Tag Archives | Matthew M. Nielson


Review: ‘Draw the Circle’ at Mosaic Theater Company

Draw the Circle is no ordinary one-man show. Nor is it an ordinary autobiographical play. Because Mashuq Mushtaq Deen—its transgender playwright and solo performer—has a singularly fascinating life story to tell. And the way he tells it is even more amazing. When Deen was born into his conservative Muslim family, he was assigned female. That […]

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Magic Time!: ‘Still Life with Rocket’ at Theater Alliance as Voyage to a New Form: A Q&A with Director Mollye Maxner

Still Life With Rocket is greater than the sum of its arts. The diverse forms of installation, choreography, and character-driven drama come together in this collaboratively devised experience in what seems a wholly new way. It happens on the entire first floor of the Anacostia Playhouse, including hallways, dressing rooms, and a mobile-home structure on the loading […]

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Review: ‘Proof’ at Olney Theatre Center

Who wants to go see a play about math? That could be a typical dialogue when people are perusing the paper wondering how to spend their Saturday night. In the case of David Auburn’s Tony Award-winning play, Proof, this hypothesis would be wrong because, as the characters in this beautiful play say often, we can’t […]

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Review: ‘Where Words Once Were’ at The Kennedy Center

This past weekend, The Kennedy Center opened a newly commissioned show for young audiences from Playwright, Finegan Kruckemeyer. The piece titled, Where Words Once Were, touches on the often overlooked beauty and power of words. Words can be weapons of hate or messengers of love and a single word can have many different meanings depending on […]

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‘Occupied Territories’ at Theater Alliance

The theater is no a stranger to the wounds of war. Countless plays and performance pieces have opened our hearts and minds to that which is unhealed and raw, to that which persists as pain and trauma, to that which has cut down the lives of even those who come home from war alive. Theater […]

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‘The Nutcracker’ at Round House Theatre

Offering a new fantastical family-friendly treat, Round House Theatre continues its 2014-15 season with a spectacularly re-imagined contemporary adaptation of a beloved classic – The Nutcracker, a new holiday musical created by Tommy Rapley, Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, and Kevin O’Donnell. Directed by the award-winning Joe Calarco, The Nutcracker made its area premiere at Round […]

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‘Abominable’ at The Hub Theatre

There’s no question: puberty can be a bitch. Or, more to the point, a beast… It is the latter metaphor that is explored extensively in The Hub Theatre’s intriguing new play, Abominable.  Playwright and Hub’s Artistic Director Helen Pafumi pens a tale that fuses a dark fairy tale with a classic coming-of-age story. Sam (Chris […]

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‘The Lyons’ at Round House Theatre by David Friscic

Like a pride of carnivorous lions, the Lyons family is aggressively on the prowl for laughs (underneath the pain) In playwright Nicky Silver’s The Lyons now playing at Bethesda’s Round House Theatre. From the opening scene where we see the Jewish matriarch, Rita Lyons (Naomi Jacobson), prattling incessantly about re-designing her living room while her […]

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Martina Arroyo, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine, and Carlos Santana to Receive 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

MARTINA ARROYO, HERBIE HANCOCK, BILLY JOEL,SHIRLEY MACLAINE, AND CARLOS SANTANA TO RECEIVE 36TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS America to Celebrate the Careers of Five Extraordinary Artists on Sunday, December 8, 2013 Gala will be broadcast on CBS on December 29, 2013 at 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the selection of […]

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ZZ Top at Wolf Trap by Christina Frank

For most bands longevity means staying together long enough to put out a second or, if lucky, a third album; but for ZZ Top (lead vocalist and guitarist Billy Gibbons, vocalist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard) it’s forty years of fine tuning. Playing that long together has giving this band of three outstanding cohesion. […]

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Viola’s (Emily Trask), Duke Orsino (Michael Brusasco), Sebastian (William Vaughan), and Olivia (Rachel Pickup). Photo by Scott Suchman.

‘Twelfth Night’ at Folger Theatre by Mark Dewey

Folger’s Twelfth Night is Beautifully Conceived It’s a disk, or a lens, or giant kaleidoscope, thirty feet high and thirty feet wide. Or a big round stained-glass window, maybe, slanted like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. A few of the pieces of glass at the bottom have been stolen, or they melted, or somebody licked […]

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Craig Wallace and Joe Isenberg. Photo by Danisha Crosby.

‘Young Robin Hood’ at Round House Theatre by Anne Tsang

The world premiere of Young Robin Hood, written by Jon Klein, at Round House Theatre, is a multi-faceted show. At first look, the production, directed by Derek Goldman, seems to be a simple story of the ever-familiar legend of Robin Hood, but on deeper reflection, the show is something so much more – a swashbuckling […]

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Nick Olcott as James Beard. Photo by Danisha Crosby.

‘I Love to Eat’ at Round House Theatre by David Friscic

Like a dinner with a good friend, Round House Theatre’s production of I Love to Eat is a savory and satisfying addition to their 2012-2013 theatre season.  Producing Artistic Director Ryan Rilette has chosen a refreshing and witty contrasting follow up to the more somber initial offering of the season Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. […]

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