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 […]

Dead and Breathing: CATF

Lizan Mitchell (l) as "Carolyn" and N.L. Graham (r) as "Veronika" in (Photo by Seth Freeman)

Dead & Breathing pairs the formidable Lizan Mitchell with the dazzling N.L. Graham in a battle of witticisms, piercing words and stratagems about life, living, end of life decisions, and the tumultuous journey between.

The Yellow Wallpaper, closes this weekend

Justin Calhoun and Ty Hallmark (Photo: Teresa Castracane Photography, LLC.)

The short story, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, which captures a woman’s slow descent into utter powerlessness and madness, has been sending shivers down readers’ spines for over a century. The woman, only identified as “Wife,” is sequestered in a bedroom by her husband to help her “rest and recover” after childbirth, but […]

Pinkalicious from Adventure Theatre/MTC

Carolyn Agan as Pinkalicious (Photo: Mike Horan)

Pinkalicious shows how too much of a good thing, no matter how tasty, sweet, and bubblelicious can have unfortunate consequences.

Beautiful production of scary story The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) at Imagination Stage

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It takes a lot of imagination and defiant boldness to take on Roald Dahl’s The BFG, (Big Friendly Giant). The tale goes into dark scary places generally not depicted in family theater and can be brightened only so much. The idea of a little girl still in her “jammy jams” being snatched screaming out of […]

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