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Review: ‘Mamma Mia!’ at Hippodrome Theatre

Countering the brisk winter temperatures outside, Tony-nominated Broadway jukebox musical sensation Mamma Mia! unleashed flash bolts of pulsating heat with bold bright lights, zesty dance numbers and energetic performers, as it embarked on its farewell national tour making a three-day stop at the Hippodrome. Featuring the incredibly infectious music of ‘70s (and early ‘80s) Swedish […]

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‘Pinocchio!’ at Faction of Fools

Italian writer Carlo Collodi’s beloved tale of Pinocchio! has been performed countless times over the past 132 years. Now, Faction of Fools Theatre Company has taken this classic story and adapted it in the Commedia dell’Arte style that they know and do so well. With the use of incredible masks, costumes, puppets, simple props, and the traditional looking marionette […]

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‘A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas’ at Olney Theatre Center

A cold, winter night… a charming theatre housing the town’s lovers of The Arts… and America’s favorite Christmas story – it felt like a storybook evening. It was if Charles Dickens was there-right beside me-reciting his own novella. And what a pleasure to be enlightened by Paul Morella’s adaptation of Dickens’ holiday classic.. What made this […]

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‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ at West Potomac High School-Saturday, May 3, 2014 Matinee Cast

This is a review of the Saturday matinée cast of West Potomac High School’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot, with the following changes in casting  from ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ at West Potomac High School’s review on DCMetroTheaterArts by Jessica Poole. At my Saturday, May 2, 2014 matinee performance these roles were portrayed by the following students: Lady of the […]

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‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ at West Potomac High School

West Potomac High School’s production of the “lovingly ripped off from” the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the musical Monty Python’s Spamalot brings lotd of humor to the stage in a rousing theater adventure. Taken from the original screenplay (written by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael […]

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Meet the Director and Cast of ‘Hamlet’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company: Part 5: Nafeesa Monroe

In Part Five of our series of interviews with the cast of Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet, meet Nafeesa Monroe. Joel: How did you become involved with this production of Hamlet? I heard they hadn’t found their Gertrude yet from a good friend and he spoke very highly of the production. What did you perform at your audition? Nafeesa: I just […]

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Matt Nathanson and Noah Guthrie at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Acoustic Show with Matt Nathanson and Opening Act Noah Guthrie By Marlene Hall Thursday night at the George Mason University’s Performing Arts, Matt Nathanson performed with his partner Aaron Tap. Opening for him was Noah Guthrie.  Nathanson’s show was part music and part-stand-up comedy/improv. One of the most audience engaged performances I’ve ever seen. The audience soaked up every minute of […]

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‘Violet’ at The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts

Since mid-January an intrepid troupe of musical-theater students has been rehearsing the sweet and soulful show Violet at The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts under the able direction of Deb Gottesman and Buzz Mauro, who co-teach the school’s pay-to-play “Creating a Musical Role” class. The results were on glorious display last night when this shoestring student project began […]

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‘Arguendo’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Can conduct communicate? In what instances do practices of non-speech— such as music, money, or dancing— become speech in the sense that they are then protected by the Constitution under the first amendment, the freedom of speech? Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company brings this notion to the table in the penultimate offering of their 34th Season: […]

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Linda Eder at The Barns at Wolf Trap

It was a sold-out, enthusiastic crowd at Linda Eder‘s concert on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at The Barns at Wolf Trap. Between the energy of the crowd and Eder’s own humor and magnificent voice, it was truly a night to remember. Eder called this concert “A Walk Down Memory Lane,” songs from when she was […]

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Magic Time! ‘Arguendo’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company by John Stoltenberg

Watching Arguendo—an actual Supreme Court transcript staged cheekily for chuckles by Elevator Repair Service, the New York–based troupe specializing in literary vérité—is like watching a 70-minute Saturday Night Live sketch. The text faithfully depicts arguments before the Court in a 1990 case called Barnes vs. Glen Theatre,which litigated whether women dancing onstage for pay in a non-alcohol adult […]

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Tasty Tidings Part 3: An Interview with Shani Hadjian on Spotlighters’ ‘Five Course Love’

There’s even more trouble in the kitchen! What with Barbie needing a man named Ken, Sofia having an affair with Gino, and Rosalinda being caught in a three-way love triangle! Continuing the Tasty Tidings interview series, actor Shani Hadjian has joined us for her inside scoop on the new musical at Spotlighters Theatre – Five Course Love. […]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre Events in April by Jana Faigen

F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre has a full calendar of events this April. Get tickets and spend the month watching a wide range of entertainment. The fun begins April 6th at 2 p.m. with Hometowne USA’s Annual Show “And the Angels Sing.” Come hear The Montgomery County Chapter’s Hometowne USA Chorus, The Heart of Maryland Sweet Adelines […]

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World Stages: International Theater Festival – The Five Star Weekend Wrap in Review: ‘Fallujah’ and ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’ at The Kennedy Center

The World Stages: International Theater Festival took center stage at The Kennedy Center, March 10-30, 2014 bringing together some of today’s most exciting theatrical visionaries presenting an unprecedented focus on theatre from around the globe. Twenty-two theatrical offerings from nineteen countries, and every continent except Antarctica, are represented in this theater Festival of dynamic stories […]

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Lily Tomlin at The Music Center at Strathmore

Thirty-plus years after 6-year old Edith Ann debuted on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, the eternally young Edith Ann was complaining about her big sister Irene’s iPhone and how she “texthhhsss” too much. “I wish she would run away,” the precocious child said on Saturday night in front of a very large and robust crowd at […]

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‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ at Ford’s Theatre

Exhilarating— adj. “making one feel very happy, animated, or elated; thrilling.” E-X-H-I-L-A-R-A-T-I-N-G. Exhilarating; the perfect word used to describe your mood once you’ve attended the Ford’s Theatre‘s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  With Music and Lyrics by William Finn, and Book by Rachel Sheinkin, this catchy, quirky comedy will inspire delight and amusement […]

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Family Flashpoint: ‘Other Desert Cities’ Opens at Silver Spring Stage on April 4th by Lennie Magida

FAMILY FLASHPOINT: OTHER DESERT CITIES OPENS APRIL 4 AT SILVER SPRING STAGE If families existed without conflict, stress, heartbreak, and deception—and if those difficulties weren’t often laced with great wit—many wonderful plays would never have been written. One excellent example: Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities, which opens April 4th at Silver Spring Stage. It’s the […]

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‘Inherit the Wind’ at American University

A great play is sweet solace, and there’s a relief in knowing that all the love and hard work you’ve just witnessed culminated into a success. American University’s production of Inherit the Wind,  the 1955 classic written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, performing at American University’s Greenberg Theatre through tonight, is a smashing success. Inherit the Wind is […]

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