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Review: ‘RIOT’ at The Highwood Theatre

Last night in a small, tucked-away space in Silver Spring, I watched a “real time” drama so exciting and original, so drop-dead funny and knock-out suspenseful, that I left the theater dazed and euphoric. The play is called Riot. It takes place in Sam’s Coffee Shop—a room of not more than 600 square feet that Set […]

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‘Harvey’ at 1st Stage

1st Stage Theatre presents Harvey, Mary Chase’s 1945 Pulitzer Prize-winning comedic drama, directed by Michael Chamberlin. When a high-society family makes a desperate attempt to hide the eccentric behavior of one of their own, they find themselves in a runaway whirlwind of chaos. This classic comedy of errors is in capable hands with 1st stage, whose […]

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‘The Trap’ at Ambassador Theater

The gaunt and haunted figure of Franz Kafka obsessed the renowned Polish poet, novelist, and dramatist Tadeusz Różewicz (1921-2014). His two-act play The Trap—part expressionistic, part realistic—poetically thrusts Kafka’s anxieties and nightmares front and center. First published in 1982, The Trap as translated by Adam Czerniawski is now getting its U.S. premiere in an imaginative and fittingly […]

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‘A Thurber Carnival’ at Vienna Theatre Company

Vienna Theatre Company Stretches Its Boundaries With A Thurber Carnival Vienna Theatre Company deserves credit for stretching the boundaries and bringing A Thurber Carnival to the DC metro area. Many of the scenes are based on essays written by James Thurber for The New Yorker Magazine more than 70 years ago. Surprisingly, much of the […]

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‘To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday’ at Peter’s Alley Theatre Productions at Theatre On the Run by Julia L. Exline

Peter’s Alley Theatre Productions presents their inaugural production, the poignant drama To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, by Michael Brady. Aly Ettman directs this story about grief, and how much control we actually have over its effect on our lives and relationships. Set Designer Bob Chaves uses stripped, white-washed wood to create the deck and […]

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