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Review: ‘Zanna Don’t (the Reboot)’ at Theatre Horizon

For the latest show in its 42nd and Main Concerts series, Theatre Horizon tackled Zanna, Don’t!, an offbeat musical that ran Off-Broadway in 2003 and has had productions all over the world since. That in itself would make the show a special event – but Theatre Horizon went one step further, by presenting the world premiere […]

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Review: ‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid’ at Steel River Playhouse

Memorial Day Weekend usually means a trip to the shore, but Steel River Playhouse brought the ocean to Pottstown, with its glorious rendition of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. True, the show takes plays underwater (something more easily achieved in the original animated film), but that couldn’t deter a triumphant director/design team. Artistic Director Leena Devlin’s […]

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Review: ‘Kaleidoscope’ at Creative Cauldron

Creative Cauldron presents Kaleidoscope, a “Bold New Works” ​World Premiere Musical with Music and Lyrics by Matt Conner and Book and Lyrics by Stephen Gregory Smith, who also co-direct the production. This piece studies the decline of a dementia patient through her lifetime revue as a Broadway star, and the result is poignant and real, […]

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Review: ‘Little Women: The Musical’ at Third Wall Productions

Mother’s Day afternoon was spent in a Baltimore church basement where we gathered for the musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale, Little Women. Truth be told, I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else, as Third Wall Productions (“TWP”) offers a delightful divertissement from those “Hallmark” family gatherings that have become so much a […]

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Review: ‘West Side Story’ at The Media Theatre

Earlier this season, The Media Theatre presented Shakespeare’s classic Romeo & Juliet. Now they’re concluding their 2016-2017 season with a production of West Side Story, the musical that put a 20th Century spin on the Bard’s story and became a masterwork in its own right. Set in New York’s Upper West Side in the mid-1950s, West […]

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Review: ‘Side Show’ at The Media Theatre

Come look at the freaks Come gape at the geeks Come examine their aberrations Is this any way to begin a Broadway musical? Well, if the subject matter is any individual who has been the victim of prejudice, ostracism, or even the feeling of not fitting in or wanting to belong, then yes. Side Show, […]

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Review: ‘Lizzie’ at 11th Hour Theatre Company

Whacked-out psycho-killer or falsely-accused innocent? We’ll never know the truth about Lizzie Borden, but 11th Hour Theatre Company’s production of the rock musical Lizzie, by Steven Cheslik-Demeyer (music and lyrics), Alan Stevens Hewitt (music, orchestrations, and additional lyrics), and Tim Maner (book, lyrics, and additional music), makes a rock-solid case for guilty-though-acquitted by reason of incompetence […]

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Review: ‘I Will Not Go Gently’ at Act II Playhouse

An aging rock star struggles to stay relevant, or perhaps struggles whether or not to care at all whether she is still relevant, in the Act II Playhouse remounting of 1812 Productions’ one-woman musical I Will Not Go Gently, starring and created by Jennifer Childs. With a comedic lineup of generational perspectives, she examines the […]

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Review: ‘American Psycho’ at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in NYC

From what would seem to be the most unlikely source material, Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa have fashioned a dazzling and original musical theatre piece. The source is Bret Easton Ellis’ novel and, though slight adjustments have been made to make it palatable for a Broadway audience, it remains startling and entertaining throughout. Rupert Goold has […]

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Meet the Cast of ‘Spamalot’ at The Port Tobacco Players‏: Part 1: Jimmy Payne

In Part 1 of a series of interviews with the cast of The Port Tobacco Players’ Spamalot – meet Jimmy Payne. Tell our readers where they may have seen you on local stages. Little Theater of Alexandria: 1776 (John Adams), Shenandoah (Charlie Anderson). The Arlington Players: Ragtime (Tateh), Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye), Follies, (Ben), Guys & Dolls (Nicely Nicely), […]

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‘Memphis’ at The Warner Theatre

Hockadoo! After a few toe-tapping hours at The Warner Theatre with the cast of Memphis and their inspired singing and dancing, I still have no idea what “Hockadoo” means, but I know—without a doubt—that it’s absolutely infectious. With music and lyrics by David Bryan and lyrics and book by Joe DiPietro, Memphis is a riotous […]

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‘Filichia on Friday’: ‘If You Insist on Hearing My Opinion …’

It’s an honor to bring Peter Filichia’s column every week on Kritzerland called ‘Filichia on Friday’ to our readers on DCMetroTheaterArts. This Week:  If You Insist on Hearing My Opinion …  ______ Recent ‘Filichia on Friday’ Articles March 27, 2015: March’s Leftovers and April’s Brainteaser March 20, 2015: One of the Best Musicals to Lose Best Musical March 13, […]

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Peter Filichia’s ‘Filichia on Friday’: Love is the Answer (Or is It?)

It’s an honor to bring Peter Filichia’s column every week on Kritzerland called ‘Filichia on Friday’ to our readers on DCMetroTheaterArts. This Week: Love is the Answer (Or is It?) ______ Recent ‘Filichia on Friday’ Articles March 6, 2015: Art Imitates Life February 27, 2015: February’s Leftovers and March’s Brainteaser February 20, 2015: A Month Without Broadway February 13, […]

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‘Filichia on Friday’: Catching Up: ‘The 2015 Broadway University Mid-Term Exam’;’Right for the Stage’;’Will “LADY” Be Good at Encores!?’; and ‘January’s Leftovers and February’s Brainteaser’ by Peter Filichia

It’s an honor to bring Peter Filichia’s column every week on Kritzerland called ‘Filichia on Friday’ to our readers on DCMetroTheaterArts. Time to catch up: January 16, 2015: The 2015 Broadway University Mid-Term Exam. January 23, 2015: Right for the Stage. January 30, 2015: Will “LADY” Be Good at Encores!? February 6, 2015: January’s Leftovers and February’s Brainteaser. […]

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‘Mary Poppins’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre

Have yourself a little “Mary” Christmas this year, courtesy of Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia. Mary Poppins—The Broadway Musical borrows a “little” here, a “little” there, but it all adds up to something hugely different from the normal holiday fare. It’s a wonderful excuse to get the family together, sit down for a great meal, […]

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