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Review: ‘Doctor Faustus’ at Brave Spirits Theatre

Full disclosure: If your only exposure to the classics was Shakespeare in high school, then be ready to get out there and see what else there is. There’s much to be found from the period that’s equally good, but a lighthearted romp this is not. With Doctor Faustus, Brave Spirits Theatre (one of the area’s prominent […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #9: Best Performances and Ensembles in Plays in Professional Theaters in DC/MD/VA

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #9: Best Performances in Musicals in Professional Theaters in DC, MD, and VA Are: Gassan Abbas in I Shall Not Hate at Mosaic Theater Company of DC. Lizzi Albert as Anne Boleyn in Anne of the Thousand Days at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Megan Anderson as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire at Everyman Theatre. Megan Anderson […]

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Review: ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at Faction of Fools

Audiences can usually expect something distinct, and full of chutzpah, from the folk at DC’s scrappy Faction of Fools theater troupe with its Comedia dell’Arte mission. The recipient of the 2012 Helen Hayes John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company, is now taking on Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice with abundantly bold self-confidence. Since even […]

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Review: ‘Collaborators’ at Spooky Action Theater

In these days of a re-igniting Cold War between Russia and the United States, those old grainy black-and-white films of a long thought dead dictator, Comrade Joseph “Uncle Joe” Stalin are being dusted off and brought back to animated life for the next few weeks. And, what does that have to do with theater? Easy, […]

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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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UPDATED 6/1/15: Magic Time!: ‘I’m an Improviser by Trade’: A Q&A With Matthew R. Wilson, Director of Faction of Fools’ ‘Our Town’

Updated 6/1/5: Before seeing Faction of Fools’ Commedia dell’arte interpretation of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in full production (I’d previously seen it in a workshop), I was skeptical whether the show was going to work. That uncertainty had prompted me to want to talk beforehand with Director Matthew R. Wilson (see below). But let’s be honest: What lover […]

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‘Our Town’ at Faction of Fools

Faction of Fools does it again with an innovative production of Thornton Wilder’s revolutionary and Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town, which originally debuted in 1938 about a New Hampshire town at the turn of the century and also death, love, marriage, life, and making breakfast. This is an inspired choice for Faction of Fools, a […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘The Duchess of Malfi’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) Setting aside certain things about this performance is difficult. They are greedy, selfish, and cruel. Greedy for deciding they should hoard such a mountain of talent in one cast. Selfish for thinking that they should each get to play multiple, amazing roles. And cruel for tearing my heart out through […]

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Tomorrow Sunday, April 13th at 7 PM: Faction of Fools Theatre Company presents the 5th Annual “Fool for All”: ‘Tales of Heroes and Gyros’

Tomorrow, Sunday, April 13th at 7 pm, Faction of Fools Theatre Company presents the 5th Annual “Fool for All”: Tales of Heroes and Gyros.  The Fool for All has been happening every year since 2010.  We’ve compiled quotes from this year’s cast about their favorite Fool for All memory or insight.  See below for what these actors […]

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Clockwise from top: Toby Mulford, Paul Reisman, Eva Wilhelm, Gwen Grastorf and Drew Kopas. Photo by ClintonBPhotography.

Ranting With Cyle: ‘Collaboration’ by Cyle Durkee

F%#k you! (Not you, sorry! {I should probably have explained that statement a bit first]) The reason I said that is that it’s not something that you typically hear in a collaborative process (but you never know {I like to scream it at my cast mates on a regular basis just to keep them on […]

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Juliet (Raven Bonniwell) finds her Romeo (Sean Hudock) dead in 'Romeo and Juliet.; Photo by Jon Harvey of /We Happy Few Productions.

Magic Time: ‘ We Happy Few Productions’ ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Capital Fringe by John Stoltenberg

Cross-gender casting of the classics can be sometimes a silly stunt, sometimes an earnest bemusement, and sometimes—as in Romeo and Juliet as staged for Capital Fringe by We Happy Few Productions—an astonishing fresh take for our times, a rereading that rewards us with resonance and relevance we were not aware of before. Academics have had […]

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Capital Fringe Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Carolyn Kelemen

‘A Romeo to die for’ Be still my heart!  On a sultry summer night, just like Juliet (a feisty Raven Bonniwell), this writer fell in love with Romeo (Sean Huddock) in the We Happy Few production of Romeo and Juliet at the Capital Fringe Festival. My heart also skipped a beat or two for the tap-dancing, blonde Mercutio, (William Vaughan), plus […]

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Meet the 2013 Helen Hayes Awards Nominees: Matthew R. Wilson by Cate Brewer

Cate Brewer speaks with Matthew R. Wilson, who is nominated for The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical for Faction of Fools Theatre Company’s A Commedia Christmas Carol, based on the novel by Charles Dickens. Cate: In your acceptance speech for the 2012 John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company, you mentioned how surprised […]

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Left to Right: Paul Reisman and Toby Mulford. Photo by Second Glance Photography.

‘A Commedia Christmas Carol’ by Jessica Vaughan

Faction of Fools Theatre Company combines Charles Dickens and Commedia Dell’Arte this Christmas for an inspired production of A Commedia Christmas Carol. The larger than life fable with its comi-tragic story and over-the-top ghosts is the perfect story for a group of ancient clowns with their masks and stylized body comedy. Faction of Fools is […]

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