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 help support DC area productions.


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BWW Review: 1st Stage Presents Poignant Regional Premiere of HERO'S WELCOMEBWW Review: 1st Stage Presents Poignant Regional Premiere of HERO'S WELCOME
Posted: Sep. 9, 2018


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BWW Review: 1st Stage Presents Poignant Regional Premiere of HERO'S WELCOMEBWW Review: 1st Stage Presents Poignant Regional Premiere of HERO'S WELCOME
Posted: Sep. 9, 2018


BWW Review: Synetic Theater's TITUS ANDRONICUS is Beyond WordsBWW Review: Synetic Theater's TITUS ANDRONICUS is Beyond Words
Posted: Apr. 29, 2018


BWW Review: Temptations Musical AIN'T TOO PROUD Pleases Crowds at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Temptations Musical AIN'T TOO PROUD Pleases Crowds at Kennedy Center
Posted: Jun. 30, 2018


BWW Review: Landless Theatre's THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD [SYMPHONIC METAL VERSION] is Original and EntertainingBWW Review: Landless Theatre's THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD [SYMPHONIC METAL VERSION] is Original and Entertaining
Posted: Apr. 9, 2018


BWW Review: The Klunch Presents Wildly Funny ADULT ENTERTAINMENTBWW Review: The Klunch Presents Wildly Funny ADULT ENTERTAINMENT
Posted: Mar. 11, 2018


BWW Review: THE WAY OF THE WORLD at Folger Theatre is Biting Satire for the Reality TV AgeBWW Review: THE WAY OF THE WORLD at Folger Theatre is Biting Satire for the Reality TV Age
Posted: Jan. 15, 2018


BWW Review: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME is Searing and Sensational at Woolly MammothBWW Review: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME is Searing and Sensational at Woolly Mammoth
Posted: Apr. 8, 2018


BWW Review: 1st Stage Presents Poignant Regional Premiere of HERO'S WELCOMEBWW Review: 1st Stage Presents Poignant Regional Premiere of HERO'S WELCOME
September 9, 2018

There's nothing quite like a British dark comedy to usher in the unofficial start of autumn. The poignant regional premiere of HERO'S WELCOME at 1st Stage in Tysons fits the bill, with its undercurrent of personal drama that quickly rises to the surface, engulfing a town in figurative flames that could turn literal at any moment.

BWW Review: Capital Fringe Comedies and Dramas are a (Mostly) Delightful Mixed BagBWW Review: Capital Fringe Comedies and Dramas are a (Mostly) Delightful Mixed Bag
July 21, 2018

Part of the excitement of DC's Capital Fringe Festival is not knowing when you'll stumble upon a true gem of a production. I was fortunate enough to find a couple when I indulged in two dramas and two comedies within 48 hours at Arena Stage.

BWW Review: Temptations Musical AIN'T TOO PROUD Pleases Crowds at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Temptations Musical AIN'T TOO PROUD Pleases Crowds at Kennedy Center
June 30, 2018

If you're into smooth vocals, sharp moves, and nostalgia-inducing moments that give you goosebumps, AIN'T TOO PROUD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS is for you. The musical is completing a pre-Broadway run at the Kennedy Center, and its rock-solid performances andimpeccable choreography (Sergio Trujillo) make it a cut above your typical jukebox musical.

BWW Review: WSC Avant Bard Conjures an Energetic TEMPESTBWW Review: WSC Avant Bard Conjures an Energetic TEMPEST
June 7, 2018

I've seen a lot of Shakespeare lately. It's a staple of the theater scene because it's relevant to nearly every time and place. In this spirit, WSC Avant Bard calls forth an enthusiastic, semi-contemporary version of THE TEMPEST, Shakespeare's New World piece predicting the drama of the American melting pot.

BWW Review: Mosaic Theater Brings Back Thought-Provoking HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIESBWW Review: Mosaic Theater Brings Back Thought-Provoking HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES
May 8, 2018

If, like me, you missed Mosaic Theater Company's HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES last season, here's your second chance: a remount, featuring almost all of the original cast, has arrived by popular demand. As timely as ever, it uses elements of realism, surrealism, and Greek mythology to convey what it's like to be a young black man in America at this very moment. I've called plays from Mosaic "essential viewing" before, and that description certainly applies here.

