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Polonius is a bit of Joy coming from this production of Hamlet

Joy Robert lo res copyRobert Joy stars as Polonius in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s upcoming production of “Hamlet.” COURTESY PHOTOWilliam Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” which many consider the greatest play in the English language, of course focuses on the title character. Hamlet returns from university after the sudden death of his father, the King of Denmark, to find his uncle now on the throne married to his mother – and encounters his father’s ghost who reveals he was murdered and urges Hamlet to take revenge.

But the play is rich in other complex characters, including Polonius. Adviser to the current king, as he was to the late monarch, Polonius is also the father of Ophelia, Hamlet’s erstwhile love interest, and Laertes, who was Hamlet’s friend.

Polonius gives us a famous speech, which appears fatuous on the surface, yet offers such wisdom as: “This above all: to thine own self be true.”

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Women’s Voices ring clear in upcoming Theater Festival

Saviana Stanescu Julia ChoSaviana Stanescu, photo credit: Jody Christopherson; Julia Cho, photo credit: Jennie WarrenMoira Buffini pits Margaret Thatcher against Queen Elizabeth in “Handbagged,” produced by Round House Theatre.

A former Romanian dictator and his wife reappear as vampires haunting a mail-order bride in “Waxing West,” produced by 4615 Theatre Company.

And in “Aubergine,” produced by Olney Theatre Center, a young French-trained Korean chef tries to find a common language with his father. 

These three Montgomery County theaters are among the 25 venues presenting works by female playwrights in January and February – as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival.

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Local student enters national voice competition

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amandagallerymain RRAcademy of the Holy Cross senior and aspiring opera singer Amanda Primosch will compete in January at the 37th annual National YoungArts Week in Miami. COURTESY PHOTOBETHESDA — A Montgomery County student is one of 21 finalists who will perform in a national art competition next month. 

Amanda Primosch, an aspiring opera singer and senior at the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, will compete at the 37th annual National YoungArts Week, held in Miami Jan. 7 through Jan. 14. The competition is put on by the National YoungArts Foundation, which presents awards to high school students around the country in a variety of creative and performing arts disciplines. 

“I actually used to be terrified to sing in front of other people,” said Primosch, who serves as president of AHC's Madrigal Singers, as she explained how her sister – who is four years older– was the reason she got into singing.

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Juggling and ballet at Strathmore equal harmony

Screen shot 2017-02-08 at 3.16.16 AMGandini Juggling performed both ballet and juggling in their act. COURTESY PHOTO

BETHESDA — At Strathmore, Gandini Juggling, a British juggling group held a performance titled “4x4: Ephemeral Architectures.”

Juggling and ballet, two traditionally separate art forms, were combined to create a performance of both balance and precision as a live orchestral ensemble timed music to each movement.

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Davis honors musicians

BETHESDA – Local musicians are set to perform at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club Friday in the first annual Thanks for the Memories concert to honor 67 world-famous musicians who died in 2015.

Gone but never forgotten is the theme of the tribute, as top musical artists in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area come together to pay homage to these artists.

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