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Rand Gurrero and Steven Wright. Photo by Kate Raines/Plate 3 Photography.

Review: ‘Broken Stones’ at InterAct Theatre Company

Just because someone says it doesn’t make it true. What exactly are truth and reality? Both are subjective and depend on one’s perspective. In the news, there are often many sides to a story. These days in the United States, where business reigns, news must sell, whether it is on paper or online. Books must […]

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Review: ‘American Idiot’ at The Keegan Theatre

The Keegan Theatre’s American Idiot speaks to collective genius. Hardly a no-brainer to mount this explosive, war-weary work, weaned in the Bush II era, at the height of today’s media-hijacked, cock-eyed presidential campaign. (Careful, now, no name-calling or naming names. Hand gestures should suffice.) But the payload of mixing Ritalin-wracked choreography, transcendent stagecraft and megaphonic […]

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‘Technicolor Life’ at Rep Stage

Three generations of women in one contemporary American family prove “ready for their close-up” in Technicolor Life, a world premiere at Rep Stage in Howard County. Don’t make a mistake thinking Technicolor Life will be some sort of Hollywood tell-all. The drama by Jami Brandli takes on divorce, wounded warriors, euthanasia, and the trials of […]

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Meet the Director and Cast of ‘All My Sons’ at Peace Mountain Theatre Company: Part 6: Julie Janson

In Part 6 of a series of interviews with the Director and cast of Peace Mountain Theatre Company‘s production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, meet Julie Janson Joel: Please introduce yourself and tell readers where they may have seen you perform on local stages. Julie Janson: My name is Julie Janson and I am playing Ann in this […]

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Recap of ‘The GI Film Festival’ – May 18-24, 2015

The GI Film Festival is in its ninth year and has grown so big. It ended yesterday at the huge and swanky Angelika Film Center in the Mosaic District in Fairfax, VA. They showed a record number of movies this year, over 60 movies, with movies shown in two separate theaters at the same time. In addition […]

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‘Time Stands Still’ at Peter’s Alley Theatre Productions

Peter’s Alley Theatre Productions presents Time Stands Still, a poignant drama by Donald Margulies and beautifully directed by Stevie Zimmerman. When a couple settle back home after spending years in war-torn countries, personal dramas that were once overshadowed prove to be more dangerous than they thought. Scenic Designer Jason W. Mann decorates a couple’s apartment […]

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SPINE: Theatre, Culture, and History in the Belly of the Beast: “THE ADMISSION: The Theatre of War and National Identity, Lovely or Otherwise”

I recently experienced Motti Lerner’s The Admission, Theatre J’s production remounted by Busboys & Poets at Studio Theatre (my review is here). The controversy that the play generated was surprising only in the fact that a controversy existed at all. I mean, for the most part, American theatres (Washington theatres included) steer clear of explosively controversial […]

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Film Review: ‘The Unknown Known’

  SUBJECT: What You Know There are known knowns. There are known unknowns. There are unknown unknowns. But there are also unknown knowns—that is to say, things that you think you know that it turns out you did not.” These, perhaps more than any others, are the words by and for which former Secretary of […]

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‘Water by the Spoonful’ at The Studio Theatre

Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful is set in 2009 and takes place mainly in Philadelphia but also travels to San Diego, Japan, and Puerto Rico. Two characters hold the emotional and dramatic center of this sprawling play. One is an extraordinary and beautifully written character named Elliot Ortiz, portrayed in The Studio Theatre’s production […]

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Dominion Stage Looking for Directors and Production Teams! by Dave Moretti

Dominion Stage is Calling Directors and Production Teams! Are you interested in one of our 2014-15 Shows? Download and submit your application for consideration by December 31, 2013. Application available at  http://dominionstage.org/season.html ______ October 2014 BUG A Play by Tracy Letts Most of the play takes place in a seedy motel room. Lonely cocktail waitress Agnes […]

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‘Twelfth Night’ at The George Washington University by Rick Westerkamp

The George Washington University’s Department of Theatre and Dance has an engaging and lively production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, running through the weekend. My interest in the show was heightened upon reading Director Bill Largess’ Director’s Note in the program. Largess comments on the en vogue practice of directors and theatres to transport Shakespeare’s […]

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Capital Fringe Review: ‘Outside the Wire’ by Pat Davis

Outside the Wire is a compelling and moving portrait of the toll war takes on soldiers and their families. Written by Jimi Stanton, who plays Sargent Mark Mercer, the lead, the play follows the members of a platoon deployed in Iraq and traces out the difficulties Mercer has when he returns home to resume life with […]

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Capital Fringe Review: ‘Body Armor’ by Tobias Franzén

Unstrung Harpist’s production of Body Armor by Evan Crump, the company’s producer, is a play born out of the writer’s need to write a play “that approached war from the average soldier’s perspective.” He wanted to show a different side to the war story genre, one that doesn’t just depict heroism or despotism, but one […]

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