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Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

The annual productions throughout this region of Charles Dickens’s nearly 175-year-old tale, A Christmas Carol, are as timeless and an integral part of the holiday experience as nativity scenes, nutcrackers, and Santa Claus. Each year at this time, there are at least ten different productions within an hour’s drive in any direction. This one is […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #9: Best Performances and Ensembles in Plays in Professional Theaters in DC/MD/VA

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #9: Best Performances in Musicals in Professional Theaters in DC, MD, and VA Are: Gassan Abbas in I Shall Not Hate at Mosaic Theater Company of DC. Lizzi Albert as Anne Boleyn in Anne of the Thousand Days at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Megan Anderson as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire at Everyman Theatre. Megan Anderson […]

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Review: ‘Othello’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company opened its 15th Season on Friday with one of the most tragic of Shakespeare’s tragedies, Othello. It was the first time in the history of the company that they have performed Othello. If they were waiting until they felt they could really do it justice, their patience has paid off. Chesapeake Shakespeare […]

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Magic Time! ‘Blood, Sweat & Fears: A Grand Guignol Sick Cabaret’

As the local go-to theater company for carrying on the Grand Guignol tradition, Molotov Theatre Group mounts some of the most interesting combos of style and substance in town. There are a few other small theaters that also specialize in productions reflecting a particular historical theatrical esthetic (Faction of Fools’ inventive custodianship of commedia del’arte […]

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Review: ‘Wild Oats’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Comedies trading on the mistaken identity theme have been around a long time. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night comes to mind. And more than two hundred years after that, a fellow named John O’Keeffe penned a clever little piece called Wild Oats, with the same theme. What a delight that the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company decided to share […]

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‘The Grand Guignol Twist in ‘Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite’: The Horror Is What Is NOT Seen’ By Alex Zavistovich

Contrary to popular belief, the Grand Guignol theatre did not rely exclusively on blood and gore to convey horror. The psychological element was equally important to the genre, and horrific events often were showcased with nary a drop of blood spilled. That idea is central to Molotov Theatre Group’s production of Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite, adapted […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Preview #50: In ‘Neighborhood 3,’ the kids – and the parents – are not alright…. by David Dieudonne

Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, by Jennifer Haley is a cautionary tale about a medium surrounded by many questions that are past time to start asking. Awash in physical and emotional carnage, Neighborhood 3 reflects on the difficulties of parenting in a digital age: How much privacy should we allow our children to have without […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Festival Preview #39: ‘Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom’: Part 1: The Curious Incident of the Zombies in the Neighborhood’ by Alex Zavistovich

How does killing zombies in a video game have anything at all to do with this year’s Tony Award winner for Best Play? In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, on-stage technical wizardry helped tell the tale of a young boy’s coming to terms with dark truths about his parents. The projection […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Preview #32: Video Preview of ‘Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom’ by Jennifer Haley

Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom by Jennifer Haley July 9 – August 2, 2015 A psychologically addictive video game emulates players’ actual neighborhoods as the on-screen environment. Moving from one level to the next means destroying armies of zombies. But what does it mean for the neighbors who aren’t playing the game? Director: David Dieudonne […]

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‘Playing Poe: The Man, the Mustache’ By Elliott Kashner

After being cast to play Edgar Allan Poe, the central figure in Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe from Molotov Theatre Group (opening tomorrow night, November 6th), I started developing my plan to become Poe. Step one: Grow an epic mustache. After that, I was hoping that everything else would fall into place. My plan unraveled […]

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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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