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The Philadelphia Chorus’ ‘The Voice of Peace’

German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), in his 1949 essay, “Cultural Criticism and Society,” claimed, “To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric” (transl. by Samuel and Shierry Weber). However, in 1966, Adorno revised his view: “Perennial suffering has as much right to expression as a tortured man has to scream; hence it may have been […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘And 1! a dansical parody

Usually, when someone can’t keep up in a dance, it’s seen as an error.  In the ArasDance-produced performance, And 1! a dansical parody, the routines aren’t perfect, and that’s the point. In one moment, a dancer frantically tries to keep up with the others. In another, they’re all off in their own corners, making “mistakes” […]

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Review: ‘Boeing Boeing’ at The Colonial Players of Annapolis

Boeing Boeing is a real trip back to the swinging 60s, when men dressed in jackets and ties around the house, flight attendants (only women) were called stewardesses, and were hired more for their looks and sex appeal than their intelligence, and Paris was a glamourous, romantic, exotic location for most Americans. Originally written by […]

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‘Sons of the Prophet’ at Theater J

Theater J’s first triumph of the season was Caleen Sinnette Jennings’ semi-autobiographical Queens Girl in the World. Its second is also loosely autobiographical: Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet—a very funny play that’s seriously about suffering. The play takes place about eight years ago in a burb in Pennsylvania. The main character, 29-year-old Joseph, is beset by […]

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‘Forsaken Angels’ at Wolf Pack Theatre Company

There are between twenty-one to thirty million men, women and children  enslaved today (Allies Against Slavery). There are between one-hundred to three-hundred thousand children at risk to be forced into the commercial sex industry in the United States. (Estes & Weiner 2001)  According to the U.S. Department of Justice, eighty-three percent (83%) of victims confirmed […]

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: ‘A Tribute to John Williams’ at The Music Center at Strathmore

At the atmospheric Strathmore complex in North Bethesda on a hot Thursday evening,  on May 28, 2015, the musical presentation entitled The Music of John Williams was a modest delight with many pleasurable moments.  Renowned Guest conductor Jack Everly led the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a succession of diverse musical pieces that were a gift […]

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‘A Tale of Two Cities’ at Synetic Theater

If only Alex Mills was available to tell stories to my now 31 year old daughter when she was a baby. While I read to her aplenty, she would have marveled and communicating happily through gurgles at Alex’s animated imaginative skills which would keep her interest. In fact, this is just what happens between Alex […]

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‘Be My Baby’ at Vienna Theatre Company

Playwright Ken Ludwig is famous for farce, fevered dialogue, and throwing his characters’ worlds off-kilter. Vienna Theatre Company’s endearing take on 2005’s Be My Baby — which Ludwig is alleged to have created in a fit of fatherly fawning — plays the kilt to the hilt! But Director Suzanne Maloney’s tender touch is thankfully less […]

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Meet Director Suzanne Maloney of Vienna Theatre Company’s ‘Be My Baby’-Opening January 23, 2015

I have had the pleasure of working on several Ken Ludwig plays over the years. They are funny and fast and farcical. When I discovered Be My Baby, I expected whooshing pace and mistaken identities and slamming doors (which, I confess, are not my favorite form of storytelling). Ludwig does those things very well but sometimes those are a […]

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Ken Ludwig’s ‘Be My Baby’ Opens on January 23, 2015 at Vienna Theatre Company by Laura Fargotstein

Vienna Theatre Company is rehearsing Ken Ludwig’s romantic comedy Be My Baby. Opening night is January 23, 2015 and will run for three weekends. Rehearsing during the holidays can be a scheduling challenge and as producer, I sometimes feel like I’m herding cats together just to make sure we’re all on the same page. Be My Baby premiered […]

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‘Missa Solemnis’ at The Washington Chorus

Wow, talk about a moving experience! Sunday night, the Grammy Award-winning The Washington Chorus performed Missa Solemnis by Ludwig van Beethoven to a sold-out and appreciative crowd at The Kennedy Center. The Washington Chorus and Orchestra were lead by Conductor Julian Wachner and Chorus Master Geoffrey Silver and were joined by soloists Soprano Julia Sophie […]

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The Choral Arts Society of Washington Performs ‘Bach’s Mass in B Minor’ at The Kennedy Center

The Choral Arts Society of Washington brought forth a momentous occasion to The Kennedy Center Concert Hall on yesterday afternoon with their undertaking of Johann Sebastian Bach’s legacy masterpiece, his Mass in B Minor. In its fiftieth anniversary season, the Choral Arts have decided to celebrate in fanfare with this choice of repertoire for their […]

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Scene Stealers-Week Ending 9/1/14

Here are this week’s Scene Stealers honorees, Congrats to all of you! ______ The Band Perry Singing “Pioneer’ at Wolf Trap on August 28, 2014 “My favorite moment of the night has to be when they performed “Pioneer.” As part of the intro, Kimberly tells the Audience that every night they dedicate “Pioneer” to a […]

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A Report From Page-to-Stage: ‘Hand Jobs’

The distinctive work of playwright Alan Sharpe returned to the Page-to-Stage Festival Saturday night with a reading of six short plays collectively titled Hand Jobs, presented by the African-American Collective Theater (ACT). My report on ACT’s offering last year noted Founding Artistic Director Alan Sharpe’s “observant eye on black gay men’s diverse lives,” and this year’s bill seemed even more […]

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‘Boeing Boeing’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria

The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s latest production, Boeing Boeing, by French playwright Marc Camoletti with English translation by Beverley Cross, is marketed as “a non-stop comedy,” and after a packed afternoon show this past Sunday, it is surely on a non-stop trajectory to being the funniest, most charming play in the DC Metro area. The premise and […]

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Film Review: ‘Gloria’ by Sydney-Chanele Dawkins

What is it about the name ‘Gloria’ that inspires songs and films written about tough minded, independent woman making their own way in an imperfect world? One can’t help but think of Laura Brannigan’s 80’s hit from the Flashdance soundtrack as it reverberates memories of a nostalgic past. And, when I hear of a film titled […]

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‘Boeing Boeing’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre by Amanda Gunther

Pleasure. Variety. It’s the ideal life; three fiancées, one apartment, and a wild ride. Just so long as the girls don’t find out about each other. Kicking off the new year with a madcap comic farce, Fells Point Corner Theatre proudly presents a smashingly successful production of Boeing Boeing, written by the French playwright Marc Camoletti. The […]

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‘Boeing Boeing’ at Rep Stage by Yvonne French

Get a ticket and fly over to Rep Stage in Columbia, MD, for Boeing Boeing, a completely enjoyable bedroom farce. Boeing Boeing premiered in Paris in 1960 where it ran for 19 years and was first staged in English in 1962 in London’s West End, where it enjoyed a five-year run with Patrick Cargill as Bernard. It was […]

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