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In a way, it’s William Shakespeare’s “Big Chill” moment. The star of Lauren Gunderson’s eponymous comedy, “The Book of Will,” never once appears onstage, but it’s all about the Bard as his friends fight to preserve the playwright’s legacy and save his words authentically on what theater enthusiasts know and love as The First Folio. View more
This time of year, symbols of the most celebrated United States winter holiday predominate. Everywhere you look, there are decorated trees and lights; in just about every store, familiar carols make up the soundtrack (as they have since before Thanksgiving). And now for something completely different from the Unexpected Stage Company—fulfilling the View more
Historians disagree about why audience members traditionally stand during the “Hallelujah Chorus” of Handel’s “Messiah.” One theory is that King George II of England was so moved at the first London performance of the oratorio that he rose. Still, some music historians question whether he even attended the concert.
Sledding, ice skating, making angels in the snow and building snow men are among everyone’s favorite winter activities. Adventure Theatre (AT) brings the magic of a snow day to life with its latest production, “Frosty the Snow Man.” Montgomery County native Jason Schlafstein makes his AT debut as director of the show. He approached the production w View more
Shanara Gabrielle learned the performance art of aerial silks about three years ago. A friend offered to teach her the skill which requires performers to use only the silks, their muscles and training to keep themselves suspended above the stage while doing various poses and movements without a safety net or line.
Since the late 1960s, “The Nutcracker” has been among the American holiday season’s most popular entertainment offerings. The abundance will be reflected on Montgomery County stages this year, with a total of 39 shows--four different full productions, three traditional and one not at all, as well as three mini versions, two of them tailored for tot View more
Quotidian Theatre Company kicks off its 20th season with two plays performed in repertory: Horton Foote’s “A Coffin in Egypt” and Conor McPherson’s “St Nicholas.” Both writers explore the darker sides of the human condition in these somewhat short monologue plays. But their language, methods and subject matters could not be more different. Jack Sba View more
Bright, shiny objects plus dark night skies is the perfect formula for holiday magic. This month, three Montgomery County venues are bringing out the bulbs to brighten our holidays and light the way to a new year: Gaithersburg’s Winter Lights, Brookside Gardens’ Garden of Lights in Wheaton and the Festival of Lights at the Visitors’ Center of the W View more
She first pops up in 1885, in a weird little poem by James Whitcomb Riley about an orphan girl who labored for his family by day—sweeping, washing dishes, shooing chickens, you name it—then spent the evening telling the Riley kids cautionary tales about goblins who preyed upon naughty children. By 1918, “Little Orphan Annie” was a silent film, then View more
Fran Ichijo understands that most folks consider “The Nutcracker” the holiday season’s quintessential ballet. But the artistic director of the Poolesville-based Hope Garden Ballet Academy had no intention of being so predictable. Instead, she decided to choreograph a ballet to Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol.” "In the D.C. Metro area, there are View more
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