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Review: ‘Eurydice’ at NextStop Theatre Company

The hypnotic new production of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice at NextStop Theatre Company is more like a painting or a poem than a movie or a book. It’s a fantastical canvas of broad brushstrokes and bright colors. The language is strange and pretty, the kind that gets stuck in your head like a catchy pop song. […]

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Review: ‘Into the Woods’ at Catholic University’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music

Decades before Angelina Jolie played Maleficent or Idina Menzel defied gravity in Wicked, lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim was fracturing a whole slew of fairy tales for his witty and Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods, which opened at CUA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music this past weekend. Often called “fairytales for grownups,” Into […]

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Annapolis Shakespeare Company (ASC) presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landay that will delight audiences of all ages. A play-within-a-play, Annapolis Shakespeare Company rolls back time to circa 1940-ish, when radio was a family-oriented entertainment. The ASC cast plays radio personalities who in turn take on over 30-some characters from It’s a […]

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‘The Grand Guignol Twist in ‘Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite’: The Horror Is What Is NOT Seen’ By Alex Zavistovich

Contrary to popular belief, the Grand Guignol theatre did not rely exclusively on blood and gore to convey horror. The psychological element was equally important to the genre, and horrific events often were showcased with nary a drop of blood spilled. That idea is central to Molotov Theatre Group’s production of Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite, adapted […]

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Monumental Theatre Company Presents ‘Sex Swap: A Gender Bender Cabaret’ at Cobalt on March 6, 2015 at 7 PM by Michael Windsor

Monumental Theatre Company is a new professional nonprofit theatre company in the DC area run by Jimmy Mavrikes, Michael Windsor, and Beth Amann. In their senior year at Catholic University Beth and Jimmy ran the student run theatre company, CenterStage. They met with Michael and shared dreams of running a theatre company together. Monumental Theatre […]

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Alex Zavostovich on Molotov Theatre Group’s New Artistic Advisor Richard Hand and The 2014-2015 Season

Alex Zavostovich introduces us to Molotov Theatre Group’s New Artistic Advisor Richard Hand and Their 2014-2015 Season Joel: Tell us about Richard Hand and how he came to accepting the Artistic Advisor Position? Alex: Gladly! Richard is Professor of Theatre and Media Drama at the University of South Wales (UK), and the author of two of the best […]

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‘West Side Story’ at Riverside Center Dinner Theater

Riverside Center Dinner Theater presents the musical classic West Side Story, based on a Conception of Jerome Robbins, with Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Leonard Bernstein, and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Full of spirited performances and thrilling choreography, Riverside delivers a powerful and very moving production. West Side Story is passionately directed by Jay D. Brock, […]

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Behind the Scenes at Molotov’s “Normal”: Part 5: Want More? See the Movie “M” on April 3RD by Alex Zavistovich

With four shows left in Molotov Theatre Group’s Helen Hayes Awards Recommended© production of Normal  you can also learn more about Germany’s nefarious Dusseldorf Ripper in a screening of Fritz Lang’s classic movie “M” on April 3 rd at  7 PM. That’s when Goethe-Institute, the Washington Film Institute and Molotov Theatre Group will host a […]

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Behind the Scenes at Molotov’s “Normal”: Part 4: The Sounds of Horror: The Music of ‘Normal’ By Gregory Thomas Woolford Martin

Many audience members are not aware of how significant music can be in the experience of horror. Imagine, for instance, Jaws or Psycho without their iconic musical scores. This is particularly true for Molotov Theatre Group’s latest production, Normal, onstage at DC Arts Center though March 30th.  I scored Normal, a play about the Dusseldorf Ripper—serial killer Peter […]

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Behind the Scenes at Molotov’s “Normal”: Part 3: Elizabeth Darby: ‘On Being in Love with a Monster’

In Scene Nine of Normal Wehner asks the audience, “Do we bear monsters? Or do we create them?” The plot provides easy support for those on the “nurture” end of the “nature vs. nurture” argument; it reinforces the belief that depraved behavior develops because of trauma early in life. Peter Kurten grew up in horrific circumstances […]

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‘Normal’ at Molotov Theatre Group

Molotov Theatre Group has an uncanny knack for converting its tiny black-box nook into an auditorium-scale operating theater for surgical dissection of the dark side of human nature. With its new production of Normal, observers in attendance at the unflinching examination get an artfully horrifying experience that is both fascinating and profound. As dextrously directed by […]

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‘Shakespeare in Hollywood’ at Catholic University by Colleen Sproull

It is with great pleasure that I write this review. Catholic University’s production of Ken Ludwig‘s Shakespeare in Hollywood is professional, outrageously funny, and brimming with voracious talent. Wittingly directed by Jay D. Brock, it’s full of hysterical physical comedy, a hefty helping of Shakespeare sonnets, and countless charming innuendos. The pace is perfect, keeping right […]

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