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Author Archive | Ravelle Brickman

Actor Brian George. Photo courtesy of Mosaic Theater Company.

Interview: Beyond ‘Seinfeld,’ Brian George Moves From Sitcom to Stage in ‘Vicuña’ at Mosaic Theater Company of DC

Chances are you’ve seen him before, either as an angry Pakistani cook on Seinfeld or a benign Indian doctor on The Big Bang Theory. That’s because Brian George – the character actor now dazzling audiences in the world premiere of Vicuña & The American Epilogue – has spent most of his 40-year career playing immigrants from the Indian subcontinent. […]

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Review: ‘Sotto Voce’ at Theater J

In Sotto Voce, Theater J’s first production of the 2017-18 season, the characters don’t actually lower their voices. Instead, they speak in whispers, and not always to each other. However, they do address the audience, which is privy to their innermost thoughts as well as their comic banter. Most of the talk takes place in […]

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Review: ‘Skeleton Crew’ at Studio Theatre

Even before the houselights go dim, sparks fly. That vision — of fire blazing from a riveter’s gun in a factory in Detroit — is emblematic of what is to come in Skeleton Crew, Dominique Morrisseau’s beautifully-wrought play, now making its Washington DC debut at Studio Theatre. Set in Detroit in 2008, the play humanizes the […]

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Review: ‘Cabaret’ at The Kennedy Center

Cabaret, the blistering musical satire written more than 50 years ago by John Kander and Fred Ebb, stormed into The Kennedy Center this week with a performance that had the audience on its feet, and roaring with approval at curtain. The response is resounding proof that the show – both in its original form, created […]

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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘ClickB@it’

Internet addiction is no laughing matter. However, for the talented team now lighting up the stage at the Sprenger Theatre at Atlas, the Internet–and all the craziness it has produced–is the stuff of which jokes are made. In fact, this addiction – which has millions of otherwise normal people madly clicking away on their mobile […]

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2017 Capitol Fringe Review: ‘Show Business 101’

Welcome to show business! And welcome to Show Business 101, the comedy revue where four talented actors burst on and off the stage offering send-ups of various show biz situations, real and imaginary. Geoffrey Brand, Pamela Kasenetz, Peter Orvetti and Cristen Stephansky are the actors who’ve momentarily abandoned serious theatre in order to clown around. […]

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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Exit Carolyn’

I love Fringe. And like many theatergoers, I head off each day with tolerance and hope. The tolerance is for shows that are long on ambition, and the hope is for something more. Imagine my surprise at finding that hope fulfilled on my second day of reviewing. The play is Exit Carolyn by Jennie Berman […]

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Report: ‘Justice for Shylock’ at the Library of Congress

The verdict is in: Shylock–the Jewish moneylender whose trial is detailed in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice–has been exonerated. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presided over the appeal, which was held at the Library of Congress and timed to coincide with its exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the Ghetto. Shylock himself was portrayed by […]

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