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Review: ‘The Reluctant Dragon’ at The Montgomery Playhouse

Barely two months ago, the call went out for auditions to this cast. This is worth mentioning because in that short time, considering all the holiday distractions and scheduling challenges, the Montgomery Playhouse production that I saw last night at Gaithersburg Arts Barn was flawless, energetic, funny, poignant, and colorful! The Reluctant Dragon is what […]

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Review: ‘The First Christmas’ at the Music and Drama Ministry of Shiloh Baptist Church of Landover

Written and directed by Fay Brake, The First Christmas, performed recently at Shiloh Baptist Church of Landover, speaks to the essence of Christmas – inspiring its audience to remember that Jesus is the reason people throughout the World celebrate this revered holiday. Filled with inspiring Christmas carols, liturgical dance and poignant performances, The First Christmas […]

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In the Moment: The National Symphony Orchestra at The Hamilton Live This Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Ready to un-compartmentalize your music tastes? Open to thinking differently about what some may call stodgy “High Art” for the well-fixed? Ready to have some new musical experiences that fuse classic and pop genres in a singular venue? Well, the opportunity is here. With a healthy disregard for music category boundaries, including what may be […]

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‘Einstein!’ Returns to Under St. Marks Theatre

Sew and Sew Productions and the Horse Trade Theater Group present the return of Jack Fry’s highly-acclaimed Einstein! to New York City in January. Playing again at Under St. Marks Theatre, where it enjoyed a popular run in the 2016 FringeNYC, the LA-based Fry garnered honors for it from DCMetroTheaterArts as one of the Best Performances of that year. If […]

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Review: ‘Les Misérables’ at the National Theatre

One does not simply review Les Mis—at least, not when it’s this stunning revival of the epic that took the world by storm when the novel debuted in 1862 and again when the musical premiered in London in 1985. With song after iconic song sung in full voice, the touring version of the 2014 Broadway […]

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Review: ‘Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol’ at Casabuena Cultural Productions

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol proves that damnation can be funnier than hell. Casabuena Cultural Productions’ irreverent take on the beloved Charles Dickens classic follows Marley on a redemptive quest to save his wretched soul. Directed by Mariangela Saavedra, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol feels akin to the 1988 Bill Murray film Scrooged (a classic in its […]

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Review: ‘Holiday Cheer!’ at National Chamber Ensemble

The National Chamber Ensemble’s Holiday Cheer! on December 16 was a celebration of great music. The charming and witty Artistic Director and leading violinist, Leonid Sushansky, sees each performance as a party in which some of the guests are incredibly talented. The humor was especially entertaining; Sushansky described most Jewish holidays as, “They tried to […]

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Review: ‘A Billion Nights on Earth’ at FringeArts

Thaddeus Phillips’ and Steven Dufala’s spectacularly enjoyable, glowing world of far out, fantastical adventure unfolds and forms like theatrical origami within the FringeArts black box theater. Stemming from a simple story line where a boy named Winslow (Winslow Fegley) cannot get to sleep, scenes progress surreally as from a child’s imagination, or a dream state, […]

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Review: ‘Bad Dates’ at Act II Playhouse

Bad Dates, by Theresa Rebeck, is the third one-person play I’ve seen in the past two months. The others were 2.5 Minute Ride, an autobiographical drama by Lisa Kron which was produced at Theatre Horizon, and Buyer & Cellar, a satirical comedy by Jonathan Tollins staged by 1812 Productions. Compared to them, Bad Dates is […]

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Review: ‘A Hunger Artist’ at Baltimore Theater Project

Reviewed by Jason Williams Sinking Ship’s production of A Hunger Artist is a dark comedy that balances self-deprecation with self-awareness. Adapted from a short story of the same name from Czech writer Franz Kafka, the play gives actor Jonathan Levin a rich palette of emotions and justifications to paint a portrait that at times is tough […]

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Review: ‘The Children’ at Manhattan Theatre Club

The Manhattan Theatre Club has imported the London Royal Court Theatre’s production of The Children by Lucy Kirkwood, and with it have come the highly acclaimed original cast (Francesca Annis, Ron Cook, and Deborah Findlay) and the original director, James Macdonald. It’s a pleasure to welcome back all three of these excellent actors. They clearly […]

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