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One of the things you have to know about Memphis: the Musical is that the hardest and hardest-working gig on the DC theatre scene has to be an actor/server at Toby’s Dinner Theatre. They hustle for a whole night, starting as waiters for the buffet-style restaurant, taking drink and dessert orders all before they prep [...]
The reflective moments after a funeral open and close August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, the opening production of No Rules Theatre Co.’s 2014-15 season. And that’s wholly appropriate, as the play is an extended memory lesson, bursting with all the tragic lyricism one expects of the man who chronicled the drama of the African-American experience in [...]
A very different show than Isango Ensemble’s companion piece, Magic Flute, Venus and Adonis is more somber, less accessible, and is more of an acquired taste. While Flute is deliriously fun for all ages, Venus and Adonis is definitely slanted to a more sedate crowd ready to hunker down and deal with the vagaries of [...]
Who knew that Mozart’s Magic Flute could bounce and sway with an African beat? It does, big time in the masterful production by the visiting artistry of the Isango Ensemble from Cape Town, South Africa. And I mean visiting as in short run of only several performances remaining before they pack up for the rest [...]
There was for a time, in what we call the golden age of Broadway, a genre known as “the drawing room comedy”. A select few of the major playwrights of the day wrote them, dressed them up in sets often designed by Donald Oenslager or Jo Mielziner. These rooms were so opulent they could only [...]
Between DuPont and Logan Circles lies a land fertile with fun and food. This small stretch of city block comprises a full helping of the D.C. good life, attracting everyone from the morning brunch crowd to evening revelers. Courtesy of two performing arts centers, the area stays culturally infused as well with the Jewish focused [...]
Between consumption, poison, madness, exposure, stabbing, and suffocation, the divas of classic opera never really had much of a chance. Carmen, Mimi, Desdemona, and others finally get the chance to vent about their unfortunate ends through The In Series’ gleeful production of Fatal Song, a melodious sendup of the raw deals handed to opera divas [...]
Cancún is a richly-layered comedy, a brilliantly-written four hander, by Jordi Galcerán, Europe’s hottest playwright at the moment, from Catalonia, Spain. Two couples from Spain celebrate 25 years of close friendship on the Fourth of July by vacationing in Cancún, Mexico. On a richly detailed set, replete with real, granulated, white sand that puts us [...]
It had been more than three years since Greg Twomey last took to a stage—a much acclaimed performance as Xanadu’s Sonny in Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Baltimore location—so the actor admits, he was somewhat off his game when he was cast as Huey in Toby’s current production of Memphis, playing at Toby’s Columbia location.
On Monday night, September 8th, Bay Theatre’s reading of the comedy Four Weddings and an Elvis finished with a surprise twist not in the Nancy Frick script. As the reading, held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, ended, before anyone could leave, a real wedding ceremony began as Bay Theatre Artistic Director Janet Luby [...]
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