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Monday, July 27, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Spirit Seekers,’ brought to streaming by Dark Horse Theatre Company by Mary Ann Johnson

“Spirit Seekers” is a quick romp with a couple of chills and some really funny moments brought to life on Zoom through the efforts of the Dark Horse Theatre Company. It was an engaging, …

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Theatre Review: ‘Wannabe,’ brought to streaming by 4615 Theatre Company by Mary Ann Johnson

“Wannabe” is an intriguingly deep dive into the lives of five Black kids that follows them from the early 1980s to young adulthood in Front Royal, VA. There are also three white characte…

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 10,’ streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

Day 10, the final day of Synetic artists’ epic 30-story interpretations of tales from The Decameron, has come to an end. However, the stories will be available until July 31, 2020. They al…

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 9,’ streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

Day 9 finds us with three stories that explore loss and coming to grips with it in unexpected ways. All three stories of Day 9 were complex emotionally and featured the movement-based theatr…

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Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 8,’ streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

This was one day in which masks and social distancing figured prominently, and the music was striking. Day 8 was very physical and beautifully graceful. Even falling down had a poetic grace …

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Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 7,’ streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

I think that Day 7 could safely be called “Court Jester Day’ in the pantheon of Synetic’s Decameron. From dolls to clowns to stick figures, it was a day to just be jovial. This was a l…

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 6,’ streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

Day 6 was an extravaganza of dancing in all three stories, which added an extra fillip to these tales of love. The first offering by Valentina Palladino (based on “Day 5, Story 9”) was a…

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Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 5,’ streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

Day 5 was thought-provoking and ran the gamut from sheer silliness (and very funny silliness, too) to being driven to the point of madness when everything has been upended. It certainly made…

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 4,’ streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

Joshua Cole Lucas started off Day 4’s offerings, basing his story on Day 6 Story. This was very much a nod to the Italian Commedia dell’arte, and proved to be a witty romp. Chichibio is …

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Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 3,’ streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

Day 3 started out very spiritually, and then segued into the profane (in the sense of “sacred and profane.”)  Elena Velasco based her very cryptic story on “Day 6, Story 10” of The …

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 1,’ a series of 30 short movement pieces streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

Synetic, that wonderfully physical innovative movement theater in Crystal City, has come up with a bold streaming idea. They have taken chapters from “The Decameron,” a collection of nov…

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Theatre Review: ‘The Deep Blue Sea,’ streaming from National Theatre, UK by Mary Ann Johnson

Salvation can come from unexpected sources. In this play, set in a  flat in Ladbroke Grove in West London in 1952, salvation comes from an ex-doctor in the form of a nascent friendship. It …

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Theatre Review: ‘The Decameron: Day 2, streaming by Synetic Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

In the first of three offerings on July 11, Mandi Lee, who based her tale on Day 6, Story 8, takes us on an epic journey of change. And it all happens in one session in another wise deserted…

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Les Blancs,’ brought to streaming by the National Theatre, England by Mary Ann Johnson

This filmed play is an enhanced archive recording from 2016 and features the original English cast. This is an incredibly thoughtful and anguished work and brilliantly produced. . . . It is …

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Mercury,’ streaming from Rorschach Theatre by Mary Ann Johnson

For a show set entirely in a small, out-of-the-way girls’ bathroom in a high school, this was a show that was surprisingly big. It was big in ideas and concepts. As a very nice touch, pre-…

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Inheritance’ by Maryland Ensemble Theatre by Mary Ann Johnson

This was a brisk, mildly diverting new play reading in three acts presented by Maryland Theatre Ensemble. The structure lent itself to elliptical story-telling as it is comprised of three mo…

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘STC’s 34th Mock Trial,’ on Vimeo by Shakespeare Theatre Company by Mary Ann Johnson

One judge wore a cream bathrobe with “JUDGE” embroidered on the chest. One wore her robes and looked quite serious. One cracked herself up at one point with her pun (to be fair, everyone…

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Transferal,’ brought to streaming by Spooky Action Theater on Sunday, June 21 at 3:00 p.m. by Mary Ann Johnson

‘Transferal’ by Jack Novak was the last in Spook Action’s New Works in Action that was presented for the last month or so on-line on their YouTube channel. Fittingly, it was about lett…

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Circular,’ streamed by Spooky Action Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

‘Circular’ is a two-hander, ably acted via Zoom by Lisa Hodsoll and Jonathan Holmes. It clocks in at a brisk one hour and 35 minutes, which is no small feat with a story that begins with…

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘We Victorians,’ streaming by Spooky Action Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

This is a big play about lots of big ideas – lots of big ideas. Having had a taste of Matthew Cole Kelly’s talent I would say that I look forward to seeing this play developed further …

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Shattered Space,’ brought to streaming by the Scattered Players by Mary Ann Johnson

Scattered Players, a new, virtually-formed theatre company, presented its first preview for ‘Shattered Space’ on Saturday night, May 30. This is an immersive, participatory style of thea…

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Moderation,’ part of the ‘New Works in Action’ series streaming by Spooky Action Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

“Moderation” is a psychological thriller by Kevin Kautzman. Since Spooky Action can’t present live readings, they are producing them via their YouTube channel. This is a fun way to spe…

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Barber Shop Chronicles,’ streaming from the National Theatre and Leeds Playhouse by Mary Ann Johnson

‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ is the show we need right now—it pulls you in so sharply and you care so much about the characters you can completely forget about the mundane world around you…

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘What Do We Need To Talk About? Conservations on Zoom’ by Public Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

This was simply lovely. The Apple family is back, having a Zoon conversation in the time of COVID-19. They’re older, feeling their mortality, and making plans for the future. They’re fra…

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Realistic Joneses’ at Spooky Action Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

People can be fragile. Marriages can be fragile. Life is fragile. These are the themes of this multi-layered lovely little work about two couples who happen to be named Jones. One couple are…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Head Over Heels’ at Monumental Theatre Company by Mary Ann Johnson

This is one of the most exuberant, silly, funny and irreverent jukebox musicals I have ever seen. Just like “Mamma Mia” or “Xanadu” or any of a number of jukebox musicals, the book b…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Suddenly, Last Summer,’ and pre-show play, ‘Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen,’ Avant Bard Theatre by Mary Ann Johnson

Both are lyrical plays, both are written by Tennessee Williams, although one is a rarely-produced, short fever dream and the other a study in more than just dysfunctional families; it’s a …

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes’ at Signature Theatre by Mary Ann Johnson

Family ties can be hard, even as an adult. And when the adult child comes fleeing home after some unwise choices, they can be even harder. And when you add in a couple of other young lost so…

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Weep’ at Nu Sass Productions by Mary Ann Johnson

“Weep” by Amanda Zeitler is the final iteration of La Llorona produced at the Capital Fringe in 2014 when she was still an MFA in playwrighting graduate student at Catholic University. B…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Theatre review: ‘Shipwreck, A History Play About 2017,’ Woolly Mammoth by Mary Ann Johnson

‘Shipwreck’ is a big play—big on ideas, big in its exploration of people’s expectations and view of themselves versus reality, hellbent on exploring the divide in America with the el…

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Paint’ and ‘Cats & Kings,’ Two One-Act Plays at American University by Mary Ann Johnson

Matthew Senie, a recent graduate of American University’s MA program in philosophy, showcased two of his plays, running in reparatory this past weekend. While outwardly dissimilar, both de…

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