s ‘Spelling Bee’is cancelled. Mclean Theatre Company’s […]

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Spine: ’33 Variations’ at Silver Spring Stage

The Creation of Art. The Wrestle with Death. 33 Variations, Moisés Kauffman’s Tony nominated play, juxtaposes those two turbulences. In one — circa 1820 in Vienna, Austria — Ludwig van Beethoven wrestles with an inspiration, his composition of the Diabelli Variations (33 variations on a waltz composed by Anton Diabelli). His biggest obstacle during the process — […]

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‘Shining City’ at Port City Playhouse

I could hardly contain my anticipation before seeing the Port City Playhouse’s production of Shining City, directed by Becky Patton. The critically acclaimed play, first performed in 2004 and later earning two Tony Award nominations on Broadway, is written by one of the best contemporary dramatists, Conor McPherson, known for spooking audiences with ghost stories. […]

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‘Kid Victory’ at Signature Theatre (Review) by Derek Mong

Haunting, chilling, and totally mesmerizing are just a few words that you could use to describe the second collaboration between legendary composer John Kander (Chicago and Cabaret) and acclaimed playwright Greg Pierce (Slowgirl). After their production of The Landing, which premiered at The Vineyard Theatre in 2013, Kander and Pierce are back at it again […]

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‘Dialogues of the Carmelites’ at Washington National Opera

A penetrating and extremely lucid psychological austerity permeates the current production of the Washington National Opera’s (WNO) Dialogues of the Carmelites by composer and librettist Francis Poulenc (after a play by composer Georges Bernanos). This most modern of operas (in sensibility —for the opera takes place in 1789 to 1794) presents universal and ever-constant traditional […]

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DCMTA Scene Stealers-January and February 2015-Part 1

Here is Part One of our Scene Stealers of January and February 2015. Congrats to our honorees. Maggie Erwin as Avery in the Seminar Scene in Rapture, Blister, Burn at Round House Theatre  “Maggie Erwin as the millennial Avery pretty much steals every scene she’s in. Her nasal deadpan delivery makes every line she has […]

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’33 Variations’ at Silver Spring Stage

33 Variations is a drama by Moisés Kaufman that deals with the nearly always fatal disease of ALS and the study, not just of music, but also the variations of life. The main character is Dr. Katherine Brandt who is a musicologist studying Beethoven. She has recently been told she has ALS and a limited […]

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‘Back to Methuselah’ at Washington Stage Guild (Review)

George Bernard Shaw wrote Back to Methuselah (A Metabiological Pentateuch) during World War I, with its assassination, its trench warfare, its chemical attacks, its all-too-human brutality unleashed — and, of course, its Sun Never Sets British Empire. Like many Europeans, Shaw experienced the catastrophe with a profound sense of tragedy: the West and its supremacist […]

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Pianist Jenny Lin at The Strathmore Mansion

The intimacy of the recital room at the Strathmore Mansion creates the perfect atmosphere to listen to a piano virtuoso play a night of sonatas. Jenny Lin chose these particular composers, because she felt they were worth “hearing and discovering.” More than that, I felt these pieces were well-worth hearing live,because I may never hear […]

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In The Moment: Paata Tsikurishvili and Nathan Weinberger on ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at Synetic Theater

Synetic Theater’s terrific “silent” production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing had me wondering about the many technical design element decisions made long before an audience stepped into the Crystal City theater space. How did the folks at Synetic go from words on a printed page (or perhaps these days, pixels viewed on a screen) […]

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‘Shear Madness’ at The Kennedy Center

Even prior to the opening of Shear Madness, the audience is drawn into the world of the play. A realistic set is built on the thrust stage of the Kennedy Center’s Theater Lab. The aqua blue walls, pink seating, and coordinated tile floor indicate to the audience the Shear Madness Salon of Georgetown. As the audience […]

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