THEATRE REVUE: The Pirates of Penzance @ Wolf Trap Review

July 5, 2012

It’s a pirate’s life for me!!

The Gilbert and Sullivan Players performing the classic, “Pirates of Penzance” came to take the area by storm, little did they know the derecho was brewing up it’s own storm!

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The Normal Heart is Beating Strong at Arena Stage

June 20, 2012


I had the absolute pleasure of watching pure genius and expert talent come together, the other night in the Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage.

What a thought provoking show! The combination of statistical information and facts combined with humor, rolled with brilliant acting, made for a play that is now on my, “everyone must-see list”. I am already planning when to take friends back and when to take family! There are very few shows, if any, that have a serious subject matter that I would watch over and over again and come out feeling uplifted. This play is written in such a unique way. I really can’t get over it! Having missed the show on Broadway last season, I only knew the synopsis. Which, as you all know, I won’t give away here! I will say that because the play revolves around the beginning of the HIV/Aids epidemic in the early 1980’s, it is easy to expect a somber evening. Playwright Larry Kramer has just the right amount of jocosity seamlessly braided through his story.  Alright, so you get my point!  On to the actors…

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THEATRE REVUE: Riverdance @ Wolf Trap

June 16, 2012


“Riverdance” is now playing it’s final U.S. Tour and has chosen Wolf Trap as it’s last stop before heading to Europe for good.

If you have never seen “Riverdance” live before, it is certainly worth going to see and if you have, see it again, before you have to cross the pond to do-so!

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THEATRE REVUE: South Pacific @ Wolf Trap

June 1, 2012


It was Some Enchanted Evening! The NETworks Presentations, LLC production of “South Pacific” is now playing at The Filene Center at Wolf Trap through Sunday (June 3rd). I will start off with my grading this time! As some of you know, usually I go through all of the details and then give the grade, but I felt that this particular cast deserved to have the suspense lifted!

Overall production: A+

Performance Grade: A+ Each member of the cast from the leads through the ensemble, earned this grade!

Overall experience: A+, with a special note that the buggies are out in full force and early this year, so don’t forget to spray before you get to the theatre!! But as always, it is such a treat to see a show at Wolf Trap!

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THEATRE REVIEW: Fela’s Original No Artificiality Journey!

January 27, 2012

The fascinating life of Nigerian musician and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti arrives in Washington, DC for a special four-engagement at the historic 1931 Art Deco Warner Theatre this weekend. Fela! captures your attention from its pulsating Afrobeat sound to the amazing choreography. If you didn’t attend the opening performance of its current tour last fall in DC, then stop what you are doing and secure your tickets so you don’t miss out on this dynamic musical.

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THEATRE REVUE: Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam!!!

October 9, 2011


Monty Python’s Spamalot sang its way into the funny bone of everyone at The Lyric Opera House in Baltimore on Columbus Day weekend. Described as “lovingly ripped off from” the 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the musical is a show worth seeing.

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Peter Pan Flies into Wolf Trap

September 4, 2011

This is a fantastic production! It is definitely geared towards children, but the adults will love it too!

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Cirque du Soleil: The World of Quidam Comes to Baltimore

August 26, 2011


Since its inception in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has symbolized a level of performance that exceeds the boundaries of human capability. Through almost three decades of resident and touring shows, international audiences have grown to expect an exhibition of finely tuned acrobatic talent from all over the world, blending its trademark flavor of circus and street performance with imaginative characters and storytelling. A Cirque classic, Quidam has come to Baltimore for the first time and is performing at the 1st Mariner Arena August 24th-28th. The show first premiered in the company’s home town of Montreal in 1996 and after fifteen years has been incorporated into their recently formed arena division.

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THEATRE REVUE: Five Reasons to See ‘Oklahoma’

July 21, 2011


Since we already reviewed Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! when it first debuted at Arena Stage last fall, here are five reasons you should absolutely not miss this quintessentially American musical while it’s playing at Washington D.C.’s most impressive stage again. There’s a reason the first production enjoyed a sold-out, award-winning engagement, and if you miss it this time too, you will definitely regret it. So forget about scoring those impossible-to-get tickets to The Book of Mormon and head to downtown D.C. for a night of unforgettable theatre.

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July 5, 2011

Before I start my analysis… I realize that I will probably get comments from some of you who either saw the show along with me or have seen the show somewhere along the way…and loved it! It’s ABBA, what’s not to love?! I agree! However, this production was far from what a Broadway caliber show should be and I was disappointed! Although, the last time I saw the Broadway cast perform, they were no better, so in my opinion, what really needs to happen is a better qualified casting director needs to come in and cast the Broadway and touring productions as if the show just opened and needs to gain a reputation, as opposed to counting on an already built reputation and ABBA’s greatest hits!! Despite all of my issues with the show, I did still enjoy myself, overall! Like I said, it’s ABBA, people!

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