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Friday, December 3, 2021

Dance News: Seasonal Ballet Helps Everyone Make the Leap into a Holiday Mood by Carolyn Kelemen

A listing of “The Nutcracker” performances (and more) in the Baltimore/Washington area this season. As my grand-nephew, niece and I watched two productions of “The Nutcracker” this p…

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Monday, November 29, 2021

Dance Review: ‘The Nutcracker’ presented by The Classic Ballet Theatre of Maryland by Carolyn Kelemen

Until recently, the role of Clara in “The Nutcracker Suite” was mainly an acting part, played by a young girl in a pink nightgown. All she had to do was bop the mouse king with her shoe …

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Dance Review: Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s ‘Giselle’ at the Maryland Hall gives us the “Wilis” for a Halloween Treat by Carolyn Kelemen

For nearly two centuries, “Giselle” has been called “the ultimate romantic ballet,” and remains today the supreme achievement of The Romantic Era with its fusion of dance and drama. …

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Dance Review: Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE at the Kennedy Center Lifts Your Spirits 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 Ronald K. Brown…

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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Dance Review: The Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Taylor-made moves still thrill! You couldn’t miss the thrill of live dance Thursday night in the Eisenhower Theater where the Paul Taylor Dance Company kicked off the Kennedy Center Perfor…

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Sunday, September 5, 2021

A vibrant ‘Godspell’ brings back the joy at Toby’s by Carolyn Kelemen

A lively reprise of the first show on its stage 41 years ago with the parables updated to the minute.

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Friday, August 27, 2021

Podcast: Razzle Dazzle Radio Interviews the Incomparable Bruce Randolph Nelson by Carolyn Kelemen

Bruce Randolph Nelson, resident company member of Everyman Theatre, recently gave another tour-de-force performance in the streaming production of Everyman Theatre’s “An Almost Holy Pict…

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Dance Review: ‘Tear the Edge’ presented by the Chamber Dance Project by Carolyn Kelemen

As hope is the theme of “Songs of a New World,” then gratitude can be attributed to the Chamber Dance Project (CDP) in an exciting return to live performance after 24 months. Known for b…

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Theatre Review: ‘Songs for a New World’ presented by Monumental Theatre Company by Carolyn Kelemen

  Welcome to the dog days of summer as we all could use some respite from the heat, humidity, and ongoing COVID restrictions. Two unique programs, Monumental Theatre Company’s “Songs fo…

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Dance Review: ‘Step Afrika! Juneteenth Virtual Celebration’ includes a poignant tribute to the Little Rock Nine by Carolyn Kelemen

Among the many celebratory Juneteenth events held this past weekend, Step Afrika! ranks high on my list. There were prayers, parades, music, the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, and…

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The fun begins ‘After Midnight’ in big band musical from Signature by Carolyn Kelemen

The singing, dancing, and songs are all highpoints. The filming, editing, and lighting are all superb.

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Monday, May 24, 2021

News: Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary 2021-2022 Ballet and Dance Season Preview by Carolyn Kelemen

  Buy a subscription and you won’t miss a beat! Call it intuition, cultural channeling, or just a hunch, but the feeling here is that this is going to be a lively, all-encompassing, much-…

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Dance Review: ‘Momentum’ presented by Ballet Theatre of Maryland by Carolyn Kelemen

Earth, wind, fire and water…all the elements were there in the Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s online debut of “Momentum” from Prince George’s Community College’s tech-savvy perform…

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Theatre Review: The British Players presents ‘Let’s All Go to the Music Hall’ by Carolyn Kelemen

One of the benefits of online reviews is that you can go back to YouTube streaming and catch what you missed. This was the case last Saturday night when a late Seder dinner kept me from tuni…

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘All the Devils are Here: How Shakespeare Invented the Villain’ from Shakespeare Theatre Company by Carolyn Kelemen

Patrick Page could read the telephone book and we would swoon. And when he speaks Shakespeare, his whispers and bellows send shivers up your spine. His lush bass voice resonates long after h…

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Remembering Delores King Williams by Carolyn Kelemen

The sad news came early on Wednesday, January 13. Delores King Williamshad died during the night from an aggressive cancer (she kept secretfrom her friends). No longer will see her brilliant…

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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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