Babs The Dodo: World Premier of Dark Comedy from Washington Ensemble Theatre
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With music by ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Mamma Mia) and lyrics by Tim Rice (Evita), this musical drama involves a romantic triangle between two top players -- an American and a Russian -- and the woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Loosely based on the lives of chess grandmasters Bobby Fischer and Anatoly Karpov, the rock opera plays out against the Cold War struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union, with each wanting to win international tournaments for purposes of propaganda. It's an intriguing tale of romantic rivalries, cunning gamesmanship and political tensions. Time Magazine says that Chess has "one of the best rock scores ever produced." Learn More
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Upon leaving the theater, we felt that the acting and staging of this intriguing play outshone the script. It runs without intermission and we were not bored. Babs is a challenging play -- not in its emotional depth or its edginess. Rather, one...continued
From 3:00 to 5:30pm, millions of viewers tune in to “Babs Gillespie on the Home Shopping Network.” With a 14k heart of gold, dangly jewelry, Babs jingle jangles like the gem that she is. But this rare bird is about to become extinct because tomorrow she is getting fired. Will our favorite On-The-Air personality survive this mid-life crisis or will she get dumped in the clearance bin with the Magi Peel Vegetable Peeler? This deliriously dark comedy sets Babs in the sale of her life as she grasps for love, happiness and sparkle.