‘The Foreigner’ at Vagabond Players

How does one acquire personality? Surely it’s not as easy as attending an uproarious comedy at America’s Oldest Continuously Operating Little Theatre? But of course it is! Vagabond Players has just the play in mind for anyone wanting a little personality or just a rollicking good evening of laughable good comedy as they present Larry […]

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‘Willy Wonka: The Musical’ at Vienna Theatre Company

Vienna Theatre Company presents Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka: The Musical, with music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, and adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald. Jessie Roberts directs this production. If any Willy Wonka production has a tall order to fill, it is probably in the set design. […]

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‘The Velocity of Autumn’ at The Booth Theatre

As the curtain rises on Eric Coble’s The Velocity of Autumn, directed with much heart by Molly Smith, we find Alexandra, played by the phenomenally spunky Estelle Parsons, under “extraordinary circumstances brought on by duress.” She has barricaded herself in her Brooklyn Brownstown and has decorated the apartment with a couple dozen Molotov cocktails, all of which […]

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Here are the 2014 Helen Hayes Awards Recipients

Here are the 2014 Helen Hayes Awards Recipients (in BOLD). 2014 Helen Hayes Awards Recipients Outstanding Choreography, Resident Musical Karma Camp Hello, Dolly! Ford’s Theatre and Signature Theatre Rachel Leigh Dolan, Cabaret, The Keegan Theatre Maurice Hines, Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life, Arena Stage Josh Rhodes, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Shakespeare Theatre Company […]

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Filmfest DC 2014-A Preview

Filmfest DC 2014 might be the last year for the festival, according to Tony Gittens, Filmfest DC Founder and Festival Director. This year marks 28 years of curated great international films in DC.‘It’s taking everything we have to do this year,” said Gittens recently about the viability of the Festival. “A shortfall of $250,000 – […]

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‘Underneath the Lintel’ at MetroStage

I know a lot of librarians who would love Underneath the Lintel (and non-librarians too like those in the audience last night who were having a great time). First, it includes variety of media: books, ledgers, atlases, LPs, cassettes, wax cylinders, photographs, photostats, slides, prints, and the all-important marginalia: notes someone made in the margin of a book. […]

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Arts Collective @ Howard Community College presents ‘Ragtime’ May 8 – 18th

Arts Collective @ Howard Community College presents the Monumental Tony Award-Winning Musical RAGTIME May 8 – 18th This spring, Howard Community College’s (HCC) Arts Collective (AC) proudly presents the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime, based on the distinguished novel by E.L. Doctorow, directed by David Gregory with musical direction by Mayumi B. Griffie and choreography by […]

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‘By The Way, Meet Vera Stark’ at Everyman Theatre

People want their history to be heroic and uplifting, happy and fabulous. They want the heroes and heroines of history to be the same. But it can be exhausting trying to perpetually live the façade of being so fabulous. When the truth slips out, comedy and emotional highpoints ensue, often in tandem as Everyman Theatre […]

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‘john & jen’ at Red Branch Theatre Company

Columbia’s Red Branch Theatre Company is out to test just how spare and lean a musical can get and still hold an audience in a magical spell. The company’s new staging of the off-Broadway 1995 show john & jen has just two cast members and a bare minimum of props, yet it is anything but challenged […]

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Unexpected Stage Company Launches 5th Season with ‘Especially Unexpected Improv Fest’ on Sat 5/3@7

UNEXPECTED STAGE COMPANY LAUNCHES MILESTONE SEASON WITH IMPROV FEST ON MAY 3rd 5th season to feature Kooman and Dimond’s touching musical Dani Girl and Marc Goldsmith’s award-winning comedy Danny Boy. Unexpected Stage Company—the fast-growing, Washington, D.C.-area professional theater company—will launch their milestone 5th season with Especially Unexpected: Improv Fest at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014. […]

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‘Henry IV Part 2′ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

Henry IV Part 2 King for a Day Have you ever lived life without a superego? If so, you may have some notion of what it’s like to be Falstaff. The exhilarating feeling is one reason we are drawn to him, but it is the stuff of dreams. In Shakespeare Theatre Company’s spectacular Henry IV Part […]

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Catch This! McLean High School’s ‘Catch Me If You Can’ Interviews-Part 4: Choreographer Marielle Burt

