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BWW Review: HANDS ON A HARDBODY is a Cult Classic at Keegan Theatre PhotoBWW Review: HANDS ON A HARDBODY is a Cult Classic at Keegan Theatre
by Hannah Wing - March 14, 2019

While short-lived on Broadway, Keegan Theatre's regional premiere of Hands on a Hardbody, directed by Elena Velasco and Mark A. Rhea, proves this musical is on its way to becoming a cult classic.
BWW Review: TAP DOGS at Kennedy Center PhotoBWW Review: TAP DOGS at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - February 24, 2019

The art of tap dancing is taken to new heights…literally…in the high octane, high energy worldwide sensation known as Tap Dogs. Not only do the eight male performers do traditional tap routines in this 80-minute industrial extravaganza, they take it to places tap hasn't gone before incorporating, water, scaffolding blowtorches, and more.
BWW Review: SHE A GEM at Kennedy Center PhotoBWW Review: SHE A GEM at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - February 18, 2019

With all of the media options at their disposal today, creating theater pieces that will keep young people totally engaged is getting to be more and more of a challenge. Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) division's latest attempt at something fresh sometimes succeeds and sometimes doesn't. Most of the success in She A Gem can be attributed to the oh so fly direction of Paige Hernandez and her talented cast and design team. Whether or not the playwright Josh Wilder was up for the challenge is open to debate.
BWW Review: Nellie McKay at Kennedy Center PhotoBWW Review: Nellie McKay at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - February 10, 2019

The recording artist/composer/free spirit known as Nellie McKay is not your typical performer to be sure. It's actually hard to even associate her with a particular musical genre because she performed a little bit of everything in her concert at Kennedy Center as part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series.
BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN at Kennedy Center PhotoBWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - February 8, 2019

There are certain performances from Broadway history that can never be replicated, one of which is Robert Preston's star turn as the flimflamming boys band sales man Harold Hill in the 1958 Tony Award winning musical The Music Man. It was a bit of a shock when it won best musical that year because it beat out the revolutionary West Side Story. Ah well, commercialism nearly always wins.
BWW Review: THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER at Keegan Theatre PhotoBWW Review: THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER at Keegan Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - December 23, 2018

There are many companies presenting Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) shows in and around the DC area. One of the newest is a company that's been around for over twenty years, but has relatively recently branched out into the family entertainment genre.
BWW Review: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S CRYSTAL at Capital One Arena PhotoBWW Review: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S CRYSTAL at Capital One Arena
by Elliot Lanes - December 7, 2018

For many years now, the famed Cirque du Soleil has been combining the two worlds of circus and theater to create some spectacular productions. Anyone that has seen one of their shows in Las Vegas or elsewhere knows that when you attend a Cirque production, it's an unforgettable experience. Cirque has repurposed the music of The Beatles, taken us to a spectacular jungle world and elsewhere in their past productions, but with their latest touring show Crystal the company adds ice skating to their repertoire. Combining traditional circus skills with breathtaking ramp jumps, break dancing, show skating and much more Crystal is not your typical Cirque du Soleil production. It takes place entirely on an ice rink, but for those that remember it, this is not your standard Ice Capades by any stretch of the imagination either.
BWW Review: THE NUTCRACKER Presented by Ballet West at Kennedy Center PhotoBWW Review: THE NUTCRACKER Presented by Ballet West at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - December 6, 2018

There are certain theatrical presentations you can always depend on for sheer holiday joy at this time of year. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker is definitely high on that list. The music has spawned many different interpretations over the years, including Duke Ellington's version featuring a swinging saxophone section. The music is also used in many television commercials so even if you didn't know the music was from the classic ballet, chances are you at one point or another have been exposed to The Nutcracker.
BWW REVIEW: HOW TO KEEP AN ALIEN at Solas Nua PhotoBWW REVIEW: HOW TO KEEP AN ALIEN at Solas Nua
by Elliot Lanes - December 4, 2018

