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Review: ‘Omnium Gatherum’ at Silver Spring Stage

In keeping with performing plays from five different decades in celebration of their 50th Anniversary Silver Spring reached back to right after Sept. 11, 2001, to do Omnium Gatherum by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros and Theresa Rebeck. The play produced by Lennie Magida and directed by Bill Hurlbut deals with the aftermath of that horrible day. The […]

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Magic Time! ‘How To… Sex Education’ (Weekend Two)

Having enjoyed the first weekend of Rabble Crew Productions’ How To… Sex Education, I went back for seconds—another set of four short plays on the ever popular theme of sex…and the never popular topic of sex education. The cheeky conceit that connected the grab bag of two shows is that sex education can be fun […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Prison Break, Incorporated’

Nathan (Andrew Flurer) is a 30-year-old, washed-up druggie who lives in a boarding house. Ellie (Karen Elle) is a life coach just trying to help Nathan out. And now they’re both in jail thanks to Nathan’s real estate mogul mother, Crystal (Kimberlee Wolfson). In this Natalia Gleason-directed comedy, Prison Break, Incorporated, one gets an inside […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Neda Wants to Die’

You never expect to sympathize with the murderer and rapist. You expect to be repulsed and disgusted by them. That, however, would do a disservice to the complexity of life, particularly in war-torn, underdeveloped countries. Neda Wants to Die, written by Luigi Laraia explores this gut-wrenching theme with amazing dramatics and candor. It is the […]

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Spine: ’33 Variations’ at Silver Spring Stage

The Creation of Art. The Wrestle with Death. 33 Variations, Moisés Kauffman’s Tony nominated play, juxtaposes those two turbulences. In one — circa 1820 in Vienna, Austria — Ludwig van Beethoven wrestles with an inspiration, his composition of the Diabelli Variations (33 variations on a waltz composed by Anton Diabelli). His biggest obstacle during the process — […]

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’33 Variations’ at Silver Spring Stage

33 Variations is a drama by Moisés Kaufman that deals with the nearly always fatal disease of ALS and the study, not just of music, but also the variations of life. The main character is Dr. Katherine Brandt who is a musicologist studying Beethoven. She has recently been told she has ALS and a limited […]

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Obsession and Transcendence: ’33 Variations’ Opens on Friday Night at Silver Spring Stage by Lennie Magida

It started with a waltz, a seemingly insignificant waltz written by someone who was hardly a musical giant: Anton Diabelli, a music publisher and minor composer in early 19th century Vienna. And it no doubt would have ended there had Diabelli not invited Vienna’s leading composers to compose variations on his little waltz. But he did. […]

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