About Erica S.

Erica S. has spent a lot of her time looking for ways to combine her loves of the performing arts, literature, and world cultures in both her professional and personal life. She received a B.A. in English from George Mason University in 2002, and went on to study folklore in graduate school, where she discovered professional storytelling. When not working at her day job, she finds opportunities to perform as a storyteller and vocalist. She also sings with a local choir called the Six Degree Singers, and sometimes finds time to read for pleasure and write.

Theatre Review: ‘Taking Steps’ at Constellation Theatre

Tia Shearer as Elizabeth.  Photograph by Andrew Propp.

The Constellation Theatre Company has kicked off its sixth season with their production of Alan Ayckbourn’s British farce, Taking Steps, directed by Allison Arkell Stockman and now playing at Source in Washington, D.C. “Noises Off meets The Office” — one description of this play — is not at all far off. Enthusiasts of British comedy and farce are in for […]

Theatre Review: ‘Phantom’ at the Riverside Dinner Theater

Quinn Vogt-Welch and Patrick A’hearn in 'Phantom.'  Photo courtesy of Riverside Dinner Theatre..

“All in all it wasn’t so bad, being born…because I got to hear music, and I got to hear Christine.” – Phantom Fans of Gaston Leroux’s gothic, haunting romance from 1911 and of its many popular retellings will most likely be aware of Yeston and Kopit’s Phantom, which is now playing at the Riverside Dinner […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Comedy of Errors’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Solveig Moe (Luciana), Rob Schonthaler (Dromio of Ephesus), and Madeleine Stevens (Adriana). Photo by Corey Sentz.

I’ve never seen Shakespeare done quite like this. It doesn’t take a lot to get me out to see a Shakespeare play, and when I saw the Annapolis Shakespeare Company was doing The Comedy of Errors, in steampunk, no less, I had to check it out. No matter how successful they might or might not […]

Cabaret Review: Erin Driscoll in ‘Get Happy, the Songs of Harold Arlen’

Erin Driscoll in 'Get Happy.'  Photo courtesy of Signature Theatre.

Get happy!  It’s impossible not to wear a delighted grin, when watching and listening to gifted soprano and cabaret singer, Erin Driscoll.  I had the pleasure of attending her performance with the Signature Theater this week, and found her to be warm, genuine, and eager. Ms. Driscoll has something special she wants to share with […]

Fringe Review: ‘Apocalypse Picnic’

Apocalypse Picnic.

I think I’ve found my favorite show for the fringe. Apocalypse Picnic, produced by a group that calls themselves Orbit Chef and directed by ensemble member Stephanie Svec, delivers a wry, clever, and silly but witty parody of the cultural times by plunging us into a post-apocalyptic setting. Apocalypse Picnic is a collection of solidly […]

Cabaret Review: Nick Blaemire and The Hustle

Nick Blaemire and The Hustle. Photo courtesy of Signature Theatre.

I’m not sure what “nerd soul” is, but I can tell you this much: Nick Blaemire and The Hustle got funk, soul, and a whole lotta heart. Described as “a 9-piece funk/R&B band that blends their love for the live band sounds of 60s and 70s soul musicians like Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder and Michael […]

Cabaret Review: ‘Born to take the BELTway’ with Carolyn Cole at Signature Theatre

Carolyn Cole.  Photo courtesy of Signature Theatre.

Carolyn Cole is here to win you over, folks, and with her incredible vocal style, utterly charming personality, and adorable stage wit, I’m here to tell you she’s gonna succeed!

Cabaret Review: ‘What I See’ with Natascia Diaz at Signature Theatre

Natascia Diaz.  Photo courtesy of Signature Theatre.

It is easy to see why Natascia Diaz has such a strong following. She is pure dancing, sparkling fire, limitless in energy, and a vocal powerhouse who leaves audiences energized and pumped.

Fringe Review: ‘Jesus le Momo’

Photo courtesy of JR Foley & Hilary Kacser

“No, I will not waste on you a scream,” Monsieur ‘le Momo’ tells a terrified woman cowering before his restless spirit. Written by JR Foley and directed by Adi Stein, JESUS le MOMO…

Fringe Review: ‘DC Trash’

Photo courtesy of Ron Litman.

“It won’t be long,” Ron Litman sings to a tune by Sam Cooke. “I’m coming home soon.”

Theatre Review: ‘Miss Saigon’ at James Lee Community Center

The Americans leave Vietnam, photograph courtesy of James Lee Community Center

“Haunted”— in a word, that is how the production of Miss Saigon, directed by Derek Critzer and Russell Penney and now playing at the James Lee Community Center and produced by Traveling Spotlight Productions in Falls Church, left me feeling.

Theatre Review: ‘Avenue Q’ at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre

Cast taking a car ride. Photo courtesy of Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre.

“If you brought your kids, you’re a bad parent,” Tim German says to nervous laughter at the beginning of this production of Avenue Q, directed by Darnell Morris.

Theatre Review: ‘A Little Night Music’ at The Arlington Players

Madame Armfeldt (Jennifer Strand) imparts words of wisdom to Fredrika (Camille McDermott), her granddaughter. Photo Courtesy of The Arlington Players.

“Enchanted” is the word that came to mind, coming out of The Arlington Players’ production of A Little Night Music. A Sondheim musical performed rather less often than some of his others, this production…

Theatre Review: ‘Hum’ at Theater Alliance

Kennen Sisco (Eva) and Jon Reynolds (Van). Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

Like Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and George Orwell’s 1984, HUM is a look at a dystopia of modern times, investigating what happens when our ability to express ourselves in the myriad of words language provides is taken away…