Author Archive | Sam Hall


‘Henry IV,” Part 1 at the Britches and Hose Theatre Company

The Britches and Hose Shakespeare Company is just the sort of grass roots, do-it-yourself theatrical troupe one might have hoped the nation would be awash in, but isn’t.  Their Henry IV, Part 1, directed by Relle Seidman, plays this weekend in Fairfax and Vienna. As best befits Shakespeare, the production is one of simple, pared-down […]

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Review: ‘Grey Gardens’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria

Grey Gardens the musical (book by Dough Wright, lyrics by Michael Korie, music by Scott Frankel) is a faithful adaptation of the 1970’s cult classic documentary of the same name directed by Albert and David Maysles, and it is both more intelligible and goes down much easier than its odd but strangely fascinating source material […]

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‘Snow White and the Family Dwarf’ at Providence Players of Fairfax

Heartwarming, hilarious, and fun, reminiscent in tone to It’s a Wonderful Life, and similar in its moral purpose, Snow White and the Family Dwarf makes an uplifting holiday entertainment. It’s a sweet retelling of the classic fairytale, one in which the original horrors have been replaced by puppy-dog tails and spiced with everything nice – […]

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‘Julius Caesar’ at Prince William Little Theatre

It’s 1991, and Julius Caesar, General Secretary of the Communist Party and, for the past year, President of the Soviet Union, is letting his successes and the adulation of the people go to his head. There are rumors that Caesar, who is already dictator, means to be Tsar. He’s denying it for now; three times the […]

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Virginia Opera’s ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’ by Jacques Offenbach at George Mason U

I was expecting to be entertained by the Virginia Opera’s rendition of Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, directed by Sam Helfrich, which played at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts last night, but I wasn’t expecting to be delighted. I was. That’s not surprising, actually, given the high musical and dramatic reputations of […]

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