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Author Archive | Anne Donnelly

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘A Midsummer’s Burlesque Dream’

Burlesque Classique’s mission is to reclaim the meaning of burlesque, not as something sleazy and demoralizing as many people assume, but as an energetic and titillating exaggeration of a story. Their newest show, A Midsummer’s Burlesque Dream uses Shakespeare’s famed play as its blueprint, taking the young lovers’ troubles, the fairies’ dispute, and the mechanicals’ […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Reflecting Antigone’

On my way to see Reflecting Antigone performed by The Rude Mechanicals, I got stuck in a traffic jam caused by a Black Lives Matter protest. I could not have known then, how fitting a circumstance that would be. This parsed down version of Sophocles’s Antigone hones in on the title character’s political and moral stand […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Free Range’

Parenting seems to be a competitive sport these days. With everyone from well-meaning neighbors to the national media chiming in on what parents are doing wrong and how they are going to ruin their children’s lives next. Free Range, a comedy by Jeff Reiser and performed by Avoidance Theatre Group, delves into this sticky subject […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘BRYCE: Hydrogen Blonde’

Bryce walks onstage wearing a sequined jacket and spandex jumpsuit. He’s backed by two phenomenal dancers, Nia Calloway and Zhane’ Davis Smith. His first original pop song, Best Diq blasts through the theatre declaring to the audience exactly what to expect: spectacle, and lots of it. After all, the art of the pop concert is […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Lil’ Women: a rap musical’

Are you searching for a 19th century story set to 21st century hip-hop, but not willing to cough up thousands of dollars for Hamilton tickets? Lil’ Women: a rap musical may be exactly what you’re searching for. Lil’ Women arrives at Capital Fringe after highly lauded performances in Orlando, New York, and Chicago. Written by […]

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Review: ‘Into the Woods’ at Catholic University’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music

Decades before Angelina Jolie played Maleficent or Idina Menzel defied gravity in Wicked, lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim was fracturing a whole slew of fairy tales for his witty and Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods, which opened at CUA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music this past weekend. Often called “fairytales for grownups,” Into […]

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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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Review: ‘Une Education Manquée’ at Opera Lafayette

Opera Lafayette’s second offering of the season, Emmanuel Chabrier’s Une Education Manquée, is a far cry from the massive spectacle many people assume is synonymous with opera. This little known 19th-century opéra-comique is refreshingly simple in its concept and presentation and all the more charming for it. A desk, two chairs, several books, and a […]

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The Women’s Voices Theater Festival: ‘Gimme and Band, Gimme a Banana! The Carmen Miranda Story’ at Pointless Theatre Company

Say the name Carmen Miranda and your mind instantly conjures images of a flashy showgirl, red painted lips, feathers and sequins, and, most of all, bananas. For many, little else exists about the Chiquita Banana girl beyond these images. Pointless Theatre’s contribution to the Women’s Voice Theatre Festival, Gimme and Band, Gimme a Banana! The […]

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2015 Capital Fringe ‘The Human Algorithm’

What do lion attacks, football fanatics, muppets, dog pee, and Vladimir Putin have in common? According to CJ in her most recent iteration of The Human Algorithm, they all describe the four basic components of human nature. This popular not-quite stand-up routine returns to the Fringe this year, featuring stories about CJ and her family […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review ‘BrouHaHa’

What would you do at the end of the world? Happenstance Theatre’s newest show BrouHaHa answers this and more, as six clowns journey towards the apocalypse. What this means exactly and when it will happen are not clear, but that’s not really the point. Punctuated by nonsensical statements and questions like, “This is the place” […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘To Err is Falstaff’

There’s nothing a Fringe audience loves more than remixed Shakespeare. And there’s nothing DC loves more than politics. To Err is Falstaff goes right for the jugular, hitting Capital Fringe with both at once, in this silly comedy which casts some of Shakespeare’s greatest characters as DC’s smarmiest politicians, political advisors, strategists, and pundits. We […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Hero Complex’

Live Action Theatre more than lives up to its name in its recent production of Hero Complex. The Action starts right away, when aging superhero Eddie Lear (Peter Boyer) accounts his numerous exploits and campaigns against evil. He describes fighting his nemesis Mind-Bender, warding off an army of Space Bugs, and neutralizing a pack of […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Breaking Character’

From The Breakfast Club and Mean Girls to High School Musical and Glee, high school stereotypes have been the popular subject of numerous writers. But often this exploration is missing a very important element: input from actual high schoolers. Hannah Harmison and The Millennial Theatre Company is seeking to change this with their passionate new […]

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