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Film Review : ZOOTOPIA Is a Delightful Disney Diversion

Film Review : ZOOTOPIA Is a Delightful Disney Diversion

By Film Critic Leslie Combemale aka Cinema Siren Cinema Siren tells us why as adults dealing with Washington politics, we might enjoy the delightful diversion of this latest Disney cartoon feature: About Cinema Siren: Leslie Combemale, aka Cinema Siren, is “guiding film lovers through a sea of celluloid” with the reviews and filmmaker interviews on her […]

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“The Lion” Roars at Arena Stage

“The Lion” Roars at Arena Stage

By Punch Contributor Lindsey Clark  From the moment Benjamin Scheuer walks onto the stage, there is something assuring about his presence. His smile is broad, his demeanor is warm, and there is a certain level of comfort in his tone. He’s in character as himself, and it’s a role that suits him well. As he takes his […]

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Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” at Ford’s Theatre

Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” at Ford’s Theatre

By Punch Contributor Lindsey Clark  Welcome to St. Louis: a place where sons seem to inherit the wandering ways of their fathers, daughters fear the world beyond the safety net of home, and mothers measure their worth in numbers of gentlemen callers. The Gateway City serves as the backdrop for renowned playwright Tennessee Williams‘ stunning play, The […]

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You Will Be Dancing in the Streets after Seeing “Motown The Musical” at National Theatre

You Will Be Dancing in the Streets after Seeing “Motown The Musical” at National Theatre

You will not be able to help yourself from moving and grooving to every sensational number sung and danced (even if abbreviated) at “Motown The Musical” which is being played at National Theatre now through January 3rd. As someone who didn’t have a clear understanding of the history behind legendary Berry Gordy and the entity of […]

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Oliver! Comes to Arena Stage

Oliver! Comes to Arena Stage

By Punch Contributor Lindsey Clark  As I take my seat in the Fichandler Stage at Arena for Oliver!, I notice one lone prop on stage that indicates to me that this will not be your standard production of the classic Charles Dickens story: a boom box. Gleaming under a single spotlight, the presence of this […]

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Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at The National Theatre

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at The National Theatre

By Punch Contributor Lindsey Clark  As far as fairy tales go, Cinderella is probably one of the most recognized and the most revered. The pauper-turned-princess story has literary origins spanning as far back as the 1600’s, but when theatre giants Rodgers and Hammerstein released it as a made-for-tv musical in 1957, (starring a certain Julie Andrews) theirs became the […]

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CityDance DREAM Program Recognized as One of the Country’s Top After-School Arts and Humanities Programs

CityDance DREAM Program Recognized as One of the Country’s Top After-School Arts and Humanities Programs

 Dance has an effect. You can take a shy student and give them confidence, you can make a child that doesn’t feel like they belong feel connected. Students who didn’t want to attend school or didn’t have a connection with their school want to go to school for what they get to participate in after […]

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Film Review : CAROL : The Lesbian Holiday Love Story You Didn’t Know You Needed

Film Review : CAROL : The Lesbian Holiday Love Story You Didn’t Know You Needed

By Film Critic Leslie Combemale aka Cinema Siren CAROL is the 1950s lesbian love story you didn’t know you needed. It stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as a socialite and store clerk who fall in love, despite societal challenges. What makes this Todd Haynes-directed film such a beautiful piece of Sirk-soaked cinema? Watch the Cinema […]

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Film Review : TRUMBO: If McCarthyism is the Danger, Cranston’s TRUMBO the Cure

Film Review : TRUMBO: If McCarthyism is the Danger, Cranston’s TRUMBO the Cure

By Film Critic Leslie Combemale aka Cinema Siren The face of character actor Bryan Cranston, though one of the most well known and respected character actors in Hollywood, will be forever emblazoned in our minds as Walter White of Breaking Bad.  That should be a flamboyant enough calling card to give him cart blanche for any […]

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“Winners and Losers” Leaves Things Open for Debate at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

“Winners and Losers” Leaves Things Open for Debate at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

By Punch Contributor Lindsey Clark  As Washingtonians gear up for what is sure to be an epically entertaining election season, there’s no doubt that regardless of what you believe and the way you vote, everyone loves a good debate. To that end, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company delivers a bout that would even impress the Donald with Winners […]

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Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End at Arena Stage

Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End at Arena Stage

By Punch Contributor Lindsey Clark  “God created man…but I could do better.”  – Erma Bombeck For a generation of women who were expected to do little more than keep house and raise children, the outspoken voice of columnist Erma Bombeck must have sent shockwaves through the households of her suburban readers in the 1960s. Disturbing the […]

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Film Review : “The Martian” : Making Science Sexy and Ridley Scott Successful?

Film Review : “The Martian” : Making Science Sexy and Ridley Scott Successful?

By Film Critic Leslie Combemale aka Cinema Siren “The Martian” tells the story of Mark Watney (Matt Damon) an astronaut accidentally left behind and forced to survive on the barren landscape of Mars. With striking visuals and compelling performances from both Matt Damon and the rest of the cast, does “The Martian” rescue its director […]

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