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Magic Time!: ‘Dogfight’ & ‘Dear Evan Hansen’: Pasek & Paul Transforming the Course of American Musical Theater

Last season The Keegan Theatre mounted a Vietnam War–era musical called Hair. In a column I described that production as “radiant and thrilling,” “an exuberant love fest as timeless as human hope.” This season Keegan has mounted another Vietnam War–era musical, this one called Dogfight (music and lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, book by […]

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A Special 50% Off Deal for ‘The Hero of EVERYTHING’ for DCMTA Readers Good Through August 31st

50% Off Special Discount for DCMetroTheaterArts Readers For The Hero of Everything The Hero of EVERYTHING opens September 12th at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre -8641 Colesville Road, in downtown Silver Spring, MD Use the code:  VANGUARD And get of ticket prices between now and August 31st. Simply Click on THIS LINK, to purchase your tickets. Click […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Summer 2015 Scene Stealers Part 2

Here is Part 2 of DCMetroTheaterArts’ staff’s Summer 2015 Scene Stealers. Congrats to our honorees. ______ Erin Adams as Kate Monster Singing “There’s a A Fine, Fine Line” in Avenue Q at Stillpointe Theatre Initiative “With a singing voice that is both sweet and strong, Erin Adams shines as Kate Monster, especially during her rendition of […]

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Meet the Director and Cast of ‘Calendar Girls’ at McLean Community Players, Part 6: Anne Megan Hilleary

In Part 6 of a series of interviews with The Playwright, Director, and cast of Calendar Girls at McLean Community Players, meet Anne Megan Hilleary. Joel: Tell our readers where they may have seen you on local stages. Anne Megan Hilleary: As a native of the DC area, I have appeared in several productions throughout my school years […]

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Filichia on Friday: ‘August’s Leftovers and September’s Brainteaser’

It’s an honor to bring Peter Filichia’s column every week on Kritzerland called ‘Filichia on Friday’ to our readers on DCMetroTheaterArts. This Week: August’s Leftovers and September’s Brainteaser Purchase Peter Filichia’s New Book The Great Parade: Broadway’s Astonishing, Never-to-Be-Forgotten 1963-1964 Season HERE. ______ Recent ‘Filichia on Friday’ Articles August 21, 2015: Give Me Liberty Smith! August 14, 2015: The 2015 Broadway University Entrance […]

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Meet the Cast of The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s ‘Laughing Stock’: Part 1: Will MacLeod

In Part 1 of a series of interviews with the cast of The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s production of Charles Morey’s Laughing Stock, meet Will MacLeod. Joel: Where have local audiences seen you perform on the stage? Will: I’ve been in many local productions, including shows at McLean, Port City, Arlington Playhouse, and Prince William Little Theatre. Why […]

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Meet the Director and Cast of ‘Calendar Girls’ at McLean Community Players, Part 5: Jennifer Greene

In Part 5 of a series of interviews with The Playwright, Director, and cast of Calendar Girls at McLean Community Players meet Jennifer Greene. Joel: Tell our readers where they may have seen you on local stages. Jennifer: I’ve most recently performed with The Washington Revels’ Heritage Voices, which sings Civil War era music. I’ve also been a […]

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‘Love and Money’ at Signature Theatre in NYC

Master Playwright A.R.Gurney has used his own life as background material for some 50 plays, 4 musicals, plus 3 novels. Born in 1930 in Buffalo, New York, he decided early on to “write what he knew”, and he has since probed and poked into the many aspects of his life as a White Anglo Saxon […]

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Metropolitan Youth Theatre’s Season in Review by Yves Nguyen

Children’s, youth, and student theatres exist all over the country, however, none are entirely run by any of the above, under the college age, other than the Metropolitan Youth Theatre in Washington DC. More often than not adults dictate student theatres or at least curate them. Theatre education for kids (students generally between the ages 13-18 […]

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‘The Hero of EVERYTHING’ Plays at Silver Spring Black Box Theatre 9/12-27, 2015

InterAct Story Theatre is buzzing with excitement, preparing for a run of their acclaimed children’s play The Hero of EVERYTHING preparing to run at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre from September 12th-27th. Written and directed by Executive & Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger, The Hero of EVERYTHING explores ideas that ring true for superheroes of […]

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‘Dogfight’ at The Keegan Theatre

A trip to the Keegan Theatre is a must for they are now presenting the first collaboration of the dynamic songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul—namely, the musical Dogfight (based on the popular cult film of 1991 starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor and a critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway hit). It will be very easy for […]

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DinoRock Productions Inc.’s ‘Dinosaur Desperados’ at The Puppet Co.

