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.

The Birds

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Expect lots of pondering and creepy thrills in this chilling version of the Daphne du Maurier tale of killer birds and society’s reactions to its own potential demise. 

H2O

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This world premiere has a fascinating premise, that performing theater, in this case, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, can help save a wayward soul desperately in need of structure in his life.  Partnering this Hamlet with just the Ophelia is the key.

Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah

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In this strangely titled production that packs a wallop, writer and director Mark St. Germain sets up an imagined encounter between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.  The world premiere script is remarkably savvy, complete with beats that ebb and flow with a natural ease. 

A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World

at Contemporary American Theater Festival

This strangely titled play sets the atmosphere and eerie mood of  post Salem Witch trials, set in 1702 and recalling the year ’92 when hysteria about the pervasive power of Satan was the rage, at least  in Salem, Massachusetts with its infamous trials and executions.

Peter Pan and Wendy

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Lots of fresh new insights abound in this cheerful rendition of Peter Pan and Wendy at Imagination Stage. The well-known story feels bubbly fresh in the hands of director Kathryn Chase Bryer who orchestrates the cast’s multiple entrances with Peter, covering every inch of the stage and sending them out through the audience seeking affirmation […]

Love means always hurling the F word in Grieving for Genevieve

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If you want a sweet, quiet, sedate time at the theater, keep driving up the highway, because this ain’t it. Grieving for Genevieve is a shot of adrenaline where three rambunctious sisters are thrown back together, for better or worse, to deal with the middle sister’s upcoming wedding.

The Hampton Years

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The world premiere The Hampton Years, lovingly mounted at Theater J, contains important nuggets of the country’s past without feeling pedantic or weighed down by its own history. 

Blithe Spirit at 1st Stage

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Blithe Spirit has been around for ages, and now is as good a time as any to be reminded why.  It’s got a fun premise – imagining love’s reach beyond the afterlife – and with the right performers and the right touch, it’s comforting and provokingly tender. Without giving too much away, the two wives […]

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