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Dangereuse: ‘Twelfth Night’ at the Shakespeare Theatre Company – Present Mirth Hath Present Laughter

Many consider Twelfth Night Shakespeare’s supreme achievement in comedy. It is also one of his most popular and frequently produced plays. George Bernard Shaw, who hated Shakespeare, described it as a “crown jewel…of dramatic poetry.” In the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production, it has found a rich setting for that jewel. Twelfth Night is based on […]

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Review: ‘The Exterminating Angel’ at the Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera audiences, paying up to $393 for a ticket, can relate to the wealthy party guests in The Exterminating Angel. And so do some prestigious critics, who called this “the one opera to see this season.” Don’t they realize that they are being excoriated in this absurdist production? Don’t they see that the joke […]

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Review: ‘Crimes of the Heart’ at Curio Theatre Company

Curio Theatre Company’s production of Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize winning tragicomedy, Crimes of the Heart, is the dark and hilarious tale of the Magraths — as twisted a set of sisters as you will surely ever meet. Crimes of The Heart, directed by Curio founding member Gay Carducci, is set in sleepy Hazlehurst, Mississippi, and […]

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Review: ‘My Name is Asher Lev’ at 1st Stage

From the beginning of the 1st Stage production of My Name is Asher Lev, we are told that the young Asher is an amazingly gifted artist. Asher, who is played by Lucas Beck, narrates the play, and every character that sees his drawings, recognizes his talent. This includes his father, a strictly observant Hasidic Jew […]

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Review: ‘Bound to the Rocks’ at Charm City Fringe Festival

Bound to the Rocks, written by Laura Katherine Hayes and produced by Something About KAZ, deals with domestic violence in a relationship. Based on the music of Sylvan Esso, this play is full of dynamic movement and interesting musical interludes, which are complicated by a narrative structure that doesn’t always lend itself to the weight […]

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Review: ‘Finding Neverland’ at the Academy of Music

I went into Finding Neverland with high hopes. I had been enchanted by the 2004 film from which this musical has been adapted. The story, based on a play by Allan Knee, follows the (highly fictionalized) relationship between J. M. Barrie, the widowed Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, and Llewelyn Davies’ four sons, who inspire Barrie to create […]

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Review: ‘Christmas at the Old Bull & Bush’ at Metro Stage

One of the best parts of the holiday season is being transported to another time and place, putting our worries on hold, and enjoying the moment with friends and family. Christmas at the Old Bull & Bush playing at Metro Stage this season accomplishes just that. Upon entering the lobby, the audience is immediately transported […]

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Review: ‘Frosty the Snowman’ at Adventure Theatre MTC

Adventure Theatre MTC presents Frosty the Snowman, written by William Francis, with additional dialogue and lyrics Jason Schlafstein and Kenny Neal. Schlafstein also directs this production alongside musical director Wayne Chadwick. Frosty is based on the classic Christmas carol written by Walter Rollins and Steve Nelson, and was recorded in 1950. This is around the […]

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Review: ‘A Midnight Dreary’ by We Happy Few Productions

A Midnight Dreary is a promenade-style event that will have you on your feet, enjoying a drink, and experiencing Edgar Allan Poe’s stories like never before. The performance, directed by Bridget Grace Sheaff and starring Raven Bonniwell, Kerry McGee, and Jon Reynolds, explored the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop with inventive enthusiasm. The actors play many […]

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Review: ‘Harry Clarke’ at Vineyard Theatre

At the core of all great theater is the art of great storytelling. Harry Clarke, a solo show with a compelling story told by a riveting actor in a tour-de-force performance, is just that. Now in its world premiere at Vineyard Theatre, produced in association with Audible, the darkly-funny and deeply-provocative psychological thriller combines saucy […]

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Review: ‘Twelfth Night’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

We learned, shortly after taking our seats, and learned unexpectedly, not having known this before, but how could we, that, apparently, it is traditional to eat sauerkraut, the krautier the better, during Act I of Twelfth Night. It is eaten with gusto, its smell unmistakable. We learn this, and yet it doesn’t comfort us, the […]

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Review: ‘Rasheeda Speaking’ at Allens Lane Theater

The setting is ordinary – an office with two desks side by side. The desks are covered with plants, knickknacks, and piles of paperwork. The sort of thing we see every day in corporate America. But this ordinary office is also a battleground in a struggle over office politics and racial politics. And that’s ordinary […]

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Review: André Watts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore Music Center

André Watts brought an ecstatic audience to its feet after his magnificent performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s beloved Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor. Playing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Music Center at Strathmore under the baton of Robert Spano, Watts demonstrated both blazing romanticism and tempered delicacy, hallmarks of this former prodigy […]

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Review: ‘Hamlet’ at American University Rude Mechanicals

There are some who argue that the works of William Shakespeare should never be altered, but instead be treated as sacred texts, performed just as the Bard intended and left untouched for as long as they are remembered. The American University Rude Mechanicals’ production of Hamlet is not for those people. From the first scene, […]

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Review: ‘Misterman’ at Solas Nua

A tour de force performance by Thomas Keegan and masterful stage arts combine to make Solas Nua’s Misterman a jaw-droppingly good show. Directed and choreographed by Artistic Director Rex Daugherty, the monumental production takes over a sprawling dance space on 14th Street, makes of it the cluttered shambles of a warehouse where the character Thomas […]

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Review: ‘Charlotte’s Web’ at Imagination Stage

If you’re on the lookout for an engaging, kid-friendly activity this holiday season, look no further than the classic tale of Charlotte’s Web at Imagination Stage. Based on the renowned children’s novel by E.B. White, it has been adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette and directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer. Chase Bryer takes all […]

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