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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’ at Dominion Stage by Brian Bochicchio

“Remember, bloody is only a metaphor!” we are shouted at several times in the imaginative, entertaining, at times shocking “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” at Dominion Stage. A semi- h…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder’ at Little Theatre of Alexandria by Brian Bochicchio

Murder most foul has been a steady, reliable storyline for recorded history—from Greek tragedies to horror novels and on to HBO and Netflix moneymakers. The fascination with the purposeful…

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Beehive’ at Nextstop Theater by Brian Bochicchio

I get it, a show (ok, a musical revue) identified with a horrific hairstyle won’t challenge us with dramatic plot twists or Sondheim-esque mystique. But after a summer which literally seem…

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Seussical the Musical’ at McLean Community Players by Brian Bochicchio

Of course, it had to be called Seussical, match-rhyming with musical. Imbued with Dr. Seuss’ gift for cadenced, rhythmic prose, it is also whimsical. Thus, “Seussical the Musical” burs…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘A Fox on the Fairway’ at Little Theatre of Alexandria by Brian Bochicchio

Sometimes you just need a silly song, a silly dance, a little seltzer down your pants. With a nod to chuckles the clown, we Washingtonians do need a respite from the amped-up rhetoric and po…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘The Savannah Disputation’ at Little Theatre of Alexandria by Brian Bochicchio

It’s one of those situations we all have likely experienced: a fresh-faced young person unexpectedly knocks on your door and asks about your faith, challenging whatever concept of spiritua…

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ at Little Theatre of Alexandria by Brian Bochicchio

Reaching deep into the proverbial treasure chest of American classics, Little Theatre of Alexandria has pulled out and dusted off Kaufman and Hart’s beloved “You Can’t Take It With You…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Concert Review: ‘Brian Ganz Plays Chopin, Reflections of Home’ at Strathmore by Brian Bochicchio

It’s not just an orchestra setting anymore. The Music Center at Strathmore is nationally known, yet seems underappreciated in the DMV area. The present home of the National Philharmoni…

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Theatre Review: ’12 Angry Men’ at Ford’s Theatre by Brian Bochicchio

The verdict is in: “Twelve Angry Men:” that iconic courtroom drama, still remains compelling storytelling. Ford Theatre’s production, gleaned from local talent and staged in th…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Peter Pan and Wendy’ at Creative Cauldron by Brian Bochicchio

Mixing in parts of remembrances past, timely themes, nascent hopes of magic and kitschy lighting, this amalgam of elements are put together in the Creative Cauldron in Falls Church to have a…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Turn Me Loose’ at Arena Stage by Brian Bochicchio

It’s not often that a performer has a biopic written for him while he can still go view it. The pioneering comic and civil activist Dick Gregory had the chance to do just that last year in…

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ at Olney Theatre Center by Brian Bochicchio

I walked onto a pirate ship last Sunday and a Jimmy Buffet beach party broke out… “The Pirates of Penzance” have set shore in the unlikely enclave of the Olney Theatre Center. …

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘The Nance’ at Little Theatre of Alexandria by Brian Bochicchio

What was in the water in the 1930s America??? Extra gin from the speakeasys? Awash in booze and a returning economy, excited by technological breakthroughs, artistic triumphs, and an era of,…

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Chicago’ at Keegan Theatre by Brian Bochicchio

When “Chicago” comes to town, you just want to sit down, strap in, and prepare yourself for an experience. One of the most successful musicals in theatre history, it chalked up s…

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Tweet Land of Liberty’ at Hexagon by Brian Bochicchio

Springtime in Washington, DC means a lot of things. Of course, there is the annual Cherry Blossoms, Embassy Tours and Fun Runs. Challenging them all is Hexagon. The six-sided show, in its 63…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Hobson’s Choice’ at Quotidian Theatre Company by Brian Bochicchio

Some works of theatre are given the dreaded label ‘period piece’—destined to stay locked in the time they were created. But others age quite nicely—as a well-shaped, tanned piece of …

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Unnecessary Farce’ at Keegan Theatre by Brian Bochicchio

What a year it has been! Would you call the recent news cycle—oh, I don’t know, fake-arcial? We have been regularly been bombarded with salacious dossiers, hand sizes, libs threatening t…

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at The British Players by Brian Bochicchio

Leave it to the British Players to give us a holiday treat that is heartfelt, uproarious, artistically pleasing and–gets all of ye people in the seats in the act, mate! The Christmas s…

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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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