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Monday, July 17, 2023

Asian misrepresentation skewered, in ‘Mr. Yunioshi’ at 1st Stage by Gwyneth Sholar

J. Elijah Cho does a masterful job of blending tongue-in-cheek humor with history and perspective.

SOURCE: at 02:10PM
Saturday, July 15, 2023

2023 Capital Fringe Review: ‘TBD: A Devised Theatrical Celebration/A Musical Love Letter’ (3 stars) by Gwyneth Sholar

Innovative and enthusiastic production of short scenes anchored in Queer and BIPOC experience, and a cabaret-style ode to the joys and sorrows of theater.

SOURCE: at 07:55PM
Thursday, July 13, 2023

2023 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Bell Wringer’ by Pinky Swear Productions (3 1⁄2 stars) by Gwyneth Sholar

A bluegrass musical centering on a ghostly Tennessee legend that veers toward the hootenanny or hoedown side of the story.

SOURCE: at 11:13AM
Monday, November 7, 2022

Hope is served in ‘Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf’ at Silver Spring Stage by Gwyneth Sholar

The production passes on the absurdity and orders optimism instead.

SOURCE: at 02:37PM
Friday, October 28, 2022

Exclusive preview of GALA’s 18th international Fuego Flamenco Festival by Gwyneth Sholar

Abel López, GALA’s associate producing director, and Edwin Aparicio, festival creator and curator, tell what to expect.

SOURCE: at 07:44AM
Monday, October 17, 2022

A girl’s trauma at school precipitates ‘Unprotected’ by Pipeline Playwrights by Gwyneth Sholar

An affecting and important new play by Jean Koppen that takes on harm, safety, and justice.

SOURCE: at 12:25PM
Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Flying V goes to the mat for physical storytelling in ‘Bowties and Blackeyes’ by Gwyneth Sholar

Each wrestler was magnetic. Once the ring came to life, it was impossible to look away.

SOURCE: at 01:56PM
Thursday, October 6, 2022

‘Once on This Island’ sings up a storm at Constellation by Gwyneth Sholar

It's a musical production so good, you leave wishing for a soundtrack featuring the cast you just heard.

SOURCE: at 06:33AM
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Celebrating 25 years, Story District parties on by Gwyneth Sholar

The big night showcased what they do best: providing a way for folks to share a story that means something to them.

SOURCE: at 12:33PM
Monday, August 22, 2022

‘Drunk Shakespeare’ gets hilariously tipsy at Sage Theatre by Gwyneth Sholar

The actors are remarkable. They take their craft as seriously as their fun.

SOURCE: at 07:55PM
Friday, August 5, 2022

‘Spanking Machine’ at 1st Stage is both damn funny and healing by Gwyneth Sholar

In her moving, mindful, and deeply witty solo show, Marga Gomez uses storytelling and stand-up to talk about growing up Queer, Cuban, and Catholic.

SOURCE: at 09:40AM
Tuesday, July 19, 2022

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Meatballs and Music’ by Tom Sweitzer by Gwyneth Sholar

The funny, moving, and memorable story of one man's childhood in 1980s Pennsylvania.

SOURCE: at 09:19PM
Monday, July 18, 2022

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘EGO/DEATH’ by Natalie Parks by Gwyneth Sholar

An intimate window into the consciousness of a young individual who dies shortly after their college graduation and then is inexplicably resurrected.

SOURCE: at 07:06PM
Sunday, July 17, 2022

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Climate, Cancer, and 7 Celibate Men: A Queer Comedy’ by Caroline Howe by Gwyneth Sholar

With abundant costume changes and a boisterous one-woman lead, Climate, Cancer, and 7 Celibate Men makes for an energetic and engaging Fringe Fest production. Under Ali Miller’s deft direc…

SOURCE: at 06:37AM
Saturday, July 16, 2022

2022 Capital Fringe Review: ‘What They Said About Sex’ by Steve Budd by Gwyneth Sholar

A one-person show based on interviews with others and its creator's own sexual encounters.

