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Review: ‘King John’ at 4615 Theatre Company

Scandals, sibling rivalry, adultery and divorces represented daily living for England’s royal Plantagenet family, which held the dynastic reigns of power from approximately 1120 to 1490. The Plantagenets provided enough drama for two playwrights: William Shakespeare, who wrote The Life and Death of King John, and James Goldman who wrote The Lion in Winter. Under […]

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Review: ‘The Lion in Winter’ at 4615 Theatre Company

The Lion in Winter, written by James Goldman and directed by Jordan Friend, opened this weekend at The Highwood Theatre in Silver Spring; it is being performed in repertory with King John. The play is presented by 4615 Theatre Company, which has found a permanent home at The Highwood. The group often performs Shakespeare paired […]

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Report: Source Festival 2017: ‘Best of 10-Minute Plays’

A destination awaits for theater-goers ready for a high-quality evening taking in a marketplace of intriguing 10-minute plays. The destination is DC’s ever-changing 14th Street and this year’s edition of the Source Festival. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary and under the touch of Artistic Director Jenny McConnell Fredericks the Source Festival has brought back six of […]

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Review: ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ at Brave Spirits Theatre

Love is a battlefield in the vivid, high heat of Brave Spirits Theatre’s striking, fencing-match take on Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Once again Brave Spirits (BST) is true to its mission; bringing forth an ambitious, beautifully wrought, and passionate production of a classic play. Under Charlene V. Smith’s dandy molding, Antony and Cleopatra is full […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Good Kids’

What Happened After the Party? Theatre Prometheus’ Good Kids by Naomi Iizuka at the Fringe Theatre Prometheus is presenting a remarkable production of Naomi Iizuka’s Good Kids, which is inspired by the famous Steubenville, Ohio rape case of 2012. You should run to see this show. It is wonderful to see these talented young actors […]

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‘The Pillowman’ at 4615 Theater Company

Two days before seeing the closing performance of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman by the newish 4615 Theater Company, I received an email from director and 4615 Artistic Director Jordan Friend: “About 75 percent of the seats are chairs set up in a normal proscenium fashion, but in the front we have a collection of large […]

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‘Shakespeare in Hollywood’ at Catholic University by Colleen Sproull

It is with great pleasure that I write this review. Catholic University’s production of Ken Ludwig‘s Shakespeare in Hollywood is professional, outrageously funny, and brimming with voracious talent. Wittingly directed by Jay D. Brock, it’s full of hysterical physical comedy, a hefty helping of Shakespeare sonnets, and countless charming innuendos. The pace is perfect, keeping right […]

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‘Assassins’ at The Center Stage at Catholic University by David Friscic

The Center Stage production of Stephen Sondheim’s dark and subversive musical Assassins, now playing at Catholic University, is a valiant attempt but just misses the mark. A Sondheim work is often challenging to produce with even the most professional equity theatre troupes and Assassins is one of the most challenging shows in Sondheim’s canon. A show such as […]

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