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Review: ‘The Mark of Cain’ at Synetic Theater

Fans of Synetic Theater’s music-and movement-based works derived from classic texts will find a surprise twist in the company’s latest offering. Typically, a Synetic extravaganza creates a vivid other world, someplace unto itself, visually voluptuous, aurally luscious, always a trip to somewhere fantabulous. But with The Mark of Cain, Synetic’s first wholly original devised work […]

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In the Moment: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at Synetic Theater

Sleeping Beauty, Synetic Theater’s new dialogue-free production, is gorgeous, entertaining, and illuminating. This Sleeping Beauty is more than a fanciful, “white bread, white washed” Disney-like take on a classic fairy tale. The production has bite and unanticipated muscle to balance out its enchantment, good looks, and a lovely happy-ending. Under the sure hands of Paata […]

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Review: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at Synetic Theater

Briar Rose. Brunhilde. Talia. Rosamond. Aurora. Over the centuries Sleeping Beauty has been known by many names, but the long abiding folk tale of good conquering evil and love conquering all, has captured audiences around the world, inspiring writers from Charles Perrault to the Brothers Grimm to Italian poet Giambattista Basile to the great composer Pyotr […]

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‘Metamorphosis’ at Alliance for New Music-Theatre

How does one begin a review about a boy turned into a dung beetle? I suppose, just like that. And, no, I’m not giving anything away, unless you have never had even a cursory acquaintance with foreign literature. If you have not….this is a play about a boy who turns into a dung beetle, based […]

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‘Killer Joe’ at SeeNoSun OnStage

Audiences with a taste for pitch-dark comedy will get their fill of a deliciously unsettling feast in Killer Joe, the launch production of the aptly named new theater company SeeNoSun. Killer Joe has a pedigree as the first play written by Tracy Letts, he whose penchant for disturbing dramas of family dysfunction powered his Pulizer Prize–winning August: Osage County. Killer Joe epitomizes […]

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‘Tango Turco (Turkish Tango)’ at Teatro de la Luna

Tango Turco (Turkish Tango) is a fascinating play, veering from soapy and melodramatic to thoughtful and philosophical. Argentinian playwright Del Autor’s strange but oddly likeable play is being brought vividly to life at Teatro de la Luna by Director Mario Marcel and his team of three talented actors (Alfredo Sánchez, Marcela Ferlito, and Jerry Daniel). […]

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‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ at 1st Stage

Mounting Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan as their springtime offering is a perfect way for 1st Stage to shake off the chill of winter and welcome in the warmer weather. Directed by Steven Carpenter, this quirky, dark, and heartwarming tale of a young crippled boy’s dreams makes for a moving night at the theatre […]

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‘La Vida Que Me Das…Y No Me Alcanza’ (Such a Life You’ve Given Me… And It’s Not Enough) at Teatro de la Luna by Jenny Sutton

At first glance, the title La Vida Que Me Das…Y No Me Alcanza (Such a Life You’ve Given Me… And It’s Not Enough) may read as a soapy, heart-wrenching drama for middle-aged women. However, after spending two minutes in the intimate Gunston Arts Center Theatre Two among an eager, bilingual audience, it becomes clear that […]

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Making Some Noise: Behind the Scenes of 1st Stage’s ‘Noises Off’: Part 4: Kate Karczewski (Poppy) by Joel Markowitz

This is Part 4 in a series of interviews with the cast and director of 1st Stage’s production of Noises Off. Meet Kate Karczewski. Why did you want to become a member of the cast of Noises Off? Mostly because it’s a fantastic show with a wonderful history of making audiences laugh. I really can’t think of any […]

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‘Noises Off’ at 1st Stage by Amanda Gunther

Words. Doors. Bags. Boxes. Sardines. That’s theatre. That’s life. But don’t panic! Let the actors at 1st Stage do all the panicking for you so that you can laugh along to the uproarious farce Noises Off as they bring this comic gem to the stage just in time for the holidays. If holiday shopping has […]

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Making Some Noise: Behind the Scenes of 1st Stage’s ‘Noises Off’: Part 3: Matthew Pauli (Lloyd) by Joel Markowitz

This is Part 3 in a series of interviews with the cast and director of 1st Stage’s production of Noises Off. Meet Matthew Pauli. Joel: Why did you want to become a member of the cast of Noises Off? Matt: First, I love farce. I love fast paced comedy. Noises Off is a very strong example of modern farce. Secondly, […]

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Making Some Noise: Behind the Scenes of 1st Stage’s ‘Noises Off’: Part 2: Mario Baldessari (Selsdon) by Joel Markowitz

This is Part 2 in a series of interviews with the cast and director of 1st Stage’s production of Noises Off. Meet Mario Baldessari. Joel: Why did you want to become a member of the cast of Noises Off? Mario: I did it mainly to not disappoint Doug Wilder, the director, who said he couldn’t think of anyone better […]

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Making Some Noise: Behind the Scenes of 1st Stage’s ‘Noises Off’: Part 1: Director Doug Wilder by Joel Markowitz

This is the first in a series of interviews with the cast and director of 1st Stage’s production of Noises Off.  Meet Director Doug Wilder. Why did you want to direct this show at 1st Stage? Sometimes at night, when I’m sitting alone on my couch with a half-eaten pizza and an unwatched episode of Breaking Bad, […]

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