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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Christmas at The Old Bull & Bush’ at MetroStage by Brian Bochicchio

The holiday season is an easy excuse to hearken back to memories of Victorian times, what with the classic Dickens story permeating our brains. Cockney accents mugs of wine and holiday singa…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Assassins’ at NextStop Theatre by Brian Bochicchio

  When mischievous merriment intersects with immorality, the results can be marvelously maddening. I am convinced that Sondheim’s legendary wordplay would have made that less clunky b…

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria by Brian Bochicchio

Great theatre sometimes just needs a classic mix of opposites. Could this one be any more diametric? Sit back and enjoy the ride. A little bumpy, but those 1940s Cadillacs had big springs. M…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘A Grand Night for Singing’ at NextStop Theatre Company by Brian Bochicchio

Who doesn’t like a musical revue? It’s akin to going to a buffet, where you can sample that suits your tastes. You might get a surprise. And if one serving is not to your liking, another…

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Cabaret’ at the Kennedy Center by Brian Bochicchio

Two words come to mind when describing the experience of the musical “Cabaret.” Entertaining. Unsettling. The intertwining of both at a high level is what launches the show to it…

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Proof’ at Olney Theatre Center by Brian Bochicchio

One would not initially think that advanced Mathematics involving mind-numbingly complex formulas would be a ‘prime’ subject for riveting theatre. And then we are usually surprised at ou…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Theatre Reveiw: ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts by Brian Bochicchio

“It was December 4, 1957.  And it was the first time all my boys were together at one time, and it was the last.” The bittersweet retrospective comes from the enterprising owner of Sun…

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at Synetic Theater by Brian Bochicchio

Fairy tales naturally call out to our imaginative earlier days of youth. Larger than life heroines are put in sketchy circumstances set in woodlands, usually with ghastly creatures or nasty …

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Fully Committed’ at MetroStage by Brian Bochicchio

Need to break up the usual winter theatre choices that abound with Christmas favorites and holiday nutcrackers? Alexandria’s MetroStage is shelving its usual holiday chestnut, “A Bro…

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘The Night Alive’ at Quotidian Theatre Company by Brian Bochicchio

Like a gentle sledgehammer, Conor McPherson’s “The Night Alive” is a masterwork of daily life juxtaposed with transcendent issues deep in our soul. McPherson has a singular gif…

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Dante’s Inferno’ at Synetic Theatre by Brian Bochicchio

Let’s get this out of the way right away. There will be ample writhing. In fact, beaucoup writhing. An oddly sounding word, but of course never heard onstage, only experienced in the unend…

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Jelly’s Last Jam’ at Signature Theatre by Brian Bochicchio

It was truly another world back then. New musical styles, upward mobility, a clash of cultures. Or, then again, it could sound a lot like today. That may be why one is so comfortable walking…

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Twelfth Night’ at Synetic Theater by Brian Bochicchio

In a word, exhilarating. Without a word, it was challenging but fascinating. Using my words, the group at Synetic Theater, those purveyors of movement, sight and sound, have now put on  the…

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story’ at Arena Stage by Brian Bochicchio

Full of sizzle and sparkle and hope, Arena Theatre’s newly reworked musical Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story looks and feels like a homey family reunion.  And like most family get-tog…

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Riverdance’ at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts by Brian Bochicchio

Yes, they stomped by again. If you were within hailing distance of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna you likely may have heard the syncopated cacophony that is the da…

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Matt & Ben’ at Flying V Theatre by Brian Bochicchio

There is always a place for inspired silliness. Who knew it would come from an inside out, upside-down look at a famous Hollywood bromance? Flying V Theatre’s Matt & Ben mines our kits…

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘The Man In The Iron Mask’ at Synetic Theater by Brian Bochicchio

Chock full of the mind expanding calling cards that are Synetic Theater, The Man In The Iron Mask bursts onstage to give us an altogether immersive experience.  From its beginning as the Mu…

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Our Town’ at Reston Community Players by Brian Bochicchio

  Thornton Wilder’s Our Town ambles into DC’s suburbia–landing as is has in thousands of other large and small towns across America.  One can’t miss the signs in the grassy…

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Theatre Reveiw: ‘Snow White’ at NextStop Theatre by Brian Bochicchio

Just as this isn’t your usual Brothers Grimm tale, this isn’t your usual children’s theatre, either. Reston/Herndon’s NextStop Theatre has put together a fun fable–Snow White&#…

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord’ at Washington Stage Guild by Brian Bochicchio

One favorite parlor game to play is let’s meet a famous person. If you could pick someone to have dinner with, who would it be? Scott Carter’s thought provoking play The Gospel Accordin…

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Falling Out Of Time’ at Theater J by Brian Bochicchio

“I wish I can take away the memory, and leave the pain.” –The Walking Man Falling Out Of Time, the world premiere play based on David Grossman’s absorbing bestselling novel a…

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘The Pillowman’ at Forum Theatre by Brian Bochicchio

  Leave it to Irish playwright Martin McDonagh to make a case for being the Brothers Grimm of the 21st century. The playwright has carved out a niche market for himself with such grotes…

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Shake Loose’ at MetroStage by Brian Bochicchio

Need to break up the winter with a soulful, steamy show selection? It starts, it establishes itself, it continues, and it just keeps on coming—an African American musical roadmap, packed w…

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Middletown’ at NextStop Theatre by Brian Bochicchio

It’s really the pace of it all—the unplanned meandering stroll through the nondescript town, in the play–aptly named Middletown, that gets you. Playwright Will Eno’s word wise pl…

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘West Side Story’ at Signature Theatre by Brian Bochicchio

The much anticipated Signature production of West Side Story has arrived, and it is a rumble with nary a stumble. Signature has a deserved, mostly favorable rep for doing shows big. They rar…

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘An Irish Carol’ at Keegan Theatre by Brian Bochicchio

Now becoming a DC holiday staple, An Irish Carol is the Christmas story that brings a wee little saltiness to the endearing holiday tale of a miserable old man who transforms his life just i…

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’ at Washington Stage Guild by Brian Bochicchio

Christmas is the quintessential time of tradition. We have our unique memory-laced decorations, the one holiday dish we can’t do without, or that special trip downtown. For many of us, wat…

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ at Scena Theatre by Brian Bochicchio

It hangs thickly in the air, waiting to be uttered by daft, supremely non-pc denizens of the isle of Inishmaan, a beautifully desolate place on Ireland’s western coast. As if his given nam…

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End’ at Arena Stage by Brian Bochicchio

  As we close out the DC Women’s Voices Theatre Festival, theatre-goers have experienced voices come that have roared, whispered, shocked us and teased. With the quirky and wholesome …

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ at The Kennedy Center by Brian Bochicchio

With as many hits as iconic 60s singer and lyricist Carole King had, one would think that Beautiful: The Carole King Musical would “chart” an easy path to success. It’s fun, likabl…

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Theatre Review: ‘Destiny Of Desire’ at Arena Stage by Brian Bochicchio

At the highest level, I invariably find myself looking at a show in one of three ways. What is it trying to tell me? Where is it all going? Or, do I just strap in and go along with the ride?…

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