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Review: ‘The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington’ at Ally Theatre Company

“I do believe you darkies are trying to kill me,” says Martha Washington to her house slaves in this fantastical-historical play, just opened in a sensationally cheeky production at the new Ally Theatre Company. Martha has reason to be concerned. Philadelphia Playwright James Ijames, a 2017 Whiting Award recipient, made up the script’s surreal story: […]

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Review: ‘City of Angels’ at The Catholic University of America

The 1989 musical City of Angels opened last night at Catholic University’s Hartke Theatre, offering its appreciative audience a glimpse into the past through its double filtered lens. There’s no doubt you’ll remember this well-choreographed show and its spectacle. 1940’s Hollywood, film noir, Broadway comedy–the popular detective novelist, an ethically flawed yet earnest Stine, has […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Hello|Brother’

Edgy, experimental, and often uncomfortable, Annexus Theatre’s production of Hello|Brother is the quintessential Fringe experience. Written and directed by Solomon HaileSelassie, the companion plays plunge into questions of solitude and control. In Hello the lights come up on Celine (Kate V. Lawrence), clearly upset, traveling up and down in an elevator. Soon Delvin (Matt Meyers), a blind […]

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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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‘Dogfight’ at Red Branch Theatre Company

Dogfight is a drama that deals almost entirely with surfaces — surface beauty, surface values, surface concerns and surface victories. Taken on that level, the fine new mounting of the musical by the Red Branch Theatre Company is another amazing gift to playgoers from this most searching and socially engaged of small stage companies. Based […]

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‘Spring Awakening’ at Red Branch Theatre Company

Spring Awakening always makes a strong impression on audiences. But it is a particularly bold choice for the season-opener at Red Branch Theatre Company. The 2007 Tony-winning musical, adapted from a controversial 1891 German tragedy by Frank Wedekind, looks at the unhappy repercussions of a repressive society on the lives of its children. In a […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Not Every Card’

Not Every Card is a 50’s style caper in an occupied country which may or may not exist when the underground resistance conceives to win a card game and thus the war. It was written and directed Emmanuel Wazer. It’s a breezy story with a tense plot as a gambler is tapped to play cards with […]

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‘The Wiz’ at Montgomery College’s Summer Dinner Theatre by Ramona Harper

“This is an amazing production” — words of one of the visibly dazzled theatergoers following opening night’s The Wiz at Montgomery College’s Summer Dinner Theatre 2013. “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore” is right-on as this thoroughly entertaining production transports you to a time and place in a tale told with funk, joyous abandon, and downright fun. The […]

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(L-R) Maggie Donovan as Amber Von Tussle, Kathryn Furtado as Velma Von Tussle; Emily Reggia as Tracy Turnblad, Brian McDermott as Edna Turnblad. Photo courtesy of Montgomery College.

‘Hairspray’ at Montgomery College’s Summer Dinner Theatre by Derek Mong

Montgomery College continues its 35th consecutive year of Summer Dinner Theatre with a show-stopping performance of Hairspray, directed and choreographed by Pauline Grossman. Set in 1960’s Baltimore, Hairspray tells the tale of Tracy Turnblad (Emily Reggia), a larger-than-life sixteen year-old girl who dreams of becoming a star on the ultra-hip Corny Collins Show. After successfully […]

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