Jeffrey Walker

Jeffrey Walker

Jeffrey Walker is a former hometown newspaper man who now lives his life as a high school theatre teacher, husband and father. A member of the American Theatre Critics Association, he contributes reviews and features for the Washington, DC market on Broadway World and DC Theatre Scene. Since 2012, he has seen more than 125 performances - and counting. A developing playwright, Jeffrey's play "Dracula: An Undead Romance" has been performed in two venues so far. He is also an experienced director and actor and has performed in musicals, Shakespeare, classics, operettas, and contemporary works. He is a graduate of Roanoke College.


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BWW Review: AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Season 15 DVD Set Cooks Up Good StuffBWW Review: AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN Season 15 DVD Set Cooks Up Good Stuff
Posted: Sep. 27, 2015


BWW Feature: Countdown to THE WIZ LIVE! A Brief History of Live TV Musicals From The Golden AgeCountdown to THE WIZ LIVE! A History of Live TV Musicals from the Golden Age
Posted: Dec. 3, 2015


BWW Review: MAME is Back and Better Than Ever at Riverside CenterBWW Review: MAME is Back and Better Than Ever at Riverside Center
Posted: Dec. 13, 2015


Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks – Washington,DC!
June 9, 2016

Warmer temperatures, longer days, vacations and stay-cations - it must be summer time. The summer months offer many options for live theatre and entertainment for the entire family. Here are our top picks for the hottest performances in the DMV. Musicals, literary classics, family fare and Fringe are all lighting up the stages in the DC-Metro area.
BWW Review: WAR OF THE WORLDS at Scena Theatre Will Have You On the Edge of Your SeatBWW Review: WAR OF THE WORLDS at Scena Theatre Will Have You On the Edge of Your Seat
May 20, 2016

Taking a trip to the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street will also transport you to a time when radio was king and one of the princes of the medium was the maverick actor-director Orson Welles. Welles and his Mercury Theatre Company on the Air produced a series of classic dramas on CBS Radio in the 1930s. Their most infamous broadcast was their adaptation of the H.G. Wells scifi classic "The War of the Worlds, sent over the airwaves on October 30, 1938 from New York City. That historic and iconic radio play has been translated to a new medium - the stage - by Scena Theatre in a riveting adaptation by Robert McNamara who also directed the production. Crackling with the excitement of live radio, Scena captures the ingenuity, talent and drama of that night.
BWW Review: LOOKING FOR ROBERTO CLEMENTE Back At Bat, Hits a Home Run at Imagination Stage in BethesdaBWW Review: LOOKING FOR ROBERTO CLEMENTE Back At Bat, Hits a Home Run at Imagination Stage in Bethesda
April 26, 2016

LOOKING FOR ROBERTO CLEMENTE is back again for a second production at Bethesda's Imagination Stage, one of premiere locations for theatre for young audiences in the DMV. From wee ones in booster seats to parents and grandparents, this musical play hits a huge home-run. Writer Karen Zacarias and composer Deborah Wicks La Puma have fashioned a rock-infused musical that entertains while sliding home a message of friendship and loyalty and the deeper lessons a hero can teach us.
BWW Review: More Lovelier Than Ever, MY FAIR LADY Blossoms at RiversideBWW Review: More Lovelier Than Ever, MY FAIR LADY Blossoms at Riverside
April 18, 2016

Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's near masterpiece of a musical MY FAIR LADY took Broadway by storm 60 years ago this year and has become a 20th century classic. I am happy to report the plucky flower girl from the mean streets of London who gets molded into a proper lady is as lovely as ever as presented by Riverside Performing Arts Center. The sparkling wit, unrequited romance, musical hall turns and lush music are all performed with love and panache in director Patrick A'Hearn's production, featuring well-known DC actor Thomas Adrian Simpson as Henry Higgins and Riverside veteran Quinn Vogt-Welch in the title role.
BWW Review: Shakespeare Theatre Company Presents an OTHELLO for Our TimesBWW Review: Shakespeare Theatre Company Presents an OTHELLO for Our Times
March 4, 2016

Shakespeare Theatre Company proves once again their place as one of the nation's finest classical theatre companies with a new production of OTHELLO. A careful blend of grand spectacle and intimate relationships, William Shakespeare's mature tragedy leaps off of the stage with passion, wit, and pathos. Starring Pakistani-American Faran Tahir in the title role, this OTHELLO is filtered through the lens of Othello as a Muslim who has adopted Western dress and religion. The concept works and the tragedy still works as one of Shakespeare's best.
BWW Profile: Eddie Redmayne Oscar-Nominated Star of Stage and ScreenBWW Profile: Eddie Redmayne Oscar-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
February 26, 2016