SOURCE: at 06:51PM
Wednesday, July 6, 2022

A Black woman’s stunning life story in ‘From the Mississippi Delta’ at Essential Theatre by Gwyneth Sholar

Each vignette, whether joyous or harrowing, is steeped in gorgeous prose and a very genuine mix of melancholy and humor.

SOURCE: at 02:28PM
Thursday, June 16, 2022

Gleeful rom-com ‘Nollywood Dreams’ warms the stage at Round House by Gwyneth Sholar

Jocelyn Bioh, a truly warm and wonderful writer, not only creates convincing comedy but also invests in the humanity of her characters.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:16AM
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Hidden history revealed in emotional ‘United States of Amnesia’ at GALA by Gwyneth Sholar

José Torres-Tama's nonlinear performance ritual asks us to remember what textbooks would have us forget.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:57PM
Monday, May 30, 2022

In ‘A Monster Calls’ at Kennedy Center, a jarring tale to heal a child’s grief by Gwyneth Sholar

An adult story masquerading as a children’s play, the gorgeous and intense production follows a boy confronting his mother’s terminal illness.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:38PM
Monday, May 23, 2022

NextStop’s ‘Lucky Stiff’ is madcap pure fun by Gwyneth Sholar

The wonderfully absurd show becomes hilarious musical theater.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:00PM
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Bougie Black single moms have their say in ‘The Mamalogues’ at 1st Stage by Gwyneth Sholar

Their honest emotion and tongue-in-cheek humor sweep the audience away.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:23PM
Friday, April 1, 2022

Ryan J. Haddad’s brilliant ‘Hi, Are You Single?’ dazzles at Woolly Mammoth by Gwyneth Sholar

The actor-playwright is asking us to be intimate with him. Don’t turn the invitation down.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:15AM
Tuesday, March 15, 2022

American Shakespeare Center breathes new life into ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Gwyneth Sholar

A spirited show that moves us to root for the young lovers like never before.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:11PM
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

A woman does the math with men in ‘Ada and the Engine’ at Avant Bard by Gwyneth Sholar

Dina Soltan is wonderful as Ada, bringing ardor and enthusiasm that is simply infectious.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:47PM
Monday, February 28, 2022

‘The Little Mermaid Cocktail Experience’ is an otherworldly delight by Gwyneth Sholar

It’s an atmosphere that’s at once cozy and ominous, but most of all, enthralling.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:41PM
Tuesday, February 15, 2022

‘Girls of Madison Street’ celebrates Black sisterhood at Creative Cauldron by Gwyneth Sholar

The actors are simply remarkable, so natural and at ease that the plot becomes secondary to their electric chemistry as an ensemble.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:07AM
Sunday, February 6, 2022

Psalmayene 24’s beautiful ‘Dear Mapel’ at Mosaic contains worlds of feeling by Gwyneth Sholar

In his willingness to be vulnerable there is strength, and in his multifaceted storytelling, each and every emotion strikes a chord.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:28PM
Monday, January 31, 2022

In Prologue Theatre’s sweet ‘World Builders,’ two loners connect by Gwyneth Sholar

The comedic chemistry between Harrison Smith and Fabiolla Da Silva pops and flickers like a log catching fire.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:41PM

Rockville Little Theatre’s ‘Bad Seed’ questions a problematic play by Gwyneth Sholar

The show's 1950s gender dynamics have not aged well, but the intriguing production sparks conversation.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:10AM
Friday, January 21, 2022

Musical power of ‘Bright Star’ astounds at Little Theatre of Alexandria by Gwyneth Sholar

The total commitment of each person in the cast really dazzles. Their rock-solid togetherness in music and choreography sets the tone for the show.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:02PM
Monday, December 6, 2021

Beautifully simple ‘Man Covets Bird’ shines at Spooky Action Theater by Gwyneth Sholar

A short and sweet escape into a parallel world with an invisible bird.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:50PM

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