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: 1984 is Inventive and Immediate at Shakespeare Theatre Company
March 16, 2016

"War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength." Most of us are familiar with the slogans of the bleak, dystopian society George Orwell constructed in his novel 1984. The inventive production of 1984 at Shakespeare Theatre Company takes these phrases and makes them more relevant than ever to a contemporary Washington, DC, audience.

BWW Review: THE LION Brings Raw Emotion to Arena Stage
March 5, 2016

The premise of THE LION is simple and honest: one actor accompanying himself on guitar as he tells his story. The stageis spare, with painted walls, a radiator, a couple of chairs, and six guitars (one electric with an amplifier). It starts out innocently enough as writer and performer Benjamin Scheuer walks onstage in this touring production, dressed in a crisp blue suit and tie, rocker coif hairsprayed in place. As if playing an acoustic set in a small New York City concert venue, Scheuer launches into the opening song, 'Cookie-Tin Banjo,' with a charming smile, singing, 'My father has an old guitar and he plays me folk songs.' Thus begins his detailed coming-of-age story, which he tells in song as he cycles through each guitar.

BWW Review: Spooky Action Theater Rewrites History with COLLABORATORS
February 15, 2016

From the first darkly comic scene, Spooky Action Theater's COLLABORATORS plunges its audience into a tension between hilarity and terror. As the play unfolds, there is laughter at the absurdity of the situation and simultaneous dread over what will happen next. A revisionist account of Mikhail Bulgakov's writing of a play about dictator Joseph Stalin in 1930s Moscow, COLLABORATORS is inspired by fact but considers what could have happened behind the scenes.

BWW Review: Electrifying MONSTERS OF THE VILLA DIODATI Premieres at Creative Cauldron
February 8, 2016

The second installment in Creative Cauldron's 'Bold New Works for Intimate Stages' initiative, the new musical MONSTERS OF THE VILLA DIODATI transports audiences to a famous gathering of 19th-century writers on Lake Geneva during a dark and stormy summer. This atmospheric production reveals the origin story of two legendary Gothic monsters, John Polidori's The Vampyre and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, while exploring their creators' own inner monsters.



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