If the term up-and-coming actor needed a poster child, last year I would have said Eddie Redmayne would be a perfect match, owing to his Oscar win as Stephen Hawking in the acclaimed film THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. Now, I would say the 34-year old British actor has moved from the up-and-coming category into the column of established film actors. This Oscar season, Redmayne will once again face the red carpet and the possibility of leading actor Academy Award for his role in THE DANISH GIRL as the artist Einar who faces a personal conflict and the expectations of society when he transitions to Lily in the early 20th century.
BWW Profile: Mark Rylance Oscar-Nominated Star of Stage and ScreenBWW Profile: Mark Rylance Oscar-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
February 25, 2016

The profile of Mark Rylance, veteran star of stage and screen, has risen this year due to a number of high profile projects. He is nominated for actor in a supporting role for his turn as Rudolf Abel, an undercover KGB agent who is tried for espionage in BRIDGE OF SPIES. This may be his first Oscar nomination, but Rylance is no stranger to accolades for his acting.
BWW Review: THE GLASS MENAGERIE Makes Welcome Return at Ford's TheatreBWW Review: THE GLASS MENAGERIE Makes Welcome Return at Ford's Theatre
February 2, 2016

Memories painful and poignant intermingle through a smoky haze in the sharp and vivid production of Tennessee Williams THE GLASS MENAGERIE now onstage at Ford's Theatre. Painstakingly directed by Mark Ramont, the production boasts a superb cast of actors whose nuanced and detailed performances mine the emotional depths of Williams' early and personal play.
BWW Review: MAME is Back and Better Than Ever at Riverside CenterBWW Review: MAME is Back and Better Than Ever at Riverside Center
December 13, 2015

Mame Dennis Burnside has coaxed the blues right out of the horn many times since the late 1960s and Riverside Center for the Performing Arts has brought the ditzy, glitzy and glamorous free-spirit back for a big, old fashioned musical hit. This new production of MAME looks and sounds like a million bucks and deserves to be a solid, sell-out for the holidays.
BWW Review: A Poignant Memoir Takes the Stage with HOLIDAY MEMORIES at Avant BardBWW Review: A Poignant Memoir Takes the Stage with HOLIDAY MEMORIES at Avant Bard
December 13, 2015

Like a sepia-toned photo from the pages of a family album, Avant Bard's production of HOLIDAY MEMORIES evokes seasonal joys untouched by commercialism and cynicism - two mortal enemies of the true spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas, in my opinion. Taken from two personal short stories by the iconoclastic author Truman Capote, this stage adaptation deserves to become an annual tradition.
BWW Feature: Countdown to THE WIZ LIVE! A Brief History of Live TV Musicals From The Golden AgeBWW Feature: Countdown to THE WIZ LIVE! A Brief History of Live TV Musicals From The Golden Age
December 3, 2015

Relive the Golden Age of Broadway and the magical moments from TV's past with Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, Frank Sinatra, Julie Andrews,Carol Burnett and many more as we look at the history of live TV musicals.
BWW Review: DEATHTRAP Ensnares with Wit and Style at NextStop Theatre CompanyBWW Review: DEATHTRAP Ensnares with Wit and Style at NextStop Theatre Company
November 4, 2015

DEATHTRAP is an old fashioned, twisty thrill ride. NextStop Theatre Company puts the thrill back in thriller with a briskly directed, well cast production of the venerable potboiler. If we gave out ratings at Broadway World, I would offer NextStop four big ones for a production that crackles with wit and delivers a bloody good time.
BWW Review: Relive Pioneering Series THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE with New DVD SetBWW Review: Relive Pioneering Series THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE with New DVD Set
October 27, 2015

What is the American dream? This question and many others were asked and explored on a ground-breaking public television series from the early 1970s. Combining elements of variety shows and sketch comedy, documentary film, witty animated sequences, and a who's who of pop culture icons, THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE paved the way for future television programming. Years before SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and THE DAILY SHOW, a just before cult classics like THE GROOVE TUBE and KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE offered topical and satirical comedy on film, THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE was pioneering television.
BWW Review: Ancient ANTIGONE Lives Again with Juliette BinocheBWW Review: Ancient ANTIGONE Lives Again with Juliette Binoche
October 27, 2015

