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Monday, March 9, 2020

Review: Monumental’s Head Over Heels. Fresh and fun. by Missy Frederick

A 16th century queer romance that’s a jukebox musical set to the hits of The Go-Gos? It’s hard not to think “train wreck potential” when you hear the synopsis of Head Over Heels, the…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Review: The 39 Steps from Constellation Theatre by Missy Frederick

As Constellation Theatre Company wraps up its performance of The 39 Steps each night, one thing’s for certain: the lighting designer deserves his own curtain call. Managing Director A.J. G…

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Review: Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop at NextStop Theatre by Missy Frederick

When a play about Martin Luther King, Jr. is set at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis on the evening of April 3, 1968, it’s easy to assume that you know where the play is going. But The Mount…

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Review: The Snow Queen from Synetic Theater. Move over Frozen! by Missy Frederick

It’s a savvy move on the part of Synetic Theater to stage a production of The Snow Queen right as children and tweens everywhere are besotted with the prospect of “Frozen 2” opening in…

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Review: White Pearl, a blistering satire on racism in the skin care industry by Missy Frederick

In White Pearl, playwright Anchuli Felicia King quickly throws the audience into a keenly contemporary conflict: a viral social media PR crisis, with a company accused of racism. Inspired by…

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Review: Sea from Scena Theatre by Missy Frederick

Jon Fosse’s Sea is a tricky play to connect with. Its inhabitants seem at times to be on a boat (“I am the Shipmaster!” one insists, over and over), but it’s clear early on that the …

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Review: Footloose and fun at The Kennedy Center by Missy Frederick

High school musicals are hot right now, with Broadway hosting everything from the biting Mean Girls to the heart-warming The Prom to the phenomenon Dear Evan Hansen to the zany Be More Chill…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Review: A Nite at the Dew Drop Inn’s singers raise the roof in this tribute revue by Missy Frederick

Yvette Spears is one of those performers who sings with her whole body and soul. Medleys start deep in her throat and nearly consume her as she belts out the blues, whether she’s scolding …

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Review: Be More Chill from Monumental Theatre Company by Missy Frederick

Broadway musicals’ 11 o’clock numbers are often defiant, triumphant character studies or orchestra-swelling realizations of love — think “Rose’s Turn” from Gypsy or “She Used t…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Fringe review: We’re All Going to Fucking Die! by Missy Frederick

It’s probably safe to say that We’re All Going to Fucking Die! is the only Fringe show where you stand a chance at taking home a prostate massager. Despite the cheekily morbid title, thi…

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Fringe review: 33 1/3 Chorus Girls by Missy Frederick

In 33 1/3 Chorus Girls, seven comedic sketches are linked by the loose thread of “show business.” A klutzy stand-up comedienne tells academic jokes about Harry Potter, surrounded by heck…

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Review: Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical at Olney Theatre Center by Missy Frederick

Mom’s so in denial about having a baby, she’s nine months pregnant and still thinks she’s making it to her ballroom dancing competition in Spain. Shady used car salesman Dad’s hoping…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Review: The Member of the Wedding at 1st Stage by Missy Frederick

Frankie Addams really, really wants to get out of dodge. The teenager and her struggles are put center stage in The Member of the Wedding, a staple of high school English classes adapted int…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Review: The White Snake, Constellation Theatre Company by Missy Frederick

Constellation Theatre Company’s latest production may be called The White Snake, but it’s the Green Snake who steals the show. Momo Nakamuru proves a delightful, hilarious presence as th…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Fallen Angels review. NextStop rises to the occasion by Missy Frederick

Pre-dinner martinis turn into two bottles of champagne, which turn into nightcaps of Benedictine. The alcohol just keeps flowing during Noël Coward’s Fallen Angels, and things get more an…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Review: Hands on a Hardbody. Gotta have that truck! by Missy Frederick

