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Posted on | May 1, 2017 | No Comments

Documenting A Search for Healing from the Vietnam War

By Kris Gilbertson

Margot Carlson Delogne’s father, Capt. John W. Carlson, was an Air Force pilot shot down near Bien Hoa, Vietnam, on December 7, 1966. Margot was two years old. “The only things I thought about that country were pretty much, I hate it because they killed my father, and I’m never, ever going there,” she says. “I grew up like that, focused on what I had lost.”

When she got older, Margot started thinking about how her father had dropped bombs on people, and that there was another side to this, that there must be a daughter like herself, in Vietnam, who lost her dad. She wondered about how that woman grew up, what she felt, and how she explained what happened to herself and her children.

Poster for the The 2 Sides Project: The Film, premiering at the GI Film Festival in Washington, DC, on May 25, 2017. (Scot Howard — www.DigitalButterfly.com)

In March 2015, Margot heard a story on NPR about two sides that had come together to fight the closing of a plant. “They’d been really opposed to each other but came together for this common purpose and got it done,” she says. “I remember getting to work that day thinking, I’ve got to get a start on this.”

Delogne is Vice President of Corporate Communications for Patients Like Me, a website for people living with chronic medical conditions. She reached out to her wide network, explaining that she wanted to take Gold Star sons and daughters to Vietnam to visit the sites where their fathers died and to meet with their Vietnamese counterparts. She called it The 2 Sides Project; she had no idea how to proceed. Read more

Del Ray Players to Host First Great Del Ray Poetry Slam in June

Posted on | May 23, 2017 | No Comments

Reprinted by Sara Dudley Brown, Theatre Editor

Alexandria, Va., May 22, 2017 — Local poets are invited to perform their original verse at the first Great Del Ray Poetry Slam, 8pm, Saturday, June 24 at Fireflies, 1501 Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood. Read more

“Jesus Christ Superstar” Nailed by Signature’s Bold New Production

Posted on | May 22, 2017 | No Comments

By Sara Dudley Brown, Theatre Editor

Nicholas Edwards (Jesus) and Natascia Diaz (Mary Magdalene) in “Jesus Christ Superstar” at Signature Theatre through July 2, 2017
Photo by C. Stanley Photography

This production of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1973 Broadway show of “Jesus Christ Superstar” should be the definitive version produced anywhere—anytime! Boom.  If you liked the 1970 rock opera concept album and/or the 1973 movie, you will LOVE this staging and casting.  If you didn’t like it then, this production might not change your mind, but you will, I think, appreciate the resources and the innovative thinking on the parts of the director, Joe Calarco, the scenic designer, Luciana Stecconi (the striking must-see set truly sets the tone for this piece), and the energetic intensity of choreographer, Karma Camp.  This is an intriguing, stunning show!  Read more

“Kaleidoscope,” An Intriguing Musical Tale of Alzheimer’s and a Life Well Lived

Posted on | May 15, 2017 | No Comments

By Sara Dudley Brown, Theatre Reviewer

Evelyn Thorne (Florence Lacey)
Photo by Keith Waters, Kx Photography

Creative Cauldron is doing our community a wonderful service by sponsoring this new work, “Kaleidoscope,” a beautiful and tenderly produced new musical by Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith. Why, you say?  Well, I’ll tell you.  A real-life star, Florence Lacey, who replaced Patti Lupone in “Evita” on Broadway in 1979, (and who, let me hasten to say, is still a powerhouse singer and marvelous actress) brought the idea of  writing a musical about Alzheimer’s to Matt and Stephen.  She wanted to do something based on her own experience with a close relative who had dementia and she wanted it set in Florence Lacey’s world of the theatre.  Her insight into a world she knows so well sets up the story poignantly, but not in a sad, or dirge-like way.  The music in this show is lovely, lively, and beautifully performed by three additional superb singers/actors.  I am well acquainted with this disease because of a relative who is currently suffering from it.  Matt and Stephen write beautifully and correctly about a long and interesting life lived almost completely in bright theatre lights, just as those lights are beginning to go out. Read more

“MASTER CLASS” AND ILONA DULASKI BRING A COMPLEX MARIA CALLAS TO LIFE

Posted on | May 12, 2017 | No Comments

Maria Callas (Ilona Dulaski) and her younger self
Photo by Chris Banks

By Sara Dudley Brown, Theatre Editor

Have you ever attended a master class in voice? Well, those classes you remember may not be exactly along the same lines as the one you will witness at Metrostage’s “Master Class.”  This intriguing play is based on the 12 actual classes Maria Callas taught at the Julliard School in New York City in 1971.  I remember her doing them, having just recently graduated from a conservatory of music myself.  But this is not your Barbara Cook or Renee Fleming master class!  It is an inside look at the teaching methods, such as they were, of the most exciting, intimidating, maddening, and thrilling opera singer of her day – and possibly our day, too, were she still alive.  It’s an intense and sometimes difficult play to watch in terms of Callas’ erratic behavior, but it has its own rewards and as it unfolds you will be treated to a remarkable story of an artist like none other! Read more

GARRY TALLENT: LET THE BASS MAN SING

Posted on | May 12, 2017 | No Comments

The guy who gave Bruce Springsteen his deep end from day one finally gets his solo turn. 

By Steve Houk

When Garry Tallent and his family moved to Neptune City, New Jersey in 1964, something really big happened.

Tallent knew no one when he arrived, so it was kinda hard to make connections. But since he had dabbled in music as a kid, beginning with the tuba (yes that’s him on “Wild Billy’s Circus Story”), he could find somewhere to fit in. So he eventually dropped the big horn and picked up a guitar, and hooked up with some scruffy new musician friends, guys like not-quite-Miami Steven Van Zandt, not-yet-Mad-Dog Vini Lopez, not-quite-Southside Johnny Lyon, and a Jersey rat sorta kid from nearby Freehold named Bruce. Read more

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