Author Archive | Gina Jun

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Review: ‘Animal Farm’ at Baltimore Center Stage

Breathing renewed life into a 72-year old literary classic is no easy task, but Baltimore Center Stage embraces the challenge, presenting George Orwell’s Animal Farm with well-defined verve and resonant potency. Nimbly adapted by Ian Woodbridge, the 90-minute production, proficiently paced by Director May Adrales, packs a powerful punch, effectively underscoring Orwell’s politically-charged, cautionary tale […]

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Review: ‘Skeleton Crew’ at Baltimore Center Stage (Women’s Voices Theater Festival)

As part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, to highlight the diversity and depth of new plays being written by women, Baltimore Center Stage showcases the fourth play of its 2017-18 season with acclaimed playwright and author Dominique Morisseau’s compellingly incisive, timely, and thought-provoking piece, Skeleton Crew. Skeleton Crew is the third play in Morisseau’s […]

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Review: ‘An American in Paris’ at the Kennedy Center

Glistening The Kennedy Center’s lush Opera House with feted Hollywood glitz and glamour, the national tour of the 2015 multi-Tony-winning musical, An American in Paris, debuted Tuesday for a month-long engagement, featuring Bethesda native, Allison Walsh. Adapted and modernized, while still retaining the splendor of the iconic multiple Oscar-winning 1951 Vincente Minelli film, which won […]

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Review: Margaret Cho: ‘Fresh Off the Bloat’ at Warner Theatre

Aptly named this year as one of the “50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time” by Rolling Stone magazine, five-time Grammy and Emmy nominated comedian, actress, and activist Margaret Cho returned to Warner Theatre Saturday night, blazed and primed to set DC on fire with her signature snarky, razor-sharp wit in her brand new, no-holds […]

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Review: ‘Death of a Salesman’ at Ford’s Theatre

It’s hard to believe that nearly 70 years have passed since Arthur Miller penned his Pulitzer-winning masterpiece, Death of a Salesman; the perennially relevant social drama seems as timely as ever in this powerful Ford’s Theatre revival, touching on universally-relatable themes of family conflict, marital dissonance and mental debility with whetted theatricality. Incisively navigated and […]

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Review: ‘The Christians’ at Baltimore Center Stage

Spearheading a “season of community” and stimulating thought-provoking dialogue, Baltimore Center Stage headlines the first production of its 2017/18 span in electrifying fashion with rising playwright Lucas Hnath’s (author of the multi-Tony nominee, Broadway hit, A Doll’s House, Part 2) soul-searching drama, The Christians. The Christians’ majestic set converts the historic Pearlstone Theater into a […]

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Review: ‘I Hate Hamlet’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre

Threading a touch of Shakespeare with campy humor and artful absurdity, Fells Point Corner Theatre (FPCT) introduces its 30th anniversary season with a fun revival of Paul Rudnick’s I Hate Hamlet. Centered around a young actor’s uncertainty about playing Hamlet in Central Park, I Hate Hamlet, under Mark C. Franceschini’s well-honed direction, introduces a proficient […]

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Review: Herbie Hancock at The Kennedy Center

Legendary Oscar and multi-Grammy-winning pianist and Kennedy Center Honoree Herbie Hancock solidified his avant-garde artistry on the Concert Hall stage Tuesday night, highlighting “smatterings” of his latest jazz compositions from his eagerly anticipated new album (set for release in 2018), fused with reframed hits from his 60-year career. Fastidiously accompanied by drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, bassist […]

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Review: Blondie & Garbage – The Rage and Rapture Tour at Wolf Trap

Despite the torrential downpour Thursday night, Blondie and Garbage devotees came in droves to Wolf Trap, with rain ponchos and umbrellas in hand, to hear two distinctively powerful and iconic woman-led bands of different generations, inspiring forward-thinking music and cultural progression. Primed with a 20-minute set by California’s female alternative rock duo Deap Vally (Lindsey […]

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Review: ‘The King and I’ at The Kennedy Center

