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


BWW Review: Creative Adaptation of Children's Book HOW TO CATCH A STAR Charms at the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Creative Adaptation of Children's Book HOW TO CATCH A STAR Charms at the Kennedy Center
Posted: Nov. 25, 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: 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: 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

BWW Review: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES is Gaudy and Grand at Signature Theatre
June 13, 2016

'Life's not worth a damn 'til you can say, 'Hey world, I am what I am!' In a world where so many are still struggling to be who they are, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, as well as its iconic anthem of authenticity 'I Am What I Am,' is as relevant today as it was on Broadway in 1983. It's a gift that Matthew Gardiner is directing Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman's award-winning musical as Signature Theatre's season finale.

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

What a time for THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. It's a brave choice given its divisive, misogynistic text, but Shakespeare Theatre Company pulls it off under the bold direction of Ed Sylvanus Iskander. With an all-male cast, and featuring the contemporary pop music of Tony winner Duncan Sheik, this is Shakespeare with a decidedly modern sensibility.

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

Change takes many forms in CAROLINE, OR CHANGE: dramatic historical change, personal change, pocket change. The word itself is used frequently in Tony Kushner's Tony-nominated musical, which takes place in 1963 amidst the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Matt Conner directs Creative Cauldron's production, an apt choice given the piece's enduring thematic significance and a phenomenal turn by Iyona Blake as the unflappable Caroline Thibodeaux.

BWW Review: City of Fairfax Theatre Company Fearlessly Takes on WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
April 25, 2016

Edward Albee's WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? has long been considered an American masterpiece, with some of the best dialogue in the history of drama. The current production by the City of Fairfax Theatre Company, directed by Ed Zakreski, presents this classic material with startling effectiveness.

BWW Review: THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX is Explored at Signature Theatre
April 19, 2016

There are a variety of mysteries explored in Bathsheba Doran's new play THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX. The DC-area premiere at Signature Theatre, directed by Stella Powell-Jones, bravely tackles themes of family, identity, and unconditional (and unconventional) love.



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