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“Antony and Cleopatra” Sizzles at Folger Theatre

Posted on | October 17, 2017 | No Comments

By Sara Dudley Brown, Theatre Editor

A moment of flirtatious play between Mark Antony (Cody Nickell) and his Cleopatra (Shirine Babb) in the epic tale of “Antony and Cleopatra”. Photo by Teresa Wood

“Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.” Can you name the Shakespeare play from which this quote originated? Yes, right you are, “Antony and Cleopatra.” It was so lovely to hear it during a beautiful and moving performance of  William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” at The Folger Theatre in Washington, DC. It is considered by many to be the most romantic of Shakespeare’s plays, and Antony and Cleopatra to be the greatest lovers in history. And it doesn’t disappoint. Read more

“An Act of God” at Signature Theatre is Heaven Sent. Well…Maybe

Posted on | October 14, 2017 | No Comments

By Sara Dudley Brown, Theatre Editor

Tom Story (God), Jamie Smithson (Gabriel) and Evan Casey (Michael) in “An Act of God” at Signature Theatre. Photo by Margot Schulman.

 Move over, “Book of Mormon”, “An Act of God” is coming for you! To say “An Act of God” is irreverent is a gross understatement; and please know if you go, your sensibilities will be put on notice. Check them at the door.

Let’s do a comparison.

”Book of Mormon”, funny and totally irreverent. “An Act of God”, brilliantly biting wit, 75 minutes of side-splitting hilarity, also totally irreverent AND it has Tom Story, actor extraordinaire and seven-time Helen Hayes Award nominee. Sorry, any other show of this ilk, this tops you all. But wait, how about God? Is he good? Oh, yes! He’s a wonderful actor. But is He kind and nice and loving? Lord, no! Read more

One of the Nation’s Top Steeplechase Events Returns on Oct. 28

Posted on | October 13, 2017 | No Comments

International Gold Cup races are a fall favorite event

The Gold Cup is a Virginia tradition dating back to 1930. Photo by Rick Stillings. 

Thundering hooves, fancy parties, lavish tailgate spreads, more than 45,000 fans and spectacular fall scenery will all be part of the upcoming 80th running of the International Gold Cup on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va. (5089 Old Tavern Rd., The Plains, Va., 20198). It is the largest steeplechase event in the mid-Atlantic and one of the largest in the country—and one of the few to feature sanctioned pari-mutuel wagering. Read more

Alexandria, Va Man’s Family Loses Home in Puerto Rico and He Uses His IT Expertise to Help

Posted on | October 13, 2017 | No Comments

How Ricardo Alfaro is Rebuilding Island’s Telecommunications

By Katie Cook

“Something is falling outside on the house!”  Those were the last words that Ricardo and Dorianne Alfaro heard from her family in Puerto Rico before the line went dead.

Ricardo Alfaro on the roof of the Puerto Rico Governor’s mansion while working as IT Director for the Office of the Governor. Courtesy photo.

When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on September 20 it battered the island for 30 straight hours killing 34 people and causing $90 billion in damages.  95% of the island lost power including hospitals.  Read more

“Drumming with Dishes” is just Plain Fun

Posted on | October 9, 2017 | No Comments

By Sara Dudley Brown, Theatre Editor

Julia Klavans (Friend) and Malinda Kathleen Reese (Girl)
Photo by Christopher Mueller

When I see a show that makes  me want to run home, get out my pots and pans and joyously drum on them with my wooden spoons and then turn cartwheels and do somersaults on the carpet, I know something extraordinary has just happened. If you are a parent or grandparent of little people who are ages 2-5, gather them up and take them to a delightful theatre run by Arts on the Horizon in the Lab Theatre at Convergence in Alexandria, Va. There is a room for play pre-theatre and an inviting space in which families can sit with their toddlers around the stage so the little guys can get their first taste of interactive theatre close up. Plus, there is a parking lot nearby. Read more

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