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Review: ‘Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG Playhouse Christmas Show’ at Bucks County Playhouse

How many versions of A Christmas Carol have you seen? Probably too many to count. But I can guarantee you’ve never seen one that mentions Doylestown, Lambertville and Peddler’s Village before. They all get shout-outs in Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG Playhouse Christmas Show, this year’s Yuletide offering at Bucks County Playhouse. Yes, it’s an adaptation of […]

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Magic Time!: ‘The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged’ at Mosaic Theater Company

“Let’s rethink sex” has suddenly become a thing. Well, not suddenly maybe. But it certainly has new pertinence in this era of full-frontal disclosure. Which made the  themes of The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged all the more tantalizing. According to advance publicity, Through dialogue, movement, song, humor, and multimedia, the performance examines such themes […]

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Review: ‘A Tuna Christmas’ at Parlor Room Theater

Classic holiday productions, like Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, always show up around the theater circuit this time of year. But there are also many modern shows making their way onto the list of Christmas traditions and A Tuna Christmas, by Ed Howard, Joe Sears, and Jaston Williams, is one […]

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Review: ‘Urban Scuba: Adult Swim’ at Brian Sanders’ JUNK

Part of the popular Urban Scuba Series, this year’s holiday offering by Brian Sanders’ JUNK is one that’s sure to land you on Santa’s naughty list! Urban Scuba: Adult Swim presents a sequence of saucy fantasies of what some libidinous grown-ups might really want for Christmas, as Artistic Director and Choreographer Sanders takes his troupe […]

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Report: Arena Stage’s Molly Smith and Playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle Discuss ‘Sovereignty’ and Why Plays by Native American Women Are More Vital Than Ever

In 1839, Mary Kathryn Nagle’s great-great-great grandfather, Cherokee statesman John Ridge, was assassinated for signing the Treaty of New Echota. In 2017, Nagle wrote a play about her family’s tangled history. And in 2018, Arena will stage its world premiere. Sovereignty, a play that bounces from Andrew Jackson’s presidency to a few years past 2017, […]

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Review: ‘The Revolutionists’ at Everyman Theatre

“It’s a powerful thing to come together and laugh in a scary time.” – Playwright Lauren Gunderson Mon Dieu! I had no idea how much I needed a good laugh until I attended a performance of Everyman Theatre’s smash hit, The Revolutionists. Things have been extra-bonus tough in the U.S. the last few weeks. After […]

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Review: ‘The Color Purple’ at the Forrest Theatre

It may take place in rural Georgia circa 1909, but because of today’s headlines about the mistreatment of women, The Color Purple is more relevant than ever. The tour of the recent Broadway hit (winner of the Tony Award for Best Revival) has arrived at the Forrest Theatre for a short run that ends this […]

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Review: ‘The Parisian Woman’ at Hudson Theater

Drawing room comedy is back for the moment, thanks to Beau Willimon’s The Parisian Woman. Genuine high wattage star Uma Thurman is riding in this vehicle which deals with the powerful people in present-day Washington, whom we are told are the only sort worth having as friends. Pam McKinnon has staged the play with fluidity, […]

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Review: ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at Compass Rose Theater

Compass Rose Theater’s production of Fiddler on the Roof is a lovely revival of the classic 1964 musical. With book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and directed by Lucinda Merry-Browne, it seems appropriate for Compass Rose’s final production at its Spa Road location, as they move into a new […]

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Review: ‘An Operetta Holiday’ at The In Series

The In Series’ An Operetta Holiday, written and directed by Nick Olcott, is a charming aural journey through the era between opera and musicals. Four male and four female singers delivered a wonderful selection of twenty-nine songs from popular operettas. In the first act, we see the eight singers emerge on stage dressed in formal […]

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Review: ‘Aladdin: A Musical Panto’ at People’s Light

Continuing its signature holiday tradition this year with the company’s 14th annual panto – a family-friendly seasonal brand of musical-comedy entertainment, with origins dating back to the 18th-century British Music Hall – People’s Light presents a new version of its 2012 hit Aladdin: A Musical Panto. Co-written by the returning team of Director Pete Pryor […]

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Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at McCarter Theatre Center

A snowy Princeton afternoon may be the most festive of conditions in which to see the great McCarter Theatre holiday tradition of A Christmas Carol. Add to that a host of Dickensian characters greeting you as step through the threshold and the lobby, and you have an undeniably charming Yuletide experience. Despite Ebenezer Scrooge’s hatred […]

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Review: ‘Duke Ellington’s Neighborhood’ from The In Series performing at Gala Hispanic Theatre

Engaging, sophisticated entertainment and education that didn’t talk down to the intended audience; children who may not have been familiar with the grand musical and cultural figure, DC’s very own Duke Ellington: that was my takeaway from the In Series very short run of Duke Ellington’s Neighborhood. Marketed as a production for the younger set (and […]

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Interview: ‘You and My Mother Can Purchase Sweaters for Obese People to Your Heart’s Content’ – A Conversation with Cameron Folmar

David, the character Cameron Folmar plays in The Santaland Diaries (now at Drafthouse Comedy Theater in DC through December 23), struggles with compartmentalizing his identity as a Macy’s Elf with being a 43-year-old human in the humiliating position of having to portray a Macy’s Elf. It’s a battle Folmar humanizes beautifully – especially for those […]

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Who’s in Town?: ‘The Piano Guys’ Performing at The National Theatre December 13th through 16th

The Piano Guys might just be one of the 21st century’s most notable social media success stories. Now a successful musical group known for their lush videos of classical and contemporary compositions set in exotic locales, their success originated with a social media campaign intended to help Paul Anderson attract more customers to his Utah […]

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Review: ‘Meteor Shower’ at the Booth Theatre

This 90-minute sketch by Steve Martin begins as a situation comedy. Until fairly recently there were always several lighting up Broadway; and they were usually written by the likes of Neil Simon, Jean Kerr, or John Van Druten, and–for those of you over fifty–F. Hugh Herbert or the team of Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov. […]

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Review: ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ at the Palace Theatre

At last, a musical version of the SpongeBob family of characters who first appeared in a film cartoon in 1999. The title character and his friends have always lived in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom, and they’ve been so popular with their fans that they’ve become among the highest rated series on Nickelodeon. […]

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Review: ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ at Providence Players of Fairfax and The Young Hearts

Need a break from Christmas music? Providence Players of Fairfax and The Young Hearts’s production of The Phantom Tollbooth delivers all the joy of the holiday season without the jingle. Based on the beloved children’s book by Norton Juster, Susan Nanus’ stage adaptation proves a perfect outing for the whole family! After self-proclaimed “bored, bored, […]

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Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at The British Players

Director Robert Leembruggen and The British Players have created a delightfully funny and energizing interactive theater experience that is a not-miss this holiday season. Get thy backside to this theater immediately and be prepared to laugh. This pantomime production, although tailored for children to enjoy by becoming active participants in it, offers a wealth of […]

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