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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Review: ‘Falsettos’ National Tour at the Kennedy Center by David Friscic

The motley crew of neurotic and quasi-neurotic characters in Falsettos, now playing at the Kennedy Center, offers an eye-opening look at all-too-human dilemmas. The rituals of everyday life …

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Review: Mark Christopher Lawrence at the DC Comedy Loft by David Friscic

Mark Christopher Lawrence is a comedian of myriad talents. Appearing at the Bier Baron Tavern’s Comedy Loft, Mr. Lawrence commanded the stage with an act that was multi-dimensional – and…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Review: ‘Clothes for a Summer Hotel’ by Rainbow Theatre Project by David Friscic

Rainbow Theatre Project has presented a trenchant and exciting production of the rarely produced Clothes for a Summer Hotel. The dualistic themes of the great playwright Tennessee Williams a…

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Review: ‘An Evening Of Mozart: The Da Ponte Operas’ by Maryland Lyric Opera’s Young Artist Institute by David Friscic

The Maryland Lyric Opera (MDLO) presented an evening of an assortment of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s musical excerpts from three of his most esteemed operas–The Marriage of Figaro, Don Gio…

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Review: ‘The National Symphony Orchestra with Cellist Kian Soltani’ at the Kennedy Center by David Friscic

The National Symphony Orchestra delighted with a superb program on Thursday night at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Acclaimed cellist Kian Soltani performed with panache as he joined force…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Review: ‘Working’ by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC by David Friscic

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC has presented a production of the musical Working that perfectly captures the individual and collective spirit that embodies the strength and dignity…

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

‘Jeffrey’ at Rainbow Theatre Project by David Friscic

Jeffrey, the current offering of the Rainbow Theatre Project by playwright Paul Rudnick, casts a humorously defiant eye towards the tragedy of the AIDS epidemic – as set in the New Yo…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Review: The Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Show by David Friscic

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC presented their annual Holiday Show on a cold winter’s night and the warmth exuded by this very polished and respected chorus obliterated any bitte…

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

An Interview with Jeffrey Higgins of ‘Jeffrey Higgins: A Deafening Sound’ by David Friscic

Jeffrey Higgins: A Deafening Sound is an apt title for the anguish and turmoil that singer and pianist Jeffrey Higgins went through after being fired as a singer in the Archdiocese of Washin…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Review: ‘Silent Night’ at the Kennedy Center Washington National Opera by David Friscic

The Washington National Opera’s current production of the opera Silent Night is a shattering indictment of the futility and waste of war set during the historical truce that occurred durin…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Review: ‘La traviata’ by the Washington National Opera by David Friscic

Washington National Opera’s current production of Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata is a moving and heart-wrenching view of tragic romantic love in all its variations. Under the taut and astu…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Review: ‘Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate)’ at GALA Hispanic Theatre by David Friscic

The current offering from the justly renowned GALA Hispanic Theatre, Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water For Chocolate) is a veritable feast for the senses and a savory mixture of theatrica…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Review: ‘The Legend of Georgia McBride’ at Round House Theatre by David Friscic

In The Legend of Georgia McBride, a theatrical cornucopia of camp, country music, drag, domestic dilemmas, and larger-than-life divas await you. This disarming and sexually-charged excursion…

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Review: ‘The Nance’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria by David Friscic

The “double bind” of being gay in an oppressive climate of prejudice against gays and, yet, choosing to turn down any hope of redemption with a loving partner (or a political party that …

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Review: ‘Today’s Classical and Jazz Masters’ by the National Chamber Ensemble by David Friscic

As was announced at the beginning of the National Chamber Ensemble’s recent musical offering Today’s Classical and Jazz Masters —in a veiled reference to the British Royal Wedding …

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Review: ‘The Barber of Seville’ at the Kennedy Center by David Friscic

The current production of the Washington National Opera –Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville plays like a frenetically captivating musical dreamscape of schemers, clowns, and roman…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Review: ‘John’ at Signature Theatre by David Friscic

