Hansel and Gretel

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Christopher Piper’s rousing welcome to the Puppet Co’s production of Hansel and Gretel opens floodgates of responses from little ones trained to sit still and be quiet.  With permission to giggle and laugh out loud at the antics, everyone sits back to enjoy what awaits. 

Happily Ever After

Doug Krehbel and Karin Rosnizeck (Photo: courtesy of Ambassador Theater

Ambassador Theater’s latest production has just opened at Mead Theatre Lab. Happily Ever After’s three scenes explore the landscape of loneliness and aloneness experienced in various stages of “relationships.”  Whether it’s a misunderstanding that causes a couple to inadvertently stand each other up, a one-night stand with emotional possibilities, or the inner turmoil of a […]

The Wedding Dress

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Only perfect-pitch direction and excellent casting could get this quirky expressionist work off the ground.  Luckily Spooky Theater has just what it takes to get juices flowing like you wouldn’t believe.

Sleeping Beauty

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The story of Sleeping Beauty gets a whimsical fun-filled touch at Puppet Co.  With its trademark sometimes snarky banter filled with modern references and sensibility, the company tells the timeless, age-old tale highlighting the unfortunate effects of uncontrolled anger. 

Yellow Face

The cast of Yellow Face (Photo: C. Stanley Photography)

Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang is a soul searching romp raising questions about racial identify, profiling, radical self-acceptance and more.  Hwang’s writing is direct and sincere as he unveils his reactions to events that unfolded in his life while exploring his own intentions and motives as a playwright, an Asian American, and dutiful son.

A Gin Game well played at Anacostia Playhouse

Dane Galloway and Adele Robey (Photo: C. Stanley Photography)

The Gin Game is a tromp through the emotional landscape of two people in a nursing home playing harmless games of Gin Rummy to pass the time — harmless as a heart attack.

Cab Calloway’s Minnie the Moocher

The Pointless cast of Minnie the Moocher.

For a fast blast to the past of a speak-easy, a cool jazzy set is swinging at the Flashpoint Mead Theatre Lab.  With creative and stylistic verve, Pointless Theatre has organized the songs made famous by Cab Calloway in a back-story bringing the characters to life with cartoonish flair. The lyrics unfold to tell the […]

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Deidra LaWan Starnes and Megan Graves (Photo: Bruce Douglas)

The image of presents, presents everywhere as far as the eye can see, a treasure trove of Christmas cheer awaits all who enter Adventure Stage.In the midst of the bounty, a little hapless somewhat fledging partridge named Shirley must carry on the time-honored tradition of orchestrating the Twelve Days of Christmas song when absolutely Nothing […]

Gee’s Bend

Margo Moorer as Nella, Duyen Washington as Alice, and Roz White as Sadie (Photo: Chris Banks)

MetroStage’s production of Gee’s Bend is everything I could possibly hope for.  The story spans seventy years in ninety minutes and explores characters behind the famed Gee’s Bend quilts by focusing on a mother and two daughters in an isolated part of rural Alabama.  The small African American community tucked into the “bend” of the […]

Dance 10, Looks 10 . A Chorus Line at Olney Theatre Center

The cast of Olney Theatre Center's production of A Chorus Line (Photo: Stan Barouh)

A Chorus Line at Olney Theatre Center is two hours of pure musical theatre bliss. The show runs on high octane energy from the fast-paced opening music with Michael Bennett’s signature choreography deliciously recreated by Stephen Nachamie who also directed.

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