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Torpedo Factory celebrates 40 years of creativity

Torpedo Factory celebrates 40 years of creativity

By Katie Callahan (Photo/Katie Callahan) Four decades after local artists converted a run-down munitions plant into a creative hub, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is still going strong. Built near the end of World War I, [...]

Little Theatre looks at the pitfalls and pratfalls of love in ‘Plaza Suite’

Little Theatre looks at the pitfalls and pratfalls of love in ‘Plaza Suite’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Matthew Randall) Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” which plays out over three vignettes and is set in room 719 of New York’s famed Plaza Hotel, is a comedy that delights in the foibles and [...]

A glimpse at ‘Private Lives’

A glimpse at ‘Private Lives’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Scott Suchman) Noël Coward’s deliciously wicked “Private Lives” has got us in a tizzy. Is it scrumptiously witty or delightfully snarky? No matter. This heady romp of delicious vitriol is considered Coward’s best. [...]

Alexandria singing group to perform in Normandy

Alexandria singing group to perform in Normandy

By Katie Callahan (Courtesy photo) When the Alexandria Harmonizers arrived in France to help mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the musical act brought a group of World War II veterans with them, in a manner [...]

Join three men (and a dog) without a clue in a hilarious adventure at Synetic Theater

Join three men (and a dog) without a clue in a hilarious adventure at Synetic Theater

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Koko Lanham) In a departure from the dance-filled, laser-lit and sexy productions I’ve come to expect from Synetic Theater, along comes “Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog).” I [...]

Arena State pays tribute to Lieber and Stoller with ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’

Arena State pays tribute to Lieber and Stoller with ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) “Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller” gets off to a slow, easy roll. Forty-two of the most beloved songs from the pantheon of R&B and rock ‘n’ roll [...]

Fasten your seatbelts for Little Theatre of Alexandria’s “Boeing Boeing”

Fasten your seatbelts for Little Theatre of Alexandria’s “Boeing Boeing”

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Doug Olmsted) “Boeing Boeing” is the riotous tale of Bernard, an American architect whose Paris flat has become a way station for his international harem of flight attendants or, as they were once [...]

The full Monte

The full Monte

By Denise Dunbar (Photo/Sensational Images/Daniel Riggs)  Emerging from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on a recent Sunday, celebrity bridal consultant Monte Durham quickly was surrounded by a group of teenage girls hoping for a photograph. “Sometimes I [...]

Signature Theatre delivers classic yet harsh criticism of capitalism

Signature Theatre delivers classic yet harsh criticism of capitalism

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Margot Schulman) Is capitalism as prone to corruption and evil today as when Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill penned “The Threepenny Opera” in 1920s Germany? Given that Signature Theatre adopted playwright Robert David [...]

‘Henry IV’ fit for a king

‘Henry IV’ fit for a king

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Scott Suchman) It’s right after an Act 1 filled with doom and gloom that “Henry IV, Part 2” takes a comedic turn, and not a moment too soon. After all, we’ve just learned [...]