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Monday, November 19, 2018

Review: ‘Cry It Out’ at Studio Theatre by Amy Kotkin

In the bleak Long Island backyard that serves as their coffee-klatch confessional, neighbors Lina and Jessie chat daily about the alternately hilarious and heart-wrenching emotional terrain …

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Review: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at the Kennedy Center by Amy Kotkin

It has taken more than 35 years for Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s iconic musical Little Shop of Horrors to reach the Kennedy Center. But it’s been worth the wait! The Kennedy Center’…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:37PM
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Review: ‘How I Learned to Drive’ at Round House Theatre by Amy Kotkin

Twenty years ago, Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive shocked audiences with its holistic examination of pedophilia. It takes a village to molest a child, Vogel believes, not just a perpe…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:44PM
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Review: ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ at Rockville Little Theatre by Amy Kotkin

Anne Frank’s immortal words about love, fear, and hope come alive once again at Rockville Little Theatre’s new production of The Diary of Anne Frank. Based on the words of World War II…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:44AM
Sunday, July 8, 2018

2018 Capital Fringe Review: ’50 Ways to Date Your Aubrey’ by Amy Kotkin

Aubri O’Connor lights up the tiny stage at Caos on F, drawing us into this quirky, funny, and poignant play within a play starring her alter ego, Aubrey. During a 70-minute romp through Au…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:14AM
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Review: ‘Other Life Forms’ at the Keegan Theatre by Amy Kotkin

When asked recently what he hoped audiences will get from watching Other Life Forms, playwright Brandon McCoy answered, “I hope they laugh, and I hope they have a really good time.” Miss…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:38PM
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Review: ‘Master Harold…and the Boys’ at Round House Theatre by Amy Kotkin

On a rainy afternoon in 1950, two middle-aged black servants slowly scrub the floor and wipe tables in an empty South African tea room. They banter about an upcoming ballroom dance competiti…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:20PM
Friday, March 30, 2018

Review: ‘Migratory Tales’ at GWU Corcoran School of the Arts & Design by Amy Kotkin

The inspiration for Migratory Tales comes from multiple sources, according to the play’s creator and director, Leslie Jacobson. Our current and painfully divisive debate on immigration was…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:43PM
Friday, February 9, 2018

Review: ‘The Great Society’ at Arena Stage by Amy Kotkin

Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 margin of victory – nearly 16 million popular votes and a lopsided total of 486 electoral votes – is almost unimaginable today. Armed as well with a 68-32 majorit…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:04PM
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Report: ‘Yoga Play’ at Mosaic Theater Company Workshop Series by Amy Kotkin

Yoga Play, a new work by Dipika Guha, was presented as part of Mosaic Theater Company’s 2018 Workshop Series at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on Monday, January 29th. The play was commi…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:19PM
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Review: ‘An Irish Carol’ at Keegan Theatre by Amy Kotkin

Now in its seventh year, the Keegan Theatre’s annual production of Matthew J. Keenan’s An Irish Carol has become a favorite Washington DC holiday tradition. It’s easy to see why. A qui…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:32PM
Friday, December 8, 2017

Review: ‘Twist Your Dickens’ at Second City by Amy Kotkin

If you’re yearning to kick off your holiday season with goodnatured hilarity, get thee to the Kennedy Center and grab a seat at the Theater Lab, where The Second City’s Twist Your Dicken…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:47PM
Monday, November 20, 2017

Review: André Watts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore Music Center by Amy Kotkin

André Watts brought an ecstatic audience to its feet after his magnificent performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s beloved Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor. Playing with the Baltimore Symphon…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:18PM

Review: André Watts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore Music Center by Amy Kotkin

André Watts brought an ecstatic audience to its feet after his magnificent performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s beloved Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor. Playing with the Baltimore Symphon…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:18PM
Friday, October 20, 2017

Review: ‘Little Women’ at American Univeristy by Amy Kotkin

Louisa May Alcott’s evergreen tale of female fortitude and family virtues beams its inspiring message once again at American University’s lovely new production of Little Women, the music…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:11PM
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review: ‘Respect! A Tribute to Aretha Franklin’ at the American Pops Orchestra by Amy Kotkin

