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Review: ‘Cabaret’ at Workhouse Arts Center

Everybody loves a winner. The song “Maybe This Time” reminds one of the spark of hope in a new beginning, what it feels like to cross a path and find someone and find a home. How very simple and very similar is the human desire to belong. Alternatively, bias creates an impossible wall. A few […]

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Review: ‘Oblivion’ at Unexpected Stage Company

“Games have rules,” Brooklyn-parent Dixon (Zach Brewster-Geisz) tells his wife, Pam (Mindy Shaw). They’re playing Boggle, Dixon has tried to play “Slurpee,” and both are a little wounded that their 16-year-old daughter, Julie (Ruthie Rado) has lied to them. Games have rules, and family relations are sometimes best understood as a game we sometimes agree […]

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Review: ‘The Tempest’ at Encore Stage & Studio

Encore Stage & Studio closed their most recent production, Shakespeare’s comedy The Tempest, this past weekend. As the self-proclaimed “Theatre for kids, by kids,” Encore works with young local talent to fulfill their mission “to build life-long appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts — onstage, backstage, in […]

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Review: ‘A Little Princess’ at Encore Stage & Studio

Growing up, one of my favorite books was Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess, the story of an imaginative young heiress whose kindness and grace help navigate her through one of life’s difficult journeys. Adapted by Vera Morris and with Music and Lyrics by Bill Francoeur, Encore Stage & Studio present a musical version of […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #7: Best Performances and Ensembles in Musicals in Professional Theaters in DC/MD/VA

Here is the staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #7: Best Performances in Musicals in Professional Theaters in DC/MD/VA: Scean Aaron as Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show at Iron Crow Theatre. Scott Ward Abernethy as Doctor Madden in Next to Normal at The Keegan Theatre. Nicklas Aliff as Caldwell B. Cladwell in Urinetown at Constellation Theatre Company. […]

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Review: ‘Mary Poppins’ at Encore Stage & Studio

Encore Stage and Studio presents Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, with original music and lyrics by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman and Book by Julian Fellowes, and new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Aztec Show Trax L.L.C. does the music for this particular production, with music […]

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Review: ‘Cul de Sac’ at Encore Stage & Studio

Encore Stage & Studio is currently showing their world premiere production of Cul de Sac. The play, written by Amy Thompson, is an adaptation of the popular comic strip of the same name by Richard Thompson (her husband, no less) and includes original music composed by Matthew Heap. Alice Otterloop is the four year old […]

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Review: ‘Twelfth Night’ at Encore Stage & Studio

Encore Stage & Studio; theatre by kids, for kids, presents a youthful revision of Twelfth Night. Adapted especially for Encore by Caroline Schreiber and Elizabeth Pringle, this beachy twist is a great way to introduce your child to the works of Shakespeare. Pringle leads a team of talented young actors in a production that is […]

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Review: ‘Treasure Island’ at Encore Stage & Studio

Encore Stage & Studio first began in 1967 as The Children’s Theatre of Arlington and has produced over 175 shows. Their most recent production is a clever and fun adaption, by Playwright and Composer Matthew Heap, of the much-loved novel Treasure Island, written by Robert Louis Stevenson. I will not give anything away but let […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #8: Best Performances in a Play in Professional Theatres

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their Best of 2015: Best Performances in Plays in Professional Theatres go to:  BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY Josh Adams as Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan at Scena Theatre. Matthew Ancarrow and Robby Rose as ‘The Twins’ in The Comedy of Errors at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Aaron […]

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‘Hansel & Gretel’ at Encore Stage & Studio

Encore Stage & Studio presents Hansel & Gretel, an adapted version of the classic story by The Brothers Grimm, with original music composed by Matthew Heap. Vera Morris’ gentler revision of this story makes room for a pair of loving parents (no evil stepmother here) and a larger variety of characters. This production is perfectly […]

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‘Shrek, the Musical’ at Encore Stage & Studio

Encore Stage & Studio presents Shrek, the Musical , with Music by Jeanine Tesori and Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. Artistic Director Susan Alison Keady and Music Director Matthew Heap lead a large group of enthusiastic young actors in this production. Set Designer and Technical Director Kristen Jepperson uses large set pieces that are […]

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‘Alice in Wonderland’ at Encore Stage & Studio

Encore Stage & Studio presents Tim Kelly’s theatrical adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, a beloved classic by Lewis Carroll. Artistic Director Susan Alison Keady and Director Chuck Leonard lead a large group of aspiring young actors (over thirty!) in this production. With so much young energy to guide, this production must have proved to be […]

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‘The Three Musketeers’ at Encore Stage & Studio

Encore Stage & Studio presents The Three Musketeers, adapted for the stage and composed by Matthew Heap, with direction by Susan Alison Keady. A large number of young actors (over 25 total!) make up the ensemble, and I always welcome an opportunity for children to see peers their own age perform onstage. Technical Director and […]

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‘Cinderella’ at Encore Stage & Studio

Encore Stage & Studio presents a musical version of Cinderella, with book by Vera Morris and music and lyrics by Bill Francoer. Marji Jepperson directs a large cast of young actors in this production, alongside Technical Director Kristen Jepperson and Music Director Douglas Ullman, Jr. A variety of sets designed by Kristen Jepperson are used […]

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‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ at Encore Stage & Studio

Encore Stage & Studio presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, based on the classic ghost story by Washington Irving and stage-adapted for a younger audience by Vera Morris. Director Susan Alison Keady leads a large troupe of young actors with great success in this spooky production. More so than the plot itself, which was lightened […]

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