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Review: ‘King John’ at 4615 Theatre Company

Scandals, sibling rivalry, adultery and divorces represented daily living for England’s royal Plantagenet family, which held the dynastic reigns of power from approximately 1120 to 1490. The Plantagenets provided enough drama for two playwrights: William Shakespeare, who wrote The Life and Death of King John, and James Goldman who wrote The Lion in Winter. Under […]

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Review: ‘The Lion in Winter’ at 4615 Theatre Company

The Lion in Winter, written by James Goldman and directed by Jordan Friend, opened this weekend at The Highwood Theatre in Silver Spring; it is being performed in repertory with King John. The play is presented by 4615 Theatre Company, which has found a permanent home at The Highwood. The group often performs Shakespeare paired […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘H5x7’

Did you miss the Henriad this past spring at BAM? Or the Hollow Crown? Do you find Shakespeare inaccessible? Barabbas Theatre can help. Taking a cue from the play’s Chorus, urging the audience to assist the players by imagining the momentous events of the Hundred Years’ War, Barabbas founder Kevin O’Connell, who also directed the […]

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Capital Fringe Preview #50: ‘H5x7’ by William Shakespeare, Adapted and Directed by Kevin O’Connell

Capital Fringe Preview: H5x7 by William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Kevin O’Connell “Suppose within the girdles of these walls,” begins Shakespeare’s Henry V, “Are now confined two mighty monarchies…Think when we talk of horses, that you see them.” The self-aware Chorus, who knows that a theatrical production cannot accurately depict the events of Henry […]

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Review: ‘The Merry Death of Robin Hood’ at LiveArtDC

The Merry Death of Robin Hood, written by Paul Resiman, (based on the stories by Howard Pyle), is my first experience of LiveArtDC and it was choice. I hadn’t thought of Robin Hood since the mid-70s film Robin and Marian starring Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn as the famed pair in their golden years. Thanks to […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Never Never’

Alexandra Petri’s Never Never is absolutely brilliant. It explores a heavy topic – pedophilia – without being overbearingly serious and dark. In fact, it was wildly funny. That said, Petri treated the topic at hand with the necessary solemnity and sincerity. She didn’t get her laughs by making light of the pedophile’s struggle but through […]

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‘La Perdida’ at Catholic University

La Perdida, a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, occurring in Mexico during the celebration of The Day of the Dead, opened last evening at the Callan Theater at Catholic University. The production is a fantastic update of an ancient story and the gorgeous original music, exceptional performances by talented cast members and highly authentic […]

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‘Oedipus the King’ at Catholic University

Oedipus the King has long been considered the archetypical tragedy. Jam packed with irony, Sophocles lays bare the heartbreak of the human condition. People and especially the ruling elites, no matter how smart they are or determined they be, cannot alter the inevitable cascade of events that the Athenians called fate. Catholic University’s MFA directing candidate […]

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Source Festival: ‘Revenge: Six 10-Minute Plays’

Someone once said “revenge is sweet.” In the case of CulturalDC’s Source Festival show Revenge, not only is revenge sweet, but it is hilarious, thought-provoking, and at times a little frightening. Revenge, a series of six 10-minute plays is based on the full length play, The Thrush and the Woodpecker, and is also one of […]

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‘A Dream Play’ at The Catholic University by Flora Scott

A Dream Play, by August Strindberg, directed by Colin Hovde at The Catholic University of America, is an examination of the human condition initiated by a goddess named Agnes (Teresa Catherine) sent here by her Father (God) to report back why wailing is all the world sends up to Heaven. She’s instantly smitten by a Soldier (Grant Cloyd) who […]

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‘Shakespeare in Hollywood’ at Catholic University by Colleen Sproull

It is with great pleasure that I write this review. Catholic University’s production of Ken Ludwig‘s Shakespeare in Hollywood is professional, outrageously funny, and brimming with voracious talent. Wittingly directed by Jay D. Brock, it’s full of hysterical physical comedy, a hefty helping of Shakespeare sonnets, and countless charming innuendos. The pace is perfect, keeping right […]

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