Stage & Film articles

:  The exceptional party scene from La Traviata. Photo courtesy of Des Moines Metro Opera in a co-production with Virginia Opera

La Traviata: Beautiful, Young, Sexy and Dying

La Traviata: Beautiful, Young, Sexy and Dying

By Montague Gammon III What can you say about a beautiful young courtesan who dies? Well, oodles of folks have been saying – and singing and even dancing – quite a lot of things about one such star-crossed lass, variously named Marie/Marguerite/Camille/Violetta, since 1848. That’s when French novelist and playwright Alexandre Dumas turned out what

Kelly Cae Hogan also performed in Portland Opera's Salome

Opera Preview: Salome’s Last Dance?

  By Montague Gammon III Apocalypse turns operatic when the tale of King Herod’s stepdaughter Salomé comes to the Harrison Opera House clad in the raiments of the modern Middle East. While the original biblical story of John the Baptist’s murder isn’t about the end of the world, John did prophesy the end of an

Laurie Metcalf, in the role of Juliana, won wide acclaim and an Obie award, as well as garnering a Tony nomination when the show went to Broadway.

VA Stage Company: Puzzler of a Play

  By Montague Gammon III   Call The Other Place, the upcoming Virginia Stage Company production, a “thriller” or a “psychological thriller” or a “Hitchcock style psychological thrill ride” or the term director Chris Hanna likes best, “a puzzle play,” the script arrives bearing a host of good reviews, and the cast is earning high

Lucia Metzbauer of the Nautical Channel discovers Norfolk’s greatest asset – water.

Norfolk Spotlighted on Nautical Channel

By Larry Bonko Hello, 2015. I begin a new year of covering television with a question. Is Norfolk really “a blue-collar town constantly fighting for respect among more elite coastal communities.”? Lucia Metzbauer of the Nautical Channel thinks so. Those are her words. While visiting Norfolk last May to produce and host an hour-long special

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Crimes Against Nature: Seismic Testing and Proposed Drilling Off Virginia Beach

By Tench Phillips   I walk my dogs on many early mornings along the beach and often watch the bottlenose dolphins right offshore cavorting and playing in the waves. These peaceful and intelligent creatures who inhabit another world will soon be needlessly harmed by corporate and government powers unconcerned with their wellbeing. Nor with yours.