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Review: ‘[gay] Cymbeline’ at Theatre Prometheus

Queering Shakespeare may be gilding the lily. And if so DC these days has seen quite a few such embellished flowers. Like, golden nosegays for days. One of the best and freshest in the bunch is Theatre Prometheus’ [gay] Cymbeline. It’s a two-hour gender adventure that’s as fun, funny, and touching as a romp in […]

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Review: ‘Eurydice’ at NextStop Theatre Company

The hypnotic new production of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice at NextStop Theatre Company is more like a painting or a poem than a movie or a book. It’s a fantastical canvas of broad brushstrokes and bright colors. The language is strange and pretty, the kind that gets stuck in your head like a catchy pop song. […]

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Review: ‘Othello’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company opened its 15th Season on Friday with one of the most tragic of Shakespeare’s tragedies, Othello. It was the first time in the history of the company that they have performed Othello. If they were waiting until they felt they could really do it justice, their patience has paid off. Chesapeake Shakespeare […]

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Angela Pirko (Macbeth) and Renea Brown (Lady Macbeth) in rehearsal. Photo courtesy of Prometheus Theatre.

Review: ‘All Lady Macbeth’ at Theatre Prometheus

The Northwest and Southwest sides of DC are filled with theatre and art. From the Shakespeare Theatre Company and Woolly Mammoth to Arena Stage and Studio Theatre, one never needs to look too far to fill a Saturday night. However, if you venture a little farther, there are cultural gems that begin to pop up, […]

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‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Prince George’s Summer Shakespeare Festival

Summer and Shakespeare go hand-in-hand and Prince George’s Summer Shakespeare Festival’s Romeo and Juliet is a departure from “traditional” productions of this iconic William Shakespeare plays. Produced by Christel Stevens and overseen by Artistic Director Christopher Dwyer, next weekend’s performances can be seen at various locations. The hostilities and tragedies that befall the Montagues and […]

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‘Danny Boy’ at Unexpected Stage Company

It’s not often that theatergoers have the rug of common assumptions pulled out from under them and enjoy both the trip and—as the dust and a few loose threads settle to the ground beside them—the landing. But that’s likely to happen at Unexpected Stage Company in Silver Spring, where Marc Goldsmith’s 2006 New York International […]

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‘The Imaginary Invalid’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

I started out with the cream of crab soup, and moved on to a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, with a side of French Farce; it is difficult to say which of the two was more delicious… Such was the double pleasure of attending Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s production of The Imaginary Invalid, performed at Reynold’s Tavern […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘La Llorona’

La Llorona is a Hispanic folktale about a woman who is spurned by her lover and goes on to murder her children. She then wanders the land as a ghost called the wailing woman and hearing her cries means she is coming for you. Pretty standard fare for a ghost story. And this show is […]

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Capital Fringe Preview 2014: ‘La Llorona’- An interview with Playwright Amanda Zeitler

Thee Candidates Graduate Theatre Company presents a production of Amanda Zeitler’s La Llorona in this year’s Capital Fringe festival. The play recently won the Wichita State University National Playwriting Contest and will receive an additional production there this November. La Llorona  is loosely based on the widespread North and South American folk tale of the […]

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Source Festival: ‘Revenge: Six 10-Minute Plays’

Someone once said “revenge is sweet.” In the case of CulturalDC’s Source Festival show Revenge, not only is revenge sweet, but it is hilarious, thought-provoking, and at times a little frightening. Revenge, a series of six 10-minute plays is based on the full length play, The Thrush and the Woodpecker, and is also one of […]

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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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