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Review: ‘Chicago’ at The Keegan Theatre

With its snappy-saucy take on Chicago, The Keegan Theatre shows it knows how to give an audience the ol’ razzle-dazzle. And Keegan has done the durable musical proud. In fact in Keegan’s mounting of the quasi-naughty musical on a bare wood set in a decommissioned church, a case can be made that Chicago’s vaudeville-based storytelling works even […]

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Review: Take the Stage Delivers with ‘Dynamic’ Revue

By Marco Mazzarino It isn’t often that you walk away from a performance of (mostly) adolescents giddy and excited. Especially if none of the performers are friends or family members. The production of Dynamic, by Take The Stage Performance Company, was one of those rare times. I brought my elementary-age daughters along for what I […]

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Review: ‘Annie’ at Olney Theatre Center

The musical Annie is 40 years old this year, and thanks to the Olney Theatre Center’s cheerful new production, a whole new generation of theater goers will get the chance to travel back in time to Depression-era New York City, for the heart-warming tale of the world’s most optimistic orphan. With a book by Thomas […]

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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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Review: ‘Urinetown’ at Monumental Theatre Company

Urinetown is not what you would call a “feel good” musical. Monumental Theatre Company has mounted this funny and politically-punching show about a town which, due to a catastrophic water shortage, has instituted a hefty fee that everyone must pay anytime they need to use the bathroom, and the eventual revolution that ensues. Monumental Theatre […]

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Review: ‘American Idiot’ at The Keegan Theatre

The Keegan Theatre’s American Idiot speaks to collective genius. Hardly a no-brainer to mount this explosive, war-weary work, weaned in the Bush II era, at the height of today’s media-hijacked, cock-eyed presidential campaign. (Careful, now, no name-calling or naming names. Hand gestures should suffice.) But the payload of mixing Ritalin-wracked choreography, transcendent stagecraft and megaphonic […]

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‘A Year with Frog and Toad’ at Imagination Stage

Arnold Lobel’s lovable characters from his classic children’s books, Frog and Toad, come to life at Imagination Stage in a Tony Award-nominated musical, A Year with Frog and Toad, with books and lyrics by Willie Reale and music by Robert Reale. Two vastly different friends awaken from their hibernation and together they experience the seasons […]

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Spine: Is ‘Avenue Q’ Just What the Doctor Ordered? Constellation Theatre’s Marvelous Production

Let me be absolutely clear. I loved Constellation Theatre Company’s production of Avenue Q, which opened last night to a packed, laughing audience. Fast paced, precisely choreographed and executed, with deliciously varied voices and personalities, and who doesn’t love the Muppets and Sesame Street: it’s not Bert and Ernie up there, but Bert and Ernie […]

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‘Kiss Me Kate’ at NextStop Theatre Company

When Cole Porter’s classic musical Kiss Me Kate first premiered on Broadway, it featured a cast of 40 singers and dancers. This makes sense, as there are many roles in this show and enthusiastic, toe-tapping numbers like “Another Openin’ Another Show” and “I Sing of Love” need to be propelled to the audience with a […]

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‘Oliver! The Musical’ at Adventure Theatre MTC

This summer, Adventure Theatre MTC brings Lionel Bart’s Oliver! to Round House Theatre in their first Two Act Musical in 63 years! While Adventure Theatre is celebrated for their award-winning one-act children’s shows, they endeavor to expand their horizons (as well as their audience) with this ambitious project– and they rise to the challenge spectacularly. Director Joseph […]

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Adventure Theatre MTC Announces Cast of Steampunk ‘Oliver!’ Playing July 24-August 16th at Round House Theatre

 ADVENTURE THEATRE MTC ANNOUNCES THE CAST OF OLIVER! FEATURES YOUTH PERFORMERS AND HELEN HAYES AWARD RECIPIENTS & NOMINEES Adventure Theatre MTC is thrilled to announce the cast of this summer’s OLIVER!, ATMTC’s two-act steampunk reimagining of the musical by Lionel Bart. Actors Melynda Burdette, Marni Ratner, Keith Richards, Danny Pushkin, Greg Twomey, Jennie Lutz, Kelsea […]

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‘Seussical’ at Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre

“Hear it like a whisper, smell it on the summer breeze.” It’s the sound of story and whimsy—the smell of childhood and daydreams. These sensations are brought to life in Seussical the Musical, (with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens), playing at Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre. Seussical combines the plots from several […]

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Magic Time! ‘Hair’ at The Keegan Theatre

When I saw the original Broadway production of Hair in the late sixties, my hair was shoulder length, and the slogan “Make love not war!” referred to pacifism pre-9/11 and fluid exchange pre-AIDs. Times have changed a lot (and I’m more shorn), yet this legendary “American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” rocks on, its spirit and heartbeat […]

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‘Hair’ at The Keegan Theatre

“Psychedelic!” might be the only word that appropriately describes the electrifying rock musical Hair rocking The Keegan Theatre last night. With brilliant direction by Susan Marie Rhea and Mark A. Rhea, music direction by Jake Null, and choreography by Rachel Leigh Dolan, this interpretation of Hair in the intimate Keegan Theatre is an experience you won’t want […]

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THE BEST OF 2013: ‘Favorite Musical Direction and Choreography′ by The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts

Here are the choices for our Favorite Music Direction and Choreography of 2013 by the staff of DCMetroTheaterArts. Congrats to our honorees and to every Musical Director and Choreographer who worked on our local stages in 2013. Please leave your list of designers and their work you would like to personally honor in the COMMENT BOX. […]

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