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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

News: Theatre Washington Celebrates 2023 Helen Hayes Awards by Lynne Menefee

Over 1,600 theatre-makers and theatre supporters attended the event at The AnthemON YOUR FEET! From GALA Hispanic Theatre Was the Night’s Big Winner with 9 Awards    WASHINGTON, DC – O…

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Thursday, May 18, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ at The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater by Lynne Menefee

  The Broadway Center Stage (BCS) series at Kennedy Center is currently presenting the Tony Award-winning, “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Billed as a musical “lovingly ripped off from t…

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Saturday, May 13, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘SIX’ at The Hippodrome Theatre by Lynne Menefee

“Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived.” Such was the fate of the six wives of Henry VIII, a very consequential English king with an appetite for women (among other thin…

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Thursday, May 4, 2023

News: KUMANANA! An Afro-Peruvian Musical Revue at GALA Hispanic Theatre by Lynne Menefee

Washington, D.C. – GALA concludes its 47th season with the premiere of KUMANANA! An Afro-Peruvian Musical Revue, conceived and directed by GALA’s co-founder Hugo Medrano with associate d…

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Friday, March 31, 2023

Top 6 Shows of the Week (+ 1) by Lynne Menefee

Week of March 19, 2023 1. “Consecrated Ground” at Laurel Mill Playhouse “…should not be missed and one of the most memorable plays I have seen in a very long time. It is another bri…

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Friday, March 24, 2023

MD Theatre Guide’s ‘Top 5 Show of the Week’ (+1) by Lynne Menefee

Week of March 12, 2023 1. “Pacific Overtures” at Signature Theatre “…a talented 10-member cast, the innovative musical numbers and clear, concise direction by Ethan Heard…a memorab…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Top 5 Shows of the Week (+1) by Lynne Menefee

Week of March 5, 2023 1. “King Lear” at Shakespeare Theatre Company “Expertly directed…fasten your seat belt for this imaginative journey into Shakespeare’s mind and soul.” – S…

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Thursday, March 16, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ at the Hippodrome Theatre by Lynne Menefee

  The touring company of Academy Award®-winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” is currently having its…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

Week of February 26, 2023 1. “Beauty and the Beast” at Synetic Theater “…an outstanding cast, notably Zana Gankhuyag in the role of the Beast.” – Nancy Blum READ review. Synopsi…

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Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

Week of February 19, 2023 1. “Into the Woods” at Kennedy Center “The casting was absolutely perfect, and the small ensemble helped keep the action tight and brisk…strongly recommend …

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Monday, March 13, 2023

Cappies Review: ‘My Favorite Year’ at Albert Einstein High School by Lynne Menefee

Picture 1954 as your favorite year, a year of swing fashion, technological brilliance, and the legendary genre that is Rock ‘n’ Roll. But, in a matter of seconds, Hollywood star Alan Swa…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Do Not Go Gentle’ at Spotlighters Theatre by Lynne Menefee

The play “Do Not Go Gentle,” written in 1996 by Suzan Zeder, takes its title from the Dylan Thomas poem. “Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close o…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Cappies Review: ‘Legally Blonde The Musical’ at Walt Whitman High School by Lynne Menefee

From Delta Nu to Harvard U, someone always wants to take advantage of the fashion-forward blonde. But what happens when she decides to take the stand? Find out with Walt Whitman’s spectacu…

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Thursday, February 23, 2023

Top 5 Shows of the Week (+1) by Lynne Menefee

Week of February 12, 2023 1. “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” at Fells Point Corner Theatre “Bizarre, dizzying, witty, tender, and spiritual…all the layered questions of morality, love, dea…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Top 5 Shows of the Week (+1) by Lynne Menefee

Week of February 5, 2023 1. “Ghost/Writer” at Rep Stage “…breathtaking…the beauty of Act One and the compelling performances by Dane Figuero Edidi in both roles are not to be misse…

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Friday, February 17, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Actor Michael Sullivan in ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ at Cumberland Theatre by Lynne Menefee

Cumberland Theatre, Western Maryland’s only regional professional theatre, is currently presenting “Murder on the Orient Express,” adapted by Ken Ludwig from the novel by Agatha Christ…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Top 5 Shows of the Week (+1) by Lynne Menefee