BWW Review: Paapa Essiedu is a Fresh, New HAMLET at the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Paapa Essiedu is a Fresh, New HAMLET at the Kennedy Center
May 5, 2018

If you've somehow missed the buzz surrounding Paapa Essiedu in the title role of Royal Shakespeare Company's HAMLET, let me be the one to tell you: get thee to the Kennedy Center before the end of its very short run. Simon Godwin directs this contemporary, graffiti-splashed, West Africa-set take on the classic, buoyed by enthralling performances from an excellent cast.

BWW Review: Synetic Theater's TITUS ANDRONICUS is Beyond WordsBWW Review: Synetic Theater's TITUS ANDRONICUS is Beyond Words
April 29, 2018

It's strange to think a Shakespeare production could render words unnecessary, but Synetic Theater's most recent wordless Shakespeare play, TITUS ANDRONICUS, gives you the impossible idea that dialogue might ruin the drama. Without speech, and without stage blood, this incarnation of TITUS is a violent spectacle brought to life by impeccable choreography, top-notch acting, and innovative scenic and lighting design (Phil Charlwood and Brian Allard).

BWW Review: Landless Theatre's THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD [SYMPHONIC METAL VERSION] is Original and EntertainingBWW Review: Landless Theatre's THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD [SYMPHONIC METAL VERSION] is Original and Entertaining
April 9, 2018

After multiple Helen Hayes nominations for their 2015 production of SWEENEY TODD [PROG METAL VERSION], Landless Theatre Company is back with their second MetalTheatre adaptation: THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD [SYMPHONIC METAL VERSION]. A captivating cast and three-piece rock orchestra guide us through the choose-your-own-adventure story with a blend of spot-on comedy and seamless rock arrangements.

BWW Review: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME is Searing and Sensational at Woolly MammothBWW Review: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME is Searing and Sensational at Woolly Mammoth
April 8, 2018

It can be unsettling to reflect on the experience of learning about slavery in middle school: was the content accurate and appropriate, or harmful to our perceptions of history and the present day? Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard explore this - and much more - in their creative, fearless production of UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME at Woolly Mammoth Theatre. No matter how uncomfortable or thought-provoking you found American history class, it's nothing compared to this searing comedy.

BWW Review: Rorschach Theatre Presents Creative, Compelling 410[GONE]BWW Review: Rorschach Theatre Presents Creative, Compelling 410[GONE]
March 28, 2018

It seemed unlikely to me that a play set in a fantastical arcade, complete with the old favorite Dance Dance Revolution, would be able to stir deep emotions in an audience. But Rorschach Theatre's impactful production of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's 410[GONE], directed by Gregory Keng Strasser, does just that. It uses unlikely imagery to tell a highly personal but universal story of trauma and recovery.

BWW Review: The Klunch Presents Wildly Funny ADULT ENTERTAINMENTBWW Review: The Klunch Presents Wildly Funny ADULT ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2018

The premise is promising: when a group of porn stars decides to make a "real movie", hilarity ensues. Veteran director Joe Banno and a talented cast make the absolute most of it in the Klunch's production of Elaine May's play ADULT ENTERTAINMENT - to fun, fizzy, and surprisingly human effect.

BWW Review: Theater J's BECOMING DR. RUTH is a Sweet, Energetic Take on a Remarkable LifeBWW Review: Theater J's BECOMING DR. RUTH is a Sweet, Energetic Take on a Remarkable Life
February 27, 2018

Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer's true life story of becoming "America's favorite sex therapist" is a fascinating and unlikely one. Naomi Jacobson portrays Dr. Westheimer with charm and vigor in the one-woman show BECOMING DR. RUTH at Theatre J, combining autobiography with a broader tale of Jewish origins and identity.

BWW Review: Brave Spirits Theatre Presents a Powerful CORIOLANUSBWW Review: Brave Spirits Theatre Presents a Powerful CORIOLANUS
February 10, 2018

Brave Spirits Theatre again provides a fresh, immediate take on a Shakespearean classic, this time with a hard-hitting production of CORIOLANUS, directed by Charlene V. Smith. Underappreciated compared to many of Shakespeare's other plays, it's particularly timely in 2018 as it explores a power struggle among great men and the masses they're supposed to serve.

