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It’s not exactly magic, but what Constellation Theatre Company is pulling off at 14th Street’s Source Theatre right now is pretty extraordinary. The fledgling nonprofit theater company’s production of 18th century Italian playwright Carlo Gozzi’s The Green Bird, which mixes commedia dell’arte farce, melodrama and visual special effects, soars because of the nimbleness of its surprisingly high-caliber acting ensemble and of its masterful stage, sound and costume designers. Of particular note is actress Nanna Ingvarsson, who hams it up playing ruthless old queen Tartagliona as a sort of sexpot Cruella de Vil, or an evil Liza Minnelli: She’s sultry, strong-willed, solipsistic, utterly show-stopping. It’s the kind of performance gay men in particular relish and would normally pay two or three times Constellation’s ticket prices to see. Closes this Saturday, June 4. Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets are $25 to $30. Call 202-204-7760 or visit constellationtheatre.org.
Read Doug Rule’s full review here.