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Review: ‘Ragtime’ at Ford’s Theatre

Glorious! Dazzling! Verve! Bursting at the seams with voices and stories of America’s humanity and originating dreams. These are the words I felt as Ragtime, now at Ford’s Theatre, unfolded before me. And it all began with the show’s opening; a full-company production number in which 24 voices, 48 feet, nine musicians, and an upright […]

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Review: ‘Carousel’ at Arena Stage

Life happens. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s, Carousel, is a timeless interlude that explores the human spirit’s indomitable will to go forward no matter life’s circumstances. Director Molly Smith’s revival of Carousel, currently playing at Arena Stage, is also a hopeful sojourn that lifts the human experience to heavenly heights through intoxicatingly rich theatrical artistry, music, movement, […]

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Review: ‘OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist’ at The Kennedy Center’s Theater for Young Audiences

The Kennedy Center has produced yet another world premiere production for this season’s Theater for Young Audiences. This time, they have taken Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and brought the story to modern-day Rio in OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist. With book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías and music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, this adaptation breathes […]

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‘Oliver!’ at Arena Stage

From its opening number, Arena Stage’s innovative new production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! is bursting with excitement and emotion. Director Molly Smith has stripped the classic musical based on Charles Dickens’s novel to its essence, bringing out its inherent rawness and power. Watching Oliver (Jake Heston Miller) and his fellow orphans angrily banging their dishes […]

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The Women’s Voices Theater Festival ‘Destiny of Desire’ at Arena Stage

DC playwright Karen Zacarías’ world-premiere musical comedy Destiny of Desire is a delightfully soapy mix of magic realism and situation comedy – so sit back in this bubble bath of great storytelling and be thoroughly entertained! Directed by José Luis Valenzuela, it features an all-Latino cast whose talent is perfectly matched to the great characterizations by Zacarías, a […]

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