Mason High Production of ‘Spamalot’ Hits It Out of Park

November 20, 2017 12:22 PM0 comments

The George Mason High School theater department’s production of “Spamalot,” a spoof based on the Monty Python works, knocked it out of the park in its final of three performances before a sold out audience at the GMHS auditorium Saturday night. Seasoned observers say it was one of the two best musical […]

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Press Pass: Barb Wire Dolls

October 27, 2017 4:30 PM0 comments

In a musical era where electronically produced sounds constitute a majority of the most popular songs, Grecian classic/punk rock band, Barb Wire Dolls, takes a sledgehammer to that standard with their homage to a time when guitar riffs and raw vocals corralled crowds. With an upcoming visit to Washington, D.C. […]

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Creative Cauldron’s ‘The Mistress Cycle’ Tells Intricate Tale to Start New Season

October 13, 2017 10:00 AM0 comments

The inaugural production of the Falls Church theater group Creative Cauldron’s 2017-18 season is the Washington D.C.-area debut of the musical “The Mistress Cycle,” the story of four diverse historical figures linked by a commonality – they were all mistresses – and a woman in the present who relies on […]

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Press Pass: Shovels & Rope

September 29, 2017 4:50 PM0 comments

The array of jovial and sober tunes American folk music possesses tap into a part of our nation’s culture that either enliven or prompt reflection among its listeners in a way few other genres can engender. Charleston-based husband and wife duo Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst make up Shovels […]

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1st Stage’s ‘Jesus Hopped the A Train’ Sends Message on Religion’s Role in Life

September 15, 2017 3:15 PM0 comments

1st Stage Theater kicked off its 2017-18 season with a contemplative and immersive showing of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train,” a play that highlights the ugliest aspects of prison life and most authentic manifestations of human nature. Following the impassioned shooting of a religious cult leader, Angel […]

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Press Pass: Selwyn Birchwood

September 1, 2017 2:10 PM0 comments

As the News-Press learned earlier in the summer with Mud Morganfield, the blues are more than just a musical genre – they’re a way of life. To play them, you have to have ‘em, and that lesson is all the more apparent to blues musicians like Selwyn Birchwood, who will […]

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Press Pass: Paula Boggs Band

August 4, 2017 12:25 PM0 comments

Music can serve as either the subtle, supportive bass line or the guitar-guided melody in anyone’s life at varying times. For Paula Boggs, leading woman of the aptly named “Soulgrass” group the Paula Boggs band, the singer and songwriter shared with the New-Press how reconnecting with her musical roots gave […]

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1st Stage Theater in Tysons Does Big Shows in Concealed, Bite-Sized Space

July 14, 2017 2:12 PM0 comments

Hidden gems often gleam more intensely once they’re unearthed. That holds true for the signless and sequestered 1st Stage Theater in Tysons, where vibrant performances on the inside are masked by its location in an unassuming strip mall. The theater’s sleepy setting is a product of its infancy. Founding artistic […]

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F.C.’s Butler Featured in D.C. Fringe Festival Production July 13-16

July 7, 2017 4:42 PM0 comments

Falls Church’s Miles Butler, a 2010 graduate of George Mason High School, is a featured performer in a Capital Fringe Festival production of Shinka in its world premiere. It is a dance and theater work by Ren Gyo Soh that “explores the mystery of living beings.” In a press release it […]

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F.C. Filmmaker Finishes Long Journey To Release 1st Feature-Length Movie

1:45 PM0 comments

With the release of Torasu Productions’ first feature-length film “Canned Hunt” just around the corner, the company’s founder and the film’s director/creative mind, Falls Church’s J. Michael Whalen, shared some insights into how the project finally came to fruition and what audiences should expect from the Little City-centric production. Whalen’s […]

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