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Review: ‘Chicago’ at ArtsCentric at Motor House

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Review: ‘King John’ at 4615 Theatre Company

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Scandals, sibling rivalry, adultery and divorces represented daily living for England’s royal Plantagenet family, which held the dynastic reigns of power from approximately 1120 to 1490. The Plantagenets provided enough drama for two playwrights: William Shakespeare, who wrote The Life and Death of King John, and James Goldman who wrote The Lion in Winter. Under the marketing banner “One Family, Two Playwrights”, 4615 Theatre Company is playing both shows in repertory with Jordan Friend as director. The focus of this review, King John, is a potpourri of pumping rock music, rollicking rumbles, dazzling light schemes, and potent performances.

John Burghardt, Seth Rosenke, and Brendan McMahon in King John. Photo by Anne Donnelly.

Somewhat of a sequel to The Lion in Winter, the 400-years-older King John followed the trials and challenges of England’s King John (the one who signed the

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Review: ‘Murder on the Nile’ at Greenbelt Arts Center

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Imagine this scene. You’re on a paddle steamer on the Nile River in Egypt. It’s the mid-60s. You find yourself surrounded by an off-kilter cast of characters: Miss Ffoliot-ffoulkes on holiday with her niece Christina Grant; a communist-leaning British lord named Smith, with the hots for Christina; a fez-wearing steward; a French maid named Louise; an old physician, Dr. Bessner; a rich girl Kay Mostyn and her new husband, Simon Mostyn; Jacqueline de Severac, friend of Kay and ex-lover of Simon; and a pious and slightly creepy parson, Canon Pennefather. Mix in an ill feeling that something sinister is bound to happen and you have the crux of Thunderous Productions’ Murder on the Nile. As directed by Rick Starkweather, Murder on the Nile is a mind-bending mental workout, a delectable evening of detective work on stage.

The cast. Photo

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Review: ‘Rebollar and Friends: 40 and Up!’ – Last Chance to RebollarDance at Joe’s Movement Emporium is TODAY, 6 …

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We’ve all heard the cliches about aging: Life begins at 40. You are not getting older, you are getting better. Age is just a number. Once a man, twice a child. The inspiring dance repertoire Rebollar and Friends: 40 and Up!, curated by Artist/Organizer and choreographer Erica Rebollar, shattered those cliches into dust. Featuring 10 delightful dance works, created by ten internationally known choreographers over the age of 40, Rebollar and Friends: 40 and Up! is part performance art, part inner-mind emotional release and all body-shaking shindig.

Rebollar, who founded Rebollar Dance in 2003, has won a 2013 Dance Metro DC Award for “Excellence in Choreography” and a Pola Nirenska Award for “Outstanding Contributions to Dance.” Rebollar not only brought her “40 and Up” friends to the stage, but also performed herself.

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Review: ‘Rebollar and Friends: 40 and Up!’

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We’ve all heard the cliches about aging: Life begins at 40. You are not getting older, you are getting better. Age is just a number. Once a man, twice a child. The inspiring dance repertoire Rebollar and Friends: 40 and Up!, curated by Artist/Organizer and choreographer Erica Rebollar, shattered those cliches into dust. Featuring 10 delightful dance works, created by ten internationally known choreographers over the age of 40, Rebollar and Friends: 40 and Up! is part performance art, part inner-mind emotional release and all body-shaking shindig.

Rebollar, who founded Rebollar Dance in 2003, has won a 2013 Dance Metro DC Award for “Excellence in Choreography” and a Pola Nirenska Award for “Outstanding Contributions to Dance.” Rebollar not only brought her “40 and Up” friends to the stage, but also performed herself.

Read more at: http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2017/06/18/review-rebollar-friends-40/

Review: ‘Rebollar and Friends: 40 and Up!’ – DCMetroTheaterArts

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We’ve all heard the cliches about aging: Life begins at 40. You are not getting older, you are getting better. Age is just a number. Once a man, twice a child. The inspiring dance repertoire Rebollar and Friends: 40 and Up!, curated by Artist/Organizer and choreographer Erica Rebollar, shattered those cliches into dust. Featuring 10 delightful dance works, created by ten internationally known choreographers over the age of 40, Rebollar and Friends: 40 and Up! is part performance art, part inner-mind emotional release and all body-shaking shindig.

Rebollar, who founded Rebollar Dance in 2003, has won a 2013 Dance Metro DC Award for “Excellence in Choreography” and a Pola Nirenska Award for “Outstanding Contributions to Dance.” Rebollar not only brought her “40 and Up” friends to the stage, but also performed herself.

Read more at: http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2017/06/18/review-rebollar-friends-40/

Review: ‘The Tempest’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

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Shakespeare in the park is a long-held American tradition. From venues in places such as New York City’s Central Park and Washington, DC’s Carter Barron Amphitheater, watching the Bard’s works under the stars is a summertime treat. Since 2003, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (CSC) has produced their version of that pastime, “Shakespeare in the Ruins” at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park in Ellicott City, MD. Their latest in that venue, The Tempest, is a top-flight production with a sterling cast and direction by Lizzi Albert.

Nathan Thomas. Photo by Robert Neal Marshall.

Shakespeare derived the plot, we think, from an account of the shipwreck of the Sea-Venture in 1609 near Bermuda. The fictional island in The Tempest is set somewhere off the coast of Sicily in the Mediterranean. That island, in the story, was ruled by the exiled Duke of Milan,

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Review: ‘She Speaks’ at The Rude Mechanicals

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William Shakespeare wrote memorable female characters, many of them laced within male-dominated plays. The Rude MechanicalsShe Speaks came about when director Leanne G. Stump realized that “If you strung the best female scenes together, they’d almost make their own show.” Neatly divided into comedies and histories, She Speaks explores scenes from Shakespeare’s most notable heroines. The cast, with Stump’s direction, has helped create a feast for fans of The Bard.

The breezy, thirty-minute first act began with a prologue from Antony and Cleopatra by Lynda Clark, in which Cleopatra spoke of women inhabiting “our world that equals theirs.”

From there, a subsection of the play entitled “I am the man,” which focused on Shakespeare’s women characters who had to dress as men, felt a bit rushed; in rapid succession, there were scenes from The Merchant of Venice,

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Review: ‘A Chorus Line’ at Tantallon Community Players

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