Posted May 17th, 2012 by nosidekick

Unlike other cultural critics, we tape our post-performance reviews on the spot…in the theater bathroom. Unconventional but immediate.

Our Black Tile Rating:

Four Black Squares – Great, so pull out your cash and buy a ticket today!

Three Black Squares – Reserve your seats for Saturday!

Two Black Squares – Save it for a matinee!

One Black Tile – What a klunker!

Stone Age Recreation at Studio Theatre as part of the Capital Fringe Festival

Produced by Tyler Budde’s Apron Theatre Co. What if we were cavemen? And what if the beast was dead, the food was fresh and there was nothing left to fear but man himself? Experience this totally live, musical adventure as we wonder about the beginning of mankind.


Language of the Land at Gala Theatre as part of the Capital Fringe Festival

Language From the Land is a creative community residency born out of the people, history, and geography that blend to create “place.” During this experience, a community of diverse participants work with Dance Exchange artists to create a performance built from movement and text drawing on the participants’ personal stories and recollections of the place in which they work, go to school, or make their home.

Trial By Jury at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church as part of the Capital Fringe Festival

Pop culture collides with stodgy British Jurisprudence in this year’s Victorian Lyric Opera Company entry in the Capital Fringe Festival this July, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury.A showboating judge, a rich playboy, a famous actress, and her Harvard lawyer face off in Britain’s first televised courtroom case in this modern take on the Gilbert & Sullivan classic.


Bachelorette at Studio Theatre

Ten years out of high school, three unhappy friends celebrate a classmate’s wedding with a purse full of pills, acid wit, and a few eager men. A comic and lacerating look at toxic friendships and other lifelong commitments. Listen to our review.


The Avengers at the Uptown

Marvel Studios presents ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’—the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Listen to our review.


Sucker Punch at Studio Theatre

Two black teenagers step into the boxing ring and must face who they are—champions or sell outs? Kinetic, comedic, and emotionally bruising, Williams’s masterwork blasts open the experience of being young, black, and ambitious in 1980s London. Listen to our review.


God of Carnage at Signature Theatre

Two upper-middle-class Brooklyn couples meet to discuss an incident of playground violence between their sons. Though the evening begins with polite pleasantries, it quickly descends into primal madness as tempers flare, loyalties shift and the parents devolve into children. Like last season’s Art, Reza ferociously and hilariously strips her affluent, over-achieving characters down to their savage core. Listen to our review.



Hairspray at Signature Theatre

When she wins a coveted spot on “The Corny Collins Show,” Baltimore’s most popular teen dance program, the high school loser with the big heart, big personality and big hair proves everyone wrong and becomes a local TV celebrity. It seems like Tracy will have it all – the eye of heartthrob Link Larkin, the Miss Teenage Hairspray crown, even a modeling gig with Mr. Pinky’s Hefty Hideaway. Listen to our review.