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Growing up in New York City, seeing plays, both musicals and not, were a part of steady family diet. So were opera, ballet, and concerts. 

Trainin Blank has been writing about theater and the performing arts -- either in reviews or previews -- for more decades than she'd care to admit. She is also a practitioners: several of Trainin Blank's short plays have been workshopped or given staged readings; two full-length plays have been produced, and three have been published.

Trainin Blank moved to the DC area in 2013. She's a member of the Playwrights Alliance of Pennsylvania and the Alliance of Jewish Theatre.




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BWW Review: DEAR MAPEL at Mosaic Theater Company PhotoBWW Review: DEAR MAPEL at Mosaic Theater Company
Posted: Oct. 27, 2020


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BWW Review: NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE'S PRODUCTION OF ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA PhotoBWW Review: NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE?S PRODUCTION OF ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
Posted: May. 4, 2020


BWW Review: THE INFINITE TALES at 4615 Theatre Company PhotoBWW Review: THE INFINITE TALES at 4615 Theatre Company
Posted: Dec. 10, 2019


BWW Review: DEMO: NOW 2O20 at Kennedy Center PhotoBWW Review: DEMO: NOW 2O20 at Kennedy Center
Posted: Mar. 3, 2020


BWW Review:  PILGRIMS MUSA & SHERI IN THE NEW WORLD  at Mosaic Theater Company PhotoBWW Review: PILGRIMS MUSA & SHERI IN THE NEW WORLD at Mosaic Theater Company
Posted: Jan. 26, 2020


BWW Review: A TRIBUTE TO LEON FLEISHER PhotoBWW Review: A TRIBUTE TO LEON FLEISHER
Posted: Sep. 29, 2020


BWW Review: DEAR MAPEL at Mosaic Theater Company
October 27, 2020

Is it possible to change a relationship retrospectively, especially one that has been intermittent all along and ended with the death of the other person? That is the question posed by Psalmayene 24, who didn't see his father until he was 12 and even then was introduced by the older man as someone else's son. Meetings between the two were scarce and sporadic after that, and, in fact, Psalmayene 24 found out about his father's death on three years after it happened.

BWW Review: ROOST performed by Urban Arias as part of the Decameron Opera Coalition
October 21, 2020

Roost. It's a short opera about an expectant couple (for the first time) in lockdown who would be happy, and sexually active, if not for the fact that the air conditioning isn't working and it's a long, hot summer. Also hovering via FaceTime is Kat's overbearing mother.

BWW Review: A TRIBUTE TO LEON FLEISHER
September 29, 2020

The word legendary can be used loosely, but as Brian Ganz demonstrates in a tribute concert to his long-time teacher and world-famous pianist Leon Fleisher, in this case not only is the description deserving but can be applied in many different spheres.

BWW Review: NEW WORKS 2020 (& BEYOND)
August 4, 2020

Contemporary Dance is a collaborative style, including modern and ballet elements, as well as sometimes jazz and hip hop. This fusion is the trademark of Chamber Dance Project, the D.C.—based company, with founding artistic director Diane Coburn Bruning at its helm.

BWW Review: NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE'S PRODUCTION OF ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
May 4, 2020

There is much to admire in this streamed production of one of Shakespeare's lesser-performed but highly dramatic play. It isn't a work with many famous lines — though it has some — but Antony & Cleopatra makes up for it with action.

BWW Review: DEMO: NOW 2O20 at Kennedy Center
March 3, 2020

It was a misty, later rainy night, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the audience at Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater watching DEMO: Now 2020. They greeted the musicians and dancers, directed and curated by Damian Woetzel, with standing ovations and loud, prolonged applause.

BWW Review: THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES at Adventure Theatre
February 18, 2020

A recent article in The New York Times declared that Ezra Jack Keats's The Snowy Day and Other Stories is the most widely borrowed book in the Big Apple's public library collection. It's popular not only for the way it evokes the wonder and innocence of childhood but for breaking the color barrier in children's literature. 

BWW Review: PILGRIMS MUSA & SHERI IN THE NEW WORLD at Mosaic Theater Company
January 26, 2020

An emphasis on immigrants and how well they integrate (or not) in this country is nothing new. If anything, the issue has become more heated in the past few years.

BWW Review: THE MAGICAL PINATA at Keegan Theatre
December 16, 2019

A great deal is packed into The Magical Piñata. There's a brief explanation of where Mexico's population comes from; a smattering of spoken Spanish and songs in both Spanish and English; pratfalls; a morality tale; and lots of laugher.

BWW Review: THE INFINITE TALES at 4615 Theatre Company
December 10, 2019

There's a lot of energy and creativity onstage during 4615 Theatre Company's world premiere of The Infinite Tales -- and they come not only from the actors. The performers are accompanied by live and recorded music, props that take up a good part of the stage (mostly suitcases and trunks, suggesting the long-distance travel the main characters must undergo), shadow puppets and screens, and paper cut-outs, among others.