Swapping one beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein’s national tour production for another, the Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater revival of The King and I made its Washington, D.C. premiere at The Kennedy Center Opera House for a month-long run, spectacularly headlining its classic summer season series. Though the show was written more than 65 years ago […]

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Review: ‘Tick Tick… BOOM!’ at Stillpointe Theatre

Before the emergence of the late legendary composer and playwright Jonathan Larson’s iconic Rent on Broadway, there was his semi-autobiographical rock monologue Tick, Tick… Boom! that he performed on and off as a solo show for several years. In 2001, five years after his untimely death at age 35, on the eve of Rent’s Off-Broadway preview, […]

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Review: Sheryl Crow at Wolf Trap

In support of her latest album, aptly entitled Be Myself, nine-time Grammy Award-winning, singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow returned to Wolf Trap. The sold-out crowd at the Filene Center eagerly embraced her 20-song set list, which included all her fan-favorite hits. Revved up from a pulsating, 40-minute, modern country-rock opening by Lukas Nelson (son of country legend […]

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Review: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ at The Collaborative Theatre Company at Fells Point Corner Theatre

Delving into classic text with histrionic flair, The Collaborative Theatre Company (TCT) presents The Manhattan Project’s version of Lewis Carroll’s time-honored 1865 tale, Alice in Wonderland, which the company created through experimental rehearsals in the mid-1970s, culminating in an inventive interpretation, with an esoteric spin, at Fells Point Corner Theatre. “We are reimagining Alice’s antics in […]

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Review: ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ at The Kennedy Center

It’s hard to believe that almost 20 years have passed since John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s ground-breaking, genre-bending, glam-rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch first emerged, but the irreverent concert-style show still manages to shock and awe decades later in its National Tour, taking The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater by storm. Following a […]

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Review: ‘Jazz’ at Baltimore Center Stage

In its latest quest to create and present a diverse array of bold, innovative and thought-provoking contemporary theater, Baltimore Center Stage (BCS) unveiled the world premiere production of Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning American author Toni Morrison’s Jazz, which debuted with a well-attended reception to kick off the Memorial Day weekend. For several years, since commencing […]

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Review: ‘Movie with the BSO: ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’ in Concert’ at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) honored the 35th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s classic family adventure E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall with a uniquely immersive screening of the beloved iconic film enhanced with John Williams’ Academy and Grammy Award-winning score performed live in its entirety, along with the complete picture, sound effects and […]

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Review: NSO Pops: LeAnn Rimes at The Kennedy Center

International multi-platinum selling acclaimed singer and ASCAP award-winning songwriter LeAnn Rimes returned to DC Friday night, joining the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall to showcase vibrant rearrangements of her chart-topping hits, as well as to introduce new material from her newest album, Remnants. Following a sprightly, 30-minute opening set by […]

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Review: ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ at Theater J

Though it was well-established since the 1950s that Neil Simon was a master humorist and gifted comic writer, it wasn’t quite revealed until 1983 when Brighton Beach Memoirs premiered on Broadway that Simon could robustly tug the heart strings, as well. Lucky for DC theatergoers, Theater J is currently headlining the Tony Award-winning production, which […]

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Review: ‘The Odd Couple’ at Vagabond Players

Awakening spring with rollicking laughter, the Vagabond Players revive Neil Simon’s Tony Award-winning, classic comedic The Odd Couple, recreating the brilliant magic and pandemonium of the beloved 1960s iconic masterpiece. Seamlessly adapted by 30-year veteran director Steven Goldklang, the play’s premise centers around two mismatched, middle-aged best friends, obsessively neat Felix (Eric C. Stein) and […]

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Review: ‘Chicago’ at The Kennedy Center

Grammy Award-winning, R & B superstar Brandy Norwood brought her razzle and dazzle to the Kennedy Center’s Opera House, reprising her Broadway debut as “Roxie Hart” in the touring production of Chicago. Hailed as the longest-running American musical in Broadway’s history, Chicago returns to DC complete with Norwood’s plumb exuberance and luminous vocals for a […]

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