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BroadwayWorld: HANDS ON A HARDBODY

What is the American dream? Some would say two kids, a house with a white picket fence, and a dog. In the musical Hands on a Hardbody, with book by Doug Wright and music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green paired with lyrics by Green, the American Dream is a “hardbody” or a little red pickup truck at the center of an

DC Metro Theater Arts: HANDS ON A HARDBODY

Keegan Theater, renowned for its slam-dunk productions of well-known musicals such as Chicago, Hair, and American Idiot, now delivers the goods with one more out of the way… and it’s a winner. Hands on a Hardbody is a hoedown of heart and humor and a shindig of lifted spirits. First of all, the score (music

DC Theatre Scene: HANDS ON A HARDBODY

Sure, it might not immediately resonate as stereotypical Broadway fodder, but Hands on a Hardbody actually makes a lot of sense as an idea for a musical. The show was based on a documentary of the same name, had a brief Broadway run in 2013 and is known for helping launch the career of “The

BroadwayWorld: THE BALTIMORE WALTZ

The Keegan Theatre’s The Baltimore Waltz is a confrontation of mortality, a hilarious farce, an exposé of the limits of the medical system, a noir thriller, and crucially, a flawlessly staged and acted production. The play’s many facets and refusal to map its themes on to a traditional three act structure might frustrate the more literally-minded. But

DC Metro Theater Arts: THE BALTIMORE WALTZ

If The Baltimore Waltz, an early work by Paula Vogel, sounds playful and a bit off the rails –  well, it often is. Vogel suffuses this work with comic banter, funny episodes, and a whole lot of sex. It’s sure to charm even the steeliest of audience members, but that’s only one side of the coin. The

The Washington Post: THE BALTIMORE WALTZ

Excellent cast steps up in THE BALTIMORE WALTZ The Baltimore Waltz prances in circles around its subject, which is the death of playwright Paula Vogel’s brother, Carl, in 1988. Vogel’s approach to her grief — a nation’s grief, as the country grappled with lost lives during the AIDS epidemic — was to fantasize. The 90-minute

DC Metro Theater Arts: AN IRISH CAROL 2018

With a heart as cold as the blustery winds blowing people in and out the door, An Irish Carol by Matthew J. Keenan finds David, a pub’s miserly owner, confronted by guests of his past and glimpses of his future on a chilly Christmas Eve. This modern-day A Christmas Carol adaption, directed by Mark A. Rhea, looks at one

DC Theatre Scene: AN IRISH CAROL 2018

[In Keegan’s An Irish Carol,] the Irish pub becomes purgatory and confessional, a place both of escape and a place one can call home. It’s a “carol” true enough, but one for 21st century adults. An Irish Carol was written by company member Matthew J. Keenan (who also designed a most authentic pub as set) and was

BroadwayWorld: AN IRISH CAROL 2018

Humbug’s my usual reaction when there’s yet another variation of “A Christmas Carol” on local stages this time of year. Can’t someone come up with an original idea for a Christmas play? No such complaints at The Keegan Theatre, where their response has been a sublime one, returning for its eighth season — a work

DC Metro Theater Arts: AS YOU LIKE IT

Adapted by the unparalleled Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery and directed by Cara Gabriel and Josh Sticklin, Keegan Theatre’s As You Like It brings something fresh, current and exhilarating to this age-old but timeless Shakespearean text. It’s not only because the play is a contemporary musical complete with modern music, creative dancing, and genius set design, but



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