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Review: ‘Derek Jeter Makes the Play’ by Best Medicine Rep

The resources of upstart Best Medicine Rep are optimized in this charming production of Robin Rothstein’s new work, Derek Jeter Makes the Play. Tucked in a corner of Lakeforest Mall, Best Medicine’s goal is to add something new to the culture of Montgomery Village and the greater Gaithersburg area. As directed by Linda Lombardi, this […]

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The cast of “Altar Boyz” by Rockville Musical Theatre. From left to right: Luis “Matty” Montes as Abraham, Michael Mattocks Jr. as Mark, Justin Douds as Matthew, Nick Cox as Juan, and Evan Neufeld as Luke. Photo courtesy of Rockville Musical Theatre.

Review: ‘Altar Boyz’ by Rockville Musical Theatre

Promoted as a hilarious send-up of Christian boy bands, Altar Boyz, with music and lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker, delivers witty lyrics sprinkled among twelve songs. The storyline consists of the premise that the audience is experiencing the last stop on the Altar Boyz tour, during which they wish to save any […]

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Review: ‘The Texas Homecoming Revolution of 1995’ at Best Medicine Rep

Bullies in the bathroom, rampant rumors and petty one-upmanship. Whether in Texas, Iowa or Connecticut, the horrors of high school cattiness haunt many into their adult years. Texas Homecoming’s five-woman ensemble gifts the audience with therapeutic laughter. Written by Jennifer Faletto and directed by Melissa Firlit, this world premier fits solidly into the mission of […]

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Review: ‘Monty Python’s SPAMALOT’ at Rockville Musical Theatre

Top-notch performers, frequent laughter, applause, audience sing-alongs, and an all-in standing hymn recital characterized a night at Rockville Musical Theatre’s production of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT. The fine points and flourishes in this farce about finding the Holy Grail made for a supremely satisfying experience. The production would make Monty Python proud. The critical role played […]

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Yo-Yo Ma and Condoleezza Rice perform at The Kennedy Center Arts Summit. Photo by Yassine El Mansouri.

Report: The 2017 ‘Kennedy Center Arts Summit’

Two-hundred and fifty artist citizens, teachers, members of arts non-profits, business executives, scientists and technologists from around the world, came together for a full day at the fourth annual Kennedy Center Arts Summit. The summit was organized around the three concepts of Think, Explore and Act, and was enlivened by performances from musicians, speakers and dancers, […]

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Review: ‘Spring Awakening’ by Ovations Theatre

The cast of Ovations Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening could sing the phone book and still be entrancing. Director Darnell Patrick Morris brought a fresh approach to the Tony Award-winning musical. The juxtaposition of modern music with costumes and set from the late 1800s helps display the universality of teen angst: the thirst for knowledge, […]

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Review: Joey Alexander at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

To say that 13-year-old jazz pianist Joey Alexander is a child prodigy is an understatement. He is the future of jazz. According to his bio on his website, he has appeared in performance with Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding at ‘Jazz Day’ at the White House. Growing up in Bali, Indonesia, Alexander’s father brought him to Jakarta to […]

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A Report on ‘The Bohemian Girl’ Semi-Staged Concert at The Victorian Lyric Opera Company

The Victorian Lyric Opera Company (VLOC) presented a semi-staged concert version of the 1843 opera, The Bohemian Girl. The opera has music by Michael William Balfe and a libretto by Alfred Bunn. Though popular early on, The Bohemian Girl is seldom performed today.  Perhaps the most well-known appearance of The Bohemian Girl is Laurel and Hardy’s 1936 […]

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Review: ‘Sultans of String’ at AMP at Strathmore

The Sultans of String delight and excite. This is World Music as you’ve never heard it before. The music is, quite simply, a soul satisfying mash-up of European gypsy, classical, punjabi, jazz, and blues, 70s and 80s rock, salsa, and rhumba. It shouldn’t work; it does. The group, based in Ontario, has hit #1 on […]

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Review: ‘Calendar Girls’ at The British Players

This show is outstanding! At its heart, Calendar Girls is about the ability of women “of a certain age” to continue to flex and grow for all of the right reasons. The sensitivity of Co-Directors Chrish Kresge and Eddie Schwartz keeps the production from being a one-scene laugh fest (because that scene is very, very […]

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Review: ‘Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical’ at Olney Theatre Center

Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical, in its world premiere at The Olney Theatre Center, is worthy of an endless stream of accolades including ‘dazzling,’ ‘amazing,’ ‘stupendous,’ ’emotional’, and ‘phenomenal.’ The creative minds, technical support, and actors come together to put on a Broadway-ready musical. Based on Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen, writers Moisés Kaufman and Eduardo Machado brought […]

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Review: ‘Big Love’ at American University

The cast of American University’s Big Love, written by Charles L. Mee and directed by Isaiah M. Wooden, was masterful in communicating the big and complex issues raised in the play. Without harangues or preachiness, they explored themes of individual rights vs. those of a group, justice, marriage, and how one person’s power can exert undue […]

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Review: ‘Legally Blonde, Jr.’ at Adventure Theatre MTC

The performance of the student version of Legally Blonde Jr.at Adventure Theatre MTC was a rollicking ride through the highlights of the extended version. The story is one of female empowerment; a ditzy blonde gaining admission to Harvard Law School to follow her former boyfriend only to find during her time and self-empowerment experiences at Law […]

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Review: ‘A Change Gon’ Come’ by ANKH Repertory Theatre Company, The Finest! Performance Foundation, Inc., and Arts on the Green at The Arts Barn

One concern of many parents and grandparents is that their children will lose sight of  family history. A Change Gon’ Come, by Kashi-Tara, dramatically ties together the civil rights issues of today and the plight of slaves in the rural south. Though the play could casually be called ‘All About Harriet Tubman,’ its importance is […]

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‘Hair’ at Woodrow Wilson High School

Lorin Kayla Holland (Dionne), in all her tranquil beauty, set the mood perfectly for Wilson High School’s production of Hair. Action jumps in as Kellik Dawson (Hud), and Zac Nachbar-Seckel (Berger) hit the stage. This dynamic duo has it all; vocals; dance steps; acting, and; the illusive ability to immediately connect with the audience. Teo Topa […]

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