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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Everyman Theatre by Lynne Menefee

Everyman Theatre ends another great season with a surprising “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Directed by Artistic Director Noah Himmelstein and adapted by Gavin Witt, this is a very diffe…

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Concert Review: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at The Strathmore by Lynne Menefee

Grammy Award-winners, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall have a huge local following, performing many times at Maryland Hall in Annapolis. This year, they made their debut in an even larger arena—t…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Theatre Review: Mark Twain’s ‘Is He Dead’ at Little Theatre of Alexandria by Lynne Menefee

If you’ve taken an English class in America sometime in the past 100 years, you’re probably familiar with the works of Mark Twain. What you probably haven’t heard of is his ill-fated t…

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

‘A Quick 5’ with Actor, Jon Hudson Odom in ‘Metamorphoses’ at Folger Theatre by Lynne Menefee

Folger Theatre concludes its 2023/24 season with Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses.” The play was nominated for three Tony Awards in 2002, including Best Play. The tales of Ovid are plac…

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Theatre Review: ‘Clue, A New Comedy’ at The Hippodrome Theatre by Lynne Menefee

The board game, “Murder at Tudor Close,” was invented by a British couple during World War II. Its British publisher changed the name to “Cluedo.” In 1949, their American partners, P…

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Macbeth’ presented by Shakespeare Theatre Company by Lynne Menefee

Something astonishing is happening in the Brentwood neighborhood of Washington, DC—a powerful climax to Shakespeare Theatre Company’s current season, complete with pyrotechnics. An old B…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

‘A Quick 5’ with Adil Mansoor, Writer and Performer of ‘Amm(i)gone’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company by Lynne Menefee

Theater maker, director, and performer Adil Mansoor explores family tension, queerness, and faith in “Amm(i)gone,” presented by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, in association with Kelly …

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Friday, March 22, 2024

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

The musical comedy “Company” was groundbreaking for its time and has an incredible pedigree. Premiering on Broadway in 1970, it was the first concept musical—it did not have a linear p…

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Adrift: A Medieval Wayward Folly’ presented by Happenstance Theater at Baltimore Theatre Project by Lynne Menefee

Going to a Happenstance Theater production is like opening a jewel box. You never know what is inside but guaranteed it will be a treasure trove of imagination, talent, and creativity—alwa…

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Friday, February 2, 2024

Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

Week of January 21, 2024 1. “A Chorus Line” at Toby’s Dinner Theatre “Director Mark Minnick and choreographer Vincent Musgrave have somehow managed to not only be faithful to the ori…

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Theatre Review: ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ at The Hippodrome Theatre by Lynne Menefee

The musical “Mrs. Doubtfire” is based on the popular 1993 film with Robin Williams which, in turn, was based on the novel, Alias Madame Doubtfire, a 1987 novel for young adults by Anne F…

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Friday, January 26, 2024

Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

Week of January 14, 2024 1. “RENT” at Iron Crow Theatre “While some of his [Sean Elias’] changes serve to strip down the show to its essential elements or to bring out its gritty rea…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

‘A Quick 5’ with Sean Elias, Artistic Director for Iron Crow Theatre and Director of ‘RENT’ at Theatre Project by Lynne Menefee

“Sean Elias is a Tony Award-nominated, internationally award-winning educator, actor, and director. With a background in both performance and theatre for community development, Sean is com…

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

Week of January 7, 2024 1. “Marjorie Prime” at The Colonial Players of Annapolis “It is the actors’ metamorphoses…that are so spellbinding to behold in this production…heady, emo…

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Saturday, December 9, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Taylor M. Sheppard, Actor in ‘Pretty Woman’ at The National Theatre by Lynne Menefee

“Pretty Woman: The Musical” will be performing in Washington, DC at The National Theatre for one week only, December 12-17. The musical is “based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved r…

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Twas the Night…’ presented by Cirque de Soleil at The Hippodrome by Lynne Menefee

Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever holiday production is based on “Account of A Visit from St. Nicholas” or, as it is more well-known, “The Night Before Christmas,” first published anon…

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Saturday, November 11, 2023

‘A Quick 5 ‘ with Richard Bradford and Clarence Michael Payne, Actors in ‘A Winter’s Tale’ at Folger Theatre by Lynne Menefee

“Folger Theatre continues its legacy through exciting interpretations and adaptations of Shakespeare and expands the classical canon through cultivating today’s artists and commissioning…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Chinese Lady’ at Everyman Theatre by Lynne Menefee

by Lynne Menefee and Herb Merrick Everyman Theatre is presenting the Baltimore premiere of “The Chinese Lady,” directed by Nana Dakin. Written by Lloyd Suh, the play follows the story of…

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Friday, September 29, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Wiz’ at the Hippodrome Theatre by Lynne Menefee

Review co-written by Herb Merrick and Lynne Menefee. Hold on to your hats! A tornado has hit Baltimore and this one is staying for week! Coming full circle, the revival of “The Wiz” is m…

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Monday, September 11, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ at Kennedy Center by Lynne Menefee

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” based on Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film, is currently playing at Kennedy Center. Nominated for 14 Tonys in 2021 during the pandemic, it won 10 awards including B…

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Friday, July 28, 2023

Theatre News: Fells Point Corner Theatre Announces 10x10x10 Short Play Festival by Lynne Menefee

In August, Fells Point Corner Theatre (FPCT) kicks off its 36th season with a production of ten short plays portrayed by ten actors and directed by five directors. The ninth annual 10x10x10 …

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Saturday, July 22, 2023

Opera Review: ‘The Gondoliers’ presented by the Young Victorian Theatre Company by Lynne Menefee

This year marks the beginning of the Young Victorian Theatre Company’s (Young Vic) next half century presenting works of the legendary Gilbert & Sullivan. An annual summer favorite, th…

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Monday, June 26, 2023

Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

Week of June 11, 2023 1. “One Jewish Boy” at Theater J “…thoroughly satisfying. Gruenhut delivers an emotional rollercoaster disguised as a psychological mystery, wrapped in the cloa…

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News: Washington Stage Guild Announces Its 2023-2024 Season by Lynne Menefee

Washington, DC—The Washington Stage Guild proudly announces the plays to be produced in its 2023-2024 Season will feature two area premieres and one world premiere by female playwrights al…

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Friday, June 16, 2023

Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

Week of May 28, 2023 1. “The Rocky Horror show” at Iron Crow Theatre “Under the direction of Sean Elias, it is strongly acted, beautifully choreographed, and balances favorite traditio…

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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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