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Polish National Ballet at The Kennedy Center

Grey, almost nondescript costumes, would not seem powerful. A lightly lit modern painting, blue, then back to grey, would not seem striking. Eight dancers, re-entering in lines from upstage to downstage, walking toward the audience, may not sound breathtaking; but “Adagio & Scherzo,” the first piece from the Polish National Ballet in their Washington, D.C. […]

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New CDs from Washington Area Cellist Amit Peled and Pianist Thomas Pandolfi

It must be time for dessert! Two new recordings by prominent local classical artists coincidentally use the metaphor of desserts-after-a-meal in their concepts. They both provide delightful summertime listening while simultaneously exploring meaty musical ideas. Cellist Amit Peled’s new CD, Collage, spends its first half hour on a large and ravishing sonata from a master […]

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‘One Man Star Wars Trilogy’ at Baltimore Soundstage

“Artoo, What are we doing here…in Baltimore?” It’s not uncommon for a show to open with a musical number. It’s also not uncommon for the opening number to be sung by a single performer. It is unusual to hear someone sing the 21st Century Fox theme, by themselves and then follow it up with the familiar […]

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In the Moment: Company Danzante Performs at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Northern Virginia’s Company Danzante will perform at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts on June 26, 2015. Company Danzante will perform repertory by Co-Directors, Katherine Horrigan and Arturo Garcia. “We are honored for the invitation to represent the D.C. region’s contemporary dance scene and present our company’s work at the Pillow. It will be a privilege […]

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‘Driving Miss Daisy’ at Other Voices Theatre

The touching and humorous production of Driving Miss Daisy, currently running at Other Voices Theatre, is well-worth the drive to the theater. A beautiful story of a prejudice turned into friendship is expertly brought to life onstage by an exceptional three-person cast. Wonderfully directed by Susan Thornton, Driving Miss Daisy features the powerful story of […]

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DC Black Theatre Festival: ‘Finally Quiet in My Head’

Madness has been dramatized in theater at least since the ancient Greeks. The mind come loose from its moorings, the persona altered, a terror deep in the self—whether in life or on stage, this troubled and troubling extremity of existence holds the human imagination captive. And notwithstanding modern psychiatric and pharmacological interventions, there is a […]

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‘Jack vs. Rapunzel: The Musical’ at Infinity Theatre Company

Infinity Children’s Theatre presents the world premiere of Jack vs. Rapunzel: The Musical, with book and lyrics by Co-Founder Alan Ostroff, and music by Clayton Colwell. The production is directed and choreographed by Tommy Iafrate. The premise of this children’s story is about the Aarne Thompson Fairy Tale Competition, in which fairytale characters compete in […]

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‘Fools’ at Parlor Room Theater

Fools, staged by Parlor Room Theater at Callan Theatre, is an entertaining romp through love and ignorance in a small Ukrainian village in the late 1800s. Though the play, written by Neil Simon and first produced on Broadway in 1981, is one of Simon’s lesser produced plays, many of its jokes land right on the […]

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Celtic Woman 10th Anniversary World Tour at Wolf Trap

The four women from Ireland who make up Celtic Woman, along with backup singers, dancers, and musicians returned to Wolf Trap for a very special performance, not least because it’s their 10th anniversary tour. The opening “The Sky and The Dawn and the Sun” with it’s booming drums and cymbals got some help from the remnants […]

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‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ at Montgomery College’s Summer Dinner Theatre

As promised by the lead character, Pseudolus (Gregory Atkin), there is indeed “something for everyone” at Montgomery College’s Summer Dinner Theatre production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum directed by Walter Ware III and stage-managed by Matt Balfour. In addition to the entertainment provided by the show itself (book by […]

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Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Kathy Griffin at The Kennedy Center

Guinness World Record-setter (with 23 stand-up specials), two-time Emmy and Grammy Award–winning comedian Kathy Griffin officially kicked off her 80-city tour last night at The Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall, performing a 2-hour spitfire spectacle of her universally recognized brand of pointed pop culture observations, laugh-fest of celebrity name-dropping gossip and pull-no-punches comedy to a strikingly sell-out crowd. […]

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