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Sunday, January 22, 2023

Opera Review: Verdi’s ‘Falstaff’ presented by Maryland Lyric Opera at the Music Center at Strathmore by Jeannette Mulherin

More than a century after its premiere at La Scala in Milan, Italy, Verdi’s “Falstaff” continues to charm audiences with its humor, lovable characters, and magnificent score. The Maryl…

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Saturday, January 21, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Cats’ at the National Theatre by Jeannette Mulherin

Any musical theatre enthusiast alive in the 1980s (or maybe just anyone alive) will remember the immense popularity of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “CATS,” winner of seven Tony Awards® inclu…

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Thursday, December 22, 2022

Dance Review: ‘The Spirit of Kwanzaa: Celebrating Life and Harmony’ by Dance Institute of Washington at Howard University by Jeannette Mulherin

  Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium was awash in color, rhythm, and light during the Dance Institute of Washington’s annual concert dedicated to the observance of Kwanzaa. This is …

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Wicked’ at the Kennedy Center by Jeannette Mulherin

Witches and wizards have taken up temporary residence in the Kennedy Center Opera House in a spectacular production of “Wicked,” almost 20 years after the beloved musical made its Broadw…

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Theatre Review: Alex Edelman’s ‘Just For Us’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company by Jeannette Mulherin

“Just For Us” is an award-winning, one-man show starring the incomparable Alex Edelman at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.  He keeps the audience laughing from the moment he appears onst…

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Sunday, November 13, 2022

Opera Review:  Verdi’s ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’ presented by Maryland Lyric Opera at The Music Center at Strathmore by Jeannette Mulherin

  Verdi’s ‘Un Ballo in Maschera” (“A Masked Ball”) is the Maryland Lyric Opera’s second production in an all-Verdi season featuring some of the composer’s best-loved works. In…

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Opera Review: Verdi’s ‘Il trovatore’ (‘The Troubadour’) presented by the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center by Jeannette Mulherin

  Some of the opera world’s most glorious voices are currently filling the Kennedy Center Opera House in  the Washington National Opera’s dazzling production of Verdi’s “Il trovato…

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Dracula, A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really’ at Rorschach Theatre by Jeannette Mulherin

Rorschach’s “Dracula” delivers the feminist revenge fantasy it promises with a witty, relentless, and bloody satisfying attack on the patriarchy. Loosely based on Bram Stoker’s Dracu…

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘TINA – The Tina Turner Musical’ at the National Theatre by Jeannette Mulherin

There’s only one Tina Turner in this world, but you’d be forgiven for doubting that reality after seeing “TINA – The Tina Turner Musical’ now playing at the National Theatre. The a…

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Saturday, October 1, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Trip to Bountiful’ at Ford’s Theatre by Jeannette Mulherin

Set in the 1950s, American playwright Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful” is a meditation on memory, the search for meaning, and the need to belong. Seen through a 21st century lens…

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Macbeth’ at City of Fairfax Theatre Company by Jeannette Mulherin

  Set in 11th-century Scotland, “Macbeth” is a play in five acts that examines blind ambition, its effects on those who embrace it, and the consequences for anyone standing in its path.…

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ at The Kennedy Center by Jeannette Mulherin

  The winner of six Tony awards including Best Musical, ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ has returned to the Kennedy Center this month, with a dazzling set and gifted cast.  Written by Steven Levens…

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Firebringer: A New Stone-Age Musical’ at Dominion Stage by Jeannette Mulherin

‘Firebringer: A New Stone-Age Musical’ is a laugh-out-loud reminder that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Directed by Michael Page with musical direction by Chad Raba…

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Forgotten Monsters of Filmland’ by the Coil Project at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop by Jeannette Mulherin

  Coil Project’s world premiere of “Forgotten Monsters of Filmland” picks up the stories of classic literary characters whose lives, as reimagined in this production, continued on eve…

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Concert Review: ‘National Symphony Orchestra with Gil Shaham, Violinist’ at Wolf Trap by Jeannette Mulherin

  The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) opened the evening with Czech composer Bedrich Smetana’s “Vitava” (“The Moldau”) from Ma Vlast (My Country). The piece, which celebrates on…

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Monday, August 1, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘American Prophet’ Frederick Douglass in His Own Words at Arena Stage by Jeannette Mulherin