In Part 4 of ‘Catch This! McLean High School’s’ Catch Me If You Can Interviews, meet Choreographer Marielle Burt. Joel: Tell us about your design experience and why you wanted to work on this production? Marielle: I was really excited to work on the choreography for the production because the whole idea is that Frank is presenting […]

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Fiasco Theater’s ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ and ‘Cymbeline’ at Folger Theatre-Part 3: Fiasco Theater’s Co-Artistic Director Noah Brody

In Part 3 of Fiasco Theater’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Cymbeline at Folger Theatre: meet Fiasco Theater Company’s Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder Noah Brody. Joel: When did Folger contact you about bringing The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Cymbeline to their theatre and why did you accept? Noah: They reached out to us in the […]

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Judyisms: ‘How I Dealt With Burnout’

For someone with a really, really good life, nice home, talent that reveals itself in many areas, a radio show that I adore doing and people (I hear) adore listening to, healthy family and pets … even with all that life can be a bit disturbing sometimes. Why I constantly ask myself? I had absolutely no […]

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Filichia on Friday: ‘Act One: The Musical’ by Peter Filichia

Here is a new article from Peter Filichia’s column on Kritzerland called ‘Filichia on Friday.’ It’s an honor to bring Peter’s column every week to our readers on DCMetroTheaterArts. This week: Act One: The Musical Peter Filichia is the New York-based theater critic emeritus for The Newark (N.J.) Star Ledger newspaper and News 12 television station. He is also […]

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Catch This! McLean High School’s ‘Catch Me If You Can’ Interviews-Part 3: Musical Director Walter (Bobby) McCoy

In Part 3 of ‘Catch This! McLean High School’s’ Catch Me If You Can Interviews, meet Musical Director Walter (Bobby) McCoy. How long have you worked at MHS and where did you get your musical training? I have been working with the McLean HS Theatre Company for a little over a year. My previous shows with them have […]

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From Arena Stage to The Booth: ‘The Velocity of Autumn’ Interviews: Part 2: Meet Director Molly Smith and Cast Members Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella

This upcoming Monday night-on April 21st-The Velocity of Autumn by Eric Coble opens on Broadway at The Booth Theatre. It’s been an exciting journey so far for the play that entertained enthusiastic audiences at Arena Stage. Audiences in DC and critics alike applauded the glorious performances of Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons and Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella. Here […]

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A Report on ‘TYGER’ at banished? productions

Following a first workshop production at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Happenings at the Harman series, banished? productions have returned with version two of their work in progress, TYGER. A meditation on loss, ritual, and identity, TYGER is a show on the tipping point – an intriguing, thought-provoking work carrying the weight of too many ideas. […]

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American Ballet Theatre at The Kennedy Center

A trio of new and old works prove American Ballet Theatre (ABT) is A-ok and it felt like William Shakespeare was smiling in the dark when the American Ballet Theatre presented Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, based on the Bard’s ode to magical love, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Our area has seen beaucoup de tributes in […]

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‘Henry IV Part 1″ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

Henry IV Part One: Honor Among Thieves Falstaff, like Sherlock Holmes, is one of those characters who are so memorable they almost seem alive. He is at the center of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s magnificent Henry IV Part 1, and his bombastic charm vaults the play into the realm of Shakespeare’s finest. It is a privilege to […]

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‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Four dead fellas, two dead cats, a hairstyle ruined, a broken-hearted sister. And all out of shoe polish. The culmination of which resulted in Martin McDonagh’s funniest, darkest comedy to date; all of which can be found as The Maryland Ensemble Theatre opens their production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Directed by Tad Janes, the […]

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Kathy Lee Gifford joins NextStop Theatre Company’s ‘Into the Woods’

NextStop Theatre Company’s new production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, running May 1-June 1, 2014, makes a major announcement for the season-closing production. Directed by NextStop’s Artistic Director Evan Hoffmann, the production team is announcing the addition of TODAY Show Co-Host, Kathie Lee Gifford, as the voice of the Giant’s Wife. The addition of […]

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‘Moth’ at The Studio Theatre’s 2ndStage

There’s more than a flickering of interesting technique and stimulating acting in the production (U.S.Premiere) of the play Moth by playwright Declan Greene currently playing at Studio Theatre’s 2NDSTAGE.  Like the symbolic moth that flickers across the stage, one is drawn to the very relevant and intense theme of student bullying like “a moth to […]