Stripped to the essentials - a stage, a handful of actors, a rapt audience - ANTIGONE recently proved once again its place in the pantheon of the world's finest tragic plays. The international production of the Sophokles drama made a short stop in Washington for the last leg of a national tour of select American cities, helmed by the Belgian theatre wunderkind Ivo van Hove. French film and theatre star Juliette Binoche led an ensemble of U.K.-based actors who clearly illuminated the timeless tale of family devotion versus the law.
BWW Review: AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Season 15 DVD Set Cooks Up Good StuffBWW Review: AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Season 15 DVD Set Cooks Up Good Stuff
September 27, 2015

The bottom-line: The DVD set of AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Season 15 can help at home chefs to cook up a storm and offers many features which set the series apart from run-of-the-mill how-to videos. Firing up fifteen seasons of deconstructed recipes and kitchen gadget trial and error, AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN is one of public television's most popular cooking shows. Hosted by the bow-tie sporting and affable Christopher Kimball, the show takes the mystique out of cooking, tests useful kitchen equipment and helps to work the kinks out of cooking gadgets in a straight forward manner that is easy to follow.
BWW Review: SISTER ACT Is Heavenly at Riverside CenterBWW Review: SISTER ACT Is Heavenly at Riverside Center
September 27, 2015

Poised to take you to heaven with a song, a prayer and a tug at the heartstrings, SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL is a blessing that needs no disguise. Fredericksburg's Riverside Center Dinner Theatre is presenting the regional premiere of this London and Broadway hit adaptation of the Whoopi Goldberg starring film from the mid-1990s. Riverside audiences will be asking 'Who needs Whoopi?' once they get a load of Felicia Curry as the disco-chanteuse who brings a little funk to the convent.
Special Report from the Road: Culpeper's State Theatre Features Endstation Theatre Company and Their Rocking TWO GENTLEMEN OF VIRGINIA On TourSpecial Report from the Road: Culpeper's State Theatre Features Endstation Theatre Company and Their Rocking TWO GENTLEMEN OF VIRGINIA On Tour
July 20, 2015

Welcome to the first of a series of reports from the outskirts of the big cities! For the next couple of weeks, I will be visiting some of the smaller cities and towns around that all share one thing in common: cultural gems that dot the landscape. Today, I present to you Culpeper's State Theatre and the recent performance by Lynchburg's Endstation Theatre Company. Endstation presented TWO GENTLEMEN OF VIRGINIA recently to the delight of an appreciative audience. I think the Bard would have been thoroughly entertained by a skillfully paved intersection of historical references from the 1780s and rock and roll memories of the 1980s.
BWW Reviews: THE WHO'S TOMMY Takes the Stage at Prince William Little TheatreBWW Reviews: THE WHO'S TOMMY Takes the Stage at Prince William Little Theatre
July 16, 2015

The iconic rock opera is back onstage and Prince William Little Theatre has got it. A challenging show for even a professional company, this community theatre tackles Pete Townshend's landmark piece with gusto and innovative staging by director Melissa Jo York-Tilley and co-choreographers Melanie Marie Gibson and Ahmad Maaty. Boasting some strong performances of the classic rock score, the production gets an E for effort.
BWW Reviews: Take a Magical Trip to Neverland with PETER PAN Under the Threesixty Big TopBWW Reviews: Take a Magical Trip to Neverland with PETER PAN Under the Threesixty Big Top
July 6, 2015

To paraphrase author J. M. Barrie, 'PETER PAN is an awfully big adventure!' For children of all ages and that wide-eyed child still dreaming of Neverland within, your ticket to adventure, whimsy and danger has taken up residence in Tysons Corner through August. J. M. Barrie's classic PETER PAN has swooped back onto the stage and brought the popular story combined with dazzling stagecraft for a wholly immersive experience to enthrall a new generation of audiences. Running through August 16, PETER PAN is ready to fly into your heart once again.
BWW Reviews: MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT Saves the World in Style at Avant BardBWW Reviews: MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT Saves the World in Style at Avant Bard
June 12, 2015

Countess Aurelie and her fellow madwomen are back to save Chaillot, Paris and the world in a stylishly realized theatrical tour-de-force. As directed by Christopher Henley, WSC Avant Bard's THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT is a feast for the eyes and ears. The production, in an exciting and vibrant translation by Laurence Senelick, also feeds the soul as a reminder of how precious our fragile earth really is and how important it is for someone, anyone, to take a stand to protect it. This MADWOMAN is also brilliantly acted from the members of the quirky ensemble to the queen bee herself, Countess Aurelie, effortlessly brought to life by Avant Bard company member Cam Magee.


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