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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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Paper Dolls

  People have called Paper Dolls “a play with music.” It’s also been billed as a “karaoke musical.”  We have 20 people coming to see the show in two different groups, so please continue the conversation of this titillating and thought-provoking show by addressing any of the following questions and sharing your reflections.    

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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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