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Review: ‘Lost In Yonkers’ at Peace Mountain Theatre Company

I had a Great Aunt whose fourth floor walk-up apartment was very much on display when I entered the performance space at Har Shalom. I wondered if set designers Maggie Moddig and Steven Leshin had relatives who were neighbors of hers. The worn, comfortable furniture, dark paneling, and simplistic – if not stoic – knickknacks […]

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Interview: Cristen Stephansky Discusses Peace Mountain Theatre Company’s ‘Lost in Yonkers’

Please tell us about yourself and your theater background. I’m Cristen Stephansky and I’m playing Gertrude, known as “Gert” for short, in Lost in Yonkers. I’ve performed onstage for many years in various capacities as an actor and/or singer. After graduating from the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in 2012, I’ve worked as a professional actor in […]

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2017 Capitol Fringe Review: ‘Show Business 101’

Welcome to show business! And welcome to Show Business 101, the comedy revue where four talented actors burst on and off the stage offering send-ups of various show biz situations, real and imaginary. Geoffrey Brand, Pamela Kasenetz, Peter Orvetti and Cristen Stephansky are the actors who’ve momentarily abandoned serious theatre in order to clown around. […]

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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Hexagon 2017: Let Freedom Zing’

Described as “D.C.’s only all-original political satirical musical comedy troupe,” Hexagon gives a musical zing to the political madness of the past year. Now in its 62nd year, Hexagon brings its unique brand of original music and sketch comedy to Fringe, lampooning politicians, popular culture, and even the D.C. Metro. And the best part? Hexagon […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Tragedy of Mario and Juliet’

The Tragedy of Mario and Juliet, presented by Dead Cat Productions/Wayne Nicolosi (as well as written and directed by Nicolosi), reinvents well-known Shakespearean characters and plots to explore some pretty weighty themes with comedy largely trumping drama. Nicolosi’s dialogue blends contemporary, Jersey-accented vernacular with the occasional Elizabethan verse, both can be challenging to the ear […]

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Magic Time! OpenStage New Works Showcase

The theater term “packed house” took on all new meaning for me the night I caught this month’s OpenStage New Works Showcase. Not only was there no empty folding chair; the show went on stage in what was literally a private home. To be exact, it was the exposed-brick-walled living room of Kris Swanson and […]

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‘Glory Us’ by Rabble Crew at The Fridge

Conceptual Art: “the notion that the essence of art is an idea, or concept, and may exist distinct from and in the absence of an object as its representation.” Conceptual Theatre: Glory Us, a new play by Madeline Farrington now playing at The Fridge at Eastern Market. The play takes the concept of a Glory […]

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Magic Time! The Women’s Voices Theater Festival: A Conversation With the Director and Writer of Arcturus Theater Company’s ‘The Point’ Ross Heath and Marilyn Ansevin Austin

I’ve made a point to see as many productions in the Women’s Voices Theater Festival as I can. Some have thrilled me; some have not. For me theatergoing is like a gambling addiction. I always go expecting to hit the jackpot. But realistically I know the odds are I won’t always. One play in particular, […]

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The Women’s Voices Theater Festival: ‘The Point’ at Arcturus Theater Company

Four-year-old Arcturus Theater Company—a group of DC theater enthusiasts committed to presenting plays that will “prompt discussion on topics that do not come up naturally in everyday conversation”—has chosen as its entry in the Women’s Voices Theater Festival The Point, by Marilyn Ansevin Austin. The Point is about a subject no one wants to contemplate […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Artful Justice’

History assumes that Adolf Hitler killed himself just before the end of World War II. But what if history were wrong? What if Hitler, acquitted of war crimes by a U.S. court and absolved of   genocide and guilt, had arrived in New York and begun a second career as an artist, sharing a loft […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Size Doesn’t Matter! Seven Shorts by DC Playwrights’

Fully Charged Productions is advertising Size Doesn’t Matter using an alluring, albeit risqué, image on their marketing materials. Audiences  may think that the seven short plays within might be of a humorously sexual nature. This, however, is not so. Featuring playwrights Mario Baldessari, Renee Calarco, Zachary Fernebok, and John Morogiello these seven short “plays” have no […]

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Capital Fringe Review: ‘BenchMARKS’ by Marlene Hall

BenchMARKS produced by Project E/C, written by Melanie Fiona Bevell-Jackson, and directed by Colleen Theresa Brown “is dialogue and flashback vignettes that provide a peek into the lives of two men struggling to break free from their painful pasts that have permeated various aspects of their lives—their jobs, relationships, and how they view themselves in […]

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