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Sunny and Mark

Shakespeare Theatre’s ‘Venus and Adonis’: Audience afterwards

Shakespeare Theatre’s ‘Venus and Adonis’: Audience afterwards

WASHINGTON, September 18, 2014 – This reviewer’s positive impressions of Isango’s “Venus and Adonis,” currently being performed at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theater, were confirmed by the surprisingly diverse Saturday night audience. Among others, the patrons included a gorgeous young couple named Sunny and Mark (pictured above). When asked who chose the show, Mark

Mhlekazi “WHA WHA” Mosiea.

‘Venus & Adonis’: A South African twist on the Bard’s original

WASHINGTON, September 17, 2014 – Imagine, if you will, a big, beautiful Queen Mother being stung by the youthful good looks of a lowly commoner. But shift the scene from the River Thames to the banks of Cape Town, South Africa. “Venus & Adonis” is a major poem that Shakespeare penned and published in 1593,

Cover art for "Fatal Song" program.

In Series’ ‘Fatal Song’ notable for its talented cast

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014 – The In Series’ online description of its latest production, Kathleen Cahill’s good natured tragic opera pastiche, “Fatal Song: ” is excerpted from a Salt Lake Tribune review of the piece last autumn when it was performed by the temporarily renovation-exiled Utah Opera: “A bunch of opera heroines start to notice

EastWest's Hollywood Brass Gold edition packaging.

Review: EastWest Hollywood Brass

CHICAGO, September 13, 2014 – A long awaited update to the venerated Symphonic Orchestra, EastWest’s “Hollywood Brass,” may be the best sounding brass samples on the market, with enough solo, chamber configurations, and full sections to please most musical ears. Yet despite offering incredible sounds and loads of options, these mighty samples may not satisfy

Ensemble photo from February's production of "The Cole Porter Project."

In Series’ great ‘Cole Porter Project’ is ‘all right with us’

WASHINGTON, September 9, 2014 – The In Series opened its 2014-2015 season this past weekend at the Source with “The Cole Porter Project: It’s All Right With Me.” A reprise of the Series’ dynamite February revue, the current edition of this made-for-the-Source show is just as fresh and topical as it was just a few

Danielle Davy as "Molly."

Danielle Davy’s riveting performance in Scena’s new ‘Molly’

WASHINGTON, August 29, 2014 – Danielle Davy delivers a riveting performance as “Molly,” the heroine of George O’Brien’s new play, now running at DC’s Atlas Performing Arts Center, located in the heart of the H Street Corridor’s newly emerging arts and entertainment district on the Northeast side of Capitol Hill extended. Scena Theatre’s world premiere production

The Nightingale (Erin Morley) sings to the Emperor (Anthony Michaels-Moore) and his court. (Credit: Ken Howard for the Santa Fe Opera)

Funny ‘Impressario,’ exquisite ‘Le Rossignol’ in Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M., August 16, 2014 – Most nights at the opera involve the production of a single, substantial work. That doesn’t leave many performance opportunities, however, for any number of worthy short or one-act operas. The solution, over many years, has been to stage “double bills,” from time to time, in which a pair