Frederick Douglass’ spirit is once again gracing the nation’s capital in a world premiere of “American Prophet.” The musical, based on his writings and speeches, resoundingly demands…

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Opera Review: Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ by Wolf Trap Opera and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Filene Center by Jeannette Mulherin

The timeless beauty of Verdi’s “La Traviata” lives on. Recently it echoed through the woods of beautiful Wolf Trap—an ocean and more than a century away from where it originated—wi…

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Chemical Exile: Synthesis’ at Rorschach Theatre by Jeannette Mulherin

  “Chemical Exile: Synthesis” is the final chapter and culmination of Rorschach Theatre’s second, season-long Psychogeography Project which began in October of 2021. “Chemical Exile…

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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at The Kennedy Center by Jeannette Mulherin

Aaron Sorkin’s new play based on Harper Lee’s classic novel now onstage at the Kennedy Center is set in 1930s Alabama. It could just as easily have found a home in contemporary America, …

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Sunday, June 19, 2022

Theatre Review ‘Jersey Boys’ at The Kennedy Center by Jeannette Mulherin

  “Jersey Boys” celebrates the still-vibrant tunes of music superstars, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, with big dance numbers and quick and witty humor, wrapped in that most Americ…

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Maz & Bricks’ at Solas Nua by Jeannette Mulherin

Maz (Emily Kester) is in Dublin for a protest urging the legalization of abortion in Ireland and Bricks (Jonathan Feuer) is on his way to collect his daughter for a day at the zoo. A chance …

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Prelude to a Kiss’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria by Jeannette Mulherin

  The Little Theatre of Alexandria has mounted a gem of a production in “Prelude to a Kiss.” Witty dialogue and a talented cast make for an enjoyable evening. For those who want somethi…

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Monday, May 30, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Do You Feel Anger?’ at Theater Alliance by Jeannette Mulherin

Billed as a comedy, “Do You Feel Anger?” delivers an evening of humor, but amidst the laughter is a profound lesson about women’s experiences in the workplace and the desperate need fo…

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Into the Woods’ at Creative Cauldron by Jeannette Mulherin

  It wasn’t my first journey “Into the Woods,” but the production currently playing at Creative Cauldron is by far my favorite, due largely to the talent and enthusiasm of the cast, b…

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Twigs & Bone’ at Nu Sass Productions by Jeannette Mulherin

The world premiere production of “Twigs & Bone” is currently playing in one of the city’s most intimate and charming theatre venues. This small but mighty company is offering audie…

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Mamalogues’ at 1st Stage by Jeannette Mulherin

In a creative twist, the audience quickly learns that they are the newest members of the BBSM (Bougie Black Single Moms) sisterhood, when they are warmly welcomed into the fold by BBSM Presi…

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Monday, April 4, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Hi, Are You Single?’ at Woolly Mammoth  by Jeannette Mulherin

Edgy, provocative, and enlightening, Ryan J. Haddad mesmerizes in his one-man show, “Hi, Are You Single?” at the equally edgy and provocative Woolly Mammoth Theatre.  A gay man living w…

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Monday, March 28, 2022

Concert Review: ‘America’s Requiem: A Knee on The Neck’ at the Music Center at Strathmore by Jeannette Mulherin

  ‘America’s Requiem: A Knee on The Neck” is an intense and moving tribute to George Floyd. It honors the anger and sorrow surrounding his loss and the senseless loss of so many black…

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Monday, March 21, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Adventures of Mr. Toad’ at Creative Cauldron by Jeannette Mulherin

Based on “The Wind in the Willows,” Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s story, “The Adventures of Mr. Toad” is a lively journey into the world of Mr. Toad (Ben Graham/E. Agustus…

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Thursday, March 3, 2022

Concert Review: ‘Renée Fleming & Emerson String Quartet with Pianist Simone Dinnerstein and Special Guest Uma Thurman’ at the Kennedy Center by Jeannette Mulherin

Some of the performing arts world’s brightest stars graced the stage of the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater this past Monday evening with a program featuring American composers Samuel B…

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Monday, November 8, 2021

Opera Review: ‘Come Home: A Celebration of Return’ presented by Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by Jeannette Mulherin

Celebration and remembrance marked the Washington National Opera’s return to live performance, officially ending the company’s extended absence with a concert honoring the late Supreme C…

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