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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Cabaret’ at Olney Theatre Center by Norah Dick

Olney Theater Center kicks off its season with a captivating new production of “Cabaret.” With a story that charts the rise of fascism in Germany’s inter-war Weimar Republic, it’s ha…

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Hamlet’ by Shakespeare Theatre Company by Norah Dick

“Hamlet” is back at the Shakespeare Theatre Company for this year’s annual Free For All, and it is not to be missed. The annual program features a Shakespeare production every summer a…

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Roald Dahl’s Matilda: The Musical’ at Olney Theatre Center by Norah Dick

“Matilda,” Roald Dahl’s perennially popular children’s book, will likely be familiar to most generations of readers and theatergoers. Olney Theatre Center’s impressive new staging …

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Gypsy’ by 2nd Star Productions by Norah Dick

The audience at last Saturday’s Tony Awards Ceremony were treated to a karaoke performance of “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” sung by the indelible Billy Porter. The number was a lov…

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Dance Review: ‘Ballet Across America at The Kennedy Center by Norah Dick

In its fifth year, Ballet Across America is still offering an exhilarating week of culture and dance at The Kennedy Center. An initiative designed to “explore the breadth and depth of Amer…

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Richard III’ at Synetic Theater by Norah Dick

For those mourning the loss of Game of Thrones, look no further than Synetic Theater’s debut production of “Richard III,” which transforms Shakespeare’s bloody history tale into a cy…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play’ at Silver Spring Stage by Norah Dick

Energy is at the center of “In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play,” in an impressive new production at Silver Spring Stage. As the subtitle might suggest, some of that energy is used fo…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Dance Review: ‘Raise the Red Lantern’ by National Ballet of China at The Kennedy Center by Norah Dick

The Kennedy Center’s week of Lunar New Year celebrations ends on a high note indeed with the National Ballet of China’s exquisite performance of “Raise the Red Lantern,” an epic ball…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ at Synetic Theater by Norah Dick

We’re all fools in love, and this is no less true for the characters in “Cyrano de Bergerac,” an imaginative new incarnation of the classic French play produced by Synetic Theater. Ano…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Nell Gwynn’ at Folger Theatre by Norah Dick

All the world’s a stage, but not everyone has always had access to it, as we are reminded in Jessica Swale’s fantastic “Nell Gwynn,” in a new production at Folger Theatre, directed b…

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Dance Review: ‘Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’ at the Kennedy Center by Norah Dick

Introducing the performance of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater’s 60th anniversary season at the Kennedy Center, the company’s artistic director, Robert Battle, spoke of Mr. Ailey’s s…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Dance Review: ‘Cinderella’ by New Adventures at the Kennedy Center by Norah Dick

Matthew Bourne’s stunning new production of Cinderella announces its glamour and drama even before the curtain rises. The audience is treated to a backdrop featuring a glittering blue slip…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Heathers: The Musical’ by Dominion Stage at Gunston Theatre Two by Norah Dick

Teenage angst has never been so much fun as in “Heathers: The Musical,” now in a fabulous new production at Dominion Stage. The twisted, tragicomic tale is a solid two hours of dancy mus…

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘She Loves Me’ at Fauquier Community Theatre by Norah Dick

“She Loves Me” has to be one of the most good-natured musicals that’s ever been written. Fauquier Community Theatre’s new production of the show fully makes good on the story’s gen…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Dance Review: ‘The Nutcracker’ by Ballet Chesapeake at Towson University by Norah Dick

During the overture of Ballet Chesapeake’s new production of “The Nutcracker,” the narrator exclaims to the audience, “I do love Christmastime, don’t you?” The answer is yes…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Dance Review: ‘The Nutcracker’ by The Washington Ballet by Norah Dick

Among the holiday season’s many happy tidings is the arrival of The Washington Ballet’s annual production of “The Nutcracker,” staged to beautiful perfection in the gilded loveli…

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Billy Elliot the Musical’ at Signature Theatre by Norah Dick

On a cold, wet night in Arlington, Virginia, I had the pleasure of seeing a singularly heart-warming show, “Billy Elliot the Musical,” at Signature Theatre. This production felt …

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Dance Review: ‘Contemporary Masters’ by The Washington Ballet by Norah Dick

“I want to lift the audience to the miraculous in human nature. After all, we shouldn’t be here, with all the odds against us in nature. It’s kind of unusual and wonderful!”…

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

News: ‘City Winery’ Delivers Variety in Upscale Surroundings by Norah Dick

Partway through his set at City Winery, Tim Reynolds, frontman of his trio, TR3, addressed the audience, thanking the venue for its hospitality. “We enjoy playing City Wineries,” Reynold…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ at The Arlington Players by Norah Dick

When the curtains part at the beginning of the Arlington Players’ new production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” it’s to reveal the titular cathedral, all soaring arches and sta…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘If I Forget’ at Studio Theatre by Norah Dick

There are no easy answers to be found in Steven Levenson’s “If I Forget,” a finely drawn examination of heritage and memory in performance at Studio Theatre. Through the lens of a dome…

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Guerilla Theatre Works: A New Nation’ by Convergence Theatre by Norah Dick

“A New Nation,” part of the Guerrilla Theatre Works series by Convergence Theatre, begins softly with the four performers singing a song with the refrain “Mother of Exiles,” a lyric …

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ by Synetic Theater at the Davis Performing Arts Center by Norah Dick

Like many of the best children’s stories, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is a journey of transformation through imagination. Synetic Theatre’s innovative new staging of the ico…

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Anything Goes’ by Rockville Musical Theatre by Norah Dick

It’s hard to imagine a more lighthearted, easily enjoyable musical than Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes.” Rockville Musical Theatre’s new staging of this classic gem fully lives up to…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘The Tempest’ by Avant Bard at Gunston Arts Center by Norah Dick

A story that begins with a shipwreck might not seem like sunny, summer fare, but Avant Bard’s exciting new production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” directed by Tom Prewitt,…

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Botticelli in the Fire’ at Woolly Mammoth by Norah Dick

Woolly Mammoth kicks off Pride month enthusiastically with its splendid new production of “Botticelli in the Fire,” a celebratory mix of the sacred and profane that is sure to pl…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Dance Review: ‘Don Quixote’ by the Ballet Nacional de Cuba by Norah Dick

The Ballet Nacional de Cuba is back at The Kennedy Center, and with a flourish. The ballet troupe, with founder Alicia Alonso as general director, began this tour with a virtuosic performanc…

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘The Undeniable Sound of Right Now’ at The Keegan Theatre by Norah Dick

Cultural shifts and changes in the zeitgeist make great grist for art and entertainment, and Laura Eason’s enjoyable play, “The Undeniable Sound of Right Now” is no exception. A cl…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Titus Andronicus’ at Synetic Theater by Norah Dick

If revenge is a dish best served cold, then “Titus Andronicus” is chilled to the bone. A seriously enjoyable melodrama, Synetic Theater’s new production stages Shakespeare’s play as …

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘Girlfriend’ at Signature Theatre by Norah Dick

“I wanna love somebody, I hear you need somebody to love,” sings Matthew Sweet on the titular track of his 1991 album, Girlfriend.  The track is also the title of the musical “Girlfri…

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Dance Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at The Washington Ballet by Norah Dick

Despite its being a “tale of woe,” The Washington Ballet’s new production of John Cranko’s “Romeo and Juliet” is quite a delightful affair. The show’s exquisite dancing…

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