DinoRock Productions Inc. celebrates their 15th guest appearance at The Puppet Company with Dinosaur Desperados, a fun-filled show where the old west meets the old world. “Dino wranglers” Michele Valeri, Ingrid Crepeau, and Steve Little use songs, stories, and creative puppetry to introduce the young audience (and their parents!) to a variety of lesser-known dinosaur […]

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In The Moment: Sarah N. Schallern on Alden Theatre’s 2015-2016 Season

Perhaps out of the limelight to those beyond close-in Northern Virginia, the McLean Community Center is not only a “hub” of community activities but includes the wonderfully intimate, well-scheduled, 386-seat Alden Theatre as well. I wanted to learn more about how the Alden’s chocked-full 2015-16 professional performers schedule was developed. So I went to the […]

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Quotidian Theatre Company Presents Audrey Cefaly’s ‘Maytag Virgin’ October 2-November 1st As Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival

Quotidian Theatre Company Presents Audrey Cefaly’s New Southern Drama Maytag Virgin as Part of D.C.’s Women’s Voices Theater Festival Quotidian Theatre Company kicks off its dynamic 2016 season, and its participation in the Washington, DC Women’s Voice Theater Festival, with the world premiere of playwright Audrey Cefaly’s newest work, Maytag Virgin. This play marks the […]

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Mosaic Theater Company of DC Announces 36 Actors Slated for Their Inaugural Season by T. Chase Meacham

Helen Hayes Award winners and DC favorites join internationally recognized artists and strong newcomers in a company committed to telling diverse stories. Mosaic Theater Company of DC announces 36 actors so-far cast in the 2015-16 inaugural season: “The Case for Hope in a Polarized World.” This far-reaching pool of locally and internationally acclaimed actors represents […]

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‘A Conversation With the Man Who Killed My Son’ at Dynamic Wellness

Twice a week in this land of the free, a white police officer kills a black person—this according to under-reported stats from the FBI. From the official law-enforcement point of view, these are considered justifiable homicides. From another point of view, a political one, these are considered extrajudicial killings—lethal shots triggered by racial profiling, not […]

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The Beach Boys at Wolf Trap

Nostalgic Fun for all Generations: The Beach Boys at Wolf Trap Great music and good weather brought audiences out in droves to Wolf Trap for an unforgettable afternoon with the iconic band, The Beach Boys last night. The sold-out performance was the hottest ticket in town for this eclectic audience. From the littlest “Surfer Girl” to the […]

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‘Kiss Me Kate’ at NextStop Theatre Company

When Cole Porter’s classic musical Kiss Me Kate first premiered on Broadway, it featured a cast of 40 singers and dancers. This makes sense, as there are many roles in this show and enthusiastic, toe-tapping numbers like “Another Openin’ Another Show” and “I Sing of Love” need to be propelled to the audience with a […]

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‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at Scena Theatre

Scena Theatre has brought back its hit 2011 production of The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of errors, and DC’s summer just got wittier and sweeter. In Scena’s delectable staging, the show plays like a clockwork confection, and serves up Wilde’s biting bon mots like a shop full of bon bons. With a […]

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Gladys Knight and the O’Jays at Wolf Trap

“Tonight is all about love!” proclaimed the Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight herself, as she and the O’Jays gave the crowd an amazing night out at Wolf Trap on Saturday, August 22, 2015. And indeed it was: love from the audience for these Soul greats, love from them for the (extraordinarily supportive) audience, and love […]

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