How far would you go to be with the one that you love? Sonya Kelly's autobiographical How to Keep an Alien, now being presented by Solas Nua, explores this question with warmth, humor, and a tour-de-force performance from DC acting goddess Tonya Beckman. This production marks the first time Kelly has not performed in the show herself.
BWW REVIEW: INDECENT at Arena Stage PhotoBWW REVIEW: INDECENT at Arena Stage
by Elliot Lanes - November 30, 2018

There are some plays in the history of Broadway that you just scratch your head as to why they didn't have a longer run. Paula Vogel's Indecent is definitely one of those plays. It opened to rave reviews on Broadway, won the Tony Award for best direction and only ran 128 performances. The award win gave the show a considerable box office bump, but not enough to convince the show's producers to make a run of it in the summer heat. Thankfully, PBS preserved the Broadway production for posterity and the play is now getting a much deserved second life in regional theaters across the country.
BWW REVIEW: WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS: A DECADE IN CONCERT at Kennedy Center PhotoBWW REVIEW: WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS: A DECADE IN CONCERT at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - November 26, 2018

Any one of us that has ever seen an animated feature or short produced by the Walt Disney Animation Studios knows that the music is always a big component in making the film a success. Let's face it, aren't you all still singing 'Let it Go' from Frozen even though the film is now five years old? Songs like that one and classics like 'Heigh Ho' and 'A Whole New World' are etched in our collective memories for a lifetime.
BWW Review: Creative Adaptation of Children's Book HOW TO CATCH A STAR Charms at the  PhotoBWW Review: Creative Adaptation of Children's Book HOW TO CATCH A STAR Charms at the Kennedy Center
by Barbara Johnson - November 25, 2018

I had two main questions about the world premiere Kennedy Center commission of HOW TO CATCH A STAR: would it match the original children's book's ability to appeal to kids and adults alike, and would it be as visually charming as Oliver Jeffers's illustrations? I'm pleased to report that the answer to both is a resounding yes. Appropriate for ages three and up, HOW TO CATCH A STAR uses stunning projection design (Olivia Sebesky) and quirky choreography (Orange Grove Dance Company) to tell the story of how a boy's seemingly impossible dream of catching a star leads him to discover important lessons about life.
BWW Review: Scena Theatre Puts a Hollywood Spin on Oscar Wilde's WOMAN OF NO IMPORTAN PhotoBWW Review: Scena Theatre Puts a Hollywood Spin on Oscar Wilde's WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
by Barbara Johnson - November 6, 2018

Now playing at the Atlas Performing Arts Center is an all-female, 1930s Tinseltown take on Oscar Wilde's WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, directed by Robert McNamara. It's an undeniably creative angle to approach Wilde, in the vein of Scena's previous gender-bending production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, and it has its share of funny and dramatic moments. However, its busy design and occasionally manic delivery miss the mark at times.
BWW Review: LONG WAY DOWN at the Kennedy Center PhotoBWW Review: LONG WAY DOWN at the Kennedy Center
by Hannah Wing - October 29, 2018

Long Way Down delves deeply into the circumstances surrounding urban gun violence, and the impacts which it has on those left in its bloody wake.
BWW Review: THE FEVER at Woolly Mammoth is a Positive, Communal Experience PhotoBWW Review: THE FEVER at Woolly Mammoth is a Positive, Communal Experience
by Barbara Johnson - October 25, 2018

600 Highwaymen's THE FEVER, which has made its way to Woolly Mammoth for a limited run after a national and international tour, is a collaborative piece requiring full audience participation. I can't say much about its content, as the slightest spoiler would either ruin the effect or fail to do the show justice. But I can say for certain that it's well worth experiencing as an exercise in empathy and a reminder that, yes, we're in this together. Are you intrigued?
BWW Review: AIDA at Constellation Theatre Company PhotoBWW Review: AIDA at Constellation Theatre Company
by Elliot Lanes - October 17, 2018

