Barbara Johnson

Barbara Johnson Barbara Johnson is a Northern Virginia based young professional with a passion for music and theatre. As a lifelong performing arts enthusiast, she is thrilled to write for BroadwayWorld.com and experience DC area productions.


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BWW Review: Washington National Opera Presents Bold and Haunting DEAD MAN WALKING at the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: WNO's Bold and Haunting DEAD MAN WALKING
Posted: Feb. 27, 2017


BWW Review: BLUES IN THE NIGHT Smolders at Creative CauldronBWW Review: BLUES IN THE NIGHT Smolders at Creative Cauldron
Posted: Feb. 13, 2017


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: Nicholas Rodriguez Inspires in a Seventies-Themed Signature Theatre CabaretBWW Review: Nicholas Rodriguez Inspires in a Cabaret
Posted: Feb. 1, 2017


BWW Review: Shakespeare Theatre Company Presents a Bold New THE TAMING OF THE SHREWBWW Review: Shakespeare Theatre Company Presents a Bold New THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
Posted: May. 26, 2016


BWW Review: Washington National Opera Presents Bold and Haunting DEAD MAN WALKING at the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: WNO's Bold and Haunting DEAD MAN WALKING
Posted: Feb. 27, 2017


BWW Review: Iyona Blake Shines in CAROLINE, OR CHANGE at Creative CauldronBWW Review: Iyona Blake Shines in CAROLINE, OR CHANGE at Creative Cauldron
Posted: May. 9, 2016


BWW Review: Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL Sparkles at Arena StageBWW Review: Rodgers and Hammerstein?s CAROUSEL Sparkles at Arena Stage
Posted: Nov. 14, 2016


BWW Review: Scena Theatre's THE NIGHT ALIVE is Supernaturally GoodBWW Review: Scena Theatre's THE NIGHT ALIVE is Supernaturally Good
March 22, 2017

"May lost souls find salvation" is the tagline of Scena Theatre's production of Conor McPherson's modern Irish play THE NIGHT ALIVE. Any lost soulswandering into this production will find it worth seeing for its superb Irish actors, Barry McEvoy and Brian Mallon, alone. They'realso likely to find salvation in a story that elevates the everyday to heavenly heights.

BWW Review: FROM THE MOUTHS OF MONSTERS Makes Powerful Premiere at the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: FROM THE MOUTHS OF MONSTERS Makes Powerful Premiere at the Kennedy Center
March 11, 2017

Inspired by (but not literally adapted from) Mary Shelley's 200-year-old novel Frankenstein, Idris Goodwin's FROM THE MOUTHS OF MONSTERS makes a powerful world premiere at the Kennedy Center's Family Theater. A two-actor play starring Shannon Dorsey and Tia Shearer in energetic, flexible roles, it sports a cool, contemporary aesthetic and impeccable sound design (Christopher Baine) - important for a play that's all about a teenager's discovery of the weight of words.

BWW Review: Washington National Opera Presents Bold and Haunting DEAD MAN WALKING at the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Washington National Opera Presents Bold and Haunting DEAD MAN WALKING at the Kennedy Center
February 27, 2017

Rooted in the moral conflict between society's thirst for justice and Christianity's tenet of forgiveness, the modern American opera DEAD MAN WALKING is an apt selection for the Washington National Opera this season. With a moving score by Jake Heggie and an honest, straightforward libretto by Terrence McNally, it is based on Sister Helen Prejean's 1993 memoir of her work as a spiritual advisor to death row inmates, including one in particular, Joseph De Rocher. The Kennedy Center production directed by Francesca Zambello marks the 50th international production of DEAD MAN WALKING, and it's a bold and haunting one.

BWW Review: BLUES IN THE NIGHT Smolders at Creative CauldronBWW Review: BLUES IN THE NIGHT Smolders at Creative Cauldron
February 13, 2017

Creative Cauldron's production of BLUES IN THE NIGHT, directed by Matt Conner, spotlights a strong four-person cast that delivers 26 songs by Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, and other early jazz legends. Backed by a live band led by Walter 'Bobby' McCoy and surrounded with a sultry set, these singers enthrall.