BWW Review: Pointless Theatre's IMOGEN Creatively Spotlights a Female Star of ShakespeareBWW Review: Pointless Theatre's IMOGEN Creatively Spotlights a Female Star of Shakespeare
January 21, 2018

Shakespeare's CYMBELINE may be named for the play's king, but his daughter Imogen is the real star of the tale, the center of the action. Pointless Theatre's original adaptation by playwright-director Charlie Marie McGrath corrects the misnomer in a version entitled IMOGEN, which uses creative choreography and shadow puppetry to captivating effect. It's overly long, but it's Shakespeare as you likely haven't seen it before, which is saying something.

BWW Review: THE WAY OF THE WORLD at Folger Theatre is Biting Satire for the Reality TV AgeBWW Review: THE WAY OF THE WORLD at Folger Theatre is Biting Satire for the Reality TV Age
January 15, 2018

The DC premiere of Theresa Rebeck's satire THE WAY OF THE WORLD is adapted from a Restoration-era classic by William Congreve, but it couldn't be more contemporary and on trend. With biting wit and visual flair, it delivers timeless social commentary for the Kardashian (and Trumpian) age. Can true love exist in a world so cynical and jaded?

BWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES Brings Irreverent Cheer to Drafthouse Comedy TheaterBWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES Brings Irreverent Cheer to Drafthouse Comedy Theater
December 8, 2017

For the cynics among us who need to look beyond THE NUTCRACKER and A CHRISTMAS CAROL for holiday entertainment, THE SANTALAND DIARIES at Drafthouse Comedy Theater offers a quirky alternative. Cameron Folmar plays a disaffected department store Christmas elf in this consistently funny solo show adapted from a cult-classic monologue by humorist David Sedaris.

BWW Review: The In Series' AN OPERETTA HOLIDAY is a Charming ThrowbackBWW Review: The In Series' AN OPERETTA HOLIDAY is a Charming Throwback
December 11, 2017

In many ways, the holiday season is about schmaltz and sentimentality, when it's okay to let yourself appreciate old-fashioned pleasures and crank up favorite songs. The In Series' AN OPERETTA HOLIDAY unabashedly embraces this spirit, serving up a frothy cabaret of romantic songs from THE MERRY WIDOW, DIE FLEDERMAUS, and other classics.

BWW Review: DRAW THE CIRCLE at Mosaic Theater is Essential ViewingBWW Review: DRAW THE CIRCLE at Mosaic Theater is Essential Viewing
December 4, 2017

Mashuq Mushtaq Deen's DRAW THE CIRCLE marks Mosaic Theater Company's first time featuring a transgender artist telling their own personal story, which alone makes the work noteworthy. But Deen's extreme vulnerability and creativity coalesce to make it a vitally important piece of theater.

BWW Review: Nu Sass Presents Amusing Satire THE UGLY ONEBWW Review: Nu Sass Presents Amusing Satire THE UGLY ONE
November 19, 2017

It's what's on the inside that counts. THE UGLY ONE by German playwright Marius von Mayenburg skewers that idea, and Nu Sass brings us an energetic take on the satirical play. Renata Fox directs actors who embrace their roles with effervescence, three out of four of them playing multiple characters, while colorful lighting by E-Hui Woo enhances the absurdist atmosphere.

BWW Review: THE REAL AMERICANS is a Must-See at Mosaic Theater CompanyBWW Review: THE REAL AMERICANS is a Must-See at Mosaic Theater Company
November 15, 2017

When actor and writer Dan Hoyle left San Francisco on a three-month trip through small-town Middle America several years ago, he couldn't have predicted that many of the disillusioned real Americans he encountered on his travels would be part of a nationwide movement to elect Trump in 2016. Hoyle's astounding one-man show, THE REAL AMERICANS (developed with and directed by Charlie Varon), reveals poignant perspectives of these individuals with humor, emotional depth, and authenticity.



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