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‘Cinderella: The Remix’ at Imagination Stage

Imagination Stage presents Cinderella: The Remix, an exciting retelling of the classic written and directed by Psalmayene 24, with hip-hop beats by Nick Hernandez. The final production in Psalmayene 24′s  highly successful Hip-Hop Children’s Trilogy, this Remix is everything that a powerhouse children’s production should be– thrilling, fun, and with an inspirational message that pulses […]

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‘Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet’ at Pointless Theatre Co. at Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

Have you ever thought that the ballet needed more puppets? Or is it just me? For those of us troubled by this glaring oversight, Pointless Theatre Company brings us their technically impressive and entertaining – but narratively unsatisfying – version of the classic fairy tale. Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet is a reworking of Pointless’s […]

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‘Once On This Island’ at Olney Theatre Center

Test the strength of love against the power of death and you will discover why they tell the story. The ‘they’ of Olney Theatre Center as they present Once On This Island; a brilliant musical tale of redemption, renewal, and rejuvenation, perfectly timed for this time of year. With Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens […]

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‘An Evening with Branford Marsalis’ at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Seeing one of Jazz’ masters like Branford Marsalis perform is one of life’s greatest pleasures. I had the honor of watching jazz great Marsalis at George Mason Performing Arts Center Saturday night. Marsalis and his quartet played mostly songs from their new album Four MFs Playin’ Tunes. Marsalis is a renowned saxophonist and composer. Marsalis is […]

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‘Golda’s Balcony’ at Theater J

There’s not a long list of great actors who, through their indelible bravura depiction of a great historical figure in a solo performance, warrant substituting the word “is” for “as,” in billing like “So-and-So Is Famous Person.” On audiences’ mental marquees, the actor and the role become one, such that people come to know and […]

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Catch This! McLean High School’s ‘Catch Me If You Can’ Interviews-Part 2: Alex Stone, Jack Posey, and Lily Lord

In Part 2 of ‘Catch This! McLean High School’s’ Catch Me If You Can Interviews, meet cast members Alex Stone, Jack Posey, and Lily Lord. Tell me a little bit about your character. Alex Stone: Frank Abagnale, Jr. is a kid. Between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one, he steals more than two million dollars by passing […]

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Filichia on Friday: ‘Six Shows in Six States’ by Peter Filichia

Here is a new article from Peter Filichia’s column on Kritzerland called ‘Filichia on Friday.’ It’s an honor to bring Peter’s column every week to our readers on DCMetroTheaterArts. This week: Six Shows in Six States Peter Filichia is the New York-based theater critic emeritus for The Newark (N.J.) Star Ledger newspaper and News 12 television station. He […]

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Fiasco Theater’s ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ and ‘Cymbeline’ at Folger Theatre-Part 2: Fiasco Theater Company’s Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder Jessie Austrian

In Part 2 of Fiasco Theater’s ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ and ‘Cymbeline’ at Folger Theatre: meet Fiasco Theater Company’s Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder Jessie Austrian. Joel: When did Folger contact you about bringing Two Gentlemen of Verona and Cymbeline to their theatre and why did you accept? Jessie: We first began talking to Beth […]

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‘Bullets Over Broadway’ at The St. James Theatre

Don’t Speak! Be Silent! Just listen! Bullets Over Broadway is a blast and and you’ll go bananas over the high-kicking and toe-tappin’ choreography of Tony winner Director/Choreographer Susan Stroman, the hilarious one-liners of Woody Allen, the stunning costumes by William Ivey Long, the clever scenic design by Santo Loquasto, the beautiful lighting by Donald Holder, Peter Hylenski’s sound design, Paul […]

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‘The Most Happy Fella’ at The Arlington Players

Who doesn’t like a good, touching love story? If you are also fond of musicals-especially the grand old fashioned Broadway productions of the 1950s-seeing The Most Happy Fella at The Arlington Players is simply a must! “Wanting to be wanted, needing to be needed, that’s what it is…” and that’s what Heather Whitney (Rosabella) dreams about […]

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‘Top Girls’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre

Everyone tries to cope with the ordinary drudgeries of their lives, some do better than others when it comes to success with their coping skills. Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls attempts to illustrate that point as Fells Point Corner Theatre. Directed by Richard Barber, the play, classified as a contemporary drama, explores the notions of female […]

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