About Brian Bochicchio

Brian Bochicchio is a transplanted New Yorker who has degrees in English and Communications. He been involved in community theater for the past 30 years on stage behind the scenes and doing voice overs.

Theatre Review #2: ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Photo by Joe Williams.

The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a biting, dark comedy that makes quite a splash – most of it crimson. It is a theater event that needs to be fully experienced with all senses ablaze rather than merely describing it here. The production is indeed that visceral; a shockingly violent show that masterfully weaves in themes […]

Theatre Review: ‘Xanadu’ by the Reston Community Players

Evie Korovesis and cast. Photo by Traci J. Brooks Studio.

Xanadu rolls into the Reston Community Center this month as a cheeky time capsule of one of my favorite decades… the 80s. 1980 to be precise. Big hair, spandex, phones with wires on them, and glitter. Artistically, it was a time of experimentation and wild special effects. There was a ‘why not’ disposition when the […]

Theatre Review: ‘Proof’ at the Little Theatre of Alexandria

Elizabeth Keith as Claire and Anna Fagan as Catherine. Photo by Matt Liptak.

If thoughts of high school calculus make you cringe, and words like quadratic, derivative, and exponential polynomial make your eyes glaze over, fear not.  Advance prep and number 2 pencils are not required to enjoy the bravura performance of Proof, at Little Theatre of Alexandria. The show is an examination of Catherine (Anna Fagan), a young […]

Theatre Review: ‘Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins’ at 1st Stage Theatre

Lee Mikeska Gardner. Photo by Teresa Castracane.

You know its coming. You wait for it with nervous expectation. Your ears tingle in readiness as you listen to her reluctant music collaborator and friend, Cosme McMoon, sitting in a 1940s jazz club, reminiscing about his days playing for the fabled iconoclast performer Florence Jenkins. He softly tickles his baby grand as he brings […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Shakespeare Theatre Company

Vanessa Morosco as Gwendolen and Gregory Wooddell as Jack. Photo by Scott Suchman.

The Shakespeare Theatre has saved us from a dreadfully unbecoming winter of single digit desolation by bringing us Oscar Wilde’s self-described ‘trivial’ ode to language: The Importance Of Being Earnest. Think Downton Abbey with a lighter tone and no unpleasant deaths. …a delight to the eye, ear, and mind.  The show, already a theatre classic, […]

Theatre Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ by the Little Theatre of Alexandria

Valerie Chamness as Ghost of Christmas Past. Photo by Eddy Roger Parker.

The patterns that we fall into every holiday season are insidiously familiar.  With Thanksgiving as the starting gate, we end our fall events and the “Holidays” come. Along with radio jingles and harsher weather, come the traditions that are just… there. They arrive without us realizing it. One of the most traditional is Charles Dickens’s […]

Theatre Review: ‘Noises Off’ at 1st Stage Theatre

Kate Karczewski, Zachary Fernebok and Blair Bowers. Photo by Teresa Castracane.

The quintessential theatre-lover’s play, Noises Off arrives at 1st Stage Theatre in Tysons as distinctly fun escapist fare for the holiday season. It is loaded with F’s…frantic, frolicking, and farcical. Also a humongous F-bomb from the exasperated director of this fictional third rate acting troupe, who at the final dress rehearsal yells “just say your […]

Theatre Review: ‘Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave’ at the Hub Theatre

Hedy Hosford and Andrew Ferlo as Orphan Girl and Hardboiled Man. Photo by Melissa Blackall.

Be prepared to be hit by and possibly Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave.  Hub Theatre’s imaginative presentation of Canadian playwright David Yee’s new play is a theme-based evening consisting of a series of vignettes, the common thread being the catastrophic 2004 Pacific Tsunami. In one of the most devastating natural disasters ever […]

Theatre Review: ‘Les Miserables’ at Riverside Center Dinner Theatre

David Michael Felty and Thomas Adrian Simpson. Photo courtesy of Riverside Dinner Theatre.

Recalling the wise words of a director I worked with in my formative years, he once intoned “I wish theatre groups not take on Man of La Mancha unless they are prepared to do it right.” His reverence for La Mancha with its sweeping, majestic vocals and themes of imagination, sacrificial love, and redemption was evident. […]

Concert Review: ‘A Tribute to R & H and ALW Concert’ at Reston Community Players

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A Tribute to R & H and ALW Concert is both a mouthful and a collection of some of the most beloved songs crafted by these composers. Performed by the Reston Community Players in a grand cabaret setting, it is an absorbing mélange of  music and voice.  RCP operates out of the town’s Community Center in […]

Theatre Review: ‘The 39 Steps’ at NextStop Theatre

Emily Levey as Pamela. Photo by Rebekah Purcell.

The premiere production of NextStop Theatre unveiled this past weekend, with the uproariously enjoyable sendup, The 39 Steps. NextStop is the new incarnation of Elden Street Players, a bastion of quality theatre that has reorganized and taken the plunge into professional theatre—making them the first of its type in the Herndon-Dulles corridor of Virginia. The […]

Theatre Review: ‘Miss Saigon’ at Signature Theatre

Diana Huey plays the Vietnamese bargirl Kim. Photo by Christopher Mueller.

Signature Theatre’s ambitious forays into extravaganza theatre continue as Miss Saigon whirls into town. But just like a first love that you meet years later, the second time around can sometimes not live up to the initial billing. Miss Saigon, the ‘90s sensation on Broadway, is really a clash of genres. Conceived by the creative […]

Music Review: ‘Steven Walker: Going Solo’ at Signature Theatre

Steven Walker

Signature Theatre’s Sizzling Summer Cabaret is an opportunity to spotlight some of Signature artists and area performers in the cool confines of its smaller, cozy venue. Dropping in on a Wednesday evening I took in Steven Walker, in essentially a one man show,  Steven Walker: Going Solo. Walker has been an area artist in the […]

Theatre Review: ‘A Few Good Men’ at Keegan Theatre

Michael Innocenti and Maboud Ebrahimzadeh. Photo by C Stanley Photography.

Take a heinous and tragic death and followup military intervention, infuse it with a steady supply of testosterone, and we get a show that invokes our own moral code of what and who the military is fighting for. Set apart from its Hollywood interpretation, The Keegan Theatre’s A Few Good Men written by Alan Sorkin is a […]