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Greenbelt – The Art Deco Utopia

GreenbeltTheatreGREENBELT – “Beyond these houses, the elm-beset meadows ended in a fringe of tall willows, while on the right hand went the tow-path and a clear space before a row of trees, which rose up behind huge and ancient, the ornaments of a great park.” So writes William Morris in “News from Nowhere,” a late 1800s novel describing a utopia dedicated to living in harmony with nature. Living in planned utopias blending human society with nature was a common theme then and continues to the present day, and many planners have attempted to put this goal into practice.

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Funny things happened on the way to Bowie

Pretty Little Picture Funny Thing Happened ForumBOWIE – The variety of dinner theater experiences is my subject in mid-April, as dinner theaters offer diverse experiences in our environs. Moving from west to east, we start in Frederick and end in Prince George’s County. 

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Circus with a heart at National Harbor

Ringmaster Ty c Maike Schulz previewOXON HILL – “The dust of distant travel, exotic animals, peanuts and popcorns, and acrobats and clowns in flashy costumes. Such are flip-card views of the world of the circus, a staple of Americana.” So I wrote a week ago in these pages, anticipating my visit to Big Apple Circus at National Harbor. Big Apple, which hails as its name suggests from New York and is celebrating its 40th year, a circus with a heart.

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Sea surges and swells in ‘Sadko’ opera

Sadko 2SILVER SPRING – “The ocean foamed, and from the white billows rose the visage of the great King of the Sea, crowned in weeds of his watery kingdom,” writes the poet Heine. England, Greece, and even Germany (home to Heine) all have their great poetry of the sea. Such art of the maritime is presented in Russian music in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera “Sadko,” performed at Silver Spring’s Randolph Road Theatre during performances in March.

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The Gospel at Colonus' message of acceptance is timely in today’s political climate

Avant Bard 2018 The Gospel at Colonus 07ARLINGTON, VA – The Gospel at Colonus is onstage at the Gunston Arts Center in Arlington through March 25th and is the African-American inspired version of Sophocles’ tragedy, “Oedipus at Colonus.”

An Avant Bard production, the musical, a mixture of gospel revival, Greek tragedy, and soulful Motown revue, was a finalist for the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and won the 1984 Obie Award for Best Musical. In today’s political climate, with its anti-refugee policies, this 30-year-old's production is timely and relevant.

Directed and choreographed by Sandra L. Holloway, based on original direction by Jennifer Nelson, the show dramatically conjures up the pathos of Oedipus, the tragic king in Greek mythology who ruled over the city of Thebes.

The son of King Laius and Queen Jocasta, Oedipus unknowingly fulfills a prophecy by killing his father, marrying his mother and having four children with her. The result is disastrous for his city and family.

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