My sister asked me what play I was going to see as we wrapped up our phone call. “Oh, it’s a musical about one of those contests where people stand around a truck and the last person who…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Review: Once at Olney Theatre Center, a love story that only comes around once by Missy Frederick

As a film, the tiny indie musical Once (shot over 17 days for a mere $150,000) was such an unlikely hit that it’s easy to be cynical over whether a big-budget Broadway adaptation could cap…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Review: The Master and Margarita, an eccentric production worthy of its origin by Missy Frederick

Abrupt decapitations. A chatty, fiendish cat. Magical sorcery onstage and off. An epic costumed ball thrown by Satan himself. On its surface, The Master and Margarita doesn’t seem like the…

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Friday, January 18, 2019

American Moor review. Keith Hamilton Cobb in a magnetic performance by Missy Frederick

Keith Hamilton Cobb (or at least, the actor he’s playing) isn’t exactly afraid that his director might accuse him of playing the race card when it comes to his opinions over Othello. Onc…

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Monday, January 7, 2019

[title of show] review. NextStop’s cast take over Off-Broadway’s wickedly clever musical by Missy Frederick

Broadway obsessives who can rattle off titles like Shogun: The Musical, Smile and Ruthless with as much authority as The Music Man and Les Misérables will find a special place in their hear…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Review: Oh, God. Ready to throw in the towel, God tries therapy by Missy Frederick

So is God more like a Jewish mother or an abusive husband? Both comparisons are thrown around like zingers in Mosaic Theater Company’s Oh, God. In Anat Gov’s comedy, God (Mitchell Héber…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Review: Indecent. Paula Vogel’s heartbreaking reveal of Broadway scandal by Missy Frederick

The glimpses we get into God of Vengeance, the real-life play-within-a-play that’s at the heart of Paula Vogel’s thrilling, stirring Indecent, are audacious, provocative, tender, challen…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Review: Cry It Out, a funny, refreshing look at new mothers by Missy Frederick

Whether they’re getting dolled up for a trip to the Shop-N-Stop like it’s a trip to the prom, or realizing, as the Fed-Ex guy walks away, that they’ve had an entire conversation with t…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Review: Aida, stellar performances in Constellation’s standout production by Missy Frederick

There are only about a dozen cast members onstage at the exhilarating closing of Aida’s first act, but given their vocal power and emotional heft, you’d swear there were 30. Constellatio…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Review: The Comedy of Errors, plenty of hijinks with a splash of Broadway by Missy Frederick

Was Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors lacking for want of a Broadway-style splashy opening number? Probably not, but director Alan Paul has tinkered with the comedy by adding a handful of…

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Review: The Wedding Singer at NextStop Theatre by Missy Frederick

Eye rolling and harrumphing over Broadway musical writers being out of ideas feels pretty banal at this stage in the game. It’s no secret that creators of musical theater are relying more …

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Review: Monumental cast gets its corner of the sky with Pippin by Missy Frederick

In Monumental Theatre Co.’s production of Pippin, young dreamers are still out to find their own corner of the sky — they’re just also likely to share that corner with their social me…

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Review: The City Of… at Capital Fringe by Missy Frederick

Playwright Matthew Capodicasa has tapped into a truly terrifying idea in The City Of… The premise: What would happen if an entire town just gradually started forgetting everything about ea…

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Review: America’s Wives at Capital Fringe by Missy Frederick

Farah Lawal Harris’ America’s Wives is an extended metaphor, really. Its central two characters are both married to a distant, narcissistic, unfair man named America.  His first wife is…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Review: Burst, new play from Parlor Room Theater by Missy Frederick

Amy Leigh Horan’s new play Burst is tough to watch — and at the same time, engrossing to watch — precisely because it feels so real. Anyone who has dealt with grave uncertainty and a d…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Review: Synetic’s Titus Andronicus, bloodless yet chilling by Missy Frederick

Take out the words, and it turns out you can make Shakespeare’s most violent play even more brutal and terrifying. With Titus Andronicus, Synetic Theater has created a vicious, disturbing…

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