Author Archive | Jennifer Perry

Marissa Perry and Nick Adams. Photo courtesy of BroadwayWorld.

‘Hairspray in Concert’ With the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra @ The Music Center at Strathmore by Jennifer Perry

John Waters’ classic cult film Hairspray is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. After the huge success of the film-based musical on Broadway – which won several Tony Awards, spawned more than one national tour, and paved the way for a multitude of regional productions, and a Hollywood film musical – I’d dare say that […]

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Danny Gavigan (Zorro). Photo by Andrew Propp.

‘Zorro’ at Constellation Theatre Company by Jennifer Perry

The story of Zorro has long been the source material for many a creative endeavor. Following in the footsteps of many that have come before them, Janet Allard and Eleanor Holdridge have examined this classic story with a slightly different lens. This incantation of Zorro, now receiving its world premiere at Constellation Theatre Company, considers […]

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Emily Skinner. Photo courtesy of Signature Theatre.

Emily Skinner’s Cabaret ‘There is Nothing Like a Dame’ at Signature Theatre by Jennifer Perry

Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner is no stranger to the Washington, DC area. In addition to appearing in full productions in the area (Dirty Blonde and The Witches of Eastwick at Signature Theatre for example), she has charmed local audiences with cabaret performances at The Kennedy Center and Signature Theatre. This week Ms. Skinner returns […]

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The cast of 'The ehBeauty . Photo by C. Stanley Photography,

‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ at Synetic Theater Teen Ensemble by Jennifer Perry

4 stars (3 ½ stars for production execution; 4 ½ stars for the teen performances) Synetic Theater’s teen company’s production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is an example of a case where a talented group of energetic and committed kids are able to overcome some production-related deficiencies to delight and entertain audiences young and […]

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The Tooth Fairy (Ryan Sellers) and Mrs. Claus (Heather Whitpan).
Photo by Greg Velichansky.

‘You Can’t Get a Decent Margarita at the North Pole’ at Grain of Sand Theatre by Jennifer Perry

Around this time of the year, it’s quite possible to experience what I like to call ‘Christmas-themed theatre overload.’ After all there’s a plethora of productions of A Christmas Carol to choose from in our area, plenty of holiday concerts, and Nutcracker productions galore. For something slightly different, and definitely a bit off-kilter, one might […]

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Judy Kuhn. Photo by Stephen Sorokoff.

‘Barbara Cook’s Spotlight: Judy Kuhn’ at the Kennedy Center by Jennifer Perry

Three-time Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn charmed The Kennedy Center audience last night with her technically impeccable singing, low-key yet welcoming performance style, and sweet stories about milestones in her life and career.  Her cabaret performance featured an eclectic mix of rock, jazz, folksy pop, and musical theatre songs (all of which will be recorded […]

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Jennifer Knapp & Margaret Becker on “The Hymns of Christmas” Tour at Birchmere on Dec. 17th by Jennifer Perry

Growing up as pretty much a ‘church kid,’ I was certainly exposed to more than my share of Christmas music around this time of year. When I found out that two of my favorite singer-songwriters, Jennifer Knapp and Margaret Becker, were collaborating on a new album celebrating the music of the season, it certainly excited […]

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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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Niall Buggy, Aaron Monaghan, Garrett Lombard, and Gavin Drea in 'Whistle in the Dark.'
Photo by Catherine Ashmore.

‘DruidMurphy’ at The Kennedy Center by Jennifer Perry

One of the great things about living in Washington, DC is that we have access to an assortment of international theatrical productions most of which are presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This month is no exception.  Druid, one of Ireland’s most respected theatre companies, culminated its US tour of […]

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Maureen McGovern. Photo by Deborah Feingold.

‘Barbara Cook’s Spotlight: Maureen McGovern’ at The Kennedy Center by Jennifer Perry

Now in its 6th season, the Barbara Cook’s Spotlight Series has succeeded in bringing known and lesser known musical theatre talent to Kennedy Center audiences in a cabaret setting. Award-winning vocalist Maureen McGovern may not be predominately known for her musical theatre background although she has appeared in regional theatre productions and on Broadway as […]

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Peter (Thomas Keegan) and Kelly (Rachel Zampelli) see each other for the first time since Craig’s funeral. Photo by Scott Suchman.

‘Dying City’ at Signature Theatre by Jennifer Perry

Christopher Shinn’s provocative time-shifting 65 minute piece, Dying City, explores the themes of love, loss, grief, brotherhood, the past, duty, and identity. Kelly, a young, repressed Harvard grad psychologist is visited one evening at her New York City apartment by an unwelcomed visitor. Her husband Craig, who was also a student at Harvard, died in […]

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Performance image of Nelisiwe Xaba and Kettly Noël in ‘Correspondances.'  Photo by Eric BOUDET/Eric BOUDET.

‘Voices of Strength: Two Programs of Contemporary Dance and Theater by Women in Africa’ at The Kennedy Center by Jennifer Perry

On October 4 and 5, 2012, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts played host to a MAPP International Productions tour that showcases the work of talented female choreographers from Haiti, South Africa, Cote D’Ivoire, Mozambique, and Morocco. The four pieces presented over two nights- Correspondences, Quartiers Libres, Sombra, and Madame Plaza – […]

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Joel David Santner and Kimberly Gilbert in Taffety Punk Theatre Company's
'The Rape of Lucrece.' Photo byTeresa Wood.

‘The Rape of Lucrece’: A Concert Reading by Taffety Punk Theatre Company by Jennifer Perry

Taffety Punk Theatre Company, one of the most innovative small troupes in Washington, DC, has taken on William Shakespeare again with its concert reading of the narrative poem, The Rape of Lucrece. Originally penned in 1594, this evocative image-filled and historically-inspired poem chronicles powerful Tarquin’s rape of the beautiful Lucrece, a woman he views as […]

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