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Review: ‘Tribute’ at Greenbelt Arts Center

Scottie Templeton is dying. And with that deadly diagnosis, Tribute, by Bernard Slade, now playing at the Greenbelt Arts Center, poignantly considers what’s really important in life and the relationships that make it all matter. Directed by Gayle Negri and produced by her better half, Andy Negri, Tribute touches the heart as it heals the relationship between […]

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Review #2: ‘Copenhagen’ at Perisphere Theater

Three intersecting rings stand out in a circle of white, blindingly clear. The intersection reminds of other triumvirates, three powerful individuals, in an arrangement both formal and informal, equal on paper though rarely the case. The design reminds of a trefoil knot, fundamental to the study of mathematical knot theory or the multiple overlapping closed […]

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Review #1:’Copenhagen’ at Perisphere Theater

The storytelling in Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen—which won the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play—is ingeniously done. The play’s three characters are deceased. They are actual historical figures whom Frayn extensively researched then imagined conversing in an afterlife on a circular stage space that has no specific time but three actual chairs. They speak sometimes to […]

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Review: ‘Cabaret’ at Kensington Arts Theatre

In Act One of Cabaret, Cliff Bradshaw tells Sally Bowles that he loves Berlin because it feels like a city full of children behaving badly, getting wilder and wilder because they know that at any moment their parents will be home and the party will be over. The year is 1931 and the ‘children’ are […]

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Review: ‘A Tomb With A View’ at Bowie Community Theatre

Bowie Community Theatre’s A Tomb With A View Puts the Fun in Dysfunctional BCT’s latest production, Norman Robbins’ A Tomb With a View, is a comedy thriller about a wealthy, more than a little eccentric family gathered at the family country manor for the reading of their late father’s will. Naturally, under these circumstances, not […]

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‘Lettice and Lovage’ at the Quotidian Theatre Company

Tea and Entropy: Lettice and Lovage at the Quotidian Theatre Company Lettice and Lovage is crafted with love, a fitting tribute to a playwright, Peter Shaffer, whose passion for words makes this play a joy to watch. The leads, Jane Squier Bruns, as Miss Lettice Douffet, and Leah Mazade, as Miss Charlotte Schoen, have reached […]

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‘Clybourne Park’ at Greenbelt Arts Center

Clybourne Park, written by Bruce Norris in 2010 as sequel to Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 A Raisin in the Sun, is a riveting play that focuses on race relations, America’s covenant-based housing bias, and the common man’s dreams for a better life. The Greenbelt Art Center’s production of this Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play is a […]

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‘The Veil’ at Quotidian Theatre Company

Conor McPherson’s play The Veil is a play set in an Irish mansion in the country in 1822. It’s story takes us through two weeks of time seeing hopes being sprung, dashed and meekly born again. Daughters to be married off, old friends to be depended on, relationships to be strained, and then there’s the ghost […]

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Quotidian Theatre Company Presents Eugene O’Neill’s Visionary Classic ‘The Iceman Cometh’ by Michael Avolio

The Iceman Cometh is a play universal in its scope and personal in its detail. Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill wrote the nearly-three-hour masterpiece at the peak of his career, in the late period that also gave us the theatre classics Long Day’s Journey into Night and A Moon for the Misbegotten. […]

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‘Avenue Q’ at Greenbelt Arts Center by Amanda Gunther

The internet is really, really great for—well for buying tickets to Greenbelt Arts Center‘s production of Avenue Q. The multiple Tony Award-winning musical, with music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and book by Jeff Whitty, graces the little black box stage to start off the season, and what a bang of a […]

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Ben Swiatek (Werner Heisenberg) and Mary Ann McAllister (Margrethe). Photo by .Caitlin Dennis.

‘Copenhagen’ at Rockville Little Theatre by Terry Byrne

Forget, for the moment, all you know about quantum physics. It’s history that matters in Copenhagen, Michael Frayn’s Tony Award-winning, World War II drama. Make that revisionist history, which, after all, is a writer’s stock and trade. This heady, two-act play explores a furtive 1941 tête-à-tête between two nuclear physicists drafted in the atomic bomb […]

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Monica (Madeline Botteri) and Ian (Eric Jones). Photo by Stephanie Gross, www.stephanieleephoto.com.

‘Rooms: A Rock Romance’ at Kensington Arts Theatre by Mariya Danilenko

Kensington Arts Theatre’s production of Paul Scott Goodman’s Scottish rock musical Rooms: A Rock Romance features a thrillingly gorgeous score by Paul Scott Goodman and a  poignant, funny, and heart-felt book by Mr. Goodman and his wife Miriam Goodman. It also sports a sensational group of musicians led by Musical Director Leah Kocsis. Rooms tells the story […]

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