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PREVIEW: A Streetcar Named Desire

PREVIEW: A Streetcar Named Desire

By Montague Gammon III The grand reopening of the Virginia Stage Company’s newly renovated, historic Wells Theatre home in downtown Norfolk, January 20 at 6:30 p.m., features a ribbon cutting ceremony, local musicians and tours of the facility, followed by a new production of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning 1947 play, A Streetcar Named Desire.

PREVIEW: A Christmas Carol

By Montague Gammon III Virginia Stage Company’s Associate Producer (and long time Assistant Artistic Director) Patrick Mullins, who directs the 2016 restaging of VSCs’ annual, family-friendly production of A Christmas Carol, took some time between directing his own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and the opening of the same author’s Christmas Carol to answer

The Z Breaks Ground, Plan B Resident Comedy

By Jim Roberts The Zeiders American Dream Theater opened a temporary performance space in Virginia Beach Town Center in 2015 and has quietly been building its reputation in the shadow of the 10-year-old Sandler Center, which is literally steps away. The musical “Love, Always” made its world premiere at “the Z” in July before moving

BROADWAY: Rent Still Going Strong after 20 Years

By Jerome Langston It’s pretty fascinating to witness the return of Rent into our current politically polarized and media obsessed Zeitgeist. The rock musical, a loose adaption of Puccini’s La Bohème, was one of the defining theatrical phenomenons of the nineties, winning both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for Best Musical in 1996.

Carnival Capers at Virginia Opera

By Montague Gammon III A wildly madcap, vividly colorful, gleefully and respectfully updated and “especially Spanish” production of Rossini’s ever popular Barber of Seville comes to the Harrison Opera House as Virginia Opera’s second production of the current Season, trailing its praises behind it. Gioachino Rossini’s 1816 rom-com farce of disguises, romance, subterfuge, courtship, wealth,

LOCAL THEATER: Silence Goes Generic

By Jim Roberts   “I’ve done some vulgar stuff,” Shon M. Stacy mused after directing a rehearsal of “Silence! The Musical.” “This will top it.” The off-Broadway show is billed as the “unauthorized” parody of “The Silence of the Lambs,” the 1991 film that won five Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best

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