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Review: ‘An Irish Carol’ at The Keegan Theatre

For the 6th year in a row, The Keegan Theatre is paying tribute to the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, with their production of An Irish Carol. Reimagined by Keegan company member, Matthew Keenan, and first produced in 2011, this more modern interpretation of Dickens, has become a Holiday tradition for many in the DC […]

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Review: ‘Detroit’ at Theater With a View, in Pottstown, PA

Do you know your neighbors? Even their names? Years ago, (before the internet, video games, and cable TV), people routinely visited their neighbors, to share cups of sugar and companionship. Today, we are so ensconced in our private worlds, we resent anyone even ringing the doorbell. And sending the children out to play? Impossible. Lisa D’Amour powerfully […]

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‘Private Eyes’ at Silver Spring Stage

Anyone who craves serious comedy—meaning humor leavened with wit and more than a dash of malice—will rejoice over Silver Spring Stage’s production of Private Eyes by Steven Dietz. The play was originally described by its author as a ‘comedy of suspicion,’ one in which everyone suspects everyone else of something. Mostly it’s infidelity, but just who knows […]

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‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ at Aldersgate Community Church Theatre

There’s an old adage that states “time wasted having fun isn’t wasted.” The Aldersgate Community Church Theatre effectively explored this theme with its production of Cheaper by the Dozen, adapted by Christopher Sergel and directed by Becky Patton. Taking place in 1925, the play focuses on the patriarch of the Gilbreth family who is a […]

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‘Choking Out the Kudzu’ at The Greenbelt Arts Center

In the program notes for Choking Out the Kudzu: The Musical, Director Billie Colombaro says that this show began its journey into being back in 1992. Interestingly, this was just one year after the hit movie Fried Green Tomatoes was a big hit on movie screens all over the country. Similarly, the new musical, currently on […]

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‘Flyin’ West’ at Bowie Community Theatre

An exceptional  and powerful production of Pearl Cleage‘s Flyin’ West, is being presented by Bowie Community Theatre. Director Estelle Miller receives top-notch performances from each of her cast members, and she has molded them into an excellent ensemble. Playwright Pearl Cleage’s body of work for the stage provides us with a remarkable and focused look at […]

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‘The Gift of Nothing’ at The Kennedy Center

Looking for a new, fun and entertaining way to spend the afternoon in a historic setting with the kids this holiday season? Introducing a brand new musical for the first time anywhere, The Kennedy Center presents the world premiere production of The Gift of Nothing, which opened last Saturday in the Family Theater, an inviting […]

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‘Faith Healer’ at Quotidian Theatre Company

Quotidian Theatre Company’s production of Brian Friel’s play Faith Healer is a superlative exploration of the theme of the fallibility of memory versus reality. This intimate play consisting of three characters is a Rashomon-like study of three characters who all have successive, lengthy monologues about similar circumstances but they all differ markedly in the re-telling. Irish […]

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‘Die Fledermaus’ at Maryland Opera Studio at Clarice Smith for the Performing Arts

Maryland Opera Studio revels in the ridiculous with Strauss’s oft-performed comic opera Die Fledermaus. Director Nick Olcott exploits its absurdities to the hilt. He also translated the spoken dialogue into English, though all songs are still sung in German with surtitles. Johann Strauss II wrote the music with a libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard […]

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‘Equus’ at Spotlighters Theatre by Amanda Gunther

A stunning theatrical sensation comes to the stage at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, as Director Sherrionne Brown presents Peter Shaffer’s Equus. It’s a deeply moving psychological drama that explores a seventeen year old boy’s sexual and religious fascination with horses after he has blinded five of them and landed himself in a psychiatrist’s care. […]

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