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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Ed Gero Delivers Stunning Performance as Falstaff in Shakespeare’s ‘Henry IV Part I’ at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre by Ravelle Brickman

Henry IV Part I, which opened at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre last week, is superb. (Click here for DCMTA’s review.) This production, starring Ed Gero, is equal to any I’ve seen. In fa…

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

REACH Report: ‘Storytelling for Seniors with Candace Wolf’ by Ravelle Brickman

More than 50 seniors crowded into a storytelling circle inside one of the Kennedy Center’s new REACH buildings on Monday, and I, as a card-carrying member of the reduced-fare generation, s…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Feature: Good News, Bad News and Coming Attractions at 4615 Theatre by Ravelle Brickman

First, the bad news. Enron, the farcical, scary and all-but-unbelievable romp through the biggest fraud in corporate history, has closed. The good news is that there’s still time—four mo…

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Friday, August 30, 2019

‘Fabulation’ Brings a Tale of Comic (and Cosmic) Comeuppance to Mosaic Theater Company of DC by Ravelle Brickman

Although it sounds serious on the surface, Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine, is one of the funniest plays ever to grace a DC stage. That’s the opinion of my colle…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Feature: Directing ‘Ann’ at Arena Stage by Ravelle Brickman

Ann Richards, the late governor of Texas, and the first woman in that state to be elected in her own right would be howling with glee if she could see the pandemonium unleashed in government…

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Monday, July 22, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Inferno the Musical’ by Ravelle Brickman

“Heaven is so boring.” That’s the complaint of a modern-day version of Dante Alighieri in Inferno the Musical, a look at the vagaries of life and love and the inevitability of fate. Wr…

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Friday, July 19, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘If These Balls Could Talk’ by Ravelle Brickman

There’s plenty of beef in Carolann Valentino’s one-woman musical, If These Balls Could Talk, about her life as a young actress from Texas working at a steakhouse in New York.  This was …

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Acuña Acuna’ by Ravelle Brickman

Whenever Erick Acuña is asked to play Peruvian music, he launches into a burst of rock. Why not, he wonders, since rock is his country’s favorite sound. But rock is not what his hosts ex…

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Monday, July 15, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Iphigenia in Splott’ by Ravelle Brickman

Set in a blighted corner of Wales, Iphigenia in Splott is a breathtaking one-woman show, imported from the UK and written by Gary Owen, a Welsh playwright and winner of the Meyer-Whitworth A…

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘She Sings Light’ by Ravelle Brickman

She Sings Light, written by Claudia Rosales-Waters and directed by Josh Sticklin, is one of four ‘curated’ shows in the 2019 Capital Fringe Festival. That means that this highly symbolic…

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Heist’ by Ravelle Brickman

Improv, as any actor knows, is harder than it looks. And dramatic improv—in which actors invent their roles as they go, expanding on a basic situation in ways that are both comic and sad…

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Review:  The Second City’s ‘America; It’s Complicated!’ at the Kennedy Center by Ravelle Brickman

There’s not much to laugh at in politics today. Nor is it easy to make fun of diversity, gender, Putin, or Pepsi.  But that doesn’t prevent the team of talented comedians at Second City…

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Dressed To Plunder, and Maybe Kill: Costuming Signature’s ‘Blackbeard’ by Ravelle Brickman

When the actor playing Blackbeard first appears on stage at the Signature Theatre in the new musical bearing his name, smoke literally curls out of his matted black hair. It’s a terrifying…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Review: ‘We’re Gonna Die’ by Flying V at The Writer’s Center by Ravelle Brickman

When Farrell Parker steps out onto the black box stage at The Writer’s Center in Flying V’s version of We’re Gonna Die, something explodes. Light and sound—literally—erupt. And whi…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Review: ‘Mary Stuart’ at Olney Theatre Center by Ravelle Brickman

What does a 200-year-old literary classic have to do with the chaos of the US Congress today? A lot, according to Jason Loewith, Olney Theatre Center’s Artistic Director, who has adapted F…

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Helen Hayes Tribute Recognizes Jennifer L. Nelson as a DC Theater Trailblazer by Ravelle Brickman

Actors, by definition, play all sorts of roles. But for Jennifer L. Nelson—a theater veteran who’s been working on stage and off ever since she landed in DC at the age of 22—the multi-…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Director Laura Giannarelli Muses About ‘Ghost-Writer,’ Michael Hollinger’s Tale of Mystery and Love at Quotidian by Ravelle Brickman

