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Review: ‘The Mark of Cain’ at Synetic Theater

Fans of Synetic Theater’s music-and movement-based works derived from classic texts will find a surprise twist in the company’s latest offering. Typically, a Synetic extravaganza creates a vivid other world, someplace unto itself, visually voluptuous, aurally luscious, always a trip to somewhere fantabulous. But with The Mark of Cain, Synetic’s first wholly original devised work […]

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Review: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ at Synetic Theater

Haunting is the word that quickly came to mind as I sat, mesmerized, rediscovering a classic of literature I thought I knew from reading print on a page and from the movies. But, oh my, Synetic Theater’s dark, expressionistic, dialogue-free take on Victor Hugo’s nearly two-century old The Hunchback of Notre Dame simply swept me […]

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Spine: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ at Synetic Theater

The spectacle of movement has always been Synetic’s star attraction. When those primal, emotional moments fuse with a strong narrative throughline, Synetic’s brilliance shines brightest. Their newest star, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which opened last night at the Crystal City Theater, is a supernova, for all the darkest reasons. Combining a spectacle that entrances with […]

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Review: ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ at Synetic Theater

Synetic’s The Taming of the Shrew is disarming, decadent, and a great visual rush. It is also great, dialogue-free storytelling with its own edge and outlook. The Synetic production simply cast a glorious, happy spell over me. Not considering myself to be a Shakespeare purist, I went to the production without either brushing-up or boning […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #12: Best Direction of Plays in Professional Theater in DC/MD/VA

Here are the DCMetroTheaterArts Staff’s honorees for Best Direction of Plays in Professional Theaters in 2016. Congrats to all our honorees! THE BEST DIRECTION OF PLAYS  in 2016 IN DC/MD/VA ARE: Paul Morella for A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas at Olney Theatre Center. Michael Baron for A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre. Laurie T. Freed […]

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In the Moment: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at Synetic Theater

Sleeping Beauty, Synetic Theater’s new dialogue-free production, is gorgeous, entertaining, and illuminating. This Sleeping Beauty is more than a fanciful, “white bread, white washed” Disney-like take on a classic fairy tale. The production has bite and unanticipated muscle to balance out its enchantment, good looks, and a lovely happy-ending. Under the sure hands of Paata […]

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Review: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at Synetic Theater

Briar Rose. Brunhilde. Talia. Rosamond. Aurora. Over the centuries Sleeping Beauty has been known by many names, but the long abiding folk tale of good conquering evil and love conquering all, has captured audiences around the world, inspiring writers from Charles Perrault to the Brothers Grimm to Italian poet Giambattista Basile to the great composer Pyotr […]

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In the Moment: Synetic Theater’s ‘Dante’s Inferno’

The roaring wordless “silence” of Synetic’s remount of Dante’s Inferno is potent; it will swiftly suck you into its ferment depicting what sin might look and feel like if you are in Hell. Don’t brush aside this opportunity to know the distinctive, sui generis physical style of a Synetic Theater production. If you have never […]

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Review: ‘Dante’s Inferno’ at Synetic Theater

Synetic Theatre, which gave Washington a Silent Hamlet, now brings audiences a wordless Dante’s Inferno. And a silent 100 minutes never sounded so good. Created by Paata Tsikurishvili and directed by Irina Tsikurishvili, with movement by Alex Mills and original compositions by Konstantine Lortkipanidze, this Inferno synthesizes music and body, light and shadow, gesture and […]

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Review: ‘Twelfth Night’ at Synetic Theater

What is Shakespeare without his words? Answer: a rollicking good time! Synetic Theater, known for its dynamic and often wordless productions of Shakespeare and other classics, have another hit on their hands with their revival of Twelfth Night, set in the of the 1920s. This jewel of a production is full of heart, laughter, and […]

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Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Synetic Theater

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet opens with a chorus announcing the fate that will befall the title characters in just two hours’ time. Synetic Theatre’s wordless Romeo and Juliet, distills that straightforward prologue into an even simpler image: the swinging of a pendulum, the ticking of a clock. Director Paata Tsikurishvili has brought back his award-winning […]

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In the Moment: A Look at Synetic Theater’s ‘As You Like It’

Synetic Theater continues to winningly upend The Bard’s canon with its 12th production in the speechless, though far from silent, series that had its start in 2002 with Hamlet…the rest is silence. This time it is As You Like It, based upon Shakespeare play, that receives the Synetic treatment of stimulating physical movement flair and striking musical […]

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‘As You Like It’ at Synetic Theater

Synetic Theater’s As You Like It is what W.H. Auden called an “inverted pastoral”—the outlaw theme of Shakespeare’s play is enhanced by the transformation of the Forest of Arden into a dystopian urban landscape where a bohemian community struggles to survive. Taylor Robinson’s Rosalind is tough, elegantly sexual, and ferociously inventive. Her cousin Celia, in […]

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‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Synetic Theater

The music is pulsing; the performers are insanely flexible, and everything from set to costumes to lights is drenched in the fantastical for Synetic’s latest Shakespeare A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The play and the company are a perfect match – the psychedelic comedy with three sets of lovers and a love potion finds perfect expression […]

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Here Are The Recipients of This Year’s 2015 Helen Hayes Awards – in Order of Presentation With 2 Videos

 Here are the recipients of the 2015 Helen Hayes Awards  in the order they were announced tonight at The Lincoln Theatre.   THE RECIPIENTS ARE IN RED! Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play-HELEN Production Bonita Brisker Seven Guitars No Rules Theatre Company Katy Carkuff One Man, Two Guvnors 1st Stage Maggie Erwin Failure: A Love Story […]

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‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at Synetic Theater

“Synetic” is a word that has come to mean more, at least in the parlance of DC theatre, than the Crystal City-based company which it names. It has come to mean a theatre that is physical, sexy, dramatic, flashy, and, well… theatrical. So it is more than fitting that Synetic Theater’s latest venture, their eleventh […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #18: Best Directors of a Play in Professional Theatres

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their 2015 Best Directors of Plays in Professional Theatres go to: Chris Abraham for Winners and Losers at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Ian Allen for George is Dead at The Klunch. Matt Bassett for The Typographer’s Dream at The Hub Theatre. Hanna Bondarewska for The Trap at Ambassador Theater. Joe […]

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