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Review: ‘The Night Alive’ at Scena Theatre

Irish playwright Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive is a story of lost souls seeking redemption, of searching for a light in the darkness. Presented by Scena Theatre, the characters’ cheeky banter masks deeper questions that they are wrestling with. The show balances humor and heart—no mean feat for Director Robert McNamara, who guides this show […]

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Review: ‘Coolatully’ at Solas Nua

In the fictional village of Coolatully, a quartet of characters grapple with the effects of Ireland’s newest mass emigration. The brief and heady era of the Celtic Tiger was over; a mass exodus was triggered by the global financial crisis of 2007. The town is drying up and all who can leave are departing for […]

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Magic Time! ‘Someone Is Going to Come’ at Scena Theatre

Someone Is Going to Come is a comedy of menace with a roiling undercurrent of sexual tension. It evokes ominous noirish goings-on in a scary remote locale told in stark idiosyncratic dialogue. And it’s funny as all get out. Scena Theatre’s impeccably perturbing production of the Norwegian dramatist Jon Fosse’s biting three-hander had me howling […]

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Review: ‘Someone Is Going to Come’ at Scena Theatre

Scena Theatre’s Someone Is Going to Come is a tightly wound riddle about danger; the lightly concealed danger lurking in a couple’s push-pull of a relationship that is further inflamed with an unforeseen entanglement. With plaintive, spare dialogue full of sharp darts, Someone Is Going to Come is a rare sighting from Norwegian playwright Jon […]

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Review: ‘Little Thing, Big Thing’ at Solas Nua

The DC premiere of Donal O’Kelly’s Little Thing, Big Thing, playing now at Solas Nua performing at Flashpoint Mead Theatre Gallery, is an impressively entertaining dark Irish comedy. A cast of two (the hilarious Sasha Olinick and the divine Nanna Ingvarsson, respectively) portray a dozen characters each during the course of this crackerjack crime thriller. […]

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Review: ‘The Who’s Tommy’ by Open Circle Theatre

After a five-year hiatus Open Circle Theatre (OCT) makes a triumphant return with an incredible production of The Who’s Tommy at Silver Spring Black Box Theatre. Written by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff and based on the The Who’s 1969 rock opera, Tommy, the story of a traumatized and subsequently disabled boy becoming a pinball […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: “POWER!” Stokely Carmichael

I wish that recent events had not made this powerful theater experience so necessary. I wish that Capital Fringe would have come along again and this production would have warranted theatergoers’ advance attention mainly for the accolades it garnered during last summer’s festival (Pick of the Fringe Special Director Award, DC Metro Theater Arts Best […]

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Review: ‘Fidelio’ at The In Series

The In Series ends their season with Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, a surprisingly modern tale of faith – particularly between husband and wife. This is their biggest production ever and one of the most challenging operas to mount musically. The In Series pulls it off with aplomb. Ludwig van Beethoven wrote the music with an […]

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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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Review: ‘Titanic The Musical’ at The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts

Theatre Lab’s production of the multiple Tony Award-winning musical Titanic The Musical will easily win you over. Under the direction of Deb Gottesman and musical direction by Joshua Coyne, Theatre Lab’s most recent Creating a Musical Role class has taken-on a large-scale musical and blossomed. The students have created and performed high-quality entertainment with delightful characterizations, lovely […]

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Review: ‘Wild Sky’ at Solas Nua

Exactly one century ago, on Easter Week 1916, Irish nationalists staged uprisings in Dublin and some surrounding areas in defiance of centuries of British rule, and in particular their conscription in the faraway and bloody trenches of World War I. The thousand-odd “Irish Volunteers” (who, after Independence in 1919, would be known as the IRA) […]

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Review: ‘The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord’ at Washington Stage Guild

In the beginning was the Word–In the beginning was Reason–In the beginning was the Spirit. In the beginning was… Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Leo Tolstoy (he renounced his “Count” status) wrote their own versions of the Bible, with particular emphasis on the New Testament. Like those who have compiled bibles before them, they chose […]

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Review: ‘St. Nicholas’ at Washington Stage Guild

Theater critics can sometimes be vicious and bloodthirsty…… and that’s before one of them gets employed by a bloodsucking vampire in the Washington Stage Guild production of St. Nicholas. This wonderfully witty and poignant one-man show takes an unusual premise and releases both side-splitting comedy and thought-provoking questions. An unnamed Irish theater critic introduces us […]

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‘Tiny Island’ at Washington Stage Guild

As the audience waits for the Washington Stage Guild’s Washington premiere of Michael Hollinger’s Tiny Island to begin, they look curiously at two humongous carbon-arc movie projectors posed stage left, lens gazing down like strange creatures from the future. These monsters, the iconic remains of the cinema palaces that once drew crowds of film lovers […]

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‘The Baltimore Waltz’ at Rep Stage

Something is undeniably right about a play that keeps you chuckling all evening then sends you off with a lump in your throat. That, in a nutshell, is Paula Vogel’s The Baltimore Waltz, now opening another sterling theater season at Rep Stage in Howard County. Vogel wrote the play in response to her brother’s death […]

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‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at Scena Theatre

Scena Theatre has brought back its hit 2011 production of The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of errors, and DC’s summer just got wittier and sweeter. In Scena’s delectable staging, the show plays like a clockwork confection, and serves up Wilde’s biting bon mots like a shop full of bon bons. With a […]

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‘Cabaret’ at The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts

The Theatre Lab lived up to its reputation as one of the most beloved and well-respected acting training grounds in the DC metro area with its teen production of Cabaret, directed by Caroline Angell and music directed by Joshua Coyne. The Theatre Lab’s Musical Theatre Institute for Teens brought the timeless and eternally relevant musical […]

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