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Review: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at St. Mark’s Players

When the cast of St. Mark‘s Players’ new production, Peter and the Starcatcher, charges out from behind deep red curtains for their opening scene, that is your cue. Stop right here and suspend your disbelief. Let these talented actors lead you through the next hours of broad music hall farce, merriment, anguish, and mayhem. You’ll […]

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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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Review: ‘The Boys in the Band’ at Dominion Stage

Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking play The Boys in The Band, now being given a superlative production by Dominion Stage at the Gunston Arts Theatre, is perfectly “on-target” as a study of psychological ferment amongst a group of homosexual men in a pre-Stonewall era. This play has been studied, analyzed and labeled to the max because of […]

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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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‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ at Zemfira Stage

The inner friskiness of the 20-member cast, many making their Zemfira Stage debuts, took over after intermission, to make the opening night of Monty Python’s Spamalot ultimately a lively evening of daft musical comedy. Once jitters were disposed, the large ensemble and lead cast members lived in their moment to give the audience a cheery, cheeky, […]

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Mary-Anne Sullivan and Gayle Nichols Grimes. Photo courtesy of Reston Community Players.

’33 Variations’ at Reston Community Players by Jane Coyne

Starting with the play itself, there is a whole lot to like about 33 Variations, an intricately delightful play written by Moisés Kaufman and directed by Sue Pinkman, currently being staged by Reston Community Players. While the play runs long at 3 hours with intermission, one must consider that that Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, which serve […]

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(l to r) Ida Horowicz (Leta Hall) Paul Zara (Bill Hurlbut) Stephen Bellamy (Jonathan Feuer) and Ben (Omar LaTiri). Photo courtesy of Silver Spring Stage.

‘Farragut North’ at Silver Spring Stage by Amanda Gunther

Vote Morris! Vote Pullman! Vote corruption! However, if you intend to vote – Silver Spring Stage is your polling place with their production of Beau Willimon’s Farragut North. A neck-and-neck race to secure a win in the primaries is the backdrop for this sharp political drama. Directed by Bridget Muehlberger, this is the perfect show […]

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