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Duck (Shaquille Stewart) in the cage of his mind being harassed by his brother Crumb (James Nelson). Photo courtesy of Tom Block.

Review: ‘Duck’ by Tom Block at the Highwood Theatre

What difference does 1% make? In the case of Duck, a new play by Tom Block currently playing at the Highwood Theatre in Silver Spring, 1% can be the difference between life and death. Duck follows the internal struggle of Duck, a CIA statistician who earned that eponymous nickname because, under periods of great stress, […]

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Review: ‘Assassins’ at Pallas Theatre Collective

This season for whatever reason—and far be it from me to speculate—three theater companies in the nation’s capital are presenting Stephen Sondheim’s tunefully insolent tribute to presidential assassins. Well, tribute might not quite be right. The story told in Sondheim’s music and lyrics and John Weidman’s book is actually more a theatrical visit to the […]

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Review: ‘Sister Act’ at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre’s production of Sister Act, directed by Clare Shaffer, is a funny spectacle of a musical. Based on the movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane, it combines wonderful music and singing […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #13: Best Direction and Musical Direction in Musicals and Best Direction of Plays in Community Theatres in DC/MD/VA

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts Best Direction and Musical Direction in Musicals and Best Direction of Plays of 2016 in Community Theatres in DC/VA/MD Are: BEST DIRECTION AND MUSICAL DIRECTION IN MUSICALS IN COMMUNITY THEATRES IN 2016 IN DC/MD/VA ARE: Director Kevin Sockwell and Musical Director Arielle Bayer for A Grand Night for Singing at Montgomery Playhouse and […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Love in Ruins’

Love in Ruins is the third Capital Fringe show written by playwright Paul Handy. Handy’s Cry for the Gods and and Carry a Big Stick appeared at the festival in 2011 and 2013 respectively. Handy would appear to specialize in historical plays, and he didn’t have to look far from home for inspiration for his […]

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‘Harvey’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

Harvey, currently playing at Laurel Mill Playhoue, and produced by Maureen Rodgers, is a wonderful classic American comedy. It was unique when it opened in the 1940s. First of all, it won a Pulitzer Prize, but even more so, it was written by a woman. There was, until recently, a paucity of women playwrights, but […]

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