An eerie sense of the supernatural combined with an almost ritualistic sense of the minutiae of daily living combine to form the aesthetic ambiance of playwright Annie Baker’s haunting and…

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Review: ‘DEMO by Damian Woetzel: Now’ at The Kennedy Center by David Friscic

An eclectic excursion into choreographic experimentation, innovative instrumental accompaniment, and exciting vocalizing is all part of DEMO by Damian Woetzel: Now at Kennedy Center’s Te…

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Review: Washington National Opera Presents Verdi’s ‘Don Carlo’ at the Kennedy Center by David Friscic

“Peace and transcendence can only be found in death” seems to be the eternal thread that runs through Verdi’s operatic masterpiece, Don Carlo. Presented by the Washington National Oper…

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Review: ‘Infinite Future: Bernstein’s Lasting Impact’ by Monumental Theatre Company at Atlas Intersections Festival by David Friscic

Enticingly presented by Monumental Theatre Company as part of the Atlas Intersections Festival, Infinite Future: Bernstein’s Lasting Impact is an exciting and multi-dimensional theatrical …

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Review: ‘It Takes Two…’ at Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D.C. by David Friscic

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC has just offered the DC Metro Theatre Region an alternately wistful, romantic, and humorous cabaret review entitled It Takes Two…. Presented at…

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Review: ‘Alcina’ at The Washington National Opera by David Friscic

The Washington National Opera is now offering opera lovers the rare treat of a disarming and whimsical baroque opera, Alcina, by Composer George Frideric Handel. An opera, by default, is oft…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Review: ‘Aida’ at Washington National Opera by David Friscic

Eternal, romantic love conquers all — even a jealous rival — in Verdi’s ravishingly melodic Aida, now being presented by the Washington National Opera with splendid work from a…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Review: ‘Madame Butterfly’ at The Kennedy Center by David Friscic

Gorgeous, ravishing arias by the legendary Puccini, an ethereally beautiful performance by Soprano Ermonela Jaho as Cio-Cio San (Butterfly), and an exceptionally ingenious concept and stage …

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Review: ‘Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs’ at the Kennedy Center by David Friscic

Wearing his heart on his sleeve throughout, entertainer extraordinaire Alan Cumming (Tony-award winner for Cabaret, regular on the hit television series The Good Wife, concert and recording …

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Review: ‘Three Sisters’ at Maly Drama Theatre at The Kennedy Center by David Friscic

Anton Chekhov’s classic play Three Sisters is being given a superb rendering by the Maly Drama Theatre (from St Petersburg, Russia) at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. Director L…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Review: ‘Champion’ at Washington National Opera by David Friscic

In the fascinating contemporary opera Champion, the external world of the often-violent sport of boxing and the inner turmoil of the self-loathing and self-denial of the lead character colli…

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Review: Dionne Warwick: The 4th Anniversary Celebration of the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club by David Friscic

One of the natural vocal wonders of the world, the legendary entertainer and vocal artist Dionne Warwick beguiled the audience at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. The occasion to c…

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: ‘Dead Man Walking’ at Washington National Opera by David Friscic

It is certainly a “Dark Night of the Soul” (St. John of the Cross) for Sister Helen Prejean in the contemporary opera Dead Man Walking. A meditative, spiritually resonant study of our co…

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Interview: Dionne Warwick on Performing Tomorrow, 2/28 and Wednesday, 3/1 at 8 PM at Bethesda Jazz and Blues Supper Club’s 4th Anniversary Show by David Friscic

I recently had the privilege to interview the music legend, Dionne Warwick. The occasion for the interview is to celebrate Ms. Warwick’s illustrious career, ask some related questions, an…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Review: ‘Company’ at McLean Community Players by David Friscic

Stephen Sondheim’s gloriously urbane, stylistic and sophisticated musical Company was groundbreaking when it first arrived on Broadway in the Seventies and it still remains relevant today.…

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