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Magic Time! ‘Another Way Home’ at Theater J

You know you’ve just seen a play that hits a nerve about the distress of parents who have a troublesome, troubled son (whom they love but don’t know how to cope with) when  you’re reading the paper the next morning and there’s an advice column about that very dilemma: “We’re close to tossing him out,” […]

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Review: ‘Another Way Home’ at Theater J

Is it a coincidence that Another Way Home—which opened at Theater J on Monday night—just happens to coincide with the start of sleepaway camp for kids in the DC area? Not at all. That’s because this deliciously funny, poignant and occasionally painful take on parental and teenage angst—performed by a pitch-perfect cast of five actors—is […]

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‘Technicolor Life’ at Rep Stage

Three generations of women in one contemporary American family prove “ready for their close-up” in Technicolor Life, a world premiere at Rep Stage in Howard County. Don’t make a mistake thinking Technicolor Life will be some sort of Hollywood tell-all. The drama by Jami Brandli takes on divorce, wounded warriors, euthanasia, and the trials of […]

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‘Occupied Territories’ at Theater Alliance

The theater is no a stranger to the wounds of war. Countless plays and performance pieces have opened our hearts and minds to that which is unhealed and raw, to that which persists as pain and trauma, to that which has cut down the lives of even those who come home from war alive. Theater […]

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‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ at Adventure Theatre MTC

Adventure Theatre MTC presents the famed classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, based on the novel by L. Frank Baum and adapted by Jacqueline E. Lawton. Roberta Gasbarre directs this highly anticipated production, and delivers a thrilling show that allows parents to relive and share a beloved piece of their childhood with their children. Scenic […]

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‘Mockingbird’ at The Kennedy Center

Kennedy Center’s World Premiere of Mockingbird Is a Must See Play for All Ages Brilliant: very bright, flashing with light; very impressive or successful; extremely intelligent. Moving: having a strong emotional effect, causing feelings of sadness or sympathy. Luminous: clear, enlightening, shining, illustrious. Marvelous: extremely good or enjoyable; causing wonder, astonishing; miraculous, supernatural; of the […]

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Spine: Hip-Hop, Flow, and ‘How We Got On’

When I think of Hip-Hop my imagination immediately flies to urban America, to a gritty, “tougher than leather” New York City filled with N.W.A, LL Cool J, and of course Public Enemy (#1). When I think of Rap, I think of Hip-Hop as well, but also consider something much older, perhaps even as old as […]

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‘How We Got On’ at Forum Theatre

How We Got On, a brilliant new play from Forum Theatre by playwright Idris Goodwin, tells the story of three kids in 1988 who fall in love with rap and hip hop and set out to make a record together. Or How We Got On tells the story of the first few black and Latino […]

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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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‘Cab Calloway’s Minnie the Moocher’ at Pointless Theatre Co. at Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint by Justin Schneider

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be trapped in a old cartoon? One of those aggressively manic black-and-white pieces where everything has a face and bounces along to the music? Wonder no more. With Cab Calloway’s Minnie the Moocher, Pointless Theatre Company brings those cartoons to riotous, overwhelming, jazz-fueled life. Originally […]

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An Interview with Caroline Clay of ‘Clementine and the Lower 9′ at Forum Theatre Pt. 2 by Sydney-Chanele Dawkins

Caroline Clay is a phenomenal woman.  Her extraordinary acting skills and God’s gift of performance talent are only preceded by her grace, beauty, and kindness  Forum Theatre’s Clementine and the Lower 9, one of the most rewarding productions that I have seen all season, closed this weekend where Caroline Clay played the lead and performed […]

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An Interview with Caroline Clay of ‘Clementine and the Lower 9′ at Forum Theatre Pt. 1 by Sydney-Chanele Dawkins

Caroline Clay is a phenomenal woman. Her extraordinary acting skills and God’s gift of performance talent are only preceded by her grace, beauty, and kindness. Caroline plays the title character, Clementine, in Forum Theater’s current emotionally charged new work, Clementine and the Lower 9, written by Dan Dietz and directed by Derek Goldman. This is the […]

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