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Review: ‘Grey Gardens’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria

Grey Gardens the musical (book by Dough Wright, lyrics by Michael Korie, music by Scott Frankel) is a faithful adaptation of the 1970’s cult classic documentary of the same name directed by Albert and David Maysles, and it is both more intelligible and goes down much easier than its odd but strangely fascinating source material […]

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The 15th Annual 2014 WATCH AWARDS Nominations Announced

THE WATCH AWARDS Nominations Announced January 18, 2015 – 7:30 pm at The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA Award Ceremony Sunday, March 8, 2015 – 7:00 pm at The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA Award Ceremony Tickets $17.50 at the Birchmere Box Office or through Ticketmaster (plus service charge) 111 productions (34 musicals, 77 plays) were adjudicated in 2014. Thirty-one community […]

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‘The Game’s Afoot’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria

Before Benedict Cumberbatch starred in the incandescent puzzle palace that is Sherlock, there was William Gillette, the definitive Sherlock Holmes of his time. Tall, lean, with the manner of a late-Victorian gentleman, Gillette was the first to wear the deerstalker hat, the first to use the curved pipe, the first to create, along with Sir […]

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‘Murder on the Nile’ at Aldersgate Church Community Theater

Aldersgate Church Community Theater presents Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile, a suspenseful who-dun-it directed by Roland Branford Gomez, with original music composed and performed by Joseph Colombo. Scenic Designers John Downing and Bill Glickbarg transform the stage into a luxury paddle steamer, decked out with sweeping red velvet curtains and ornately-carved furniture. While the […]

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‘Boeing Boeing’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria

The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s latest production, Boeing Boeing, by French playwright Marc Camoletti with English translation by Beverley Cross, is marketed as “a non-stop comedy,” and after a packed afternoon show this past Sunday, it is surely on a non-stop trajectory to being the funniest, most charming play in the DC Metro area. The premise and […]

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‘Life With Father’ at Aldersgate Community Church Theater by Julia L. Exline

Aldersgate Community Church Theater presents Life With Father, the longest-running play in the history of Broadway. The stage play was inspired by a collection of stories that Clarence Day wrote about his father, a well-meaning but stringent Wall Street Broker, who enforced his inflexible lifestyle on his family. Roland Branford Gomez directs this ambitious production. […]

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‘And Then There Were None’ at Aldersgate Church Community Theater by Julia L. Exline

Aldersgate Church Community Theater presents Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, a captivating murder mystery directed by Roland Gomez. Originally a novel (that became one of the best-selling novels of all time) And Then There Were None has undergone several adaptations for film, radio, and of course, the stage. True to her reputation as […]

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