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Leonard C. Haas and Tim Rinehart. Photo by Chris Miller.

Review: ‘The Fantasticks’ at The Eagle Theatre

What’s not to like about The Fantasticks? It’s always been a modest, gentle show that goes down easy. The Eagle Theatre’s new production adds a few new wrinkles, putting its own stamp on this venerable musical without getting in the way of what’s made it work so well for over half a century. The original […]

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Review: ‘The Real Americans’ at Mosaic Theater Company

“Why am I a stranger in my own land?” the preternaturally talented actor-writer Dan Hoyle asks during his solo excursion into the heartland of America. Having set forth several years ago by van from San Francisco (“So long, liberal bubble!”), he traveled a hundred days to listen to “the real Americans,” the folks left behind […]

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In the Moment: Interview with Theater Photographer Teresa Castracane

Often, images of a theatrical production help establish the initial interest and expectations for a potential audience. Photographs can draw an audience into a production even before reviews or word-of-mouth. Pictures can capture the essence of a production or of a particular stage character. A theater photographer is responsible for creating a production’s visual record. The best […]

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Review: ‘All My Sons’ at The Potomac Playmakers

All My Sons, the post-WWII Arthur Miller drama presented by the Potomac Playmakers, tells the story of how one man’s greed and dishonesty can have far greater consequences than originally meets the eye. This play, set in small town USA, takes place in the backyard of the Keller family’s home over a 24-hour period. Chris […]

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Review: ‘The New World’ at Bucks County Playhouse

A Thanksgiving musical? We can think of musicals that sometimes involve that observance, but an entire show about how the holiday evolved? Bucks County Playhouse’s The New World may be onto something here. The show runs through December 2, and Anna Louizos’ set design certainly evokes autumn in Massachusetts. One of the songs about that […]

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Review: ‘Binomio’ at GALA Hispanic Theatre

Binomio, a flamenco show making its U.S. premiere at the GALA Hispanic Theatre, begins with two solo dances by Francisco Hidalgo and Anabel Moreno. The two dancers command the stage as they beat a fast rhythm with their heels, snapping out impossibly precise turns. Their faces are grave and composed, and so is the music. […]

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Review: ‘Childish Things’ at Charm City Fringe Festival

Hamlet Cooper is an archaeologist. In Childish Things, they use real artifacts from their childhood to recreate scenes which take the audience back to ages six, twelve, thirteen. Cooper always wanted to be a singer and actor and, with this piece, they have achieved that goal. At the beginning of Childish Things, Hamlet Cooper asked […]

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Interview: ‘Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth!’ Creator and Performance Artist Neil Arthur James at Charm City Fringe Festival

It’s a bit of an understatement that Fringe festivals lead you to encounter some very interesting people. Every now and then you run into a kindred spirit, as I did when I was getting ready to see another show at the Sixth Annual Charm City Fringe Festival. Brooklyn-based performance artist and storyteller Neil Arthur James […]

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Review: ‘The Band’s Visit’ at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre

David Yazbek has been one of the less publicized composer/lyricists from the generation of writers who followed those who wrote musicals in the “Golden Age” of Broadway. Yazbek has earned nominations for a Tony Award three times, for The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. He’s also […]

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Review: ‘The Structure of Us’ at Charm City Fringe Festival

The last time I was in NYC, I visited the Rubin Museum; there was an that exhibit allowed you to listen to different Buddhist chants representing performances of ceremonies marking various transitions in life. The Structure of Us, performed and created by dancer/artists Kitty Hubbard, Tammy Carrasco, and Brandon Whited, takes on a meditative quality […]

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Review: ‘NDE’ at Charm City Fringe Festival

NDE, directed by Nikoo Mamdoohi and produced by the Vahee Art Collective, is an immersive theatre experience about near death experiences, which are described here as, “an unusual and personal encounter taking place on the brink of death, and later recounted by a person after recovery.” This is a powerful devised play which speaks to […]

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