Restaurant review: Boss Shepherd’s, near the Warner Theatre

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Opening over the summer, Boss Shepherd’s has fast charmed its way to the top of the D.C. food scene. Diners and critics have warmed to Shepherd’s menu of stylized comfort food, including Tom Sietsema who recently knighted the restaurant as one of his top 10 in the Washington Post’s Fall Dining Guide.

Lost Lake and Billy & Ray, two one acts with disappointments

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I bring you my first double header, as play after play opens off Broadway, courtesy of the dozen not-for-profit theatres that have firmly established themselves.

All new Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol brightens the holiday

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Just when you thought you’ve seen the absolute final rendition of a Christmas Carol that you can take, another version pops up that’s irresistible—Tiny Tim’s is one of those. A grown up and healed Tim tells what really happened behind the scenes that changed the curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge all those years ago on the back […]

Wake Up, Brother Bear, gentle fun for all at Imagination Stage

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One of the unexpected joys of parenting, for me, has been experiencing those moments when you see your child interact with the world in a new or more engaged way and you feel a sudden wave of emotion. I had that experience more than once during Wake Up, Brother Bear, the piece that just opened […]

Disney’s The Little Mermaid makes a big splash at Olney

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In 1989, a certain Disney film swore to every attentive child that “life is the bubbles under the sea.” Now, 25 years later, Olney Theatre Center’s The Little Mermaid confirms that it’s still worth spending some quality time with the blowfish, crabs, octovillains and merfolk who inhabit their most recent production.

Fiddler on the Roof at Arena Stage

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It’s easy to become jaded in the theater. I see it all the time. Actors who have played the same part one too many times; critics who have seen the same productions of the same plays one hundred too many times. Fiddler on the Roof is a perfect example of one of these plays. The […]

A brush with Sondheim at Saturday Night, Musicals in Mufti

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This is a little bonus notice, because it was a rare showing of Stephen Sondheim’s very first musical, written when he was in his early twenties. Twin brothers Julius and Philip Epstein, had delivered a comedy to Broadway, Chicken Every Sunday, in 1944 and had subsequently written “Casablanca” for the screen, for which they’d received […]

The Band Wagon at Encores! Hey, Broadway producers, scoop up this hit.

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The winter winds have just begun to blow, yet spring has arrived at the City Center on West 55th Street, where The Band Wagon is making a lot of people happy. Unfortunately, this version will only play through Sunday, with two final performances on November 16th. If you want to get a glimpse of what […]

Bad Jews at Studio Theatre

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With a title as juicy as Bad Jews, a writer better be able to back up the bravado with some some serious skill. Luckily for DC audiences, Joshua Harmon is a young writer of uncommon emotional insight, rhetorical skill and giant brass balls. His skill in nomenclature being the least of his considerable talents, Harmon […]

Molotov’s chilling Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe

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The dark genius of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories and poetry can be enjoyed on your own, reading by flickering candle light just to add to the experience. Another way to enjoy a selection of Poe’s most popular tales is to let the fine folks at Molotov Theatre Group bring the nightmarish tales to life.

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