Author Archives: Jim

Scottsboro Boys

Scottsboro Boys

You may want to read the review of the Signature production in DCTheatreScene by Susan Galbraith https://dctheatrescene.com/2018/06/01/review-the-scottsboro-boys-at-signature-theatre/ Susan wrote in her review, “Signature Theatre and its own “Scottsboro boys” have given us a musical for our times.  Smart. Searing. Dangerous. Funny. Provocative.” But before you weigh in on agreeing or not with her assessment, maybe

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Shining Brow

“One doesn’t go to Urban Arias expecting masterpieces. The whole adventure is about sharing in Founder and Artistic Director Robert Wood’s risk-taking in mounting new or almost new operatic works. The shows selected are always smart and (blessedly) short. The production values are always good, as they are here in Shining Brow. There are high-caliber singers, and

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In the Heights

What a line up we have for our 8th Season of Live & About!  And what better way to kick off the season than with the already sold- out, break-out show by the man who has taken Broadway by storm for his Hamilton, winning accolades from critics and colleagues alike. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights

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Parade

In the writing and portrayal of the character of Leo Frank, are we meant  at any time to suspect that he might have committed the crimes he’s accused of and then convicted, and if so why? Why did the creators choose to insert the chain gang scene that so powerfully grabbed the audience’s attention in

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Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking

  Sister Helen with Susan on opening night at the WNO ———————————— Question 1 – On Character As we go on this journey with the young nun, Sister Helen, what does she mean when she describes it as one both to her Christ and to herself? And does she ever believe Joseph De Rocher is fully

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Titanic

Titanic

This past week, twenty people participated in Alliance’s Live & About to take in Signature Theatre in pre-opening performances of Titanic, the Musical. We began our post-performance conversation in the theatre lobby, joined by Director Eric Schaeffer, where he generously shared time with us despite opening that evening. My thoughts below. Won’t you join me

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Urinetown

Urinetown is our second outing of our 2016-2017 season. We have a total of 23 participants joining the Alliance for two performances.Composer and Artistic Associate Maurice Saylor led off our first discussion. Board Member Melinda Murray will lead the second discussion. We invite you to blog your experience. It informs and benefits our group, the

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Protest Performances

Václav Havel’s PROTEST Presented by Alliance for New Music-Theatre Protest exposes a society that spies on its citizens and the thin line between acquiescence and culpability, between comedy and creepy terror. Upcoming performances of Protest at Florida International University in Miami  Friday December 7, 2018. The production is designed to acknowledge the courage and the camaraderie

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Blackberry Daze

We started Live & About’s seventh season throwing our own “opening night” party with friends at Metro Stage.  Following the performance and joined by several others from the audience, there was lively discussion about issues relating to the play. It was clear the work touched many personally. It proved once again that the life of

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