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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Historical drama and physical comedy combine in an enjoyable ‘Moonlight and Magnolias’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Andy Arnold

It’s 1939 and film studio chief David O. Selznick has staked his career on adapting Margaret Mitchell’s bestselling novel Gone with the Wind for the screen. Still, Selznick shuts down pr…

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Walt Whitman’s vivid accounts of the Civil War come to life in ‘Leaves of America’ by Andy Arnold

Chris Dwyer uses Walt Whitman’s poetry and his many hospital visits to bring vivid accounts of the Civil War to life in Leaves of America: Walt Whitman’s Stories of the Civil War. Whitma…

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Agatha Christie’s ‘A Daughter’s a Daughter’ by The Arlington Players depicts biting family strife by Andy Arnold

Agatha Christie’s A Daughter’s a Daughter at The Arlington Players features the character of Sarah Prentice: the most hateful, self-centered, pampered, jealous, possessive, resentful, ro…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

‘Yellow Face’ at Silver Spring Stage sparks important conversations by Andy Arnold

Is racism a taboo subject in the arts? Of course not. From Uncle Tom’s Cabin to Porgy and Bess to the whitewashing of the Oscars, artists have used their platform to convict American socie…

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Encore Stage & Studio’s ‘CSI: Christmas Scene Investigators’ is a comedic crowd-pleaser by Andy Arnold

You know it’s going to be a long night when Santa Claus goes missing. Either Stage Manager Meaghan Leahy made a whopper of a mistake, or some fiend stole jolly ole St. Nick, thus threateni…

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Young adventurer Milo learns how to use time in Greenbelt Arts Center’s ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ by Andy Arnold

If you know a bored child who doesn’t know what to do with their time, a trip through Susan Nanus’ The Phantom Tollbooth just might be the answer. It certainly works for Milo in Greenbe…

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Past, present clash in Aquila Theatre’s ‘1984’ by Andy Arnold

Viewing Aquila Theatre’s adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 at the Center for the Arts at George Mason University, I couldn’t help but wonder which came first “newspeak” or “alte…

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Set and staging steal the show at 2nd Star’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Andy Arnold

The set and staging steal the show at 2nd Star Productions’ A Christmas Carol: The Musical. That is almost a shame because the acting, singing, and dancing are also first-rate; however, th…

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Wolf Pack’s ‘Rocky Horror Show’ seduces Brentwood by Andy Arnold

If you are into corsets, fishnets, glitter, high heels, bold makeup, sexual innuendo and cussing as art, Wolf Pack Theatre Company’s (WPTC) rendition of Richard O’Brien’s cult classic …

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ rouses audience at Goddard Music and Drama Club with exuberant performance by Andy Arnold

If you are looking for some enjoyable entertainment before the holiday rush sets in, see The Drowsy Chaperone by the Goddard Music and Drama Club at the Barney & Bea Recreation Center. T…

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Review: ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ at Rockville Little Theatre by Andy Arnold

Although three murders, or “helping lonely men to find peace,” as the aunts see it, take place in the first two minutes, Rockville Little Theatre’s current presentation of Joseph Kesse…

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Review: ‘The Mousetrap’ by Thunderous Productions by Andy Arnold

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is a serious whodunit in which strangers are thrown together at a remote place and cut off from the outside world, with a police inspector unlocking a murde…

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: The Little Senator That Could by Andy Arnold

The Little Senator That Could held its world premiere at Capital Fringe on July 12, 2019, and it is nearly perfect for Washington, DC. Billed as a comedy, playwright Kirsten Grady’s show i…

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2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Flirting Like an American’ by Andy Arnold

George Washington University researcher Sufian Zhemukhov is a popular guy around Washington. He has several awards for his storytelling and some of the stories he relies on in Flirting Like …

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘CRAPSHOOT!’ by Andy Arnold

It turns out Al Snow (Todd Blakesley) is that guy – the one who admits to voting for Donald Trump in 2016. His participation in the democratic experiment turns his life upside down. Snow l…

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

‘Mamma Mia!’ at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre by Andy Arnold

The musical Mamma Mia! is playing in Frederick, Maryland for the first time at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre. If opening night is any indication, WOB has a hit on its hands. Director Jorda…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Review: ‘Grease’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia by Andy Arnold

Grease can be a sad tale of peer pressure, teen pregnancy, insecure futures, and violence. Based on a book of the same name by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, the story was about greasers, pre-…

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