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Review: ‘Madagascar—A Musical Adventure’ at Red Branch Theatre Company

Chalk up one more cartoon feature making a dash for freedom under the footlights. Madagascar—A Musical Adventure is now filling the intimate Red Branch Theatre with a veritable Noah’s Ark of singing, dancing animal friends. Young viewers especially will find themselves the happy captives of this class menagerie. Based on the 2005 DreamWorks Animation feature […]

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Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

The annual productions throughout this region of Charles Dickens’s nearly 175-year-old tale, A Christmas Carol, are as timeless and an integral part of the holiday experience as nativity scenes, nutcrackers, and Santa Claus. Each year at this time, there are at least ten different productions within an hour’s drive in any direction. This one is […]

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Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Wolf Pack Theatre Company

Who isn’t familiar with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge? Wolf Pack Theatre has retold the familiar story of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, in a different way each year, for the past four years. Director and script adapter William Dean Leary always makes these productions shine with “charity, hope and compassion.” Leary’s adaptation of the […]

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Review: ‘Holiday Memories’ at HCC Art’s Collective

Holiday Memories plays this weekend only at Howard Community College in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center’s Studio Theatre produced by the Howard County Arts Collective and directed by S.G. Kramer. The play was adapted for the stage by Russell Vandenbroucke from Truman Capote’s holiday Stories, “The Thanksgiving Visitor” and “A Christmas Memory.” These […]

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Review: ‘Twist Your Dickens’ at Second City

If you’re yearning to kick off your holiday season with goodnatured hilarity, get thee to the Kennedy Center and grab a seat at the Theater Lab, where The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens is holding court throughout December. It is the perfect antidote to a year of woeful drama in the nation’s capital. A talented […]

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Review: ‘The Art of Swimming’ at Tiny Dynamite

Opening Tiny Dynamite’s seventh season of “A Play, A Pie, and A Pint” – its popular happy-hour series of one-act plays, which includes a slice of pizza and a beer or soft drink with every ticket – is the American premiere of Lynda Radley’s The Art of Swimming, a one-woman play about the author’s rediscovery […]

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Review: ‘Forever Balanchine Farewell Performances’ at The Kennedy Center

It was bittersweet last evening when The Suzanne Farrell Ballet performed the Forever Balanchine Farewell at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House. Sweet because the muse of dance master George Balanchine understands how to showcase his works with dignity and grace. Bitter because it’s unclear who will carry on Mr. B’s legacy in the loving ways that Farrell […]

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Review: ‘Lookingglass Alice’ at Baltimore Center Stage

Throughout December, visitors entering the Baltimore Center Stage lobby will immediately notice the strange goings-on and the Wonderland-like atmosphere bestowed upon the venue. Over to the left is the oversized red and white chess set, while on the ceiling above, an upside-down picnic – complete with blanket, basket, food, and wine – tempts. Various sections […]

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Review: ‘Private Confessions’ at The Kennedy Center

How might one react to finding and reading their mother’s diary after her death? Did she purposely leave the diary so it would be found and read, rather than destroy it? And, how in Heaven’s name, does one react to discovering intimate details about their own mother’s long ago affair with a younger man; an […]

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Review: ‘Holiday Follies’ at Signature Theatre

It’s that time of year again. Signature Theatre opened their annual Holiday Follies this week. The seasonal cabaret is packed with a set of over twenty songs including Christmas classics, tunes from popular holiday movies, and contemporary originals. Matthew Gardiner conceived and directed this fun, feel-good show that delivers Yuletide cheer with gusto. Drinks were […]

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Interview: Playwright Andrew Watring on ‘Shakespeare is a White Supremacist,’ Opening TONIGHT at American University Rude Mechanicals

Andrew Watring, a Junior at American University, has penned Shakespeare is a White Supremacist – a new play that analyzes race in the context of classical theater. Watring’s original play is being produced, this weekend only, by the AU Rude Mechanicals. I was able to catch up with Watring to learn more about the playwright […]

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Review: ‘The Book of Will’ at Round House Theatre

For the love of Shakespeare! There’s no doubt that Americans love their Shakespeare. In fact, many consider him America’s best playwright—? Then again, many Americans also love their fake news. But, if you love your Shakespeare, then you’ll love Lauren Gunderson’s The Book of Will, now playing at Bethesda’s Round House Theatre. By the end, […]

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Review: ‘The Last Night of Ballyhoo’ at Theater J

Tinsel and garlands are festooned about a beautiful 10 foot tall Christmas tree. Easy to be captivated with such an exquisite Christmas touch.  But, wait, the tree is standing tall on the Edlavitch DCJCC Theater J stage. A double take is in order. No, the DCJCC has not been taken over by a developer with […]

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Review: ‘Curve of Departure’ at Studio Theatre

Rachel Bonds’ new play, Curve of Departure, now playing at Studio Theatre, is that rarity among modern plays: it’s traditional storytelling at its most engaging. Enter Rudy, played with a glorious combination of grumpy-old-man and juvenile-trickster by Peter Van Wagner. He’s losing his mind, and control over his bowels. At curtain, we also meet Linda, played […]

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Review: ‘In Conversation with Samantha Bee…A Moderated Q&A’ at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall

It was a match made in heaven: Rebecca Traister, author and commentator on feminism and politics; and Samantha Bee, Canadian-American writer, comedian, producer, and (according to TIME) one of the top 100 most influential women of 2017. For one evening only, The Kennedy Center presented In Conversation with Samantha Bee…A Moderated Q&A in the Concert […]

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Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria

Holidays can bring out the blues, but  A Christmas Carol will get you in the Christmas spirit of gratitude and love. The Little Theatre of Alexandria transforms you to the Dickensian time of Victorian London. The play embraces Dickens’ tale of redemption with authenticity, from its outfits to the accents to the dancing to the colloquialisms […]

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