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Review: ‘The Book of Merman’ at DC Arts Center

Review by Jason Williams Playfully tagged as a less expensive alternative to The Book of Mormon, which it satirizes, The Book of Merman quickly moves beyond just being a parody of the aforementioned award-winning Broadway hit. Written by Leo Schwartz and originally performed in 2015 Landless Theatre Company’s production of The Book of Merman is […]

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‘Nightfall: Inside the Minds of Madmen – And Molotov’ By Mark Kamie

Eric Coble’s Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe instantly sparked my imagination upon the first read. Some early ideas Nightfall inspired: Furies of Greek mythology, dream plays, Antony Hegarty’s music, children’s pop up books, magic, Foucault’s Madness and Civilization, Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints, Michael Chekhov’s acting approach, puppetry, Poe toaster, etc. I overly-prepared for the first phone […]

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‘Killer Joe’ at SeeNoSun OnStage

Audiences with a taste for pitch-dark comedy will get their fill of a deliciously unsettling feast in Killer Joe, the launch production of the aptly named new theater company SeeNoSun. Killer Joe has a pedigree as the first play written by Tracy Letts, he whose penchant for disturbing dramas of family dysfunction powered his Pulizer Prize–winning August: Osage County. Killer Joe epitomizes […]

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SeeNoSun OnStage Presents ‘Killer Joe’ June 5-29th at DCAC

Killer Joe is the first play written by the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of August: Osage County, Tracy Letts. The play is a southern gothic black comedy that derives humor from the dirty realism of stereotypical white trash characters that are not only victims of circumstance, but also victims of themselves, enslaved to their own […]

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Behind the Scenes at Molotov’s “Normal”: Part 5: Want More? See the Movie “M” on April 3RD by Alex Zavistovich

With four shows left in Molotov Theatre Group’s Helen Hayes Awards Recommended© production of Normal  you can also learn more about Germany’s nefarious Dusseldorf Ripper in a screening of Fritz Lang’s classic movie “M” on April 3 rd at  7 PM. That’s when Goethe-Institute, the Washington Film Institute and Molotov Theatre Group will host a […]

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Behind the Scenes at Molotov’s “Normal”: Part 4: The Sounds of Horror: The Music of ‘Normal’ By Gregory Thomas Woolford Martin

Many audience members are not aware of how significant music can be in the experience of horror. Imagine, for instance, Jaws or Psycho without their iconic musical scores. This is particularly true for Molotov Theatre Group’s latest production, Normal, onstage at DC Arts Center though March 30th.  I scored Normal, a play about the Dusseldorf Ripper—serial killer Peter […]

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Behind the Scenes at Molotov’s “Normal”: Part 3: Elizabeth Darby: ‘On Being in Love with a Monster’

In Scene Nine of Normal Wehner asks the audience, “Do we bear monsters? Or do we create them?” The plot provides easy support for those on the “nurture” end of the “nature vs. nurture” argument; it reinforces the belief that depraved behavior develops because of trauma early in life. Peter Kurten grew up in horrific circumstances […]

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‘The Lost Songs of Broadway: 1980s’ at Signature Theatre by Derek Mong

Clearly, I was born in the wrong decade. The Lost Songs of Broadway: 1980s at Signature Theatre had me tapping my toes and slapping my thighs all night as three of Signature’s powerhouse performers—Maria Egler (Holiday Follies), Stephen Gregory Smith (Miss Saigon and The Boy Detective Fails), and Nova Y. Payton (Crossing, Dreamgirls, and Hairspray)—took to […]

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Reflections by The Producer & Cast of Reston Community Players ‘A Tribute to the Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein & Andrew Lloyd Webber’ by Joshua Redford

We typically open with a big musical in fall, but due to rights restrictions we had to adjust our typical format for our season. Our big musical (and it will be big) is now slated for January. We wanted to still provide our audience members with a musical in the fall, but it needed to be […]

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Behind the Scenes at Wootton High School’s production of “Little Women” by Corrieanne Stein

Behind the scenes with Corrieanne Stein and Thomas S. Wootton High School’s production of Little Women With only seven weeks from casting to performance, the rehearsal schedule for Thomas S. Wootton High School’s production of Little Women has been frantic. Our cast, crew, and orchestra are made up of veteran performers and some very talented newcomers, […]

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‘A Tribute to the Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein & Andrew Lloyd Webber’ at Reston Community Players by Francine Schwartz

The Reston Community Players opened their 47th season with a rousing and well-conceived juxtaposition of iconic songs from the well-loved musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The popular songs were played with gusto by a group of 30 talented musicians conducted by Musical Director Mitch Bassman, and sung by passionate performers Harv Lester, Jolene Vettese, […]

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