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Thursday, December 3, 2020

The Next Ice Age: ‘Skating & the Arts’ by Carolyn Kelemen

  For nearly five decades, December has been devoted to “ The Nutcracker” newspaper reviews and finalizing the end-of-the-year “Best 10” lists for theater and dance performances. I …

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Next Ice Age dancers carve out haunting moves by Carolyn Kelemen

Looking for something really cool to do this Halloween weekend? Check out The Next Ice Age (NIA), an amazing ice dancing troupe that will provide both tricks and treats. The company performs…

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Free, Virtual Gala Celebration, ‘Shakespeare Everywhere’ by Carolyn Kelemen

Somebody should bottle the boundless energy of Simon Godwin, the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, who hosted a fabulous fundraiser on YouTube on October 3. His enthusiasm i…

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

‘A Quick 5’ with Jason Odell Williams by Carolyn Kelemen

Jason Odell Williams is an award-winning playwright, a novelist, and Emmy-nominated television producer with wit and humor and intelligence that has come to the attention of international cr…

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Benefit Raises Dollars and Spirits Online: Celebration of the Arts in Howard County by Carolyn Kelemen

Four vocalists, three instrumentalists, and two dancers. That’s the field competing this year for the title of Howard County’s Rising Star, an honor bestowed annually at the Celebration …

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Monday, August 3, 2020

CCTA Brings Broadway to its Summer Camp by Carolyn Kelemen

  It’s no secret that Toby Orenstein has a direct pipeline to Broadway and Hollywood. This is especially true for the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts (CCTA) where it all started for s…

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Podcast: Gay Pride in Howard County on Razzle Dazzle Radio by Carolyn Kelemen

In this difficult time of social unrest Razzle Dazzle Radio explored the history of Gay Pride in Howard County and the world of cross-dressing in theater in Howard County and beyond. Larry M…

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Act One’ streaming, Lincoln Center Theater by Carolyn Kelemen

Tony Shalhoub is a man of many talents. He sings, dances, and portrays unparalleled characters. Think Monk on TV who brought awareness to OCD; the sensitive Egyptian Captain in the award-win…

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Preview: A new musical highlights The Young Columbians 45th Anniversary Celebration by Carolyn Kelemen

During the summer of 1984, young Edward Norton interviewed Columbia’s founder James W. Rouse for a teenage television program called “The Graffiti Show.” Jim Rouse looked directly into…

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Let’s Celebrate JFK’s Birthday – and the Performing Arts – Virtually from Kennedy Center’s Digital Stage! by Carolyn Kelemen

What better way to celebrate President John F. Kennedy’s 103rd birthday than by watching an original taping of “Revelations,” performed by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at the…

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

American Ballet Theatre Celebrates Its 80th Anniversary Online by Carolyn Kelemen

Here are a few tantalizing tidbits about our country’s premiere dance company, American Ballet Theatre, celebrating its 80th anniversary online, and its long history of fabulous galas, bot…

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Theatre News: Woolly Mammoth Theatre put on a “Woolly” show like we’ve never experienced before by Carolyn Kelemen

Years ago we critics often crashed parties after a show at the Kennedy Center or the long-gone Morris A. Mechanic Theatre in Baltimore. Those were the days of unabashed fun, following the to…

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater kicks off a week long run at the Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Looking for a respite from the political chaos that surrounds us? Care to leave your troubles behind? How about an escape to the world of energizing, uplifting dance? Catch America’s favor…

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Dance Review: The National Ballet of Canada Repertory Program at the Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

For the record, classical ballet dancers do let loose once in a while. They enjoy tossing off those stiff upper body movements and tapping their toe shoes to a syncopated beat rather than fo…

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

News: An Appreciation of Victor Shargai: Theatre aficionado, balletomane and tap dancer extraordinaire by Carolyn Kelemen

Balletomanes gather each fall, winter, and spring season to catch the Washington Ballet at the Kennedy Center or Sidney Harman Hall, depending on the production. However, the man usually sit…

