Tag Archives | Jack Novak


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: Source Festival 2017: ‘Perfect Arrangement’

Perfect Arrangement by Topher Payne was a smash hit at Source Festival when it debuted there four years ago, and the comedy’s return to Source on the occasion of the festival’s tenth anniversary is cause for celebration. Set in 1950 during the so-called Lavender Scare—when persecution of homosexuals and other “deviants” had U.S. state sanction—Perfect […]

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‘A Christmas Carol’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Refreshing Charles Dickens’ beloved family holiday classic with a Baltimore-centric twist, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (CSC) spices up A Christmas Carol with local cultural history, festive music and special smoky effects, returning for its third annual season. Set in the Dickens’ era circa 1843, on Daniel O’Brien’s functional but fetching three-story row house, Founding Artistic Director […]

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Review: ‘Wild Oats’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Comedies trading on the mistaken identity theme have been around a long time. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night comes to mind. And more than two hundred years after that, a fellow named John O’Keeffe penned a clever little piece called Wild Oats, with the same theme. What a delight that the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company decided to share […]

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‘Pinocchio!’ at Faction of Fools

Italian writer Carlo Collodi’s beloved tale of Pinocchio! has been performed countless times over the past 132 years. Now, Faction of Fools Theatre Company has taken this classic story and adapted it in the Commedia dell’Arte style that they know and do so well. With the use of incredible masks, costumes, puppets, simple props, and the traditional looking marionette […]

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‘(a love story)’ at Source Festival 2015

Sponsored by CulturalDC, the Source Festival presents 24 new plays over the course of three weeks that showcase the talents of a variety of artists from across the nation. These plays fall into three categories: three full length, eighteen ten-minute plays, and three “artistic blind dates,” which are thirty minute original pieces developed by nine […]

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‘Blue’ at Imagination Stage

Imagination Stage presents Blue, the newest production in their Early Childhood series, written by Annie Cusick Wood and directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer. Best for children ages 1-5, this interactive show is full of fun! There is no elevated stage in this particular theater– children and their parents are invited to sit on the floor […]

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‘Not My Monkey’ at InterAct Story Theatre at The Gaithersburg Arts Barn

What do you get when you combine bright and bouncy circus fun with some valuable life lessons? The answer is Not My Monkey, a delightful and highly interactive comedy, produced through a partnership between the InterAct Story Theatre and the Gaithersburg Arts Barn. Written and directed by Ali Oliver-Krueger, Not My Monkey is essentially a children’s […]

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An Interview with InterAct Story Theatre’s Ali Oliver-Krueger on ‘Not My Monkey’ at The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg

There’s some monkey business about to happen at The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg, MD and  InterAct Story Theatre‘s Executive/Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger fills us in. Joel: How did you and Arts Barn get together to produce the show at Arts Barn? Ali: We’ve been a professional touring company for many years, taking our act on the […]

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Source Festival: ‘Quests’-Six 10-Minute Plays

We travel to seek the unknown, and we undertake quests to find or achieve something of life-altering importance. The characters in Quests are seeking mementos of the past, self-understanding, complete transformations and a recipe for cornbread. Quests, comprised of six separate 10-minute plays, is part of the Source Festival at Source Theatre. Playwrights from across […]

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The Playwright’s Playground: SOURCE Festival 2014 – Interview with Playwright Marine Gassier on Her Play: ‘The Reluctant Genie of Niamey’

The Playwright’s Playground is a monthly in-depth conversation with a local female playwright in the D.C. theatre community. Female theatre artists make up more than 50 percent of those involved in the theatre, yet the number of female playwrights being produced is dramatically lower. In this continuing Series, I will interview and introduce DCMTA readers to […]

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Tomorrow Sunday, April 13th at 7 PM: Faction of Fools Theatre Company presents the 5th Annual “Fool for All”: ‘Tales of Heroes and Gyros’

Tomorrow, Sunday, April 13th at 7 pm, Faction of Fools Theatre Company presents the 5th Annual “Fool for All”: Tales of Heroes and Gyros.  The Fool for All has been happening every year since 2010.  We’ve compiled quotes from this year’s cast about their favorite Fool for All memory or insight.  See below for what these actors […]

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