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Review: ‘War of the Worlds’ at Scena Theatre

Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds is infamous for having incited a mini UFO panic due to its vivid and realistic descriptions of a fictitious Martian invasion. The iconic actor and director Welles used techniques that were, at the time, groundbreaking: “interrupting” the musical interludes in a way that mimicked actual breaking […]

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‘The Grand Guignol Twist in ‘Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite’: The Horror Is What Is NOT Seen’ By Alex Zavistovich

Contrary to popular belief, the Grand Guignol theatre did not rely exclusively on blood and gore to convey horror. The psychological element was equally important to the genre, and horrific events often were showcased with nary a drop of blood spilled. That idea is central to Molotov Theatre Group’s production of Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite, adapted […]

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‘Hedda Gabler’ at Quotidian Theatre Company

Hedda, Hedda, I hardly know you. The emotionally ambiguous, deeply layered and mysterious Hedda Gabler whom one could argue is a victim as much as anti-heroine, is more narrowly defined in the new Michael Avolio adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Leaving a striking impression, Avolio serving also as the Director, transports the action of […]

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‘The Tempest’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

In William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the richness, the grace and the grandeur of the English language itself entertain in a way that only the Bard can. Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s superb production of The Tempest, under the direction of Jay D. Brock, eloquently rattles the spirit as it wistfully and wonderfully interprets this stormy tale of […]

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Alex Zavostovich on Molotov Theatre Group’s New Artistic Advisor Richard Hand and The 2014-2015 Season

Alex Zavostovich introduces us to Molotov Theatre Group’s New Artistic Advisor Richard Hand and Their 2014-2015 Season Joel: Tell us about Richard Hand and how he came to accepting the Artistic Advisor Position? Alex: Gladly! Richard is Professor of Theatre and Media Drama at the University of South Wales (UK), and the author of two of the best […]

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Behind the Scenes at Molotov’s “Normal”: Part 5: Want More? See the Movie “M” on April 3RD by Alex Zavistovich

With four shows left in Molotov Theatre Group’s Helen Hayes Awards Recommended© production of Normal  you can also learn more about Germany’s nefarious Dusseldorf Ripper in a screening of Fritz Lang’s classic movie “M” on April 3 rd at  7 PM. That’s when Goethe-Institute, the Washington Film Institute and Molotov Theatre Group will host a […]

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Behind the Scenes at Molotov’s “Normal”: Part 4: The Sounds of Horror: The Music of ‘Normal’ By Gregory Thomas Woolford Martin

Many audience members are not aware of how significant music can be in the experience of horror. Imagine, for instance, Jaws or Psycho without their iconic musical scores. This is particularly true for Molotov Theatre Group’s latest production, Normal, onstage at DC Arts Center though March 30th.  I scored Normal, a play about the Dusseldorf Ripper—serial killer Peter […]

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Behind the Scenes at Molotov’s “Normal”: Part 3: Elizabeth Darby: ‘On Being in Love with a Monster’

In Scene Nine of Normal Wehner asks the audience, “Do we bear monsters? Or do we create them?” The plot provides easy support for those on the “nurture” end of the “nature vs. nurture” argument; it reinforces the belief that depraved behavior develops because of trauma early in life. Peter Kurten grew up in horrific circumstances […]

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‘Normal’ at Molotov Theatre Group

Molotov Theatre Group has an uncanny knack for converting its tiny black-box nook into an auditorium-scale operating theater for surgical dissection of the dark side of human nature. With its new production of Normal, observers in attendance at the unflinching examination get an artfully horrifying experience that is both fascinating and profound. As dextrously directed by […]

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