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Dance Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charm City Ballet at Gordon Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Rebecca “Becca” Friedman has walked the steps of so many visionary dancers before her. From her childhood gracing the Howard County stages as the Sugarplum Fairy to her contemporary danc…

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Olney Theatre Center’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ entertains from start to finish by Carolyn Kelemen

Once again, Olney Theatre Center (OTC) has put on a tap-happy show. This time it’s Singin’ in the Rain, where the audience hums the familiar tunes as they ratta-ta-tap back to their cars…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Catch Me If You Can, The Musical’ at Howard Community College by Carolyn Kelemen

These are heady times for Toby Orenstein. This weekend she commemorates 47 years as founding artistic director of the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts (CCTA) and four decades at the helm …

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Dance News: Miami Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem share their talent at The Kennedy Center, thanks to the women at the helm by Carolyn Kelemen

Sometime in the early 21st century, the dance planners at the Kennedy Center came up with a terrific idea: Invite nine regional ballet companies to perform one special work in three separat…

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

News: Arts organizations announce schedule of summer events in downtown Columbia by Carolyn Kelemen

It was a tony crowd that gathered at the Cured, a cool restaurant that celebrates the history of Merriweather Post Pavilion with posters throughout the bar and dining area. These folks – a…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘A Comedy of Tenors’ at Olney Theatre Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Whoever said “Timing Is Everything” must appreciate Shakespeare and should value the skills of contemporary playwright Ken Ludwig whose “A Comedy of Tenors” opened without a hitch la…

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Dance Preview: Local dancers keep Alvin Ailey’s spirit alive! by Carolyn Kelemen

More than any other major dance company, the world-famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater attracts an audience looking for a fun night on the town. These fans – who will no doubt be out…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Dance Review: New York City Ballet Program A Baseball, blossoms and Balanchine’s ballets: a sure sign of spring in DC by Carolyn Kelemen

That grey cloud that has been hovering over the New York City Ballet for quite a while has lifted – at least it did last night at the Kennedy Center where everything was beautiful at the b…

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Review: ‘Harlequinade’ by American Ballet Theatre at The Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Marius Petipa must have been smiling from his grave last night when the American Ballet Theatre presented another brilliant Russian choreographer’s staging of Petipa’s Harlequinade. This…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Dance Review: ‘Unbound: A Festival of New Works’ at The Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer for the San Francisco Ballet, deserves a Kennedy Center Honor. Yep, the Icelandic native (with a lifelong devotion to ballet) no…

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Dance Review: ‘Dog without Feathers’ at The Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

If the powerful performance of  “Dog without Feathers” at the Eisenhower Theater last night is any indication of what the Kennedy Center’s Ballet & Dance Season has to…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Interview: ‘Beetlejuice’ Dream Team Talks About the New Musical at The National Theatre by Carolyn Kelemen

Move over Stephen Sondheim. There’s a new kid on the block. And, he’s coming to Broadway with some musical ideas to shake up The Great White Way. Eddie Perfect (yes that’s …

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Preview: The Next Ice Age Kicks off 30th Anniversary at Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena by Carolyn Kelemen

Fans of both dance and ice skating – especially those who value figure skating as art, not just sport – should take note of the special program being prepared by Nathan Birch and Tim…

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ by the National Players at Olney Theatre Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Just about the time you’re thinking there’s nothing new in the land of the lively arts, along comes something unexpected and wholly different. Celebrating its 70th touring season kick-of…

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Review: ‘Don Quixote’ by Ballet Nacional de Cuba at the Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

With apologies to T.S. Elliot, Ballet Nacional de Cuba ends the Kennedy Center Ballet 2017-2018 season not with a whimper but a bang. A big bang! An explosive Don Quixote opened last night a…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Preview: The Kennedy Center’s 2018-19 Season Brings Theater Front and Center by Carolyn Kelemen

We were promised surprises – guest artists and other treats – at the Kennedy Center’s 2018-2019 Theater Season announcement Tuesday in the Center’s cozy Terrace Theater. And, as …

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