Over the past few years DC's Constellation Theatre Company (CTC) has branched out from its mostly classical offerings by presenting a few musicals. They include the blockbusters Avenue Q and Urinetown and one lesser known entity – the Andrew Lippa version of The Wild Party. In all three cases, the shows fit perfectly into CTC's home at Source.
BWW Review: PRAMKICKER at Taffety Punk Theatre Company PhotoBWW Review: PRAMKICKER at Taffety Punk Theatre Company
by Elliot Lanes - September 17, 2018

Few and far between are the times that we reviewers have a perfect night in the theater. Generally, we can find something to complain about in any given production. It could be we love the performances, but not the script or vice versa.
BWW News: HAMILTON Education Made Sure Local Students Didn't Throw Away Their Best Sh PhotoBWW News: HAMILTON Education Made Sure Local Students Didn't Throw Away Their Best Shot at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - September 16, 2018

For many high school students, just the dream of seeing a Broadway show is something pretty awesome. Now I want you to imagine you not only being able to see the national tour of the smash hit juggernaut musical known as Hamilton onstage in the Opera House at Kennedy Center but being able to perform on that very stage on the set where it happens.
BWW Review: Theater J's The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the Kennedy Center PhotoBWW Review: Theater J's The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the Kennedy Center
by Hannah Wing - September 15, 2018

Theater J's production of The Pianist of Willesden Lane, adapted and directed by Hershey Felder, is a timeless piece of storytelling.
BWW Review: TURN ME LOOSE at Arena Stage PhotoBWW Review: TURN ME LOOSE at Arena Stage
by Elliot Lanes - September 14, 2018

The late great comic genius/activist Dick Gregory was a trailblazer for so many reasons. He told it like it was and didn't care what you thought.
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Keegan Theatre PhotoTHE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Keegan Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - August 8, 2018

Sometimes a show comes along on Broadway that leaves you saying, 'Hmm I wonder what it would be like without the large scale production?' The 2014 Jason Robert Brown/Marsha Norman musical The Bridges of Madison County is one of those shows. It had a large production concept that I felt swallowed the small story it was trying to tell. Mind you Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale gave incredible performances as the two leads and Jason Robert Brown rightfully deserved his two Tony Awards for Best Score and Orchestrations after the show had already closed.
BWW Review: THE STORY OF THE GUN at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company PhotoBWW Review: THE STORY OF THE GUN at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
by Elliot Lanes - August 1, 2018

I think it's safe to say that guns in America might be one of the most divisive and important topics today. Nowadays school shootings are on the news more frequently than ever and there is usually a story every week about some kind of incident involving a gun.
BWW Interview:  Arena Stage's Molly Smith on the Continuing Importance of THE ORIGINA PhotoBWW Interview: Arena Stage's Molly Smith on the Continuing Importance of THE ORIGINALIST
by Elliot Lanes - July 30, 2018

You might say that Arena Stage's Artistic Director Molly Smith is responsible for some of the most socially and politically conscious theatre produced in the DC area. Her Power Plays initiative is just one example of how she presents work that entertains, educates and promotes discussion after viewing.
BWW News: Theatre Lab Takes on THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Week Three) PhotoBWW News: Theatre Lab Takes on THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Week Three)
by Elliot Lanes - July 16, 2018

So far, in our four part Vblog series on the making of The Theatre Lab School of  the Dramatic Arts' upcoming production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, we've seen much happen in a short time. The production is part of Theatre Lab's Summer Musical Institute.
BWW Review: DEADLIE AFFAIRS: ARDEN OF FAVERSHAM presented by Guillotine Theatre at Ca PhotoBWW Review: DEADLIE AFFAIRS: ARDEN OF FAVERSHAM presented by Guillotine Theatre at Capital Fringe
by Elliot Lanes - July 15, 2018

We all know how hard the life of a performer can be. You inevitably have to take gigs you don't want to take in order to make some income. So, what happens then when you are a classically trained actress and the only jobs you can get are on crime reenactment shows? The good folks at Guillotine Theatre show you with their entry into this year's Capital Fringe Festival, Deadlie Affairs: Arden of Faversham.

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