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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic at Wolf Trap

Who knew metro Washington was also the nation’s nerd capital? A sold-out crowd — many ectomorphs in geeky garb, monk/Jedi robes, foil caps, riotous colors, vintage tour shirts, and even one randy fellow in a banana suit — boarded the “Weird Al” Yankovic mothership Friday night for some mandatory fun. And man, did they “eat […]

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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at Opera AACC (Anne Arundel Community College) by Andrew L. Baughman

The last local production of Jesus Christ Superstar I attended was Open Circle Theatre Company’s acclaimed 2004 production. It boasted a brilliantly original concept and some of the region’s most gifted actors; regrettably, however, it left me longing for a production with singers who could better handle the vocal requirements of the score. Thankfully, director/conductor […]

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Ben Lurye & Robert Bradley on Anne Arundel Community College’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

What’s a nice Jewish Boy playing Jesus Christ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar at Anne Arundel Community College? Benjamin Lurye gives us the divine details. Ben: I joined this production in a somewhat unusual way–they had lost the actor who was originally cast to play Jesus, and I was recommended to Director Douglas Brandt Byerly by […]

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Jack Black (Bernie Tiede) and Shirley MacLaine (Marjorie Nugent) in 'Bernie.' Photo courtesy of Millennium Entertainment.

Film Review:’ Bernie’ by Bari Biern

Not since Mr. Joyboy, the mortuary cosmetician from Evelyn Waugh’s The Loved One, has there been a more memorable mortician than Bernie Tiede. In addition to making the residents of Carthage Texas look better dead than they did alive, Bernie sings in the church choir, directs – and usually stars in – local musical productions and […]

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