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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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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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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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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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‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’ at Synetic Theater

Synetic continues to plumb classic literature to find new sources of inspiration for its physical theater productions. Opening its new season, Paata Tsikurishvili and his team of artistic and technical wizards have found another deeply  flawed characters to bring to life. This time Synetic’s creative juices have a production based upon H.G. Wells’late 19th century […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Coriolanas’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) Shakespeare’s Coriolanus has been played, memorably, by some of the greatest actors.  Richard Burton played it; Laurence Olivier played it twice, and here in D.C., Patrick Page starred in a successful modern-dress production at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in 2013.  It has never, to my knowledge; been performed by a […]

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‘Hamlet…the rest is silence’ at Synetic Theater

“The rest is silence” are Hamlet’s last words before he dies, but you won’t hear them in this production because the whole play is conveyed in movement. Not a word is spoken. Synetic Theater first produced Hamlet … the rest is silence in 2002. Husband and wife team Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili starred as Hamlet […]

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Synetic Theater’s Teens’ ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Opens This Thursday at 8 PM by Alysa Turner

See the next generation of Synetic superstars in  A Midsummer Night’s Dream Beginning this Thursday, December 5th at 8 PM at Synetic Theater-1800 South Bell Street, in Arlington, VA. Synetic Theater’s Teen Company follows in the footsteps of Synetic’s mainstage with a silent retelling of the Bard’s fantastical, darkly playful story of love, mistaken identity […]

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‘The Tempest’ at Synetic Theater by Natalie McCabe

A squall. A gale. A storm. A tempest. Synetic Theater’s production of The Tempest, the latest installment of their Silent Shakespeare Series, can be described using all of the above words. Indeed, the entire stage is covered in four inches of water through which the actors dance, roll, and fight. In fact, a grand total of […]

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