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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #14: Best Design in Professional and Community Theaters in DC/VA/MD

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #14: Best Design in Professional and Community Theaters in DC/VA/MD Are: John Alexander for his lighting for Blackberry Winter at Forum Theatre. John Alexander for his lighting for Black Nativity at Theater Alliance. Brian Allard for his lighting for Sleeping Beauty at Synetic Theater. Clint Allen for his projections for Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches: […]

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Review: ‘Copenhagen’ at Theater J

Strange to watch a play unfold and wish that it did not feel so chillingly relevant. Or that  the past it depicts never happened. Or that the moral and material uncertainty at its core did not portend a fearsome future. So it was on opening night of Theater J’s highly charged, highly skilled production of […]

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Review: ‘The Gulf’ at Signature Theatre

Signature’s premiere of The Gulf written by Audrey Cefaly is a daring dark venture about two women entwined with heartache and sadness. It is a scorching two-hander character study that takes place in the cramped intimacy of a small boat that is just plain stuck in some wicked shallows; the shallows of some backwater Alabama gulf […]

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Review: ‘The Flick’ at Signature Theatre

Like the seismic shift in the theatrical terrain that I experienced when I saw the Steppenwolf Theater’s production of Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead off-Broadway, or the excitement I felt when I saw Steppenwolf’s galvanizing production of Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County with the original cast on Broadway, the Signature Theater’s production of Annie Baker’s […]

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‘A Year with Frog and Toad’ at Imagination Stage

Arnold Lobel’s lovable characters from his classic children’s books, Frog and Toad, come to life at Imagination Stage in a Tony Award-nominated musical, A Year with Frog and Toad, with books and lyrics by Willie Reale and music by Robert Reale. Two vastly different friends awaken from their hibernation and together they experience the seasons […]

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‘Silence! the Musical’ at Studio’s 2nd Stage

Silence! The Musical is very easy to digest (pun intended), as presented in the tightly directed current production now playing at the creatively configured 2nd Stage space of The Studio Theatre. A dark satire replete with savage wit and dancing, interactive lambs, the filmic source material (the 1991 Jody Foster-starring and Academy Award-winning film) has always […]

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‘Passion Play’ at Forum Theatre

During the Roman times, theatre was a savage sport: need a crucifixion, grab a slave. During the Dark Ages, theatre disappeared under the cloak of Catholicism: better to have no fun, if having fun leads to eternal damnation. During the Middle Ages, theatre reappeared, from under the cloak, as a Passion Play: if theatre teaches, […]

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‘Mockingbird’ at The Kennedy Center

Kennedy Center’s World Premiere of Mockingbird Is a Must See Play for All Ages Brilliant: very bright, flashing with light; very impressive or successful; extremely intelligent. Moving: having a strong emotional effect, causing feelings of sadness or sympathy. Luminous: clear, enlightening, shining, illustrious. Marvelous: extremely good or enjoyable; causing wonder, astonishing; miraculous, supernatural; of the […]

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‘Sex with Strangers’ at Signature Theatre

Let’s get this out of the way. Sex with Strangers by Laura Eason (at Signature Theatre) is a slam-dunk champ. It is an easy crowd-pleaser on its polished comic surface, but, oh what a delicious depth it has! While it’s Buzzfeed worthy title may get many into the door, Sex with Strangers is a really […]

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‘Yentl’ at Theater J

In Theater J’s beautiful, eloquent, and thrilling new production of Yentl, such profound new life has been breathed into Isaac Bashevis Singer’s beloved novella that at its heart this retelling is more transformative than any before. By that I mean: Inside this thoroughly charming show is an interpretation so disarming that it’s not only (in Artistic Director […]

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Pinkalicious-The Musical at Adventure Theatre MTC

Adventure Theatre MTC presents Pinkalicious-The Musical, based on the book by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann and with lyrics by John Gregor. Carl Menninger directs this colorful production. Scenic Designer Collin Ranney transforms the set into a young girl’s dream; bright and feminine, with cottony, textured clouds that sprawl across the blue walls. The effect is so […]

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‘Etiology’ at The Catholic University of America by Francine Schwartz

The Catholic University of America’s Department of Drama presented a very moving production of Etiology, a new play – an M.F.A. playwriting  thesis – written by Teri Gillmor. The passionate production was directed by Shirley Serotsky. Etiology tells the story of three estranged sisters who ponder reconciliation or to simply go their separate ways after their mother […]

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‘The Matchmaker’ at The School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at University of Maryland by Tiffany Draut

University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies’ production of The Matchmaker at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center has it all: mistaken identity, incessant weeping, public drunkenness, adventures, and true love. Thornton Wilder’s play, upon which the musical Hello, Dolly! was based, pays homage to timeless human frivolity and frailty, set in the world of […]

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