Laura Giannarelli is a woman of many roles. A founder of Washington Stage Guild, she’s been a fixture of the DC stage for almost four decades. She’s been the mother-in-law from hell in G…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Yiddish Translator Nahma Sandrow Talks About Bringing a 19th-Century Masterpiece to a Modern English-Speaking Audience by Ravelle Brickman

It took a little over 120 years. But—thanks to Theater J—Jacob Gordin’s wildly popular Yiddish drama, celebrated as The Jewish Queen Lear, has made it onto the English-language stage. …

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Nancy Robinette, Winner of Last Year’s Top Theater Award, Triumphs as Aunt Lavinia in ‘The Heiress’ at Arena Stage by Ravelle Brickman

From the moment she enters—decked out in widow’s weeds and descending a carpeted stairway—Nancy Robinette commands attention. That’s not unusual, since this actor—awarded the 2018 …

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

‘Nell Gwynn:’ A London Hit Brings Laughter, Love (and a Few Flying Oranges) to the Folger Theatre by Ravelle Brickman

Nell Gwynn – as brash and bawdy as a play could be – has arrived on Capitol Hill. And what a triumph it is! The play, which had a successful run in London’s West End and won Br…

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Misha Kachman: A Russian-born Designer Sets the Stage for ‘Kleptocracy’ at Arena Stage by Ravelle Brickman

One of the scariest moments in Kleptocracy – Kenneth Lin’s drama about the struggle for power in post-Soviet Russia – occurs when the shadow of a tiger prowls the length of an…

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Review: ‘Gulf View Drive’ at Washington Stage Guild by Ravelle Brickman

Gulf View Drive is the third and final play in Arlene Hutton’s highly-acclaimed Nibroc Trilogy, which opened this week to waves of laughter and applause at the Washington Stage Guild in do…

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Monday, December 31, 2018

Is God Dead? Or Just Depressed, Lonely and Fed Up With Humankind? by Ravelle Brickman

The verdict is in. God is not dead. And rumors of his death, to paraphrase Mark Twain, have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, the deity—He, She or That Which Transcends All Else—is aliv…

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Monday, December 24, 2018

‘Talley’s Folly’ Dances Through the Holiday Season at Theater J by Ravelle Brickman

Talley’s Folly – now in its final week at GALA Hispanic Theatre on 14th Street – is a waltz. Meaning, it’s not a salsa. And it’s not a hustle, a tango or even a hot pasodob…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

From D.C. to Broadway, Hollywood, TV and Back: Victor Raider-Wexler Returns to Washington in the Role of a Lifetime by Ravelle Brickman

The role of Otto in Paula Vogel’s Indecent—the Tony Award-winning play at Arena Stage—is an actor’s dream. The play, about a Yiddish melodrama that scandalized Broadway nearly a cent…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Review: ‘Venus in Fur’ at 4615 Theatre Company by Ravelle Brickman

One of the most remarkable things about D.C. theater is its abundance of good plays, professionally produced and performed, yet often staged in places that are, to put it mildly, a bit odd. …

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Broadway Glitz in a Black Box Theater: Michael Bobbitt’s ‘Aida’ Mixes Grandeur and Intimacy at Constellation by Ravelle Brickman

Michael Bobbitt gets around. This master-of-all-trades, whose adaptation of Aida is now playing to sold-out audiences at Constellation Theatre, has danced, directed and choreographed his way…

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Rick Foucheux Returns to Quotidian: Retired Acting Legend Presents Backstage Comedy at Fundraiser by Ravelle Brickman

When Rick Foucheux, the award-winning actor whose work has dazzled DC audiences for 35 years, decided to retire last year, it wasn’t because he was tired of the stage. He just wanted to fo…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Kelsey Hunt Dresses the Stars in Ford’s Frothy Revival of ‘Born Yesterday’ by Ravelle Brickman

“Born Yesterday is a winner.” Those are the words of my colleague, David Siegel,  whose review of the gloriously effervescent comedy that just opened at Ford’s Theatre is full of sup…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Timothy Douglas: The Voice Behind ‘Small Mouth Sounds’ at Round House Theatre by Ravelle Brickman

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a disembodied voice floating above the seats at the Round House Theatre this month. The voice belongs to Timothy Douglas, an award-winning director who…

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A New Dynasty Commands the Stage in the Folger Theatre’s Macbeth by Ravelle Brickman

“The moon is down; I have not heard the clock.” Those words—spoken by 10-year-old Owen Peakes in the Folger Theatre’s startling new production of Macbeth—send a faint tremor throug…

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