Today marks the start of the Washington area 2014-2015 theatre season

With the increasing trend for theatre companies to produce nearly year round, it has become tricky to to determine when the official Washington DC area season closes and the next one opens. Some of you may remember when the Labor Day weekend at the Kennedy Center for the Page-to-Stage Festival was the informal season kickoff. […]

Between Riverside and Crazy

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The Atlantic Theatre Company, nestled in its own theatre in a church on East 20th Street, has come up with a winner in Between Riverside and Crazy, a taut and tingling family drama replete with the laughs that often come with bitter feuds and foul play that enliven days and nights of ordinary folks just […]

The Campsite Rule

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Alexandra Petri, who writes a humor column for the Washington Post, has here written a sex comedy. By this I mean she has written a play in which people say witty things while, um, having sex. Also, while in the coffee shop talking about having sex. And in each other’s place of residence, getting ready […]

Ariadne in Naxos at Glimmerglass

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It takes a confident and mature company like Glimmerglass to poke fun both at itself and the very form of opera. Ariadne in Naxos was, in many ways, both a celebration and a self-referential spoof of the entire “Glimmerglass family” that had gathered. The production was cast from past and present members of the Young […]

Piece of My Heart

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Bert Berns was an American song writer and producer in the 1960s. An original sixties rock ‘n roller and writer of soul, he made a mark in popular music, particularly with “Here Comes The Night”, “Hang on Sloopy”, “Twist and Shout” and the title song of this latest jukebox revuesical.

Feisty Old Jew

Charlie Varon in Feisty Old Jew. Click for tickets

Actor and performer Charlie Varon has a definite propensity when it comes to storytelling: a laidback and welcoming presence, a passionate mind full of churning ideas, and what a voice! Spanning mellow depths to squeaking highs and with diction to put Henry Higgins to shame, his rich range and control are made to bring classical […]

The Adventures of Tapman

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You know Batman and Spiderman and Ironman and Thor. Superman, Wonderwoman, the Hulk and Captain America. But do you recall, the most famous tap dancing superhero of all?

Abominable

(l-r) Sasha Olinick, Carla Briscoe, Maggie Erwin and Liz Osborn (Photo: Teresa Castracane)

Growing up is painful. The body changes, the mind expands, and the heart, well, the heart tries to keep up with the strange horror show. And the world that looks on as this change occurs can often feel like a dangerous place, mysterious and cunning. Such is the mindset of Helen Pafumi’s Abominable, offering us […]

The Fever

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On days when I’m seeing a Fringe show, I generally put my button on when I get dressed in the morning and leave it on all day. It’s more convenient that way. Yesterday I was riding the Metro and a lady of a mighty age squeezed in next to me. She looked at my button. […]

Dani Girl, an unexpected story, a triumphant production

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Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond know their way around a musical. Broadway performers like Patina Miller, Heidi Blickenstaff and Christopher Siebber know that and lined up to sing on their first album, Out of Our Heads. The Fred Ebb and Lorenz Hart/ASCAP Awards judges agree. And those of you who saw Orphie and the Book […]

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