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Monday, May 3, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Blindness’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Mary Ann Johnson

I could actually sum up this review in four words: Go. To. This. Production. This is an indelible experience. …an intense and visceral…it needs to be experienced first-hand. You enter a …

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘First Date’ presented by NextStop Theatre Company by Mary Ann Johnson

“First Date” has a sterling cast and they all give very solid performances. The show can also be quite funny. One of the funniest moments is the song sung by Taylor Witt’s Aaron, final…

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘The Belle of Amherst’ presented by Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) by Mary Ann Johnson

  William Luce’s “The Belle of Amherst” is a lovely piece of work. It is literate, graceful, and the dialogue slides so easily into the poetry and back again as it brings Emily Dicki…

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Children of Medea’ presented by Constellation Theatre Company by Mary Ann Johnson

Constellation Theatre Company has started their season with a bang. “Children of Medea” is an intense, harrowing work, interspersed with moments of joy. The playwright and actor, Sue Jin…

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘The Fifth Date’ presented by Best Medicine Rep by Mary Ann Johnson

“The Fifth Date” has some very funny moments, particularly between the alter egos. It has been two years in the making  and was introduced at the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festi…

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Maytag Virgin’ presented by The Colonial Players of Annapolis by Mary Ann Johnson

This two-hander from Audrey Cefaly is beautifully written, acted, and staged. It doesn’t traffic in grand themes, but it does illuminate very well the complexity of humans and the fears th…

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Concert Review: ‘Veronneau’ from Creative Cauldron’s Passport to the World Series by Mary Ann Johnson

Bon après-midi. Hier soir, le Creative Cauldron a envoyé son public à Paris. Aujourd’hui, nous sommes de retour dans le DMV. Veronneau is so assured and so adept, you sink into their sp…

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Love/language’ presented by Rep Stage by Mary Ann Johnson

Rep Stage had a brainstorm by commissioning ten plays and producing a world premiere. Personally, I’m glad it did. Rep Stage asked local playwrights to create ten short explorations of lov…

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘A Boy and His Soul’ presented by Round House Theatre by Mary Ann Johnson

Ultimately, Round House Theatre’s production of “A Boy and His Soul” is a very feel-good show. Its tight focus is on one Black family on Philadelphia’s southwest side and their bond…

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘A Walk in the Woods’ presented by Reston Community Players by Mary Ann Johnson

“A Walk in the Woods,” presented by Reston Community Players, is a stunning show on so many levels. With beautiful language that paints pictures, intelligent and layered performances, an…

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Friday, March 19, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘The Devil’s Disciple’ presented by Washington Stage Guild by Mary Ann Johnson

“The Devil’s Disciple” is beautifully acted. That’s the most obvious thing about this production by Washing Stage Guild. They also deserve a shoutout for creating five different back…

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Virtual Mock Trial’ presented by Shakespeare Theatre Company by Mary Ann Johnson

This is the 35th year the “Mock Trial” has been presented and, like last year, it is virtual. In keeping with the Shakespeare Theatre Company and the STC’s Bard Association, it is a d…

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Cry It Out’ presented by Everyman Theatre by Mary Ann Johnson

This show is the embodiment of “Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy” (Tina Fey). It’s a joyful ode to sisterhood as well. The playwright, Molly Smith Metzler, doesn’t shy …

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Bad Auditions…On Camera’ by Fauquier Community Theatre (FCT) by Mary Ann Johnson

“Bad Auditions…On Camera” is just fun. Sheer, uncomplicated fun. It has an amazingly large cast — 19 in all — that manage to create their characters and have fun with them, in abou…

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Bad Auditions…On Camera’ presented by Fauquier Community Theatre by Mary Ann Johnson

“Bad Auditions…On Camera” is just fun. Sheer, uncomplicated fun. It has an amazingly large cast — 19 in all — that manage to create their characters and have fun with them, in abou…

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘The Drowning Girls’ by Strand Theatre Company by Mary Ann Johnson

