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In the Moment: Interview with Joe Calarco about ’12 Million Footsteps’

For nearly two decades, the inventive Signature in the Schools education program has exposed Arlington County public high school student actors to highly-charged, real-world issues well beyond the confines of a textbook by allowing them to participate in an original Signature Theatre production. The Signature in the Schools program, under the leadership of Arlington’s Signature […]

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Review: ‘Intimate Apparel’ at Villanova Theatre

Villanova Theatre’s final production for 2017 is Intimate Apparel, directed by Valerie Joyce. The play, penned by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, tells the story of Esther Mills (played by Sisi Wright), an African-American seamstress in early 20th Century Manhattan. Esther, who pines for a life of independence and romance, finds herself trapped by her […]

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Review: ‘Love and Information’ at Temple Theaters

“I did tell you” “You didn’t” “I did I said Wednesday we’re going to dinner with” “But you didn’t” “Yes because I remember because you said” “All right I must have forgotten I’m sorry” “Yes you did” “I’m sorry” That’s a scene – an entire scene – from British playwright Caryl Churchill’s intriguing play Love […]

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Review: ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at New Millennium Productions in Egg Harbor City, NJ

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, is presented by New Millennium Production Company, a summer theater program of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District. When I walked into the building, I instantly felt the excitement, and realized that a lot of effort went into […]

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‘One Thousand & One Nights’ at The Educational Theatre Company and McKinley Children’s Theatre

Recently, The Educational Theatre Company (ETC) and McKinley Children’s Theatre performed a charming production of One Thousand & One Nights. I took my three young boys and we had a night of silly songs, cute choreography, and lots of laughter. The cast and crew were entirely made up of McKinley Elementary School students and the students were even […]

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‘Neverwhere’ at Robinson Secondary School

Greeted by industrial steel pipes, cinder block archways and concrete tunnels, the London Underground welcomes the unsuspecting audience down into its dimly lit corridors. Newspapers litter the stage, the rubbish of city living accenting the concrete, adding to the mystery of not knowing what might be lurking, hiding in each darkened alley way, under each […]

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‘The Laramie Project’ at McLean High School

A well-cast and convincing docudrama directed by Amy Poe is giving audiences a lot to talk about, opening a few minds, and lending high school students with fluid gender identities a degree of comfort. The story is about the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay college student, and the effect it had on […]

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‘Big Fish’ at Act Two @ Levine

Big Fish is a production of the Pre-Professional Program at the Act Two @ Levine, derived and adapted from the Broadway production with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by John August. Kevin Kuchar directs a dream-team of young singers, dancers, and actors. Big Fish revolves around the relationship between Edward Bloom (Liam Allen), a travelling salesman […]

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‘Hot Mikado’ at Glenelg Country School

For a show with more moving parts than a clock museum, it’s surprising how often Glenelg Country School’s Hot Mikado is in the groove. Revivals of this 1986 Ford’s Theatre staging are very hard to find, even on the professional circuit. So credit theater department head Carole Graham Lehan with again challenging the boundaries of […]

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‘The Last Five Years’ at Metropolitan Youth Arts Theatre

It helped- not hindered- Composer/Lyricist Jason Robert Brown’s aim that his two leads, though meant to be in their twenties, are in fact played by actors (Kyra Smith as Cathy Hyatt and Ben Cherington as Jamie Wellerstein) in their late teens. There are two character shows, like Love Letters which work as vehicles for mature older performers. With […]

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Tony Nominated Songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Held a Master Class with Act Two @ Levine Pre-Professional Students at Strathmore Last Night

Tony nominated for A Christmas Story, The Musical, Pasek and Paul brought years of composing experience to the students of Act Two @ Levine’s pre-professional students. They began working together at the University of Michigan and have gone on to write Dogfight, Edges, and a musical adaptation of James and the Giant Peach. Most recently, […]

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Arts Collective at Howard Community College Presents ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ December 4 – 14th by Susan G. Kramer

This December, Howard Community College’s (HCC) Arts Collective (AC) proudly presents the timeless holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life, a play by James W. Rodgers based on the film by Frank Capra and the story by Philip Van Doren Stern, directed by Gareth Kelly and Anthony Scimonelli – and performed by Howard Community College students, alumni […]

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‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at West Potomac High School

Beyond The Page Theatre Company of West Potomac High School presents the audience favorite musical Little Shop of Horrors, with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken. With a trophy case full to the brim on prominent display, the theatre community has come to expect a lot from this young troupe – […]

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‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ at West Potomac High School-Saturday, May 3, 2014 Matinee Cast

This is a review of the Saturday matinée cast of West Potomac High School’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot, with the following changes in casting  from ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ at West Potomac High School’s review on DCMetroTheaterArts by Jessica Poole. At my Saturday, May 2, 2014 matinee performance these roles were portrayed by the following students: Lady of the […]

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‘9 to 5: The Musical’ at Fairfax High School

  You Deserve a Break Today We’ve all heard those jokes about the corporation. In Taiwan, the translation of the Pepsi slogan “Come alive with the Pepsi Generation, came out as “Pepsi will bring your ancestors back from the dead.” 9 to 5 takes place at the grimly conformist Consolidated Corporation, where every man (or woman) […]

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Meet Ulla, Roger, and Franz of ‘The Producers’ at South County High School: Cara Bachman, Kyle McKnight, and Jack Gereski

South County High School opens its production of Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan’s Tony Award-winning musical The Producers tonight. The Producers concerns two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a surefire Broadway flop. Complications arise when the worst show they can find, Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp with Adolf and […]

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