at Theatre 40
Batino captures the romantic ambivalence of a country girl who cannot allow herself to trust the pure love being given to her even when she hears it singing in her heart.
Merlin—The Untold Adventures
at Theatricum Botanicum
McFall’s characterization of the despicable tyrant Vortigan is the show’s acting highlight, a vibrant, fully fleshed portrait of evil appetite that verges on caricature but remains chillingly real. The tall, athletic African-American commands the giant stage, his strong vocal chops making him instantly castable for contemporary and classical roles alike.
A Bright Room Called Day
at Coeurage Theatre Company at the Lost Studio
In a fascinating but unworkable theatrical history lesson that traditionally leaves its interpreters unable to breath life into Tony Kushner’s characters caught in the rise of Nazi Germany, director Jeremy Lelliott has been dealt a lucky card in Teya Patt, who imbues the conflicted role of Agnes with more layers than the playwright provided. And when she suddenly sits downstage and sings a hearty, soulful rendition of “Die Moritat von Mackie Messer” (“Mack the Knife”), all of Kushner’s excesses are quickly forgiven.
Smoke and Mirrors
at The Road Theatre
Storyteller, magician, actor—multitalented Albie Selznick holds his audience in thrall with his ample skills and his touching tales of growing up wanting to matter and be remembered.
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