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Review: ‘The Last Night of Ballyhoo’ at Theater J

Tinsel and garlands are festooned about a beautiful 10 foot tall Christmas tree. Easy to be captivated with such an exquisite Christmas touch.  But, wait, the tree is standing tall on the Edlavitch DCJCC Theater J stage. A double take is in order. No, the DCJCC has not been taken over by a developer with […]

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Review: ‘An Act of God’ at Signature Theatre

I was healed. Aches and pains of the day disappeared. Headaches from paying too close attention to Presidential tweets vanished. I might have been saved too. Not sure of that just yet. Will have to wait and see. How were these things possible for an older Jewish guy, a member of the original Chosen People […]

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Magic Time!: ‘An Act of God’ at Signature Theatre

Rarely have I enjoyed such a perfect union of comic writing, acting, and staging with such non-stop hilarity. Just opened in the intimate Ark theater at Signature. An Act of God, had me doubled over laughing so hard it could count as an abs workout. The intelligent design of the show is everywhere—in the kitch-celestial set […]

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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 #2: ‘Charm’ at Mosaic Theater Company of DC

Just opened at Mosaic Theater Company in a thrilling and vibrant production directed by Natsu Onoda Power is a play that puts on stage some of what National Geographic just called the gender revolution. But this is no anthropological field trip. Charm is so funny and poignant, and so pure of heart, that it elevates […]

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Review: ‘Charm’ at Mosaic Theater Company of DC

If you think teaching manners to a group of outcast runaways sounds like a joke—ridiculous at best, and irrelevant or possibly dangerous at worst—then think again. Because the idea of offering lessons in uplifting behavior to people who see themselves as undeserving is neither new nor hard to believe. Of course, it helps to have […]

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Review: ‘Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley’ at Round House Theatre

Love is in the air for Miss (Mary) Bennet this Christmas in the imagined, holiday-themed sequel to Jane Austen’s literary masterpiece Pride and Prejudice – Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley – now receiving its rolling world premiere at Bethesda’s Round House Theatre. In Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s winning new play, under Eleanor Holdridge’s astute direction, the […]

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Review: ‘Jelly’s Last Jam’ at Signature Theatre

The early days of American jazz come fully back to life in Signature Theatre’s Jelly’s Last Jam. But if the notion of spending two hours in the dark watching something historical sounds boring — not to worry. This raucous, flamboyant, and colorful story of Jelly Roll Morton, American jazz pianist, is as fascinating as the man […]

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Review: ‘Hand to God’ at The Studio Theatre

Hand to God at Studio is truly outlandish; a joyfully “blasphemous” production just as The Studio Theatre marketing material shouts out in a bold headline. With immersion staging in its intimate Studio X 4th floor venue Hand to God by playwright Robert Askins. It is destined to be a sold-out, wild, summertime hit. It deserves all the […]

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Review: ‘Better Gods’ at The Washington National Opera

Friday night, the Washington National Opera (‘WNO’) premiered a brand new opera, based on the life of the last sovereign in Hawaii, Queen Liliʻuokalani. Better Gods, directed by Ethan McSweeny, was commissioned through a WNO program called the American Opera Initiative. Started in 2012, WNO describes the program as “a comprehensive commissioning program that works […]

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The Women’s Voices Theater Festival ‘Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End’ at Arena Stage

A Wonderful “Mom-ologue” Many Baby Boomers’ earliest memories were of their stay-at-home mothers laughing at a risque line in an Erma Bombeck column, carefully cutting the column out – then glaring at us before running off to call a girlfriend and read Bombeck’s latest. And giggling. Always the giggling! Millennials haven’t a clue. Bombeck’s thrice-weekly […]

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‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’ at Round House Theatre

Consistent with its mission to “captivate audiences with stories that inspire compassion, evoke emotions, and demand conversation,” Round House Theatre welcomed back DC native, award-winning playwright and acclaimed television writer Gina Gionfriddo to its 2014/15 season with her 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist piece Rapture, Blister, Burn, which made its area premiere in Bethesda with its […]

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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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‘Sunday in the Park with George’ at Signature Theatre

Like the pointillist dots that fill the canvas of Georges Seurat’s masterful painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, each element of Signature Theatre’s stunning production of Sunday in the Park with George flows seamlessly together to create one unified artistic entity. Stephen Sondheim (Music and Lyrics) and James Lapine’s (Book) […]

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