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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #9: Best Performances and Ensembles in Plays in Professional Theaters in DC/MD/VA

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #9: Best Performances in Musicals in Professional Theaters in DC, MD, and VA Are: Gassan Abbas in I Shall Not Hate at Mosaic Theater Company of DC. Lizzi Albert as Anne Boleyn in Anne of the Thousand Days at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Megan Anderson as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire at Everyman Theatre. Megan Anderson […]

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Craig Wallace on Playing Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong in ‘Satchmo at the Waldorf’ at Mosaic Theater Company of DC

He is one of my favorite actors and now Craig Wallace has received rave reviews and standing ovations for his riveting and tour de force performance as Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong in Terry Teachout’s Satchmo at The Waldorf, which ends its run this weekend at Mosaic Theater Company of DC. Joel:  What is it about Louis Armstrong […]

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Review: 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: REV Theatre Company’s ‘Death is a Cabaret Ol’ Chum—A Graveyard Cabaret’ at the Laurel Hill Cemetery

Death is a Cabaret Ol’ Chum—A Graveyard Cabaret, or: When the dead come alive at the Laurel Hill Cemetery with REV Theatre Company Death, dying, and the supernatural have fascinated the public around the world, especially when visiting cemeteries. “How many years do we really have?” may be the question on many peoples’ minds when […]

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Review: ‘Louis and Ella! A New Jazzical’ at LiveArts

Louis and Ella! A New Jazzical was a fun, inventive journey with two greats of music. Written by Trent Armand Kendall and directed by Jeff Whiting, it imagines Louis Armstrong (Trent Armand Kendall) meeting Ella Fitzgerald (Anita Jackson) in heaven. With a full band behind them, they sing, individually and together, some of their classic songs, in […]

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Review: ‘Satchmo at the Waldorf’ at Mosaic Theater Company of DC

It’s poignant and painful, funny and moving. Yet most of all, Satchmo at the Waldorf—the beautifully-wrought one-man show that opened to a packed house Monday night—is vastly entertaining. As such, Satchmo—which depicts the great Louis Armstrong recording some of his memories in his dressing room at the Waldorf, following what would become his final performance […]

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Review: ‘See Jane Sing’ at The Kennedy Center

It’s hard to imagine what to expect at a cabaret debut from a television actor turned Broadway performer turned television game host. Jane Lynch—who some know as Sue Sylvester from the hit-television show Glee, as Miss Hannigan in the Broadway revival of Annie, or as the host of Hollywood Game Night—delivered a performance as varied […]

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‘Holiday Follies’ at Signature Theatre

Many of the greatest things in life just better with time, and Signature Theatre’s annual celebration of the holidays—Holiday Follies—is certainly no exception.  Under the direction of Walter Ware III, the fifth annual Holiday Follies is a quirky, choose-your-own holiday adventure that will invigorate the soft gingerbread-loving, egg-nog-slurping, Santa-Clause-anticipating caroler in you. This popular holiday […]

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Spine: Feeling Blue? Escape to ‘Five Guys Named Moe’

A man staggers onto the stage at Arena’s Kreeger Theater. Nomax, played with deep loss by Kevin McAllister, has offended his girl with yet another drunken night. He sings “Early in the Morning,” an emotionally riveting blues number by Louis Jordan, Leo Hickman, and Dallas Bartley. The audience fills with pathos, beautiful and heartfelt pains […]

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Christie Dashiell at The Mansion at Strathmore by Beverly Fleisher

Christie Dashiell and her band graced the stage at the Mansion at Strathmore on Wednesday night with a seven-song set. Her skills as a jazz vocalist and composer brought joy throughout the performance, starting with the very first number, “Up Jumped Spring.” In this original composition, Dashiell’s velvety voice soared above her band. The performance […]

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Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: ‘Mardi Gras with the MJO’ at George Mason University by Audrey Thornton

There is no annual holiday celebration in Louisiana without Mardi Gras! According to historians, Mardi Gras, a one-day prelude to Lent dates back thousands of years to pagan celebrations of spring and fertility rites. A national holiday only in Louisiana, its popularity continues to draw tourists from all fifty states as well as abroad. Modern […]

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