Week of January 29, 2023 1. “Peter and the Starcatcher” at Children’s Theatre of Annapolis “This tight, well-timed production is constantly surprising, from the unexpected opening n…

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Monday, February 6, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Sunset Boulevard’ at The Kennedy Center by Lynne Menefee

The Kennedy Center’s Broadway Center Stage series has produced another pearl with their current production of “Sunset Boulevard.” Based on the 1950 film starring Gloria Swanson and Wil…

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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Top 5 Shows of the Week (plus one!) by Lynne Menefee

Week of January 22, 2023 1. “High School Coven” at Strand Theater Company “…energized by the acting, the witty character interplay, and the effects…highly engaging direction…” …

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Friday, January 27, 2023

News: Arena Players Receives Federal Funding to Revitalize Theater by Lynne Menefee

  From Arena Players’ Facebook page:   “Hello Family!   Every now and then … we ALL get it just right! If you haven’t done so already, Please take a moment to say CONGRATULATIONS …

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News: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will present Adam Sandler with the 24th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by Lynne Menefee

Prize Will Be Awarded at the Kennedy Center at a Gala Performance on March 19, 2023. (WASHINGTON)—The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will present the 24th Mark Twain Prize …

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

Week of January 15, 2023 1. “Ride the Cyclone” at Arena Stage “Wacky and wonderful…a side-splitting, hilarious original musical…unmissable…packed with earworm songs and vivid cas…

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Saturday, January 21, 2023

Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

Week of January 8, 2023 1. “Two Jews Walk Into a War…” at Theater J “It is a joy to watch these two actors…one is left with a sense of having been both entertained and also educate…

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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

News: Mosaic Launches Inaugural Catalyst New Play Festival by Lynne Menefee

  Festival is anchored by Max and Willy’s Last Laugh, featuring Grammy, Tony, and Emmy-recognized talent, and includes new works by Dane Figueroa Edidi, Annalisa Dias The inaugural Cataly…

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Sunday, November 27, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Sheldon Epps, Acclaimed Director, Artistic Director, and Senior Artistic Advisor at Ford’s Theatre, Publishes Memoir by Lynne Menefee

“Sheldon Epps has directed major productions on and off Broadway, in London, and at many theatres across America. In addition, he has had an active television career helming some of the cl…

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Thursday, October 20, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Actor Jacqueline E. G. Youm in August Wilson’s ‘King Hedley II’ at Dominion Stage by Lynne Menefee

August Wilson’s “King Hedley II” will be performed by Dominion Stage starting October 21, 2002. It is being directed by Rikki Howie and produced by Christine Farrell. The executive pro…

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Monday, October 17, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Max Johnson and Jake Stibbe starring in Iron Crow Theatre’s ‘Mankind’ by Lynne Menefee

    Iron Crow Theatre is excited to be currently presenting its first production since the pandemic at Theatre Project and is directed by Ann Turiano. (You can read our review here.) “Wo…

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Guys and Dolls’ at Kennedy Center by Lynne Menefee

Sadly for theater lovers, “Guys and Dolls,” one of the most iconic and “perfect” American musicals, is only at the Kennedy Center for a short run and is nearly sold out (see below). …

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Dance Review: ‘Les Sylphides and Other Works’ at Ballet Theatre of Maryland by Lynne Menefee

  Artistic director Nicole Kelsch took a risk in presenting both the beloved 1909 Russian classic, “Les Sylphides,” and the thoroughly modern romp, “Hijinks and Lullabies,” on the s…

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Theatre Review: The Mysterious Joy of ‘Host & Guest’ Returns to Synetic Theatre by Lynne Menefee

With apologies to T.S. Eliot, Synetic Theater opened its 20th season with a big bang— actually two bangs—and closed “Host & Guest” to an even bigger bang. Throughout the 90-minu…

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

Week of July 17, 2022 1. “A Midsummer NIght’s Dream” at Folger Theatre (at the National Building Museum) “With a script that has been edited down almost ruthlessly, a cast that is bo…

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