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Review: ‘Aglaonike’s Tiger’ at Venus Theatre

Aglaonike’s Tiger, written by Claudia Barnett and directed by Deborah Randall, is playing now at the Venus Theatre in Laurel, MD. The drama is based on the first recorded woman astronomer of Ancient Greece. Aglaonike (Ann Fraistat) seems to have been one of the first accurate prognosticators of the phases of the moon and lunar […]

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Review: ‘Happy Hour’ at Spooky Action Theater

A ticking clock is an amazing motivator. So is competition. Blend them together with a dose of live theatre and some spectacular technology, and you have Happy Hour, created by machina Ex and presented by Spooky Action Theater, in partnership with Goethe-Institut Washington. Originally performed in a bar (hence the name) in Germany in 2012, machina Ex […]

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‘Bug’ at SeeNoSun OnStage (Review #2)

Bug by Tracy Letts is not a show for anyone with a weak stomach.  Blood, violence, nudity, and drugs are rampant in this dark comedy but, being October, this production will be exactly what many thrill seekers are hoping to witness. The show is a twisted tale of two troubled strangers, who quickly become lovers […]

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‘Bug’ Opens on October 8th at SeeNoSun OnStage

SeeNoSun OnStage Presents Another Chilling Play by Tracy Letts SeeNoSun OnStage will open a four-week run of Bug, Tracy Letts’ tale of love, loss and government conspiracy on October 8th, 2015 at the Anacostia Arts Center. Bug is the second play written by the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of August: Osage County. “This playwright’s gritty brand of dramatic, black comedy is not for the […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘The Inaugural Election for President of Mrs. Jacobson’s Sixth Grade Class’

In this delightful comedy, six 6th graders are running for President of Mrs. Jacobson’s Sixth Grade class.  You, the audience, get to participate and choose the winner.  In the age of Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, nothing could be more apropos than a little political humor.  Remember “He Got Bin Laden, I’ll Get Big Bird”?  […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Preview: ‘The Inaugural Election for President of Mrs. Jacobson’s Sixth Grade Class’ by the Federal Theatre Project

For some scripts, writers will get on a roll, crafting a story from start to finish. Then comes the tough part: titling the show. In January 2013 I was kicking around an allegorical story about an election. I wanted to highlight the absurdities of modern day elections; what happens to candidates and how the public […]

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‘Killer Joe’ at SeeNoSun OnStage

Audiences with a taste for pitch-dark comedy will get their fill of a deliciously unsettling feast in Killer Joe, the launch production of the aptly named new theater company SeeNoSun. Killer Joe has a pedigree as the first play written by Tracy Letts, he whose penchant for disturbing dramas of family dysfunction powered his Pulizer Prize–winning August: Osage County. Killer Joe epitomizes […]

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‘Agnes Under the Big Top’ at Forum Theatre by Maddie Gaw

Forum Theatre’s season debut begins with a tongue-in-cheek pre-show announcement. It acknowledges a sort of cultural sameness that we feel as theatergoers, and as city-dwellers, particularly about cell phone and escalator etiquette. It’s as funny as anything in Agnes Under the Big Top, Aditi Brennan Kapil’s tale of disparate immigrants and people who cross each […]

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‘The Misanthrope’ at Vagabond Players by Amanda Gunther

To err is human, to forgive divine, though in this comedy of manners you’ll find very little divinity as no one seems to be in the forgiving mood. The Vagabond Players opens their 98th season with Molière’s most notable work, The Misanthrope. With a new translation by Richard Wilbur, the production is Directed by Howard Berkowitz […]

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