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Review: ‘The White Snake’ at Baltimore Center Stage

It was a thrill and a privilege to be at the grand reopening of Baltimore Center Stage last night. I felt like a movie star walking up the red carpet, past the searchlights, into the shiny new lobby. The redesigned Head Theater looked simply luxurious with its comfortable, plush, red seats. It was almost enough […]

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Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Ford’s Theatre

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is back at Ford’s Theatre in a production that is guaranteed to fill your heart with Yuletide cheer. Michael Wilson’s adaptation tells the classic tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge as he is visited by the three ghosts of Christmas who offer the crotchety miser a chance at redemption. This iteration of […]

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Review: ‘Disgraced’ at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ

It is sometimes difficult to imagine what theater might be able to further contribute to an already contentious national conversation about tolerance and devisiveness in America. An unconventional election season has placed our culture into an echo chamber of misconstrued facts and figures, along with a swarm of closely-held prejudices. However, the past few years […]

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‘Pericles’ at the Folger Theatre

Pericles is a night of wonder, perfect for a romantic evening or a thought-provoking night out with family or friends. Watching it is like lying in the grass watching clouds move over a beautiful blue sky; mesmerizing, brief, and final. The original production was staged, to critical acclaim, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Director Joseph […]

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The Women’s Voices Theater Festival: ‘The Guard’ at Ford’s Theatre

Only through art do we become immortal. The Guard, commissioned by Ford’s Theatre for the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, is an original work by playwright Jessica Dickey. Jessica Dickey and The Guard are recipients of the National Theatre Conference’s 2015 Barrie and Bernice Stavis Award, an award celebrating outstanding emerging playwrights. The play plumbs existential depths […]

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‘The Velocity of Autumn’ to Open on Broadway at The Booth Theatre on April 21, 2014 and Previews Begin April 1, 2014

The Velocity of Autum is off to Broadway’s The Booth Theatre! “A bracing, honest and deliciously funny performance played with wonderful gritand wit by the great actress Estelle Parsons.” – The New York Times “Estelle Parsons is sublime in a delightfully nuanced performance with exuberance and sensitivity” – Variety “The team of Parsons and Spinella feels right for almost any occasion.  You’re in the presence of actors of the top rank under Molly Smith’s unassailable direction.” – The Washington Post  Estelle […]

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An Interview with Bruce Dow on Playing Pseudolus in ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Joel Markowitz

Bruce Dow is wowing DC audiences with his high-energy and funny performance of the slave Pseudolus in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Joel: How did you get involved with STC’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum? Bruce: I can’t remember […]

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‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Anne Tsang

The opening number of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical farce A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, “Comedy Tonight,” promises, “Something appealing, something appalling, something for everyone…tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!” If its comedy and baudy that you are expecting, you will most definitely not be disappointed! Alan […]

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‘The Velocity of Autumn’ at Arena Stage at The Mead Center for American Theater by John Stoltenberg

For $64,000, the funny thing about aging is…? Funny like strange or funny like—? Like LOL. Oh, okay, lemme think. [Thinks a long time; lame music plays.] Haven’t got all day. Please, I need more time! Come on, clock’s ticking. No, wait! Nope. Time’s up. Your final answer. Now. Um…um…lemme guess— [Over sound of nasty buzzer:] The […]

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Mark Hairston, Christopher Wilson, Eric Berryman and Damian Thompson as Tuskegee Airmen in the Ford’s Theatre production of 'Fly,' directed by Ricardo Khan. Photo by Scott Suchman.

‘Fly’ at Ford’s Theatre by Grace Kim

Written by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan, and passionately directed by Ricardo Khan, Ford’s Theatre’s production of Fly is a tribute to the experiences of the African-American men who signed up for the Army Air Corps – collectively known as the Tuskegee Airmen. From the moment Fly begins, you’re drawn into the story of these brave […]

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