An opulent production of Broadway-bound Gigi, reviewed

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Vanessa Hudgens is a brief breath of spring amid this harsh winter as the spirited gamine Gigi in a new, Broadway-bound production of the Lerner and Loewe musical Gigi now underway at the Kennedy Center under the direction of Eric Schaeffer.

Penny’s short run reveals promising new opera

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The best thing about Washington National Opera’s world premiere of Penny in the Terrace Theatre is that in a rare “tuning of the spheres” another new opera was commissioned and given a respectable viewing and hearing. This is the third year that Artistic Director Francesca Zambello has carried the banner forward in her personal crusade […]

One Night in Miami a must see at Center Stage

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It’s exhilarating when history not only comes to life, but catches fire. That’s what happens in Kemp Powers’ powerful fact-fiction mash-up, One Night in Miami, an East Coast premiere brought dazzlingly to the stage with cinemascope style by Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah and a knockout cast.

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, […]

Baskerville, a bit of theatrical fun at Arena Stage

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Warning, Sherlock Holmes fans: If you’re a dedicated viewer of CBS’ “Elementary” or consider A. Conan Doyle’s novel “The Hound of the Baskervilles” one of the greatest suspense novels in the English language, you’ll need to reset your thinking for Baskerville.

Life sucks, maybe, but watching the Posner play is pure bliss

Judith Ingber and Eric Hissom in Life Sucks (Photo: C. Stanley Photography)

I’m head-over-heels in love with this play. We all know the pain of age or overwork or of desperately loving someone with whom you could never share a kiss. It aches and it sucks. But all that aching and sucking is what makes you feel alive, and the unfulfilled longing that you feel so deeply […]

Stunning production of The Whale at Rep Stage

Michael Russotto as Charlie and Megan Anderson as Liz (Photo courtesy of Rep Stage)

Eating yourself to death. Not recommended. Trust me, I tried. The 400-lb. life I led 9 years and 190 lbs. ago was living from the neck up. Anything else was too hard, too painful.

Autism and grief explored in Mockingbird

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Understanding loss can be a tricky business for children, and especially so for those with disabilities. The Kennedy Center’s poignant production of Mockingbird explores an autistic girl’s emotional, unique journey through grief and healing in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. Mockingbird, adapted from the award-winning young adult novel by Kathryn Erskine, stands out from the […]

Red High Heels at Anacostia Playhouse

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A middle-aged man, decked out in modern-day armor—jacket, tie, suspenders, and shined shoes— sips a pale ale. He is achingly alone. Melancholy seems to be his most present friend. Regret, all he knows of his past. And personal annihilation the only trail for his future. 

La Sonnambula (the Sleepwalker) soars at Source

Lisa (Kimberly Christie) looks on as Elvino (Joe Haughton) discovers his fiancée Amina (CarrieAnne Winter) in a stranger's bed. (Photo: Angelisa Gillyard)

Remember that illuminating moment when first love hits? It can be a flutter in the solar plexus, an airy sensation in the head.  It’s that light-headed feeling that is pure, wholesome love. That time can be like a dream. But if the lovers prove to be liars and do sneaky, mean things for selfish reasons,  […]

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