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Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre

In the new Beauty and the Beast at Toby’s Dinner Theatre, it’s not just the accursed Beast and his castle of talking knickknacks that are caught in a magic spell of enchantment. So were lucky ticket-holders with tableside seats at the flawless opening-night performance on March 30th. Word is that remaining tickets are already scarce […]

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

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is arguably the definitive Christmas story, beating out such classics as It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Miracle on 34th Street and The Nutcracker. Wolf Pack Theatre Company founder William Dean Leary, who earlier this month brought the Christmas comedy Uncle Nick, which he directed and wrote, to the […]

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‘A Christmas Carol’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Refreshing Charles Dickens’ beloved family holiday classic with a Baltimore-centric twist, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (CSC) spices up A Christmas Carol with local cultural history, festive music and special smoky effects, returning for its third annual season. Set in the Dickens’ era circa 1843, on Daniel O’Brien’s functional but fetching three-story row house, Founding Artistic Director […]

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‘When You Wish’ at Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC

The seeming “spontaneity,” humor, and freshness of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC‘s (GMCW) repertoire and their current concert When You Wish, which is being presented at Washington, DC’s venerable Lincoln Theatre, is only possible through rigorous preparation and rehearsal. Indeed, the commitment of GMCW’s many members shone brightly under the Direction of Dr. […]

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Synetic Theater

Synetic Theater has brought forth an earthy, musically rich, sophisticated retelling of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. At its heart, this appealing production harks back to the darker roots of what were once oral tales told by parent to child before literacy was widespread. Fairy tales then were morality short stories about good […]

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‘A Christmas Carol’ at Wolf Pack Theatre Company

It’s easy to get sucked into the mad frenzy of American consumerism during the holidays. Black Friday creeps ever earlier, and the Hydra of long lines, long lists, traffic lights, and clearance sales is enough to make us all forget that some people won’t be having a Merry Christmas, or a Happy New Year. Some […]

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Wolf Trap

Be our guest, be our guest! After all, this is France and a dinner here is never second best! We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Lumiere, and the sentiment is shared for the show by the packed crowd at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center to see Disney’s musical Beauty and the Beast on tour last night. […]

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‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’ at Aldersgate Church Community Theater by Julia L. Exline

Aldersgate Church Community Theater presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr., with Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, and Book by Linda Woolverton. Corey Latta directs an exceptionally talented young cast alongside Musical Director Karli Eddinger in this thrilling production. It’s a ‘Must-See for the entire family! Set Designer Jon […]

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‘My Favorite Year’ at Damascus Theatre Company by Maddie Gaw

Living in a cynical age, it’s refreshing to see a musical comedy like My Favorite Year. “Nice” and “Charming” are the first two words that come to mind, but this is no fluff piece. Behind every cutesy dance number is an exploration of the two lead characters’ secret pathos. It’s smart and sweet, a rare combination, […]

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‘A Christmas Carol’ at Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre by Julia L. Exline

When Christmastime comes around, there is one standout show that pops up all over town: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. A theatre and audience favorite, this production is re-imagined countless times, with each venue bringing its own unique qualities to the classic. However, with so many choices, which performance should you pick? Director Joseph Wallen adapts […]

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‘A Christmas Carol’ at Arts Collective @HCC by Amanda Gunther

Clowns for Christmas? Why only in Howard Community College’s Arts Collective’s presentation of A Christmas Carol, written by Dickens and adapted by Doris Baizley. A proverbial circus of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, this delightful romp through the classic Christmas tale puts a new spin on the true meaning of the holiday season […]

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‘A Commedia Christmas Carol’ by Jessica Vaughan

Faction of Fools Theatre Company combines Charles Dickens and Commedia Dell’Arte this Christmas for an inspired production of A Commedia Christmas Carol. The larger than life fable with its comi-tragic story and over-the-top ghosts is the perfect story for a group of ancient clowns with their masks and stylized body comedy. Faction of Fools is […]

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