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Sunday, April 28, 2024

Dance Review: ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ presented by Ballet Theatre of Maryland at Maryland Hall by Carolyn Kelemen

With a well-rehearsed rendition of “The Sleeping Beauty,” Ballet Theatre of Maryland brought the opening night audience at the Maryland Hall to its feet. From the moment  the curtain ro…

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Hester Street’ at Theater J by Carolyn Kelemen

Recalls the assimilation of Jewish immigrants with a poignancy rarely seen in theater. Step into the world of “Hester Street” at Theater J and be prepared to be transported back to the 1…

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Friday, April 5, 2024

Dance Review: ‘Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo’ at The Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

When was the last time you laughed aloud at a classical ballet concert? Maybe never? Well, get ready for some big belly laughs if you’re lucky to catch Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carl…

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Friday, February 16, 2024

Dance Review: ‘Jazz Icons: A Fine Romance’ presented by The Washingon Ballet at The Kennedy Center  by Carolyn Kelemen

The Washington Ballet shakes up expectations at the Kennedy Center. Yes, even classical ballerinas let their hair down once in a while. They relish tossing off those stiff upper body movemen…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘The Sensational Sea Mink-ettes’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company by Carolyn Kelemen

It’s been a “wow” of a week! Celebrating Black History Month, the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater performed at the Kennedy Center while DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company opened the world…

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Saturday, February 10, 2024

Dance Review: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at The Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

When the Alvin Ailey Dance Company celebrates Black History month, count on a festive party. Looking for a respite from the political craziness that surrounds our lives? Want something fresh…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Dance Review: ‘Anna Sokolow & The Reimagined Root of Anti-Fascist Dance’ at the Library of Congress by Carolyn Kelemen

“The Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble is the living legacy company dedicated to presenting Anna Sokolow’s vast body of emotionally riveting works that are relevant to the times we live in …

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Saturday, December 30, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Caroline Bowman, Elsa in Disney’s ‘Frozen’ at Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

From the producer of “The Lion King” and “Aladdin,” “Frozen,” the Tony® Award–nominated Best Musical, is now on stage at the Kennedy Center. “Frozen” features the songs fr…

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Dance/Opera Review: Bill T. Jones’ ‘Watch Night’ World Premiere at the Perelman Performing Arts Center in NYC by Carolyn Kelemen

Both riveting and haunting, the world premiere of Bill T. Jones’ “Watch Night” at the new The Perelman Performing Arts Center (PACNYC) was the highlight of our American Theater Critics…

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Monday, December 11, 2023

Dance Review: Step Afrika!’s ‘Magical Musical Holiday Step Show’ at Arena Stage by Carolyn Kelemen

With apologies to T.S. Elliot and his ‘Wasteland” poem, Step Africa!’s holiday show at Arena Stage last Friday evening began with an explosive bang and ended with an even bigger one. N…

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Sunday, December 3, 2023

Dance Review: Dorrance Dance’s ‘The Nutcracker Suite’* at The Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Dorrance Dance dives into Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite” score with flash and jazzy tap. The Dorrance Dance’s “Nutcracker Suite” at the Kennedy Center is not your grandmothe…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Dance Review: ‘We Walk in Moonlight’ presented by Full Circle Dance Company and Ballet Theatre of Maryland at The Gordon Center by Carolyn Kelemen

“We Walk in Moonlight,” the recent collaboration between Full Circle Dance Company (FCDC) and Ballet Theatre of Maryland (BTM) the Gordon Center, was a harmonious dance experience that l…

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Saturday, October 21, 2023

Dance Review: Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s ‘The Firebird’ Soars at Maryland Hall by Carolyn Kelemen

A tip of the “shapka” (Russian for “hat”) to Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s Artistic Director Nicole Kelsch for digging up old records of a ballet created in St. Petersburg during th…

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Thursday, October 12, 2023

Theatre News: Preview of ‘Hal Prince’s Broadway’ airing on MPT by Carolyn Kelemen

In the world of musical theater, few names command as much respect as that of Hal Prince. The legendary director and producer is responsible for some of the most memorable Broadway productio…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Dance Review: ‘Giselle’ presented by American Ballet Theatre at Wolf Trap by Carolyn Kelemen

Hee Seo and Daniel Camargo captivate in a night of ballet magic. The American Ballet Theatre (ABT) danced a hauntingly beautiful production of “Giselle” on the Filene Center stage that r…

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Monday, July 24, 2023

Capital Fringe Review: “A Moment in Time’ by SHARP Dance Company by Carolyn Kelemen

