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Review: ‘The Wild Party’ at Constellation Theater Company

In 1928, Joseph Moncure March wrote a racy narrative poem that was received quite successfully, despite a ban resulting from its controversial content, called “The Wild Party.” And in 2000, a musical of the same name, with books, lyrics, and music by Andrew Lippa, made its world-premiere. With the original poem as its inspiration, the […]

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Review: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at Constellation Theatre Company

Black Stache is bringing his pirate ship to Source Theatre, in Constellation Theatre Company’s fantastic production of the 2012 Tony Award-winning play Peter and the Starcatcher. Equipped with lost boys, a girl on a mission, “starstuff,” and majestically beautiful singing mermaids, this production is sure to enchant. A fun and delightful story of how an […]

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Review: ‘The Dictator’s Wife’ at Washington National Opera

A one-hour World Premiere opera is reason enough for the imagination to run rampant with artistic anticipation. So what a veritable array of riches it was to indulge the senses and challenge the mind with the Washington National Opera’s production of The Dictator’s Wife. This intriguing, topical and satiric piece of enigmatic yet trenchant opera […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #14: Best Design in Professional and Community Theaters in DC/VA/MD

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #14: Best Design in Professional and Community Theaters in DC/VA/MD Are: John Alexander for his lighting for Blackberry Winter at Forum Theatre. John Alexander for his lighting for Black Nativity at Theater Alliance. Brian Allard for his lighting for Sleeping Beauty at Synetic Theater. Clint Allen for his projections for Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches: […]

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Review: ‘Urinetown’ at Constellation Theatre Company

In the not too distant future there will be a drought so long and severe that water use will become strictly regulated. So regulated that even your right to pee will be in doubt. How will you handle this dystopian future? Will you, like Caldwell B. Cladwell run the nefarious “Urine Good Company” corporation, earning […]

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Review: ‘Equus’ at Constellation Theatre Company

Since Peter Shaffer’s Equus made its striking return to the Anglo-American imagination in 2007, when then-17 year old Daniel Radcliffe stirred international controversy by appearing nude in the West End revival, the play has achieved a deservedly renewed reputation for its complexity and emotional brutality. Constellation Theatre Company and Director Amber McGinnis Jackson have now […]

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Spine: Is ‘Avenue Q’ Just What the Doctor Ordered? Constellation Theatre’s Marvelous Production

Let me be absolutely clear. I loved Constellation Theatre Company’s production of Avenue Q, which opened last night to a packed, laughing audience. Fast paced, precisely choreographed and executed, with deliciously varied voices and personalities, and who doesn’t love the Muppets and Sesame Street: it’s not Bert and Ernie up there, but Bert and Ernie […]

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‘Penny’ at Washington National Opera

The world premier for the Washington National Opera’s newest American Opera Initiative takes a new look at the power of music in the touching, engrossing drama Penny, which follows an autistic young woman who cannot speak but finds a way to communicate in song. WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello continues her hot streak and her […]

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Spine: Ontologically Speaking (Perhaps) Absolutely!

In Luigi Pirandelo’s most famous play, Six Characters in Search of an Author, the frustrated theatrical director demands that the father of the wandering character-clan stop his endless theorizing and get down to the business of creating the play: “Drama is action, sir, action and not confounded philosophy.” Philosophizing is, ironically, Pirandelo’s obsession: philosophy of […]

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‘ABSOLUTELY! {perhaps}’ at Constellation Theatre Company

One of my favorite movies of all time is Clue, a mystery comedy (based on the board game) starring Tim Curry that is chock full of over-the-top characters and zany, slapstick farce. As I laughed my way through Constellation Theatre’s delightful new staging of Luigi Pirandello’s ABSOLUTELY! {perhaps} I couldn’t help thinking about the 1985 […]

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The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC presents “Sparkle, Jingle, Joy” This Friday and Saturday 12/20 & 21 at Lisner by Craig Cipollini

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) will kick off its 33rd season with a holiday concert entitled Sparkle, Jingle, Joy with special guest star Matt Alber to be presented This Friday – December 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm and This Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm at Lisner Auditorium – 730 21st […]

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