Petite Rouge Cajun-style at Adventure Theatre MTC

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Petite Rouge, a Cajun Red Riding Hood is so steeped in Louisiana back-water country you can almost smell the wafting aroma of gumbo and need cornbread to sop it up.

Bessie’s Blues, a triumph at MetroStage

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Nothing can quite prepare you for the seismic impact of this innovative script in the hands of a stellar cast and designers with Bernardine Mitchell at the helm of Bessie’s Blues. Twenty years after its inaugural D.C. production, Bessie’s Blues still has the sass and flair that garnered all those Helen Hayes awards, electrified audiences, […]

A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular

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There’s something about raunchy elves and an over the top Mrs. Claus as a potty-mouthed, grind-worthy, well-endowed and knows how to flaunt it M.C. that tickles even if the actual jokes aren’t that funny. Mrs. Claus and her cheerful cadre of talented elves brighten the holidays working with what they’ve got, which from a very […]

All new Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol brightens the holiday

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Just when you thought you’ve seen the absolute final rendition of a Christmas Carol that you can take, another version pops up that’s irresistible—Tiny Tim’s is one of those. A grown up and healed Tim tells what really happened behind the scenes that changed the curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge all those years ago on the back […]

Africa Umoja at The National for only 2 more performances

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Thrusting hips and high stepping kicks are heating up the National Theater for just a few days with Umoja finally in town. Rescheduled due to visa difficulties, the company has resumed its long awaited world tour and is wowing the crowds with exuberant dancing, thrilling gymnastics, soul-stirring vocals and of course, infectious rhythms of the […]

Awake and Sing! at Olney Theatre Center

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It’s amazing how topical something from the 1930’s feels and fits right here and now when it’s a classic, expertly cast and directed. Awake and Sing! depicts one family’s story, one of the first to chronicle Jewish family scenes without derision or ridicule. The show starts with everyone seated for a family meal, an automatic […]

Stuart Little at Adventure Theatre/MTC

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The adorable mouse Stuart Little sails into fun and adventure at Adventure Theatre/MTC. Director Colin Hovde brings out the humor in the award-winning story by believing in the magic of everyday life. Imagination runs wild from the beginning with the actors engaging the audience as part of the story and enticing everyone to accept and […]

Rapunzel at The Puppet Co

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The Puppet Co’s rendition of Rapunzel snaps with the vigor of fresh vegetables, which is what rapunzel actually is, a vine in the radish family. Master Puppeteer Christopher Piper passes along such delish nuggets in telling the familiar story with an innocent charm. He portrays all of the characters, sophisticated rod puppets with such distinct […]

Venus and Adonis by Isango Ensemble

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A very different show than Isango Ensemble’s companion piece, Magic Flute, Venus and Adonis is more somber, less accessible, and is more of an acquired taste. While Flute is deliriously fun for all ages, Venus and Adonis is definitely slanted to a more sedate crowd ready to hunker down and deal with the vagaries of […]

The Magic Flute by Isango Ensemble

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Who knew that Mozart’s Magic Flute could bounce and sway with an African beat? It does, big time in the masterful production by the visiting artistry of the Isango Ensemble from Cape Town, South Africa. And I mean visiting as in short run of only several performances remaining before they pack up for the rest […]

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