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Review: ‘I and You’ at People’s Light

For a personal two-hander about a gravely ill teenager’s transcendental reflection on life and death through the lens of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, you need to have empathetic actors who make you care about the characters without becoming maudlin. People’s Light has them, for its Philadelphia premiere of I and You by Lauren Gunderson. Under […]

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The Philadelphia Chorus’ ‘The Voice of Peace’

German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), in his 1949 essay, “Cultural Criticism and Society,” claimed, “To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric” (transl. by Samuel and Shierry Weber). However, in 1966, Adorno revised his view: “Perennial suffering has as much right to expression as a tortured man has to scream; hence it may have been […]

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Dangereuse: An Interview With Playwright Karin Coonrod on ‘texts and beheadings/ElizabethR’ at The Folger Theatre

I asked Playwright Karin Coonrod to talk about her play texts and beheadings/ElizabethR, which ends its run this weekend at Folger Theatre. Sophia: Please introduce yourself to our readers and tell us more about your career. How did you get interested in playwriting and directing? Karin: My first memories are in Noli, Italy—a fishing village mentioned in […]

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MVCCT presents ‘Once Upon A Mattress’ 3/21-30

Everyone loves a ‘happily ever after’ story! Mount Vernon Community Children’s  Theatre (MVCCT) presents the musical comedy Once Upon A Mattress   March 21, 22, 28 & 29 – @7:30 pm and March 23 & 30  – @3:00 pm   Bryant High School –  2709 Popkins Lane, in Alexandria, VA Tickets are $12 and can be purchased […]

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Olney Theatre Center Announces 2014 Season: 5 Plays and 4 Musicals by Laura Asendio

Olney Theatre Center’s Artistic Director Jason Loewith announced the company would scrap its traditional subscription format while producing an ambitious slate of three seasons and nine productions for the Theatre’s 2014 – 76th Anniversary Season. Three “mini-seasons” will feature Rolling World Premieres, 20th century American classics, four extraordinary musicals and an outdoor Shakespeare production beneath the stars. “After many […]

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