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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 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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Dangereuse: ‘The Lovers with a Thousand Faces’: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare Theatre is a revelatory theatre experience. Director Alan Paul’s version of Romeo and Juliet has a complexity and richness that reaches deep into the meaning of the play. Romeo (Andrew Veenstra) and Juliet (Ayana Workman) light up when they are together. Their connection is electric and visceral, like certain barely […]

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Review: ‘The Man in the Iron Mask’ at Synetic Theater

Synetic is one of the very few theatre companies that pull off “cinematic” well. Without sacrificing the intimacies and excitement of live theatre you often feel like you’re watching an epic movie at one of their shows. Who better then, to do an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ The Man in the Iron Mask, the sequel […]

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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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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #8: Best Performances in a Play in Professional Theatres

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their Best of 2015: Best Performances in Plays in Professional Theatres go to:  BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY Josh Adams as Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan at Scena Theatre. Matthew Ancarrow and Robby Rose as ‘The Twins’ in The Comedy of Errors at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Aaron […]

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‘Point A to Point B’ at Arts on the Horizon

Arts on the Horizon is a wonderful establishment dedicated to creating live theater for young audiences, ages 0-6. Their website points out that they are “the first theatre company in the country to focus [our] work solely on this age range” and the work they do is truly amazing. Their most recent presentation is Point A […]

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‘Summer Hummer IV: Foreplay!’ at Signature Theatre Benefits theatreWashington’s ‘Taking Care of Our Own’

Summer Hummer IV: Foreplay! made its two-show debut last night at Signature Theatre. If you didn’t plan properly or were on vacation, you missed a provocative evening of fun and frolic at Signature’s house of ill repute, before it was reconverted back to its current run of THE FIX, which runs through September 20th. Taking […]

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‘Roméo et Juliette’ at Maryland Lyric Opera

Boy meets Girl. Girl meets Boy. They fall in love – at first sight – in spite of the enmity between their warring families, the Capulets and the Montagues. This timeless, tragic love story, penned centuries ago by William Shakespeare, received perhaps its most famous operatic setting in Charles Gounod’s 19th century opera, Roméo et […]

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‘Jarry Inside Out’ at Spooky Action Theater

The author of the infamous Ubu Roi, the play which proudly proclaims high culture as but “pshit” sculpted into attractive façades, Alfred Jarry is now the subject of a new script playing at Spooky Action Theater. Freely adapted from the life and work of Alfred Jarry by Spooky Action Artistic Director Richard Henrich, the script […]

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‘The Turn of the Screw’ at Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace

Creative Cauldron presents the World Premiere of The Turn of the Screw, a musical adaptation of Henry James’ novella, with Book and Lyrics written by Stephen Gregory Smith and score by Matt Conner. Conner and Smith co-direct this suspenseful production alongside Musical Director Alvin Smithson, and it is the first installment in a five-year commissioning […]

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‘Madeline’s Christmas’ at Creative Cauldron

“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.” With that familiar phrase, Creative Cauldron’s cast of Madeline’s Christmas musically brings to life the adventures of author/illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans precocious heroine Madeline. In this adaptation by Jennifer Kirkeby and Shirley Mier, feisty Madeline joins forces […]

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