Tag Archives | Ian Blackwell Rogers


Review: ‘The Wizard of OZ’ at Greenbelt Arts Center

  Greenbelt Arts Center’s The Wizard of OZ, directed by Jon Gardner, is the epitome of joy, happiness, and sunshine; a theatrical ride to magic and wonder. With lyrics and music by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, and Musical Direction by Daniel Flores, this 1987 Royal Shakespeare Company revival version of The Wizard of […]

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Review: ‘Doctor Faustus’ at Brave Spirits Theatre

Full disclosure: If your only exposure to the classics was Shakespeare in high school, then be ready to get out there and see what else there is. There’s much to be found from the period that’s equally good, but a lighthearted romp this is not. With Doctor Faustus, Brave Spirits Theatre (one of the area’s prominent […]

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Review: ‘A Dream Within A Dream: Madness’ at Through The 4th Wall

Hats off to the totally nifty, quite intense, immersive production of A Dream Within A Dream: Madness at Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory Arts Center. Created by Through the 4th Wall Dreams is abundantly more than just another interactive theatrical production. It is a playfully eerie, deep well of creativity to savor and all while walking about the 3-story […]

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Review: ‘The Maid’s Tragedy’ at Brave Spirits Theatre

Death abounds in The Maid’s Tragedy. Be prepared for an avenging angel with a message and actions against the vicious power of a King and lascivious misogynist cultural values in Brave Spirits Theatre’s vigorous production of revenge theatre, The Maid’s Tragedy. There is a plenitude of calamity and spilt blood in this DC area premiere […]

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‘The Taming of the Shrew’ at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s production of The Taming of the Shrew is a delightful romp of quick-witted dialog and rollicking physical comedy. With their commitment to presenting Shakespeare’s work with “the staging conditions, spirit, and atmosphere created by Shakespeare’s theatre company during the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods,” BSF makes one of the great works of classical […]

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‘Major Barbara’ at Pallas Theater Collective

Money Talks The Pallas Theatre Collective’s Major Barbara is a captivating, thought-provoking comedy. The themes of class disparity, the necessity to compromise one’s values to survive, and the redemptive value (or not) of religion still pervade our everyday lives. Shaw’s perspective seemed to lean towards the practical; “Lack of money” he once said, “is the […]

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‘Major Barbara’ at Pallas Theatre Collective

It’s not always easy to figure out what view of life George Bernard Shaw is trying to express in Major Barbara. Though he was a freethinker, he gives us a witty, tolerant, idealistic heroine, Barbara, who’s passionate about her work with the Salvation Army; though he was a committed socialist, he nevertheless puts some of […]

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Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s ‘Original Pronunciation’ Production of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ Opens Tomorrow

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory (BSF) opens its production of Merchant of Venice tonight. Fitting BSF’s philosophy of recreating the staging conditions of Shakespeare’s day, this historic production of The Merchant of Venice will be performed in Original Pronunciation (OP). It is not only the first time this play will be staged in OP since the 1590s, but St. […]

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‘Our Mutual Friend’ at Lumina Studio Theatre

“Part mystery, part romantic comedy, part moral fable, Our Mutual Friend justly earns its place among Dickens’s most brilliant novels.” With these words, Directors Kelly Newman O’Connor and John O’Connor set the stage for their ambitious and engrossing adaptation of the author’s arguable magnum opus—Dickens’s “last completed masterpiece”—for Lumina Studio Theatre. The set is simple, […]

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‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Brave Spirits Theatre

There is a cheerful insouciance to the Brave Spirits Theatre production of that war-horse of Shakespeare comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Chalk it up to youthful, well-rehearsed nonchalance, with an appealing gender cross-over outlook, and director Jessica Aimone’s deeply personal interest. In her program notes Aimone described Midsummer as a “love letter” to her husband. […]

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‘Richard III’ at The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory

‘Tis indeed the winter of our discontent with the never ending snow. And what better way to dispel the forces of winter than for the The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory to kick off their 2014 season, appropriately entitled “Malice and Misadventure” with the bloody dog of tragedies, Richard III. Directed by Tom Delise, this production is […]

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Tomorrow Night @ 7pm: Join Scena Theatre for THE ILIAD: Book I, The Wrath of Achilles at The Embassy of Greece

THE ILIAD: Book I, The Wrath of Achilles  Join Scena Theatre tomorrow night at The Embassy of Greece for a dramatic reading, delicious refreshment, and fascinating conversation.  Robert McNamara will direct DC’s finest actors in Homer’s classic tale of war, passion, pride, and heroism. See what unfolds when the gods mess with humanity. Wine & cheese reception to follow. Tickets: […]

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