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Review: ‘Translations’ at Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre’s take on Translations by Brian Friel (1929-2015) is one crackling fine production. It begins as an intellectually stimulating comedy, then ultimately turns tragic after weaving through many an intersection and crossing some deep divides. Friel sets the time for his Translations as 1833. The place is called Baile Beg, a small rural community […]

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‘Shear Madness’ at The Kennedy Center

Even prior to the opening of Shear Madness, the audience is drawn into the world of the play. A realistic set is built on the thrust stage of the Kennedy Center’s Theater Lab. The aqua blue walls, pink seating, and coordinated tile floor indicate to the audience the Shear Madness Salon of Georgetown. As the audience […]

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‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Folger Theatre by Emily Cao

Shakespeare’s iconic star-crossed lovers certainly need no introduction… but Folger Theatre’s energetic interpretation of Romeo and Juliet may indeed herald some much-deserved praise. Director Aaron Posner certainly had a vision of a new Shakespeare – an amalgamation of modern acting and old-school style, it’s as though Ireland of the 1800s met the hipster culture of […]

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‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ at Round House Theatre Bethesda by David Friscic

Playwright Martin McDonagh’s bleak and dour black tragi-comedy The Beauty Queen of Leenane is alive and well in its thrilling current production at Bethesda’s Round House Theatre. Under the superlative direction of Jeremy Skidmore (who directed what I considered the best production of the past season, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo again at Round House Theatre), this […]

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