F.C.’s Creative Cauldron Scores Pair of Helen Hayes Winners

May 15, 2017 11:22 PM0 comments

Falls Church’s Creative Cauldron acting performance institution further secured its regional reputation Monday night with Helen Hayes Award wins in two major acting categories. Winning as the Best Lead Actress in a Musical was Iyona Blake and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical was Tiara Whaley, both for their performances […]

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Press Pass: The Family Crest

May 11, 2017 3:41 PM0 comments

The seven-person ensemble, The Family Crest, made a stop at Washington, D.C.’s Rock & Roll Hotel on Tuesday following the release of the first of a series of EPs, Prelude to War, in late April. Vocalist, guitarist and headman Liam McCormick caught up with the News-Press to talk about the […]

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Guest Post: Rhada Vatsal

May 5, 2017 2:07 PM0 comments

By J. Roslyn Rhada Vatsal is the author of two highly rated historical novels set in New York City during the years leading up to America entering World War I: A Front Page Affair and Murder Between the Lines. We have reviewed both books, here. We asked Ms. Vatsal why she chose […]

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Book Review: “A Front Page Affair”

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By J. Roslyn Although World War I raged in Europe starting in 1914, the United States did not declare war on Germany until April 6, 1917. As we enter into the centennial anniversary of America’s involvement in that war, historical novels, such as Radha Vatsal’s excellent, debut novel, A Front Page […]

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Book Review: “Murder Between the Lines”

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By J. Roslyn In her second Kitty Weeks novel, Murder Between The Lines, Rhada Vatsal again takes us back to the 1910s, a tumultuous time in U.S. history, where women are demanding the long promised right to vote, and, as World War I bloodies Europe, the American government and defense industries […]

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Book Review: “Papaya Sunset”

May 3, 2017 12:24 PM0 comments

By J. Roslyn Robert E. Schiller, a life-long and highly sought-after public education administrator now serving as the interim superintendent of the Falls Church, Virginia, public schools, knows basketball, and in “Papaya Sunset,” he manages to draw the reader into the excitement of a close game, a last minute basket, […]

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Kelly AuCoin of “The Americans” Reflects on Local History

April 20, 2017 3:42 PM0 comments

By Lois Elfman One of the hottest shows on television today, The Americans, has a distinct connection to the city of Falls Church. Set in the 1980s during the Reagan era, the drama follows the lives and intrigues of KGB spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, who “the center” placed in […]

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Creative Cauldron Presents “Kaleidoscope”

April 11, 2017 10:43 AM0 comments

Creative Cauldron announced the world premiere of “Kaleidoscope,” a new musical written by Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith, starring Broadway’s Florence Lacey. The production is Conner and Smith’s third installment in Creative Cauldron’s “Bold New Works for Intimate Stages” five-year commissioning project, following Helen Hayes Awards recommended productions of […]

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Review: “Silent Child” by Sarah A. Denzil

April 8, 2017 7:55 PM0 comments

By J. Roslyn Sarah Denzil has written a fast-paced thriller that challenges what we believe about English village life. Using crisp, focused writing that avoids unnecessary verbiage and tiresome cliches, Denzil takes us on a rollercoaster ride that is impossible to stop until it reaches the end. The protagonist, Emma, […]

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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Takes the Stage

April 5, 2017 10:12 AM0 comments

Three of the mechanicals in a scene from McLean Community Players’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream: (L-R) Francis Flute as Thisbe (David Adler), Tom Snout as Wall (Michael Gerwin), and Nick Bottom as Pyramus (Tom Flatt). (Photo: Irish Eyes Photography by Toby)

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