I’m going out on a limb with this observation of “A Moment in Time,” five dances that touched us in different ways. More than other dance forms, modern dance can be uniquely gut wrench…

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Sunday, June 25, 2023

Dance Preview: ‘Ballet Bouquet,’ Misako Ballet Company’s Summer Celebration by Carolyn Kelemen

The Misako Ballet Company is well-known for its talented and skilled performers, and Sunday’s afternoon program at the Jim Rouse Theatre  promises to be no exception. One of the highlight…

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Friday, June 9, 2023

Dance Review: ‘Visionary Voices’ presented by the New York City Ballet at the Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

No one ever said the New York City Ballet (NYCB) was like any other dance company in the world. Everything is bigger with this world class troupe. This week’s performance at the Kennedy Op…

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Sunday, June 4, 2023

Dance News: The Inspiring Journey of Maggie Kirdurka, ‘The Bald Ballerina,’ at Her Cancer Benefit at Howard Community College by Carolyn Kelemen

  On Sunday, June 4, the Howard Community College Smith Theater will witness a truly remarkable event that celebrates the indomitable spirit and resilience of one extraordinary woman: Marga…

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Friday, June 2, 2023

News: Preview of Televised Tribute for Hal Prince by the Young Artists of America by Carolyn Kelemen

In the world of musical theater, few names command as much respect as that of Hal Prince. The legendary director and producer is responsible for some of the most memorable Broadway productio…

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Saturday, May 27, 2023

Dance Review: Scottish Ballet haunts long after curtain closes on ‘The Crucible’ at the Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

When we think of story ballets performed by classical companies, images of princesses, dancing swans, and castles hosting balls come to mind. Not so for The Scottish Ballet’s opening night…

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Thursday, May 4, 2023

Dance Review: Ballet Theatre of Maryland Closes Its Season with a Memorable ‘Don Quixote’ at Maryland Hall by Carolyn Kelemen

  Staging the full-length “Don Quixote” is a monumental feat. Nonetheless, Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s Artistic Director Nicole Kelsch took the challenge and made an old ballet new a…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Dance Review: Vincent Thomas’ ‘VTDance Celebrates 20th Anniversary’ at Baltimore Theatre Project by Carolyn Kelemen

Dancer/choreographer Vincent Thomas touches us with his powerful dance message.   Off stage, the dancer/choreographer stands a stunning 5 foot 11 inches tall, with incredibly generous arms …

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Saturday, April 8, 2023

Dance Review: ‘Anna Karenina’ by The Joffrey Ballet at Kennedy Center Opera House by Carolyn Kelemen

  The Joffrey Ballet visits the Kennedy Center this week and dancing for all its worth. As it turned out, it was worth a lot on opening night—as dance, as terrific theater, as a living le…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Pacific Overtures’ at Signature Theatre by Carolyn Kelemen

Signature puts Japanese culture front and center.   It’s unlikely that you’ll leave Signature Theatre humming familiar show tunes from “Pacific Overtures,” set in 19th century Japan…

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Saturday, February 18, 2023

Dance Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ performed by American Ballet Theatre at the Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

  ABT enthralls once again in a grandly staged production.   American Ballet Theatre’s opening night of “Romeo and Juliet” at the Kennedy Center Opera House topped all other ballet p…

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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Dance Review: United Ukranian Ballet presents ‘Giselle’ at the Kennedy Center Opera House by Carolyn Kelemen

United Ukranian Ballet’s “Giselle” captures the crowd. We don’t need any reminder why the Ukrainian National Ballet is operating under difficult circumstances. The company, temporari…

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Saturday, January 21, 2023

Theatre Review: See ‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ for a most memorable visit to NYC and 2nd Stage’s Hayes Theatre by Carolyn Kelemen

“Between Riverside and Crazy,” the Pulitzer prize-winning play by Stephen Adly Guirgis, is currently making its Broadway debut, and people—especially New Yorkers—are raving. Although…

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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Actor Andrew Horn, currently in ‘It’s A Wonderful Life: The Musical’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Carolyn Kelemen

  Andrew Andrew Horn has been working in Maryland Theater for over 30 years, primarily in musicals. He loves the challenge of finding the balance between the heightened reality of breaking …

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ at Olney Theatre Center by Carolyn Kelemen

  There are at least three things your brain will retain after watching “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” at the Olney Theatre Center, and we hope you will catch this show before it…

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

News and Reviews: The American Theatre Critics Association 2022 Conference in NYC…and more by Carolyn Kelemen

  Dozens of theater critics, writers, and bloggers gathered in Manhattan, November 11-13, 2022, the first time that American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) members have convened since p…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards