Lucie Arnaz is a standout among the extraordinary cast of Pippin

(center) Sasha Allen as Leading Player and the cast of Pippin, national tour (Photo: Terry Shapiro)

I loved Lucie. In fact, the highlight of the touring production of Pippin, coming to us from a Broadway run that nabbed a few Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, is “No Time at All.” That’s the show-stopping Act One number delivered by Berthe, the wise and eternally youthful grandmother of the show’s […]

Broadway’s original Pippin, John Rubinstein, is back in the show. Pippin: then and now


If you are old enough and lucky enough to have seen Bob Fosse’s original run of Pippin when it first premiered on Broadway from 1972-75—a run of 1,944 performances—you may have seen a boyish looking John Rubinstein—complete with an unforgettable ’70s perm—playing the title role.

The Peanuts gang delivers the real meaning of Christmas at NextStop


Whether you’re 3 or 83, it’s likely you have seen the holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas on TV at least once in your life, as the Christmas special has been a ratings bonanza ever since it first aired back in 1965.

Terminus at Studio Theatre


Trigger warning: this review contains references to a play containing linguistically graphic depictions of sexual assault, forced abortion, racism, misogyny of the violent sort, disembowelment, and sex with demons. And these are some of the lighter moments in Terminus.

A Revolutionary Christmas at Maryland Ensemble Theatre


The holidays are certainly a time for theatre to tap into the spirit of the season. There is always a chance (or four) to see Ebenezer Scrooge’s redemptive journey of self-discovery, of course. Usually, there are several little girls named Clara dreaming of Sugar Plum Fairies and the Mouse King’s battle with the heroic Nutcracker. […]

Megan Hilty spreads holiday cheer at The Kennedy Center

Megan Hilty

Holiday concerts…what do we want? My expectations for a holiday gig are certainly quite different than the usual fare in the Barbara Cook Spotlight Series. If a Broadway star is going to be singing “Jingle Bells”, I don’t guess I’ll be commenting, “wow, look at that emotional connection” or “S/he really landed all the jokes […]

Black Nativity: Joy to the World at Theater Alliance


Want to see joy personified? Look no further than Black Nativity, now blazing the stage of the Anacostia Playhouse with light, love, hope and more joy to the world than any Scrooge could withstand.

Synetic’s Beauty and the Beast

Vato Tsikurishvili as The Beast and Irinka Kavsadze as Belle (Photo by Johnny Shryock)

The first thing to know about Beauty and the Beast, Synetic’s newest fairy tale offering in Crystal City, is not what the production is, but what it isn’t. When buying your tickets, automated messages pop up twice confirming that you understand that this production is NOT a version of the 1991 Disney musical. Rather it […]

Deathtrap at Everyman puts the ho-ho-ho in homicide

Bruce Randolph Nelson as Sidney Bruhl and Beth Hylton as Myra Bruhl. (Photo by ClintonBPhotography)

Holly’s poisonous, faulty lights can electrocute you, Christmas trees are firetraps, and watch out for salmonella lurking in that egg nog. The holidays can be murder.

Famous Puppet Death Scenes at Woolly Mammoth

A scene from Famous Puppet Death Scenes (Photo: Joseph Stang Photography)

Spoiler alert: The whale dies. Edward Grue who dressed as a deer dies. The squattish bald man in his business tie dies. In Famous Puppet Death Scenes, produced by the Old Trout Puppet Workshop of Alberta, Canada, and presented at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, no puppet is spared the inevitable.

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