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Holly Twyford. Photo: Scott Suchman.

‘Contractions’ at The Studio Theatre’s 2ndStage by David Friscic

The Studio Theatre’s 2ndStage has produced a very exciting and provocative new play by Mike Bartlett entitled Contractions The message of this play is that we are often pawns of unfeeling regulations and codes of conduct in the workplace, and that our private autonomy is sacrificed in strict subservience to the all-powerful company/office. This is a very satiric and disturbing […]

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Interview with Director and Filmmaker Jay Taylor on ‘Masse’ by Teresa McCormick Ertel

Director and filmmaker Jay Taylor speaks to Teresa McCormick Ertel about his latest project, Massé – a feature length contemporary film noir described as “Old Hollywood meets the modern era.” Teresa:  Who wrote the screenplay? Jay: I wrote the screenplay, and my wife Courtney was the story/script consultant. It was in development for a little over a year, […]

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My Top 10 Favorite Shows in New York in 2012 by Doug Poms

Here are my Top 10 New York Theater Favorites of 2012:  1. Once -The  musical adaption of the Oscar-winning independent film masterly directed by John Tiffany. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including one for Steve Kazee for his heartbreaking lead performance. He co-stars with the charming Cristin Milioti. 2. Tribes – Nina Raine’s wonderful play deals powerfully […]

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Scott Parkinson in 'An Iliad.' Photo by Theodore Wolff.

‘An Iliad’ at The Studio Theatre by Mark Dewey

Bravura Performance at The Studio Theatre Early in Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s An Iliad, the Minstrel/Poet says he hopes he never has to tell this story again, meaning, I suppose, he hopes audiences will finally outgrow battle lust and let him do some new material like “Song of Myself” or “Paradise Lost.” Later I think […]

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Edward Nagel as Mark. Photo by Brad Kalbfeld/1st Stage.

‘Altar Boyz’ at 1st Stage by Julia L. Exline

1st Stage presents Altar Boyz, a musical comedy with a book by Kevin Del Aguila and music and lyrics by Gary Adler. Steven Royal directs this hilarious and catchy satire about a Christian boy band who hope to redeem the souls of their audience through the sanctity that is pop music. Director Steven Royal also […]

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The British Players’ ‘The Princess and the Sprout’ Opens Tonight

The British Players present THE PRINCESS AND THE SPROUT. This traditional holiday pantomime, a theatrical treat that for centuries has entertained audiences all around the British Isles. Delight in the confusion that ensues among Queen Snobalott, her son, a princess, and what sprouts up under the mattress. Songs, dances, buffoonery, in-jokes, audience participation and a […]

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‘Barbara Cook’s Spotlight: Linda Lavin’ at The Kennedy Center by David Friscic

Linda Lavin, the perennial “Broadway Baby” – literally, in her knockout performance in The Kennedy Center’s production of Follies and, figuratively, as a growing Broadway legend with her numerous starring roles on the Great White Way (including here recently Tony-nominated turn in The Lyons) delivered a tour de force performance Friday night at the Kennedy Center’s […]

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‘Die Zauberflöte’ (‘The Magic Flute’) at U of MD’s Maryland Opera Studio

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) is widely considered to be Mozart’s masterpiece, a label which brings with it high expectations. Fortunately, those expectations were more than amply fulfilled in the University of Maryland’s Maryland Opera Studio production of Die Zauberflöte . Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) tells the story of a young prince,Tamino (Yoni Rose), […]

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fallFringe: ‘Double Consciousness Redux’ by Cyle Durkee

Double Consciousness Redux (DCR){carpel tunnel is something that is going to happen to other people}) begins with a haunting scene in which comes onto the stage assisted by two nurses in white. The moment is creepy and quite well thought out. It is affecting as the obviously strung out Holly Bass is paraded about the […]

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‘The Jungle Book’ at Synetic Theater’s Teen Ensemble by Jennifer Perry

Like its adult (mainstage) counterpart, the Synetic Theater Teen Ensemble clearly has a knack for adapting well-known works of literature, highlighting the salient themes for today, and presenting the material with interesting and inspired style and intense physical movement. The teen’s current production of The Jungle Book, which only plays for five performances, is no […]

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Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada in Tomasson's 'Romeo & Juliet.' Photo by Erik Tomasson.

‘San Francisco Ballet Program B’ by Breena Siegel

San Francisco Ballet, the oldest professional ballet company in the country, wins hearts over with their classical version of Romeo & Juliet. The age-old story is set again the backdrop of sweeping scene changes and grandiose dancing. Countless versions of Romeo & Juliet have been told but Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s rendition […]

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Front: Emily Ocasio; Left to Right: Anne Nottage, Bruce Alan Rauscher, Sebastian Ingvarsson-Hemmingsen, Anna Lathrop, Brian Hemmingsen, Andrew Ferlo, Jim Epstein; Back: Joshua Dick. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

‘Six Characters in Search of an Author’ at WSC Avant Bard by Francine Schwartz

Nobel Prize-winning playwright Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author opened WSC Avant Bard’s new season. The theatre is located in the Arisphere, in downtown Roslyn – two blocks from the metro and across the river from Georgetown. This is a classic existential work, which created an uproar when first produced, challenging the […]

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