Tag Archives | John Barclay Burns


Review: ‘The History Boys’ at Dominion Stage

At the first press night of The History Boys by Alan Bennett, the cast and creative team were laughing and joking as the audience began to arrive. A fire had started in the flies of the theater, and the flames set off the sprinklers, leaving the stage full of water. The power immediately switched off […]

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‘Be My Baby’ at Vienna Theatre Company

Playwright Ken Ludwig is famous for farce, fevered dialogue, and throwing his characters’ worlds off-kilter. Vienna Theatre Company’s endearing take on 2005’s Be My Baby — which Ludwig is alleged to have created in a fit of fatherly fawning — plays the kilt to the hilt! But Director Suzanne Maloney’s tender touch is thankfully less […]

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‘A Thurber Carnival’ at Vienna Theatre Company

Vienna Theatre Company Stretches Its Boundaries With A Thurber Carnival Vienna Theatre Company deserves credit for stretching the boundaries and bringing A Thurber Carnival to the DC metro area. Many of the scenes are based on essays written by James Thurber for The New Yorker Magazine more than 70 years ago. Surprisingly, much of the […]

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‘A Christmas Carol’ at Providence Players of Fairfax by Julia L. Exline

Providence Players of Fairfax presents the holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol, based on the novella by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by Janet Allard and Michael Bigelow Dixon. Keeping heart with the true meaning of Christmas for this production, The Providence Players of Fairfax teams up with The Young Hearts – a charitable organization dedicated […]

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Patrick David (The Widow Tillou) and Larry Craven (Bastien Andre). Photo by Chip Gertzog.

‘Is He Dead?’ at Providence Players of Fairfax by Kim Moeller

Farce: Highly exaggerated situations, improbable plot twists, physical humor, deliberate absurdity or nonsense, and broadly stylized performances. Is He Dead?, the latest production from Providence Players of Fairfax (PPF), is the very definition of farce, and an exceptionally funny one at that. Cross-dressing, star-crossed lovers, mistaken identities, and madcap shenanigans—standard elements of the genre—combine to […]

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