BWW Review: Nicholas Rodriguez Inspires in a Seventies-Themed Signature Theatre CabaretBWW Review: Nicholas Rodriguez Inspires in a Seventies-Themed Signature Theatre Cabaret
February 1, 2017

Seen most recently in his unforgettable turn as Billy Bigelow in Arena Stage's CAROUSEL, Nicholas Rodriguez graces Signature Theatre with his own cabaret. Those in the DC area who have delighted in Rodriguez's take on traditional musical roles now get the chance to hear him croon, emote, and belt a variety of music spanning the decade of the 1970s.

BWW Review: Scena Theatre's SOMEONE IS GOING TO COME is Paranoid and ProvocativeBWW Review: Scena Theatre's SOMEONE IS GOING TO COME is Paranoid and Provocative
January 11, 2017

Robert McNamara directs three Scena Theatre veterans in the Washington-area premiere of SOMEONE IS GOING TO COME, Norwegian writer Jon Fosse's absurdist exploration of magnified paranoia. Thanks to excellent acting and attention to detail, the experience is tense, at times grating, and interesting to witness.

BWW Review: Synetic Theater Presents SLEEPING BEAUTY with a TwistBWW Review: Synetic Theater Presents SLEEPING BEAUTY with a Twist
December 12, 2016

The classic fairy tale SLEEPING BEAUTY is hundreds of years old, but Synetic Theater has improved it from an emotional standpoint by incorporating an unexpected twist: the Witch is a multidimensional person. In this version, the Prince is the Witch's son, and the incomparable Irina Tsikurishvili brings the Witch to life. The result is breathtaking and makes for timeless entertainment for younger audiences and their families.

BWW Review: THE MAGI Brings Love and Lyrics to The Hub TheatreBWW Review: THE MAGI Brings Love and Lyrics to The Hub Theatre
December 5, 2016

The Hub Theatre's THE MAGI is in many ways made for the winter holidays: it is unabashedly about love and sacrifice. Kelsey Mesa directs this two-person acoustic musical featuring impressive original songs by Eli Pafumi.

BWW Review: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE is Bleak and Beautiful at the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE is Bleak and Beautiful at the Kennedy Center
November 23, 2016

The plot of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE is straightforward, and the source material by Arthur Miller is pretty good, but the spectacular staging of this classic work at the Kennedy Center elevates what could have been a fairly pedestrian family drama to atmospheric heights. The very definition of 'catharsis', this spellbinding production stuns with stripped-down, potent emotion.

BWW Review: Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL Sparkles at Arena StageBWW Review: Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL Sparkles at Arena Stage
November 14, 2016

There's something about a classic, standard musical that tugs at the heartstrings. Maybe it's the the swelling orchestra, the time-honored songs, or the amazement that an old love story can feel new again. Under the direction of Molly Smith at Arena Stage, Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL is all of the above.

BWW Review: Nu Sass Productions Revives 43 1/2: THE GREATEST DEATHS OF SHAKESPEARE'S TRAGEDIESBWW Review: Nu Sass Productions Revives 43 1/2: THE GREATEST DEATHS OF SHAKESPEARE'S TRAGEDIES
November 7, 2016

43 1/2: THE GREATEST DEATHS OF SHAKESPEARE'S TRAGEDIES, a 2013 Capital Fringe favorite from Nu Sass, is back again with its enthusiastic original cast for a third run. Sun King Davis directs the zany, bloody production, with a new batch of gruesome fight scenes thrown in to keep things fresh.

BWW Review: Spooky Action Theater Waxes Philosophical with RAMEAU'S NEPHEWBWW Review: Spooky Action Theater Waxes Philosophical with RAMEAU'S NEPHEW
October 24, 2016

Spooky Action Theater opens its season with a cutting-edge play that covers politics, celebrity, and the nature of genius. RAMEAU'S NEPHEW, adapted from an 18th century work by Denis Diderot, is hardly new, but this 2016 incarnation is as timely and amusing as can be. Director Richard Henrich delivers a production with flashes of outright brilliance that compensate for a few (non-fatal) flaws.

