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Review: ‘Waiting for Godot’ at Curio Theatre Company

Waiting for Godot is generally considered a comedy. Samuel Beckett himself called this, his most famous play, a “tragicomedy.” But its reputation as an important, monumental piece of art can have a way of choking off the laughs. I’ve seen tedious productions that left me scratching my head and asking “What’s so funny?” If the […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Interview: ‘Revisiting Current Remounts of Past Hits with Terry Brennan, Tina Brock, and Greg Kennedy’

Three annual Fringe favorites have chosen to remount a past hit for this year’s festival, giving audiences a chance to see the acclaimed works they missed, or to revisit the shows they loved. I had the opportunity to discuss the new 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival productions of Spherus with Innovative Juggler Greg Kennedy, Antihero with […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Waiting for Godot’

Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot is a play that has both fascinated and confused audiences since the play first premiered in 1953. A production of the first act of Godot, directed by H. Bruce Funk, is being performed at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library by Imperial Theatre Live,  as part of DC.’s Capital Fringe Festival. The title […]

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Review: ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’ at Stillpointe Theatre Initiative

On Friday, StillPointe Theatre Initiative opened its production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, an absurdist play by Tom Stoppard that, along with Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, sets the high bar for its genre. Don’t let some highfalutin notion of absurdist theater scare you away, though. In StillPointe Theatre’s capable hands, this production of […]

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‘Marisol’ at Montgomery College’s Theatre Department

Marisol keenly follows the traditions of Magical Realism and Theater of the Absurd. It is clear that Eugene Ionesco and Samuel Becket, who are known for this genre, are major influences of the playwright Jose Rivera. Director Eric Ruffin plays upon that genre to take us on a dark and violent journey into a world just […]

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‘Sex, Lies and Nomophobia’ in Emilio Williams’ ‘Smartphones’ at Ambassador Theater Opening Tonight

Smartphones, A Pocket-Size Farce – produced by and Ambassador Theater in partnership with the Embassy of Spain and Spain arts and Culture, directed by Helen Hayes Award recipient Joe Banno – opens at The Mead Lab Flashpoint on October 22, 2015. Doesn’t existence seem totally absurd at times and life too restrictive? Don’t we wish we were […]

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‘The Václav Havel Project: ‘Vaněk Unleashed’ and ‘Unveiling’ at Alliance for New Music-Theatre at Artisphere

The latest of Alliance for New Music-Theatre’s additions to The Vaclav Havel Project (originally part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival), Vanek Unleashed is a funny, imaginative, and lyrical take on the work of Václav Havel. Combined with the previous success story of Unveiling, the current iteration of the Project is a thought-provoking and entertaining two […]

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‘The Pitmen Painters’ at 1st Stage by Julia L. Exline

“Why do we assume that the educated and privileged have more to say than anyone else?” 1st Stage presents The Pitmen Painters, a fascinating true story written by famed writer Lee Hall about creativity, politics, and inclusion regarding social classes and the world of fine arts. When a group of working-class miners sign up for […]

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SCENA Celebrates its 25th Anniversary with December 16th Gala by Monica Jilling

SCENA Celebrates its 25th Anniversary December 16th with a Gala Event featuring international artists Washington’s premiere cultural institution for international drama is celebrating its 25th anniversary in style. SCENA is marking this milestone with a special gala event on the exact day of the silver anniversary of the company’s very first performance. Back on December […]

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