code name: Cynthia, a new spy musical from Pallas Theatre Collective (review)

The cast of code name: Cynthia (Photo: Teresa Castracane Photography LLC)

Our city has a long history of conflating people with their chosen profession. Of course, being Washington, there are large subsets of our residents who can’t disclose what they do for a living without getting into some pretty hot water. code name: Cynthia, the latest show from Pallas Theatre Collective, steeps us in that hot […]

Oliver! The Musical from Adventure Theatre MTC (review)

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Oliver! The Musical is an ambitious undertaking blending top young talent with seasoned professionals on a prestigious stage, and man does it pop and zing!   Director Joseph Ritsch brings the story to life with a gritty realism. There’s no spoonful of sugar to help any of these real life traumas go down. Dickens is gothic […]

Dear Evan Hansen at Arena Stage (review)

Ben Platt as Evan and Rachel Bay Jones as Heidi in the world-premiere musical Dear Evan Hansen at Arena Stage  (Photo:  Margot Schulman)

Innovative, real and highly emotional, Dear Evan Hansen is a musical for today— relatable to Millennials with a message that will span the generations. Connor, a high school student, perhaps confused and feeling alone, takes his own life, an all-too familiar news story. But what happens next in this world premiere musical is what makes […]

Saving Myself For Steve Martin at Strand Theater Company

Karin _____ as Eve in Saving Myself for Steve Martin from Strand Theater Company (Photo courtesy of Strand Theater)

Playwright Ann V. Wixon sets before us the well-worn topic of a middle aged woman’s journey through divorce in this one character play. Eve is 45, newly divorced, and comes to a meeting of SWASS, Single Women Actively Seeking Sex. Sex, folks, not love or companionship or even any joined interests are what the lady’s […]

DanceEthos with The West Shore Piano Trio at Capital Fringe

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Imaginative choreography collides with extraordinary emotions in Dance Ethos with The West Shore Piano Trio. Artistic director Tiffany Haughn’s collaboration with several local, innovative dance visionaries, allowed her to curate an enlightening, riveting, touching contemporary dance show. Elaborately crafted movements connected the audience to each ensemble member as the body of work explored a wide […]

Silence! The Musical at Studio Theatre 2ndStage

Laura Jordan as Clarice and the ensemble of Studio 2ndStage's Silence! The Musical. (Photo: Igor Dmitry)

Every so often, a show comes along that makes me wish I had been more sensitive with the hyperboles about productions I’ve seen. “Suchandsuch was GENIUS,” “A brilliant production,” “Expert timing/skill/concept.” Such a show is Silence! The Musical, currently running at Studio Theatre 2ndstage.

Twelve Angry Men, American Century Theater’s closing show

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What a way for a theatre company to say farewell. Returning, twenty years later, to the play that first brought them into the world, American Century Theater sets the example for bowing out with grace and passion with Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men.

Glimmerglass Festival: no better place for The Magic Flute and Candide

David Garrison as Voltaire in The Glimmerglass Festival's 2015 production of Bernstein's Candide. (Photo: Karli Cadel)

On this the fortieth anniversary of the Glimmerglass Festival, Artistic Director Francesca Zambello has delivered to us two big valentines of shows: Mozart’s much beloved work The Magic Flute and Leonard Bernstein’s Candide.

A haunting Macbeth at Glimmerglass Festival

Melody Moore as Lady Macbeth in The Glimmerglass Festival's 2015 production of Macbeth. (Photo: Karli Cadel)

The general understanding in theatre is that there is a curse on Shakespeare’s Scottish play. I wonder in Anne Bogart’s new operatic production at Glimmerglass Festival, despite some wonderful singing, whether some of that curse didn’t leak over to create a bit of a soggy mash of an interpretation of Verdi’s opera.

Romeo and Juliet: Love Knows No Age from Unexpected Stage Company

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by Unexpected Stage (Photo: Lew Lorton/Saul Peeter)

The short answers to my two biggest questions about Romeo and Juliet: Love Knows No Age are yes and yes. The questions themselves were as follows: Does the white hot, love at first sight romance ignite as quickly when Romeo and Juliet are old enough to have seen Truman in the White House? And does […]

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