This play is based on a real serial killer and bigamist who was tried, convicted, and hanged in England in 1915. He was responsible for the murders of three of his brides — Bessie Williams…

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Torn’ presented by AmaZing Theatre by Mary Ann Johnson

This is a new play that sheds some light on the time when Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to the White House to have dinner — an unprecedented act in the early 20th century…

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Hi, Are You Single?’ by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in partnership with I Am A Theatre Production (IAMA) by Mary Ann Johnson

This one-man show, written and acted by Ryan J. Haddad, has some interesting twists. It’s a gutsy play that calls attention to something that many people find discomfiting — that people …

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Theatre Review: World Premiere of ‘The Catastrophist’ by Round House Theatre and Marin Theatre Co. by Mary Ann Johnson

I have never seen anyone as infectiously delighted with science, specifically epidemiology, as the protagonist of “The Catastrophist” — not even Bill Nye. One of the joys of this multi…

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘After the Flood’ presented by Dominion Stage by Mary Ann Johnson

Imagine having the opportunity to interview various people who live in and around Ferguson, Missouri, and get them to really open up, even when they don’t realize how much they reveal. Thi…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Rosa Parks: Such A Time’ from The Essential Theatre, by special arrangements with See the Fruits, Inc. by Mary Ann Johnson

“We had no idea it would take so long, and be so hard.” There’s a hard truth in that statement, softly but emphatically delivered by Gwendolyn Briley-Strand as Mrs. Rosa Parks that see…

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Mothers and Sons’ at MetroStage by Mary Ann Johnson

“Mothers and Sons” is being produced in memory of Terrence McNally by MetroStage, the Board of Trustees, and Carolyn Griffin, who is the producing artistic director. A study in how quick…

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side,’ Round House Theatre in association with McCarter Theatre Center by Mary Ann Johnson

“Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side,” part of the “Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration and Influence” festival on-going at Round House Theatre, had its world premier on Sunday. T…

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Resurrection of Alice” from The Essential Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

This one-woman show is a story-teller’s dream, and Perry Gaffney, who wrote and performs it, is a storyteller. She can have you laughing, gasping, crying, nodding your head going uh-huh, a…

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘This Is Who I Am’ by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in partnership with Playco, American Repertory Theater, Guthrie Theater and t by Mary Ann Johnson

Written on an accelerated schedule (commissioned in June 2020 and ready in August 2020), then cast, rehearsed, and produced by five companies across the United States by December 2020, Sunda…

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs’ presented by Red Bull Theater by Mary Ann Johnson

Updated slightly for the Zoom, socially-distanced theatre era we’re in, “The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs” is a fun romp from the 17th century that has a subtle touch of feminis…

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Conversations Through A Bathroom Door’ presented by Dark Horse Theatre Company by Mary Ann Johnson

Dark Horse Theatre Company has come up with an ingenious new play that uses Zoom’s strengths and still gives us an insightful, funny, and wrenching work. And they accomplish it all within …

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Monday, November 9, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘GENESIS 37,’ Genome Theatre Company, at the Talos IV Festival, The Cockpit, London by Mary Ann Johnson

Once in a while a reviewer is lucky enough to review a pre-production of a new show, and then review it again when it produced for the public. I have been privileged to watch the incarnation…

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Marisol,’ presented by Theatre Morgan, Morgan State University by Mary Ann Johnson

“Marisol,” by José Rivera, is a fever-dream of a play. It is as if the normal world has lost its moorings, or mind, and people, systems, institutions are breaking down under the strain.…

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Theatre Review: ‘Roaring’ by Best Medicine Rep by Mary Ann Johnson

“Roaring” is one of the most delicious productions put on by Best Medicine Rep, and a world premier written and directed by John Morogiello, a founder of Best Medicine Rep. ‘Roaring’…

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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Twist,’ A social strategy game by theatre professionals by Mary Ann Johnson

Stage managers rule. In this innovative and imaginative venture that combines theatricality, games, and last-man-standing types of reality shows, the stage managers have gotten together and …

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre