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Review: ‘The Turn of the Screw’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

This staged reading of Henry James’ story proves that a small, scaled-down production can produce chills and suspense; all it takes is a good script, excellent direction, and two talented actors. Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by Donald Hicken, this show is performed in Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s intimate black-box theater to great dramatic effect, […]

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In the Moment: Creative Cauldron’s Summer Cabaret

Ah, the enduring popularity of sophisticated, stylish cabaret entertainment. Now add-in musical artists who easily mix the known American Songbook standards with the less often heard to bring a closed-eyed, warm sigh of satisfaction to a listener. Oh, and have the venue, an intimate, un-amplified space as the performers provide their own styles and skilled […]

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‘The Turn of the Screw’ at Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace

Creative Cauldron presents the World Premiere of The Turn of the Screw, a musical adaptation of Henry James’ novella, with Book and Lyrics written by Stephen Gregory Smith and score by Matt Conner. Conner and Smith co-direct this suspenseful production alongside Musical Director Alvin Smithson, and it is the first installment in a five-year commissioning […]

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‘The Tempest’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

“We work in the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.” ― Henry James, The Middle Years Henry James’ words are a fitting tribute to the glorious Tempest of Ethan McSweeny; reminding us […]

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The Playwright’s Playground: The Lonely and the Brave – An Interview with ‘Marie Antoinette’ Playwright David Adjmi

Writing is deeply personal. For David Adjmi, playwright of Marie Antoinette, writing is not only personal it is something that is stirring, deeply passionate, and all encompassing. In the process of writing a play he says, “I feel more myself than I have ever felt. It feels like the pinnacle of me being a person.” […]

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An Interview with Playwright Julia Jarcho On Her Play ‘Grimly Handsome’ Staged at George Mason University’s Harris Theatre on 9/12@8 PM

The singular voice of 2013 Obie Award-winning playwright Julia Jarcho is coming to the area. Wait, you haven’t heard of her? Well, she hasn’t yet been produced in the DC area, not even her visionary Grimly Handsome. At least, not up to now. So a unique opportunity is coming as Jarcho will be appearing at the […]

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Film Review: ‘What Maisie Knew’ by Leslie Weisman

When Henry James wrote What Maisie Knew at the turn of the twentieth century, little did he dream that more than a century later it would form the basis for a screenplay that would speak with equally corrosive authenticity to filmgoers of the twenty-first. Although the latter part probably wouldn’t surprise the man who enjoined us: […]

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Paul Morella and Susan Lynskey. Photo by Christopher Banks.

‘Ghost-Writer’ at MetroStage by Yvonne French

In 1897, American writer Henry James got writer’s cramp and hired Theodora Bosanquet to take dictation on the newly invented typewriter in an arrangement that spanned the last eight years of his life. These two literary figures are portrayed in the Washington premiere of Ghost-Writer, by well-regarded contemporary playwright Michael Hollinger. Like Hollinger’s six other plays, it […]

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