Disney’s The Lion King roars into the Kennedy Center

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Disney has long been known for creating a magical experience in just about everything they do, so it’s probably not too surprising that its touring production of the smash Broadway hit The Lion King, now playing the Kennedy Center, is, in the words of my 8-year-old daughter Cassidy, “breathtakingly awesome.”

Side Show. Prepare to be amazed by the freaks

Ryan Silverman as Terry, Emily Padgett as Daisy, Erin Davie as Violet and Matthew Hydzik as Buddy (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Side Show lets its freak flag fly with a glorious production that combines astounding visual artistry, a ripping yarn and a tingly emotional score, stirringly sung by the company, which is as heart-stopping as a high-flying aerialist act.

Children of Eden in Concert at The Kennedy Center

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Sometimes, when I’m struggling to figure out what to say to begin a review, I take stock of the way I felt when I walked into the theatre. After all, what is a review, if not the equation of “expectation ± bias ± experience”? Sometimes you have to look around at the beautiful Eisenhower Theatre, […]

First look at Side Show at Kennedy Center

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First look at Side Show: May 13, 2014 — at the Meet and Greet for the cast and creatives of Side Show, the Bill Russell/Henry Kreiger musical based on the true story of conjoined twins who became stars during the Depression. The show will run June 14 – July 13, 2014 at The Kennedy Center. […]

Megan Hilty a smash at the Kennedy Center

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I’m not one who is prone to turning into a “fanboy.” Part of my joy in seeing cabarets in the Barbara Cook series at the Kennedy Center has been the “Stars, they’re just like us!” vibe that comes from everyone’s presence in the small Terrace Theatre (or, for Mandy and Patti, the Eisenhower, a.k.a. the […]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at World Stages

Bristol Old Vic & Handspring Puppet Company (Photo by Simon Annand)

Rarely does a reviewer get to indulge in a second viewing of a production. In this case, director Tom Morris’ splendid production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is well worth multiple viewings. The Kennedy Center has made a tremendous contribution to D.C. audiences by bringing this production to its World Stages Festival after it was […]

Penny Plain at World Stages

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The world is dying of a horrible virus, and nature is taking back what’s rightfully hers.  There’s no food, no running water and communication with the outside world has been cut off.   There are even reports that people are turning to cannibalism to stay alive. So…what’s the plan?

Savannah Bay at World Stages

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Nothing quite prepares you for a Marguerite Duras play, so rarely is she done on this side of the Atlantic. As delicate as lace, as ephemeral as the foam on the waves that provide the aural landscape of Savannah Bay, as multi-layered as a Viennese torte and as playfully sweet as such a confection, and […]

Harmsaga at World Stages

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World Stages, an International Festival offers three weeks of feasting on international theatrical fare at the Kennedy Center with twenty-two theatrical offerings from nineteen countries, including thirteen full-scale productions, four installations, and additional readings and forums. As a world-theatre lover, what could be more exciting and satisfying than to partake of as much as one […]

La Muerte y La Doncella – Death and the Maiden – at World Stages

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Is justice contextual? Does it mean one thing for a nation recovering from decades of brutalizing dictatorship and another for the individual who suffered that brutalization? And how does that individual, and that nation, both face the specter of the past and move on from it?

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