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Review: ‘The Ugly One’ at Nu Sass Productions

The gutsy woman-centric theater company Nu Sass is notable for producing works that feature women in major roles, onstage and off, typically in a tiny second-floor space on F Street that seats only 30 and feels a lot like a living room. In both substance and setting, Nu Sass creates up-close experiences that audiences cannot […]

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Review: ‘It’s So Learning’ at FringeArts

It’s So Learning, written and performed by comedic mavericks The Berserker Residents, is a wild, immersive ride through the Berserkers’ vision of the K-12 system. Even people who avoid audience-participation theater like the plague – including yours truly – are likely to enjoy themselves here. The audience is ushered into a “classroom” (what is usually […]

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Review: ‘Boeing Boeing’ at The Highwood Theatre

When is too much of a good thing, too much of a good thing? Is romantic love the most reliable form of love? These questions and more arose in The Highwood Theatre’s production of the classic French farce Boeing Boeing. As directed by Sarah Scott, it’s a fast lane farce with jet set performances. Written […]

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Review: ‘The Pelican’ at Arcturus Theater Company

 Rare Production of Strindberg’s Pelican at Arcturus The Pelican—a Victorian melodrama long abandoned by modern producers —has happily returned to the DC stage in a brilliantly staged one-act play. It’s now on view for just one more weekend at the Arcturus Theater Company, located in a downtown church. Written by August Strindberg—a giant in the […]

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In the Moment: Pocket Change Theatre Company Presents ‘Midsummer on a Playground’ 8/28-29 at Workhouse Arts Center

So where does a new theater company head after a successful introduction at the recent Capital Fringe Festival with its production of War and Peas?  In the case of Pocket Change Theatre, the answer is to the Workhouse to produce an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which the troupe calls Midsummer on a Playground.  Catchy […]

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‘Lettice and Lovage’ at the Quotidian Theatre Company

Tea and Entropy: Lettice and Lovage at the Quotidian Theatre Company Lettice and Lovage is crafted with love, a fitting tribute to a playwright, Peter Shaffer, whose passion for words makes this play a joy to watch. The leads, Jane Squier Bruns, as Miss Lettice Douffet, and Leah Mazade, as Miss Charlotte Schoen, have reached […]

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‘In Love and Warcraft’ at No Rules Theatre Company

There is a lot to like about Madhuri Shekar’s In Love and Warcraft even before the opening scene. This newly minted full production of a romantic-comedy brings to the DC area a playwright representing a new generation of playwrights. It is a generation with its own creative takes on the human condition and the uses of technology […]

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‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at The United States Naval Academy’s Masqueraders by Joel Markowitz

I had a wilde-ly good time watching the brilliant cast of the United States Naval Academy’s The Masqueraders perform Oscar Wilde‘s popular The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People. The young group of actors were having so much fun performing Wilde’s crazy cast of characters that their joy was infectious. This […]

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