BWW Review: Delightfully Absurd COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN FIVE BOOPS Premieres at Woolly MammothBWW Review: Delightfully Absurd COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN FIVE BOOPS Premieres at Woolly Mammoth
September 19, 2016

The world premiere of Jen Silverman's COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN FIVE BOOPS kicks off Woolly Mammoth's season with a perfect balance between the really absurd and the absurdly real. Directed by Mike Donahue, it's the story of five very different women. All are named Betty Boop, and all are female archetypes fighting against their own oppressive forces.

BWW Review: The Klunch Presents Kinetic Comedy THE LAST CLASS: A JAZZERCIZE PLAYBWW Review: The Klunch Presents Kinetic Comedy THE LAST CLASS: A JAZZERCIZE PLAY
August 22, 2016

For a play that is essentially about deciding when it's time to say goodbye to the one dream that has made you happy, THE LAST CLASS: A JAZZERCIZE PLAY is as funny as it is insightful. Trying to retain her place in a fitness-class world that has long since moved on to Zumba, Kelsea (Megan Hill, also the play's writer) has continued to teach Jazzercize to an ever-shrinking class at the Chikatawnee Valley Community Center. The Klunch brings the DODO production of JAZZERCIZE to DC, featuring the original cast from the recent New York City premiere and direction from Margot Bordelon.

BWW Review: Jade Jones Presents JAZZED AND JADED at Creative Cauldron's 2016 Summer Cabaret SeriesBWW Review: Jade Jones Presents JAZZED AND JADED at Creative Cauldron's 2016 Summer Cabaret Series
August 1, 2016

Let's be honest - with the state of current affairs, the political circus, the ongoing tragedies around the world - we're all feeling at least a little jaded these days. So it makes sense that DC singer Jade Jones' 'Jazzed and Jaded,' part of Creative Cauldron's 2016 Summer Cabaret Series, is exactly what we need right now.

BWW Review: Thought-Provoking REDDER BLOOD Premieres at The Hub TheatreBWW Review: Thought-Provoking REDDER BLOOD Premieres at The Hub Theatre
July 25, 2016

The Hub Theatre's REDDER BLOOD, co-produced with the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, is many things: a dysfunctional family drama, a romantic sitcom, and a philosophical exploration. But what it does most successfully is encourage thought-provoking discussion about the vast topics it covers.

BWW Review: Dani Stoller Presents AWKWARD at Creative Cauldron's 2016 Summer Cabaret SeriesBWW Review: Dani Stoller Presents AWKWARD at Creative Cauldron's 2016 Summer Cabaret Series
July 25, 2016

In an evening featuring classic musical favorites and unexpected gems, longtime DC performer Dani Stoller presents 'Awkward: A Musical Ode to the Funny Best Friend' as part of Creative Cauldron's 2016 Summer Cabaret Series.

BWW Review: Synetic Theater Brings Back a TWELFTH NIGHT to RememberBWW Review: Synetic Theater Brings Back a TWELFTH NIGHT to Remember
July 18, 2016

Originally earning 11 Helen Hayes nominations and audience acclaim in 2014, Synetic Theater's silent 1920s-style take on TWELFTH NIGHT is re-staged this season - which is not a moment too soon. In a winning blend of quirky vintage comedy and surprising emotional depth, this production manages to reinvent Shakespeare in a way that's so energetic, it could never be called tired.

BWW Review: Delighting in Deception at Capital Fringe's PERFECT LIARS CLUBBWW Review: Delighting in Deception at Capital Fringe's PERFECT LIARS CLUB
July 11, 2016

For those who think they can easily spot a liar (especially in this city), PERFECT LIARS CLUB returns to Capital Fringe Festival and offers an opportunity to pick one out of a lineup. The show includes four storytellers who each present a personal tale that seems stranger than fiction. Only three are telling the truth, and it's the audience's job to scrutinize the facts and expose the liar.

BWW Review: PLAY CUPID Hits Home at Capital FringeBWW Review: PLAY CUPID Hits Home at Capital Fringe
July 11, 2016

Capital Fringe Festival's PLAY CUPID is a crowdsourced dating app in which we, theaudience, decide who gets paired up as we watch the action unfold. The choose-your-own adventure matchmaking format of this performance makes it better than this season of 'The Bachelorette.' Or at the very least, it feels more authentic. Its surprising humanity and sometimes painful awkwardness might summon not-too-distant memories of your own first dates.



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