Abbey Greenberg

Two one-acts successfully combine in `Blue Heart’

Caryl Churchill’s Blue Heart is a wonderful match of two one-act plays. The first, Heart’s Desire, plays on the element of surprise in narrative. The second of the set, Blue Kettle, pushes the barrier of language. Both one-acts succeed thanks to memorable acting and the inherent development present in Churchill’s writing. Heart’s Desire is extremely […]

Stroke 9 proves to be just another pop band

Take the fresh California sound of Eve 6, mature it a couple of years, and Stroke 9 is born. But, with its latest release, Nasty Little Thoughts (Universal Records), Stroke 9 fails to produce anything unique. The San Francisco-based rock band of Luke Esterkyn (lead vocals, guitar), John McDermott (lead guitar, vocals) and Greg Gueldner […]

West End Dinner Theatre offers excellent food and show

The genius of lyricist Stephen Sondheim and composer Leonard Bernstein comes across beautifully in the West End Dinner Theatre’s performance of West Side Story. And at this theater, you get more than just a show. The theater, located in Alexandria, Va., is a unique business – the actors, technicians and production staff are also the […]

Vertical Horizon promises to be another fleeting hit

Vertical Horizon’s latest release, Everything You Want (BMG), is a welcome follow-up to the band’s last release. The four-man band of vocalist Matthew Scannell, acoustic guitarist Keith Kane, bass guitarist Sean Hurley and drummer Ed Toth makes good on the pop-rock scene but doesn’t stray too far from the band’s music, which was ready for […]