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Magic Time! ‘The Lonesome West’ at The Keegan Theatre

In real life, when we are spectators to two grown men facing off in dead-serious combat—right in front of us; with words, fists, lethal weapons, whatnot; unmediated by movies and such—our natural response is fright, for fear that the fight will get out of hand and include us. The more the conflict turns violent, the more urgently […]

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Review: ‘The Lonesome West’ at The Keegan Theatre

The Keegan Theatre’s current and provocatively darkly comic production of Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West, written by the brilliant, raffish and audacious Irish playwright (The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Pillowman, etc.), is NOT about cowboys. Set in the West Ireland town of Leenane, the audience is greeted with familiar McDonagh terrain as we witness the […]

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‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ at Spotlighters Theatre

The biggest question many theater goers will have leaving Beauty Queen of Leenane is “What is Complan?” Allow me to save you much speculating and googling, according to the Complan company website, “Complan is a tasty range of nutritional supplement drinks with protein, carbohydrate, and 26 vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins.” According to Mag […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts Staff’s 2013 Special Awards

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts bestows the following Special Awards upon: Theater J,  under the leadership of Artistic Director Ari Roth, programmed the most consistently relevant and socially engaged theatrical season of the year with its productions of Apples from the Desert; Boged (Traitor): An Enemy of the People;Race;Andy and the Shadows;The Hampton Years;After the Revolution;The Argument; Woody Sez:  A Musical […]

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‘The Lyons’ at Round House Theatre by David Friscic

Like a pride of carnivorous lions, the Lyons family is aggressively on the prowl for laughs (underneath the pain) In playwright Nicky Silver’s The Lyons now playing at Bethesda’s Round House Theatre. From the opening scene where we see the Jewish matriarch, Rita Lyons (Naomi Jacobson), prattling incessantly about re-designing her living room while her […]

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‘The Argument’ at Theater J by David Friscic

Theater J is pulling out all the stops in its current and very polemical production of playwright Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros’ The Argument. Directed with a tight, concise flair by Associate Artistic Director Shirley Serotsky, this extremely relevant play grips from the beginning to the end. This absorbing play deals with the questions of free will, morality, […]

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‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ at Round House Theatre Bethesda by David Friscic

Playwright Martin McDonagh’s bleak and dour black tragi-comedy The Beauty Queen of Leenane is alive and well in its thrilling current production at Bethesda’s Round House Theatre. Under the superlative direction of Jeremy Skidmore (who directed what I considered the best production of the past season, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo again at Round House Theatre), this […]

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‘A Behanding in Spokane’ at The Keegan Theatre by Kim Moeller

A Behanding in Spokane is an unexpected guilty pleasure. Unexpected, because the play is promoted as a macabre tale full of grisly surprises. Although there are a plethora of blood-soaked amputated hands, this production never really descends into the realm of darkness and horror I expected. Guilty, because the story doesn’t give us much in […]

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Round House Theatre Unveils Its 2013-2014 Season: ‘Round House Reinvented’ by Sarah Pressler

For Producing Artistic Director Ryan Rilette’s first full season, Round House Theatre in Bethesda has unveiled its 2013-2014 season entitled Round House Reinvented. It’s a season full of comedy, drama, and music – “two modern classics, two Broadway comedies, an Off-Broadway comedy, and an Off-Broadway musical.” “This season reflects a new artistic vision that we hope will excite current patrons […]

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