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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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A Preview of Inis Nua Theatre Company’s ‘Dublin by Lamplight’ with Director Tom Reing

Hot off a Barrymore win for Best Ensemble in a Play for Inis Nua Theatre Company’s The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning and having received widespread acclaim for its current Barrymore-recommended production of Radiant Vermin, Founding Artistic Director Tom Reing is in the midst of rehearsals for a revival of his company’s biggest hits, Irish playwright […]

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Review: ‘Shining City’ at The Irish Rep Theatre in NYC

It’s been only 10 years since Conor McPherson’s word fest of a play ran at the Biltmore Theatre for 101 performance including 21 previews. It was well received not only for the eloquence of the writing, but for the sterling performances of Oliver Platt, Martha Plimpton, Brian F. O’Byrne, and Peter Scanavino. It had come to […]

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Review: ‘Wild Sky’ at Solas Nua

Exactly one century ago, on Easter Week 1916, Irish nationalists staged uprisings in Dublin and some surrounding areas in defiance of centuries of British rule, and in particular their conscription in the faraway and bloody trenches of World War I. The thousand-odd “Irish Volunteers” (who, after Independence in 1919, would be known as the IRA) […]

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Review: ‘Translations’ at Villanova University in Villanova, PA

One hundred years ago a group of Irish poets, musicians and classical scholars rebelled against English rule. The “Easter Uprising” was cruelly subdued by the occupying British, but this being Ireland; the Rebellion is memorialized through ballads, poems and plays. Villanova University honors this anniversary with a production of Brian Friel’s great Translations. Friel’s astonishing […]

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Calmus at The Barns at Wolf Trap

I had the pleasure of hearing the entrancing a capella vocals of the German quintet, Calmus, at the Barns of Wolf Trap last night. Anja Poche, soprano, Sebastian Krause, countertenor, Tobias Poche, tenor, Ludwig Bohme, baritone, and Manuel Helmeke, bass, make up the German quintet, but they perform as a singular body with every breath, […]

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Meet the Cast of ‘Translations’ at The Masqueraders at The United States Naval Academy–Part 3: Megan Rausch

This is the third in a series of interviews with the cast of The Masqueraders’ production of Translations. Meet Megan Rausch. Joel: Introduce yourself to our readers and tell them what other shows you have appeared in and some of the roles you have played. Megan: I am a junior at the Academy and have participated in theatre productions […]

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Rodrigo y Gabriela at Wolf Trap

International guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela greeted a jam-packed concert hall and lawn at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center last night, in a full evening of raw instrumental talent and innovation. Eclectic solo-artist Kishi Bashi served as the opening act of the evening. Originally a classically trained violinist, Kishi Bashi is best described now as a multi-instrumentalist […]

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‘Legally Blonde’ at Cockpit in Court

It’s time to get serious! Less of a classic, more of a pop hit! Serious! It’s a fun musical that they’re doing at Cockpit— in Court, that is. And it’s Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin’s Legally Blonde! Wowee! Sisters of Delta Nu unite! With book by Heather Hach, and under the Direction of Robert W. […]

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‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ at 1st Stage

Mounting Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan as their springtime offering is a perfect way for 1st Stage to shake off the chill of winter and welcome in the warmer weather. Directed by Steven Carpenter, this quirky, dark, and heartwarming tale of a young crippled boy’s dreams makes for a moving night at the theatre […]

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‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Andrew L. Baughman

Comedian W.C. Fields was said to have hated working with children and animals, presumably because of their knack for stealing a scene away from hard working actors. That is most definitely the case in Laurel Mill Playhouse’s production of Martin McDonagh’s darkly amusing The Lieutenant of Inishmore, when feline-actor Bones makes his entrance. There has […]

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Capital Fringe Review: ‘Mme. Macbeth’ by Anne Tsang

When you hear that a theater company is performing Shakespeare’s Macbeth, you probably think to yourself “Oh yea…I know Macbeth. How will this be any different from all the other times I’ve seen this show?” Well, if you go see King’s Players Mme. Macbeth at this year’s Fringe show, you are in for a surprise! […]

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‘Legally Blonde The Musical’ at Riverside Center Dinner Theater by Julia L. Exline

Riverside Center Dinner Theater presents Legally Blonde The Musical, an infectiously peppy show with Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, and Book by Heather Hach. Brian J. Swasey directs this carefree production, with Musical Direction by Jason J. Michael. The lively song-and-dance numbers and bubbly performances bring the fun-loving kid out in […]

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Tonight at 7:30 PM: Solas Nua Presents a Free Play Reading of Seamus Collins’ ‘The Man Who’ at Mead Theatre Lab

Solas Nua Presents: Tonight, March 11 – Reading of New Play by Seamus Collins The Man Who  Monday, March 11, 2013, 7:30 pm At Flashpoint – Mead Theater Lab, 916 G Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Metro: Gallery Place (Galleries exit) BBC-award winning Belfast playwright Seamus Collins brings his quirky take on the invention of the […]

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