Five fabulous divas joined the innovative new American Pops Orchestra to celebrate the music of Aretha Franklin at the Arena Stage’s Fichandler Stage on September 16. An energized audience…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:24PM
Saturday, July 8, 2017

2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Words She Gave Me’ by Amy Kotkin

The Words She Gave Me, Solia Bickersteth’s ambitious multimedia project, is a bighearted and moving exploration of how African-American women have shaped one another’s concept of womanho…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:48PM
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Review: ‘Jean and Dinah – The Play’ at The Essential Theatre by Amy Kotkin

A disheveled bedroom in Port of Spain, Trinidad — home to the nearly incapacitated Dinah – is playwright Tony Hall’s incubator for an important and wide-ranging drama about the des…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:38PM
Monday, April 17, 2017

Review: ‘The Magic Play’ at Olney Theatre Center by Amy Kotkin

In the art of magic, Andrew Hinderaker has found a vivid metaphor for the dynamics of honesty, trust and control that underpin our most important relationships. His immensely entertaining an…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:26PM
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Interview: Michael Bloom, Director of Lisa Kron’s ‘Well’ at 1st Stage by Amy Kotkin

Amy Kotkin recently had a chance to interview Michael Bloom about his upcoming production of Lisa Kron’s Well at 1st Stage. Amy: What initially attracted you to this play? Have you d…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:15AM
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review: ‘Coolatully’ at Solas Nua by Amy Kotkin

In the fictional village of Coolatully, a quartet of characters grapple with the effects of Ireland’s newest mass emigration. The brief and heady era of the Celtic Tiger was over; a mass e…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:12AM
Monday, February 6, 2017

Review: ‘The River’ at Spooky Action Theater by Amy Kotkin

Jez Butterworth’s The River does not yield itself to easy interpretations. Uncertainty flows through the story, jostling us repeatedly. Its questions about truth and morality are specific…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:59AM
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Review: ‘Last Train to Nibroc’ at Washington Stage Guild by Amy Kotkin

On a train rumbling eastward from Los Angeles in 1940, a young man in uniform invites himself to sit down next to a pretty young woman absorbed in her book. As it turns out, they are both fr…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:58PM
Monday, January 16, 2017

Review: ‘The Hard Problem’ at The Studio Theatre by Amy Kotkin

No shrinking violet when it comes to exploring humanity’s most complex questions, playwright Tom Stoppard takes a deep dive into the frontiers of neuroscience, human nature, and the existe…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:48PM
Saturday, November 19, 2016

In Context: ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ at The Keegan Theatre by Amy Kotkin

John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation was widely admired as an ingenious, penetrating look at contemporary society when it premiered in New York back in 1990. Based on a true story, it c…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:03PM
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Review #2: ‘Straight White Men’ at The Studio Theatre by Amy Kotkin

If your empathy for straight white men was strained by last week’s elections, go see Young Jean Lee’s 2014 play at The Studio Theatre. You’ll be privy to a rare, funny and poignant loo…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:29PM
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Review: ‘The Night Alive’ at Quotidian Theatre Company by Amy Kotkin

Conor McPherson spins an intricate web of interdependence, horror, and hope among the five damaged, yet intensely human characters in his masterful play, The Night Alive. It takes a hugely t…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:23AM
Friday, October 14, 2016

Review: ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ at Arena Stage at The Mead Center for American Theater by Amy Kotkin

Kathleen Turner is back at Arena Stage, and that is always good news for Washington theater-goers. Having starred in Mother Courage and her Children, and Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:17PM
Monday, October 10, 2016

Review: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at St. Mark’s Players by Amy Kotkin

When the cast of St. Mark‘s Players’ new production, Peter and the Starcatcher, charges out from behind deep red curtains for their opening scene, that is your cue. Stop right here and s…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:16PM
Friday, September 30, 2016

Review: ‘The Little Foxes’ at Arena Stage by Amy Kotkin

The enduring popularity of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes offers proof positive that themes of greed, racism, and misogyny continue to resonate with contemporary audiences. Though set …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:47PM
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Review: Angelique Kidjo Concert at The Music Center at Strathmore by Amy Kotkin

The raves never stop pouring in for Grammy Award-winning singer, composer, and humanitarian Angelique Kidjo – nor should they. Called by NPR “Africa’s greatest living diva,” Kidjo…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:27PM

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