Author Archive | Max Johnson

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‘The Laramie Project’ at Front & Center Stage

For Front & Center Stage’s first production, Director Steve Einhorn took on the Tectonic Theater Project’s The Laramie Project. Although they are a new theater company, this ensemble piece of documentary theater shows promise for this group of young and committed artists. The nine-person cast, populated almost entirely by college students, meshed together well. This […]

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‘Les Misérables’ at The Glyndon Area Players

Few musicals are as universally loved as Les Misérables. With epic music, tragic characters, and a unique theatrical magnificence, it’s no surprise that Les Mis has been successfully produced on a global scale. The Glyndon Area Players attempt to take on this gargantuan piece of theater caught some of that magic which makes this show so great, […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘The Human Algorithm’

The Human Algorithm is a solo performance piece that resembles less of a play and more of a standup comedy routine performed by your drunk aunt at Thanksgiving. While writer and performer CJ claims to have figured out the four basic aspects of being a human after traveling the world all her life, her piece […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘The Circle’

The Circle by banished? Productions might be one of your most unique experiences at the Fringe. The entire play takes place outside using Dupont Circle, Connecticut Avenue, and some surrounding shops as its stage. As you listen to the 27-minute audio track you downloaded beforehand onto your device, a guide walks you through neighborhood, occasionally […]

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‘A Few Good Men’ at The Keegan Theatre by Max Johnson

Although this piece of theater that is nearly eponymous with its catchphrase, A Few Good Men is so much more than people not handling the truth.  As Aaron Sorkin’s flagship drama, Men weaves poetic dialogue into a dense political thriller, creating a captivating and fluid narrative, which is all the more impressive considering the especially rigid […]

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Brandi Carlile With Special Guests Justin Townes Earle and The Lone Bellow at Wolf Trap by Max Johnson

Starting off with folk/rock outfit The Lone Bellow, the night’s atmosphere was set perfectly. With high-spirited belting in three-part harmony accompanied by sailing mandolin and banjo, The Lone Bellow powered through their short set. The second part of the opening act. Justin Townes Earle gave a bluesier set, performing with a laid back demeanour which […]

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Underneath the Lintel

Capital Fringe Review: ‘Underneath the Lintel’ by Max Johnson

In Underneath the Lintel, Pat O’Brien weaves a complex mythology in an epic, globetrotting quest that spans continents and centuries, delving into the conflict of futility and purpose in life, ultimately answering the meaning of the universe along with the question of God’s existence. And all this is done in an hour with one actor. […]

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Capital Fringe Review: ‘My Civil War’ by Max Johnson

Despite My Civil War’s description as a “multidisciplinary exploration of the American Civil War,” this production feels more like a cursory stumbling through a series of tonally incoherent presentations. Under the direction and writing of Michael Vitaly Sazonov, it moves through vignettes made up of dance, period folk and military songs, poetry written in regards […]

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Capital Fringe Review: ‘Bayou Blues’ by Max Johnson

Bayou Blues is a communicative exploration of a young black girl’s fears moving towards a summative moment of terror amidst Hurricane Katrina. And while this piece is scattered, unfocused, and hard to follow, what could be more appropriate for a piece that explores the mind of a scattered, unfocused, and hard to follow girl? Although […]

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Joe Cronin (Orrin Kinnicott), Caitlyn Conley (Slade Kinnicott), and Jon Townson (Leander Nolan). Photo by Johannes Markus.

‘Biography’ at The American Century Theater by Max Johnson

The American Century Theater (TACT) touts a mission statement dedicated to the production of “great, important, and worthy American plays of the twentieth century.” In their production of SN Behrman’s Biography, TACT went above and beyond their given goal, revitalizing a somehow forgotten gem of American drama into a thoroughly enthralling and precisely performed dissection […]

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Sean Watkinson (Gabe). Photo by Carmelita Watkinson.

‘Next To Normal’ at Act Two @ Levine by Max Johnson

When approaching an issue as sensitive and pervasive as mental illness, even the most seasoned performers can underplay the massive implications of a disorder or dramatize it to the point where it reads as an offensive caricature. However, the players of Act Two @ Levine superseded their reputation as a “Pre-Professional Program” in their moving […]

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