About Brian Bochicchio

Brian Bochicchio is a transplanted New Yorker who has made his second home in Virginia. He holds degrees in English and Communications and enjoys his first love of theatre by engaging in the abundance of talent in this area. He been involved in regional and community theater for the past 30 years--on stage, behind the scenes and doing voice overs.

Theatre Review: ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ at GMU

The cast of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Photo by Beth Rado.

It’s not often that the pre show announcement states, “Ladies and Gentlemen, please turn on your mobile devices.” With the addition of social media technology and fine visual projection work, George Mason University’s theatre department presents the musical mystery thriller The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Actually, the show cries out for such touches. An inventive musical […]

Cabaret Review: ‘Signature Sisters’ at Signature Theatre

Sherri L. Edelen, Susan Derry, Florrie Bagel.  Photos courtesy of Signature Theatre.

A half-lit room, small tables with people murmuring pre-show whispers sipping drinks, a mature, knowing crowd…with a little aroma of smoke and without the AC vents, I could picture myself in Soho basement nitespot, taking in the ten o’clock set. Yet I found myself buried in the inner sanctum of  Signature Theatre in Arlington, taking […]

Theatre Review: ‘Elmer Gantry’ at Signature Theatre

Mary Kate Morrissey (Sharon Falconer), Nova Y. Payton (Mary Washington), and Charlie Pollock (Elmer Gantry) in ‘Elmer Gantry.’ Photo by Margot Schulman.

One of the things that set us apart as people is our yearning for something better, a higher cause if you will. One of our greatest failings can be relying on someone else for our happiness. Signature Theatre’s Elmer Gantry is a rollicking musical experience that holds you every unbelieving step of the way. It […]

Theatre Review: ‘Sweeney Todd’ by Virginia Opera at GMU

Phyllis Pancella (Mrs. Lovett) and Stephen Powell (Sweeney Todd).  Photo courtesy of Virginia Opera Company.

The Sondheim masterwork Sweeney Todd slashed its way into George Mason University this weekend, as Virginia Opera presented its version of the darkly enthralling musical experience. Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, as he is known, is actually a folk figure that was the stuff of fairy tales and was a staple of […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Game’s Afoot’ by McLean Community Players

The cast of 'The Game's Afoot.' Photo by Toby Chieffo-Reidway/Irish Eyes Photography by Toby.

Farctery? Mystearce? Hmmm. As you can see, even for the reviewer, the blending of the theatrical genres of mystery and farce can be an imposing, if not tongue-twisting challenge. Heighten the suspense with preposterous characters? Put a purpose behind the lunacy? …a fine evening of outrageousness… The McLean Community Players are quite game and give […]

Theatre Review: ‘Three Sistahs’ at MetroStage

64-Three Sistahs-Bernardine Mitchell, Ashley Ware Jenkins, Roz White rs

With a show entitled Three Sistahs, you betta bring the ‘tude, and the sistuhs do just that, in spades. Alexandria’s MetroStage theatre has sisterhood on display in all its strength, frustration and lunacy as 3 women return to their childhood home after the death of their younger brother and come face to face with their […]

Cabaret Review: ‘The Elden Street Musical Experience’ at the Summer Cabaret Series by NextStop Theatre Company

Jaclyn Young, John Loughney, Matthew Thompson, and Priscilla Cuellar.

Who doesn’t like a musical revue? Its like going to a buffet, where you can choose the stuff that suits your tastes. You might get a surprise. And if one serving is not to your liking, another dish is served up right away. No need to wade through all of that messy exposition and denouement. […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Veil’ at Quotidian Theatre Company

From left: Christine Alexander as Clare, Chelsea Mayo as Hannah, Steve LaRocque as Berkeley, John Decker as Audelle, and Michele Osherow as Madeleine. Photo by St. Johnn Blondell.

Faced with summer blockbusters, both in film and theatre, and the delightfully diverse DC Fringe experience, this time of year around the nation’s capital is palpably full of the avant-garde, the breezy and the funky. Quotidian Theatre Company in Bethesda nicely fills the void of classic storytelling with its current offering, the suspenseful and well […]

Theatre Review: ‘Menopause, The Musical’ at the Warner Theatre

The cast of 'Menopause, The Musical.' Photo provided by 'Menopause, The Musical.'

Yes indeedy, your intrepid male reviewer ventured to the Warner Theatre to take in one of their briefly running summer offerings, Menopause, The Musical. In a straightforward nostalgic style, it probes that unappreciated trial of life for mid-aged women. Or as the show subtitles. The Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change. I caught a […]

Theatre Review: ‘Blues for an Alabama Sky’ at Port City Playhouse

Sam Thomas (DeJeanette Horne), Guy Jacobs (Malcolm Lee ), and Delia Patterson (Christine Wells). Photo by Michael deBlois.

Little known in our current awareness is a time in the late 1920s when Harlem, in the ‘high numbers’ of Manhattan Island, was a centerpiece of an artistic, social and intellectual revival for the African American community. A confluence of industry and personal expression fueled this surge, and made Harlem the place to be, even […]

Theatre Review: ‘Failure: A Love Story’ at The Hub Theatre

Rose McConnell, Maggie Erwin, Michael Kevin Darnall, Carolyn Kashner, Chris Stinson, and Tia Shearer. Photo: C. Stanley Photography.

The Hub Theatre’s spring fling is a theater piece with an old fashioned setting, modern theater elements and a timeless message. Don’t get wrapped around the title of Failure: A Love Story. It’s a bit of a red herring and you would miss the open-your-mind fun that the show provides. Set in Chicago during the first quarter […]

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 […]