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Marcia Hepps and Annaliese Gove. Photo by Paul Mackey.

Review: ‘The Manor’ by Colonial Playhouse

For fifteen years, a California theater company has been presenting the drama The Manor in the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills — an appropriate spot because the play is based on a true murder and suicide of rich and famous men in that home. Now the Colonial Playhouse, a community theater company in Aldan, Delaware […]

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Review: ‘Elizabeth Cree’ at Opera Philadelphia

The British statesman Winston Churchill coined the expression, “It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” He was speaking of the Soviet Union. The quotation, however, also could be applied to Elizabeth Cree, the murder-mystery opera which had its world premiere Thursday night, launching Opera Philadelphia’s O17 Festival of five productions within […]

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Review: ‘Barefoot in the Park’ at The Candlelight Theatre

Six days do not a week make. These famous words of nonsense, uttered by the young wife Cory, will tell all serious theatergoers that they are in the domain of Neil Simon and his oft-performed blockbuster Barefoot in the Park.  Written in 1963, Barefoot established Simon as the go-to playwright for Broadway comedy.  Nowadays we […]

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Review: The Second City’s ‘Unelectable You’ at The Kennedy Center

Billed as “The Second City’s Completely Unbiased Political Revue,” Unelectable You—now in the middle of a four month pre-election national tour—paused in Washington, DC last weekend for a stop at The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. More than a thousand people—mostly Hillary supporters—filled the orchestra and both balconies for a two-night stand in which improv morphed […]

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Review: ‘National Symphony Orchestra: Season Opening Gala Concert’ at the Kennedy Center

In a political season where talk of building walls sometimes trumps the optimism of building bridges, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, named in honor of a President whose civil rights advances built bridges to freedom, joined in celebrating the opening of the National Museum for African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) […]

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Review: ‘Twelfth Night’ at Synetic Theater

What is Shakespeare without his words? Answer: a rollicking good time! Synetic Theater, known for its dynamic and often wordless productions of Shakespeare and other classics, have another hit on their hands with their revival of Twelfth Night, set in the of the 1920s. This jewel of a production is full of heart, laughter, and […]

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Review: ‘The Object Lesson’ at The Studio Theatre

The Object Lesson—a highly acclaimed one-man performance piece, set in a warehouse of the mind that is stacked with memories and the objects that evoke them—has finally arrived in DC, where it is having a limited run at Studio Theatre’s Stage 4. Billed as “part installation and part magic show,” this startlingly original presentation—which took […]

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Review: ‘The Illusionists’ at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre

Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre has reassurance for anyone out there asking where the magic went. Its “direct from Broadway” engagement of The Illusionists is packed full of caped conjurers, sleight-of-hand wonderment, gravity-defying wizardry and what may be the greatest feat of sorcery of all these days — the transformation of skeptical, straight-laced audience resistance into a […]

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Review: ‘God: The One-Man Show’ at Greenbelt Arts Center

God: The One-Man Show is a comedic hurricane that leaves audiences pondering the mysteries of the universe between laughs. Written and performed by Rich Potter, the show takes the audience from the beginning of Creation to “everlasting” entertainment in the space of a humor-filled hour. Potter, who was once a clown for Ringling Bros. and […]

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Spine: JOY and Twyla Tharp’s 50th Anniversary Tour

Twyla Tharp’s 50th Anniversary Tour came to the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theatre last night. Four pieces: two short “Fanfares,” a Preludes and Fugues, and a Yowzie. And the stage was aflutter with bodies in a state of grace. Twyla Tharp is, of course, a legend. She has won too many awards to mention, including a […]

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‘Drew the Dramatic Fool’ at Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center

Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center made a very astute choice in hosting the production of Drew the Dramatic Fool. On Saturday, September 6, 2014 Silver Spring saw a wonderfully complex amalgamation of slapstick comedy and good-old-fashioned circus clown foolery. For both the four year-old and the ninety-four year-old there was just the right tempo between utter […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Preview: ‘Will Work For’ by Dacyl Acevedo

Will Work For is a fearless, farcical, huge wake-up call! It’s a rollercoaster ride through the dangers of today’s job market: dodging through booby-trapped interviews, facing demons of employment past, and holding tight to a dream, while surviving the economic crash, told through storytelling, satire, a United-Nations’-gaggle of 21 characters and a clown! The whirlwind […]

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World Stages: International Theater Festival: Nalaga’at Theater Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble: ‘Not by Bread Alone’

The World Stages: International Theater Festival takes the center stage at The Kennedy Center, March 10-30, 2014 bringing together some of today’s most exciting theatrical visionaries presenting an unprecedented focus on theatre from around the globe. Twenty-two theatrical offerings from nineteen countries, and every continent except Antarctica, are represented in this theater Festival of dynamic […]

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‘Twelfth Night’ at Synetic Theater by Christina Frank

There’s nothing particularly innovative about setting Shakespeare in the 20’s. Look around town and you’ll find a number of companies hauling out the flapper dresses. There’s also nothing new about Synetic presenting silent Shakespeare, they’ve done several to varied degrees of success. So when it’s comes to pulling off a well-known classic like Twelfth Night, […]

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‘The Complete History of America (abridged)’ at St. George’s Players’ by Ramona Harper

Get ready for a wacky wild ride through our nation’s timeline with the St. George’s Players ‘wonderfully zany presentation of The Complete History of America (abridged) currently playing at St. George’s Episcopal Church. If you weren’t so sure about knowing your history before seeing this show, you won’t be any more sure when you leave, but […]

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