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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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Monday, March 19, 2018

The Winter’s Tale at Folger (review) by Missy Frederick

There’s no getting around it — The Winter’s Tale, as far as Shakespearean romances go, is a weird play. One King’s jealous rage springs into action for seemingly unfounded reasons. H…

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Monday, March 5, 2018

A refreshed, updated Godspell at NextStop (review) by Missy Frederick

Followers of Jesus post Bible verses on Reddit. John the Baptist unplugs the wifi to get everyone’s attention. The surrendering of your cell phone or laptop is the ultimate show of commitm…

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Review: It’s the Rest of the World That Looks So Small at Flying V by Missy Frederick

Those unfamiliar with the works of Jonathan Coulton are likely to find themselves going down the Google rabbit hole after seeing It’s the Rest of the World That Looks So Small, a theatrica…

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Constellation’s take on Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth (review) by Missy Frederick

You know things are going to start getting weird when the woolly mammoth and the dinosaur show up at the front door. Indeed, Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth may be a classic, but …

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Mosaic’s Queens Girl in Africa first in Women’s Voices Theater Festival (review) by Missy Frederick

Jaqueline Marie Butler may seem like an unassuming teenage girl, just doing her best to find her way in her new, confusing home country of Nigeria. But don’t underestimate her — as Jaque…

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Keegan Theatre brings back its Irish Carol (review) by Missy Frederick

An Irish Carol does a fine job capturing the spirit and message of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale in an evening spent in an Irish pub. No small feat. The play, courtesy of author Ma…

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Whodunnit? Only 1 actor knows in WIT’s murder mystery (review) by Missy Frederick

“Seasonal Disorder” is an improv grab bag of sorts. Depending on which night a person shows up, between now and December 31st, the audience can end up seeing everything from comedy to dr…

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Infectious Pajama Game at Arena Stage (review) by Missy Frederick

It might be tempting to write off The Pajama Game as a slight, dated musical from the 50s that doesn’t have much relevance today. After all, this is a show where characters throw around ph…

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

3rd Annual “Fool for All”: Tales of Marriage and Mozzarella by Missy Frederick

Man, Faction of Fools really loves its cheese. Dairy productions from pecorino to gouda all get gleefully name-checked during the troupe’s infectious Fool-for-All, Tales of Marriage an…

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Monday, July 16, 2012

The Pundit by Missy Frederick

There’s a certain art to speaking without saying anything of substance  - a talent all too familiar to those who live among the politicians and think tank heads of Washington D.C.. Pe…

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My Princess Bride by Missy Frederick

There is a certain subset of people, particularly kids of the 80s, for whom such phrases as “As You Wish” and “Never argue with a Sicilian when death is on the line” …

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Will Rogers’ U.S.A. by Missy Frederick

You don’t meet a ton of pundits or humorists these days that can utter the phrase, “Never met a man I didn’t like” and mean it. But Will Rogers was a different sort o…

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