About Morgan Halvorsen

Morgan Halvorsen, a Maryland resident since 1998, is a community college teacher, freelance writer, and budding playwright. Her journalism credits include The Gazette, Marine Tactical, and PBS’s Frontline, in addition to publishing credits in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, The Flask Review, and Two in the Bush. She has also performed during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was a writer/director for Bedlam Theatre in its 2010-2011 season.

Theatre Review: ‘The Admission’ at Theater J

L to R: Pomme Koch, Hanna Eady, Leila Buck, Danny Gavigan Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

In 1987, the First Intifada broke out and plunged Israeli cities and Palestinian villages into utter chaos. Every neighbor was suddenly a potential enemy, and many feared for their lives and those of their loved ones. It is during these troubled times that, in Motti Lerner’s The Admission, Avigdor (Michael Tolaydo) begins construction on a […]

Theatre Review: ‘American Idiot’ at the National Theatre

The company of AMERICAN IDIOT. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

Green Day’s seventh studio album, American Idiot, is almost a decade old but the sentiments expressed have changed little since 2004. The American public is still oversaturated with media–television, 24-hour news cycles, images, and tabloids. The stage musical American Idiot, based on the album and now playing at the National Theatre, adequately reflects and occasionally […]

Theatre Review: ‘Our Suburb’ at Theater J

Jjana Valentiner, Barbara Rappaport, Sarah Taurchini, Joshua Dick. Photo by Stan Barouh.

Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town, which first premiered in 1938, has left a lasting mark on American drama. Its minimalist, meta-theatrical style and its keen insight into the life of small-town America reverberate even now, 75 years later, and nowhere more so than at Theater J, where Darrah Cloud’s Our Suburb is currently playing. […]

Music Review: ‘Happy Holidays! with Brian Stokes Mitchell’ featuring the NSO and the UM Concert Choir at the Kennedy Center

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There are few things that get people into the holiday spirit better than holiday music. The Kennedy Center’s Pops series concert Happy Holidays!, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra, the University of Maryland Concert Choir, and Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, certainly fits the bill. … one of the best concerts the Kennedy Center could possibly have.  […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Misanthrope’ at Vagabond Players

Adam Bloedorn, Laura Malkus, and Matthew Shea.
Photo by Tom Lauer.

In life and in love, one of the chief questions is whether it is more important to be tactful or truthful. Molière’s The Misanthrope, now playing at Vagabond Theatre, follows the story of Alceste (Eric Stein), the eponymous hero, and his friends in a search to answer this question. As the title suggests, Alceste is […]

Theatre Review: ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ at Spotlighters Theatre

Front Row: Honey (Mary Czar), Nick (Zak Zeeks) Back Row: Martha (Valerie Lash). George (Jim Hart).
Photo by Ken Stanek Photography.

Virginia Woolf, the woman after whom Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (now playing at Spotlighters Theatre) was named, was part of the high modernist movement, an artistic community in which writers and artists expressed themselves without necessarily worrying about being understood. While Albee’s play is not stream-of-consciousness, main characters Martha (Valerie Lash) and […]

Theatre Review: ‘Neverwhere’ by Rorschach Theatre at Atlas Performing Arts Center

The Marquis de Carabas (Grady Weatherford) Photo by C Stanley Photography.

Attempting a stage edition of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere (in its theatrical adaptation by Robert Kauzlaric) is, at the very least, ambitious. A cynic might call it borderline impossible–after all, Neverwhere is the story of a man landed in the strange and fantastical darkness of London Below, where bizarre and frightening creatures emerge from the gap […]

BPF Review: ‘Countdown to the Happy Day’ at Heralds of Hope Theater

Gerti (Terry Johnson-Bey) and Cervin (Paris Alexander).
Photo provided by Heralds of Hope Theatre.

Countdown to the Happy Day by Thomas W. Stephens, currently playing at Heralds of Hope Theater, is a profound and startling look at the ways that grief and poverty impact people. Two very different people, a homeless war veteran named Gerti (Terry Johnson-Bey) and a lonely street kid named Cervin (Paris Alexander) meet on the […]

Theatre Review: ‘When the Letter Writers Have All Died’ Theatrical Mining Company

Mesha McDonald as Cheryl and Dejanae McDonald as Britney.Photo by Jim Dorsey.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is inscribed with nearly 60,000 names of soldiers who died or were reported missing in action during the Vietnam War. Millions of people visit the memorial every year, tracing the names of fallen comrades, friends, and relatives. In a small black box theatre in Leclerc Hall at Notre Dame of […]

Fringe Review: ‘Polaroid Stories’ at The Shop

'Polaroid Stories' at The Shop

Naomi Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories, now playing at the Capital Fringe, epitomizes the definition of theatre. From the moment the street-wise adapted characters of Ovid’s Metamorphoses emerge from behind a chain-link fence, the power of myth reigns supreme, plunging the audience into a world of gods and lovers, drugs and money. While Metamorphoses itself is the story […]

Theatre Review: ‘Medea’ at Mobtown Players

Jason, Medea, and their children (Amelia Henry and Claudia Henry).
Photograph by Nicolle Walker.

In Medea, now playing at Mobtown Players, an ancient drama is played out amidst the glitz and glamour of 1930s Hollywood. It is the story of a woman driven by rage and indignation, seeking revenge for the destruction of her marriage, who makes a choice no mother should have to make. Directors Melissa O’Brien, Caitlin […]

Theatre Review: ‘Private Lives’ at Vagabond Players

Sibyl (Rachel Holmes), Elyot (Michael P. Sullivan), Louise (Stephy Miller), Amanda (Ann Turiano), and Victor (Darren McDonnell). Photo by Ken Stanek Photography.

Private Lives by Noel Coward, now playing at Vagabond Players, is over eighty years old but no less funny or relevant than when it first premiered in 1930. It tells the story of Elyot (Michael P. Sullivan) and Amanda (Ann Turiano), a divorced couple who discover that they are both honeymooning with their new spouses […]

Theatre Review: ‘A Delicate Balance’ at Spotlighters Theatre

Julia (Joy Baldwin Aste, L) attempts to explain to her mother, Agnes (Cybele Pomeroy, R) why she has left her fourth husband, Doug.

The main advantage of Spotlighters Theatre’s rather unconventional and intimate space is that a family drama like Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance feels as if it is taking place in your own living room. In this case, the effect is both enlightening and a little debilitating–we are privy to nearly three hours of household drama, […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Winter’s Tale’ by Shakespeare Theatre Company

Heather Wood as Perdita,  Mark Harelik as Leontes, Hannah Yelland as Hermione and Todd Bartels as Florizel (background) in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of The Winter’s Tale, directed by Rebecca Taichman. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Washington, DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company is well known for its remarkable talent, fearlessness, and ingenuity in reproducing the Bard of Avon’s plays for a contemporary audience. The Winter’s Tale constitutes a particular challenge, because its tone shifts between the third and fourth acts between tragedy and comedy (the reason it is sometimes grouped with Shakespeare’s […]