National tour of Phantom of the Opera at The Kennedy Center (review)

Full disclosure: I have seen Phantom of the Opera on Broadway four times, dating back to my formative theatergoing years during its inaugural season on Broadway in 1988. A decade later, and went twice more over the ensuing years, seeing it at different maturity levels in my life. And I have never really enjoyed it.

The Pirates of Penzance, Hypocrites’ style at Olney (review)

You might want to hit the bar before you take your seat for The Pirates of Penzance as performed by the Chicago-based theatre company The Hypocrites, now ensconced in the Theatre Lab at Olney Theatre Center. Luckily the bar is part of the set and is open throughout the show, as cast members remind the audience […]

The Hypocrites’ G&S: The Mikado at Olney (review)

Entering the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab at Olney Theatre Center for The Mikado, be prepared for balloons. Hundreds of them; many of them being bopped in your general direction. Go ahead, bop them back. Have a seat in one of the circus style rings, right in the middle of the action. Or go play the basketball […]

Act Like a GRRRL, Capital Fringe (review)

Act Like a GRRRL isn’t quite like anything else you’ll see at the Capital Fringe festival. Its creators and performers are four girls between the ages of 12 and 16, who had two weeks to write about their lives and put together a show featuring autobiographical stories, dances, and songs.

Connectivity/Complexity, Capital Fringe (review)

I am not a dancer, really. Despite taking two years of dance in high school and scoring my own solo in 2014’s Fringe smash hit The Tournament, I would not consider myself an expert on the subject. Theatre I know well, but dance is a foreign language. It’s beautiful, I enjoy it, but I don’t […]

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Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosity from Cirque du Soleil (review)

Under the magic of its yellow-and-blue striped tent, Cirque du Soleil has brought what may be its most rare and delightful show to date.  Kurios reminds us that little and “oldie” can be exquisite, and it’s all delivered in the capital of bling, Tysons Corner, now billed as “America’s next great city.”  (Not.)

, she took me back so tenderly, Capital Fringe (review)

In , she took me back so tenderly, banished? productions has created a 360 degree feast for the senses exploring loss, grief, and the fleeting nature of shared experience.

Underneath the Lintel, Capital Fringe (review)

Part Monty Python, part Da Vinci Code, part Fiddler on the Roof, and part Albert Camus having an existential crisis, Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel is an engrossing one-man detective story, told here at Capital Fringe by a master actor giving a tour de force performance. If you have room in your closing weekend schedule, […]

Riches at Anacostia Playhouse (review)

Meet the Riches. But don’t forget your body armor. An upper class couple living the late 1980s yuppie dream in suburban Minnesota, David (Dana Scott Galloway) and Carolyn (Adele Robey) Rich commemorate their 31st anniversary at the hotel in Red Wing where they honeymooned.

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