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Review: ‘Big Fish’ at The Keegan Theatre

Family-friendly musicals are relatively rare these days. Family-friendly musicals that have adult themes are even rarer. Big Fish, with book by John August and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, is a rare bird indeed. T.S. Eliot’s J. Alfred Prufrock “heard the mermaids singing, each to each,” but he didn’t think that they would sing […]

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Review: ‘Gilligan’s Fire Island’ at Dominion Stage

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a cheeky flip, begun with fun by castaways, who do everything but strip. Gilligan’s Fire Island is a parody, bringing back nostalgic memories of the 1960’s TV show with a tropical paradise, plenty of coconuts, and bamboo décor. The twist on the well-known […]

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The cast of Parade. Photo by Cameron Whitman.

Review #2: ‘Parade’ at The Keegan Theatre

Arguments have been made that the theater is supposed to be a “safe place” where patrons can go to be entertained, away from the harshness of the world. Yet there is a large(r) number of people who believe that the role of theater is not just to amuse the audience, but to inform, critique, question, console, […]

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The cast of Parade. Photo by Cameron Whitman.

Review #1: ‘Parade’ at The Keegan Theatre

An intriguing musical piece of consequential historical value, The Keegan Theatre’s production of the Award-winning musical Parade is unapologetically dark and honest. Based on actual events, the musical follows the struggles of Leo Frank (played by Michael Innocenti), a Jewish factory superintendent who was convicted of a crime he did not commit, and his relationship […]

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‘Carrie the Musical’ at Dominion Stage

Just in time for Halloween, Dominion Stage presents Carrie the Musical, with music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and book by Lawrence D. Cohen. Based off Stephen King’s horror novel, Matthew Randall directs this cult musical. Even though the show has been intensely re-vamped since its infamous Broadway flop in 1988 and for […]

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The 15th Annual 2014 WATCH AWARDS Nominations Announced

THE WATCH AWARDS Nominations Announced January 18, 2015 – 7:30 pm at The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA Award Ceremony Sunday, March 8, 2015 – 7:00 pm at The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA Award Ceremony Tickets $17.50 at the Birchmere Box Office or through Ticketmaster (plus service charge) 111 productions (34 musicals, 77 plays) were adjudicated in 2014. Thirty-one community […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2014: Best Directors/Musical Directors in a Musical in Community Theatres

Hans Bachmann for La Cage aux Folles at McLean Community Players  Musical Director: John Edward Niles ______ Homero Bayarena for Les Misérables at Glyndon Area Players Musical Director: Matt Hartman ______ Rich Bird for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Reston Community Players Musical Director: Mark V. Deal ______ Zina Bleck for Spamalot at Zemfira Stage Musical Director: Annette Fakoury _____ Stephanie Bonte-Lebair for My Fair […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Sage of Blackwell’

Sage of Blackwell is a good example of the Capital Fringe Festival’s mission to provide “a showcase for…raw and authentic live performance work.” The world premiere of the drama from Lena Productions tells the story of Runyon Law as he moves from line worker at a large aircraft manufacturing plant in Oklahoma to union activist […]

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‘Boeing Boeing’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria

The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s latest production, Boeing Boeing, by French playwright Marc Camoletti with English translation by Beverley Cross, is marketed as “a non-stop comedy,” and after a packed afternoon show this past Sunday, it is surely on a non-stop trajectory to being the funniest, most charming play in the DC Metro area. The premise and […]

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