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Review: ‘Aida’ at Washington National Opera

Eternal, romantic love conquers all — even a jealous rival — in Verdi’s ravishingly melodic Aida, now being presented by the Washington National Opera with splendid work from all involved. Verdi’s soaring yet sensitive music pervades this production and is the prime reason for attending; indeed, the interpretation of this glorious music by the cast […]

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Review: ‘The School for Lies’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

David Ives brings the comedy of Molière, with this hilarious “translaptation,” into the 21st century to delight us all. With The School for Lies, Shakespeare Theatre Company presents another gloriously fruitful collaboration between Ives and Director Michael Kahn. Ives worked directly from the original French, and he and Kahn updated it from the 2011 Classic […]

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Review: ‘The Ring Cycle’: ‘Twilight of the Gods –The Ring of the Nibelung –Part Three’ at Washington National Opera

Mother Earth is crying in despair and degradation in Director Francesca Zambella’s audaciously brilliant interpretation of the final opera of Wagner’s artistically magnificent Ring Cycle—Twilight of the Gods –The Ring of the Nibelung–Part Three. The Washington National Opera has “pulled out all the stops” in a synergistic production that integrates the music and words of Wagner […]

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Review: ‘The Ring Cycle’: ‘Siegfried-The Ring of the Nibelung-Part Two’ at Washington National Opera

The epic tale continues as the Washington National Opera’s production of Siegfried –The Ring of the Nibelung-Part Two played to a very appreciative audience last night at The Kennedy Center Opera House. Perhaps the most psychologically penetrating of the operas in the Cycle, there is a pensively absorbing and introspective, reflective essence to much of […]

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Review: ‘The Flying Dutchman’ at Virginia Opera

How should we deal with the storms of life? Should we go through life content and yet oblivious to the suffering of ourselves and others? Or, do we allow ourselves psychic disturbance over the plight of the world? Should we play the role of Pollyanna or Realist? Should we choose the Red Pill of reality […]

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Review: ‘The Critic’ & ‘The Real Inspector Hound’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

The theatre critic might well be the focus of the satiric lampoon, now on stage at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre, but it is the entire Theatrical Industry that gets speared. Witty and cerebral, The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound takes aim at theatre’s culture of frivolity, its cult of personality, its celebrity pandering, […]

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‘Dialogues of the Carmelites’ at Washington National Opera

A penetrating and extremely lucid psychological austerity permeates the current production of the Washington National Opera’s (WNO) Dialogues of the Carmelites by composer and librettist Francis Poulenc (after a play by composer Georges Bernanos). This most modern of operas (in sensibility —for the opera takes place in 1789 to 1794) presents universal and ever-constant traditional […]

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‘Metromaniacs’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

Zowie! Pop! Slap! Holy Cow. Karabonga! I write to highly praise Metromaniacs as a wild, wonderful, built-for-speed, audaciously performed game-of-deception, fantasyland comedy based upon a multi-century old French farce. Hightail it to the Lansburgh. You will not be disappointed. The night I saw the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Metromaniacs, the Washington Wizards were playing basketball just […]

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‘Florencia in the Amazon’ at Washington National Opera

A mystical and lushly romantic journey down the Amazon River is only the beginning of the fully absorbing and richly textured production of the current offering of the Washington National Opera (WNO), Florencia in the Amazon. This intriguing and somewhat rarified opera encompasses the search for a lost love as embodied in the character of […]

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DCMTA’s New Column ‘Synesthesia’: Kudos to WNO & The Kennedy Center for Captioning ‘Show Boat’ by Yvonne French

Show Boat at Nationals Park Featured Open Captioning M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield  presented a captioned simulcast of The Washington National Opera‘s critically acclaimed production of Show Boatto entertain theatre, opera, and baseball fans alike at Nationals Park this past Saturday.The live stream  from The Kennedy Center Opera House included captions for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The simulcast and […]

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Free Simulcast of WNO’s ‘SHOWBOAT” at Nationals Park This Saturday at 7 PM

Join Washington National Opera for M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park! Celebrate the fifth year of free live opera broadcasts at the ballpark with Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s American masterpiece Show Boat on Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Arrive early to Nationals Park to enjoy entertainment and activities including: Dance […]

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The cast of 'Show Boat.' Photo by Scott Suchman.

‘Show Boat’ at Washington National Opera by Jessica Vaughan

Once in a lifetime you get the opportunity to see four opera companies, 100 performers, and 50 musicians put on America’s first, most iconic musical, Show Boat. Washington National Opera has partnered with the L Washington National Opera and the Houston Grand Opera to bring this tale of a river boat crew of performers to life. The show will warm your heart, the […]

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‘Wallenstein’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Jessica Vaughan

In its American premiere, Friedrich Schiller’s Wallenstein by Shakespeare Theatre Company is a tour-de-force, surprisingly funny, sharp, and shattering. It’s paired with their excellent Coriolanus in what they’re calling the ‘Hero/Traitor Repertory.’ Who can take credit for this brilliant production? The playwright, Schiller, deserves a lot for his political savvy, humor, and flair for drama. He’s considered to be ‘The German […]

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A bloodied Caius Martius (Patrick Page) celebrates his victory over the Volcians and capture of Corioles. Photo by Scott Suchman.

‘Coriolanus’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Anne Tsang

Shakespeare’s Coriolanus is one of his least popular plays—its language lacks the normal Shakespeare smoothness, it’s violent and bloody, it’s long, and there are a lot of scenes that require active crowds (armies, riots, etc.), which are difficult to maintain, but Shakespeare Theatre Company’s (STC) staging, directed by David Muse, more than does the Bard […]

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