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‘Willy Wonka: The Musical’ at Vienna Theatre Company

Vienna Theatre Company presents Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka: The Musical, with music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, and adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald. Jessie Roberts directs this production. If any Willy Wonka production has a tall order to fill, it is probably in the set design. […]

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‘The Velocity of Autumn’ at The Booth Theatre

As the curtain rises on Eric Coble’s The Velocity of Autumn, directed with much heart by Molly Smith, we find Alexandra, played by the phenomenally spunky Estelle Parsons, under “extraordinary circumstances brought on by duress.” She has barricaded herself in her Brooklyn Brownstown and has decorated the apartment with a couple dozen Molotov cocktails, all of which […]

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Filmfest DC 2014-A Preview

Filmfest DC 2014 might be the last year for the festival, according to Tony Gittens, Filmfest DC Founder and Festival Director. This year marks 28 years of curated great international films in DC.‘It’s taking everything we have to do this year,” said Gittens recently about the viability of the Festival. “A shortfall of $250,000 – […]

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‘Underneath the Lintel’ at MetroStage

I know a lot of librarians who would love Underneath the Lintel (and non-librarians too like those in the audience last night who were having a great time). First, it includes variety of media: books, ledgers, atlases, LPs, cassettes, wax cylinders, photographs, photostats, slides, prints, and the all-important marginalia: notes someone made in the margin of a book. […]

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‘By The Way, Meet Vera Stark’ at Everyman Theatre

People want their history to be heroic and uplifting, happy and fabulous. They want the heroes and heroines of history to be the same. But it can be exhausting trying to perpetually live the façade of being so fabulous. When the truth slips out, comedy and emotional highpoints ensue, often in tandem as Everyman Theatre […]

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‘john & jen’ at Red Branch Theatre Company

Columbia’s Red Branch Theatre Company is out to test just how spare and lean a musical can get and still hold an audience in a magical spell. The company’s new staging of the off-Broadway 1995 show john & jen has just two cast members and a bare minimum of props, yet it is anything but challenged […]

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