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Magic Time! ‘Out/Spoken: Intimate Stories of LGBT Pride: Meet the Storytellers of ‘Out/Spoken’-Onstage at 9:30 Club June 5th by Michael Poandl and John Stoltenberg

Storytelling is at the core of theatre, but it also stands alone as a unique form of entertainment. Not quite monologue, not quite stand-up comedy, what storytellers do best is blend their personal experience with gripping narrative in a way that draws audiences shockingly close. Speakeasy DC—the gold standard in storytelling this side of the […]

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Magic Time! ‘Theater from the Heart’: A Q&A with ‘Jumpers for Goalposts’ Playwright Tom Wells

The morning after Jumpers for Goalposts opened at Studio Theatre, I sat down to talk with its very talented playwright, Tom Wells. He had been in town watching the last few weeks of rehearsals, working with Director Matt Torney and Dramaturg Adrien-Alice Hansel “trying out slightly tonal things” and doing “some tiny rewrites to fix […]

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Filichia on Friday: ‘May’s Leftovers and June’s Brainteaser’ by Peter Filichia

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: May’s Leftovers and June’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 May 22, 2015: The answers to The 2015 Broadway University Final Exam. May 15, […]

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Meet the Cast of Providence Players of Fairfax’s ‘The Glass Mendacity’ by Chip Gertzog

Tonight, The Providence Players open The Glass Mendacity, a hilarious comedy parody of some of Tennessee Williams’ most celebrated works: The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. It’s Big Daddy’s birthday and the entire blended family, a comedy cocktail of characters each one more of a caricature than the last, […]

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‘The Glass Mendacity’ opens at The Providence Players of Fairfax Tomorrow Night, May 29th at The James Lee Community Center Theater by Chip Gertzog

The Providence Players of Fairfax’s production of The Glass Mendacity opens tomorrow night at The James Lee Community Center Theater – 2855 Annandale Road, in Falls Church, VA. The Glass Mendacity is Maureen Morley and Tom Willmorth’s hilarious comedy parody of some of Tennessee William’s most celebrated works: The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cat on a […]

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Silver Spring Stage’s Production of Tom Stoppard’s ‘On the Razzle’ Opens This Friday, May 29th

Silver Spring Stage presents On the Razzle by Tom Stoppard, directed by Erin Bone Steele and produced by Jim Robertson, a frantic farce of slapstick shenanigans, mistaken identities, unremitting display of puns, clever crossword puzzle tricks, sly sexual innuendos and romantic complications. As intellectually stimulating as Stoppard’s reputation, On the Razzle was never meant to more […]

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A Chat with Mark Nadler on his Show ‘Runnin’ Wild: Songs and Scandals of the Roaring ’20s’ This Friday, May 29th at 8 PM at Strathmore’s New AMP

Mark Nadler will be performing Runnin’ Wild at Strathmore’s new AMP this Friday, May 29th at 8 PM. I asked Mark to fill us in on what we will hear and see. For those DC area theater and music lovers who may not know about you and your amazing career-introduce yourself to them and tell […]

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‘The Shipment’ at Forum Theatre

If there were a Richter Scale for risk-taking in theater, Forum Theatre’s  production ofThe Shipment would register right up at the top. In brazenly challenging assumptions about how we perceive race and identity, The Shipment literally rocks the house. The unsettling shock waves it generates come one upon another. It disrupts our comfort zone with caustic […]

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Recap of ‘The GI Film Festival’ – May 18-24, 2015

The GI Film Festival is in its ninth year and has grown so big. It ended yesterday at the huge and swanky Angelika Film Center in the Mosaic District in Fairfax, VA. They showed a record number of movies this year, over 60 movies, with movies shown in two separate theaters at the same time. In addition […]

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Magic Time! ‘Good Hope Road’ (Staged Reading)

For decades theatergoers have warmed to plays set in rooming houses. Playwrights have been fond of the form too, because it permits an otherwise random mix of boarders to become an engrossing cast of characters with intriguing lives and intertwined story lines. If you add plays set in hotel lobbies, you’ve got a shelf full […]

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‘The Business End’ at Yellow Sign Theatre

You have only one more weekend to catch one of the most interesting pieces of theatre in Baltimore, a tragic parody of the plight of the B-horror screenwriter longing to create art. Mike Jancz penned this offbeat journey as part of Yellow Sign Theatre’s writing contest, and as Artistic Director Craig Coletta notes, it dovetails […]

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‘dry bones rising’ at Venus Theatre Company

In her program note, director (and founder of Venus Theatre Company) Deborah Randall has this to say about her company’s newest play, dry bones rising: “The style… could be described as ee cummings meeting Mary Shelley at a mutual friend’s bat mitzvah.” This cryptic description makes more sense in the light of the following facts: […]

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‘La Boheme’ at Hub Opera Ensemble

Starving artists, jealous relationships, chronic illnesses….. as brilliantly used in their marketing campaign, “the struggle is real” for the characters in Puccini’s La Boheme, currently running at Hub Opera Ensemble. Director Phillip Collister and Musical Director Andrew Rosenfeld have done a fantastic job breathing new life into a classic opera. La Boheme is one of the […]

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‘Major Barbara’ at Pallas Theater Collective

Money Talks The Pallas Theatre Collective’s Major Barbara is a captivating, thought-provoking comedy. The themes of class disparity, the necessity to compromise one’s values to survive, and the redemptive value (or not) of religion still pervade our everyday lives. Shaw’s perspective seemed to lean towards the practical; “Lack of money” he once said, “is the […]

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‘A Prairie Home Companion’ with Garrison Keillor and Special Guests Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap

The Filene Center launched the summer season at Wolf Trap with another visit by Garrison Keillor and the news from . The United States Navy Band joined Keillor and the usual suspects onstage along Lake Wobegone with guest stars Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan to kick off the Memorial Day weekend with spirit.  Though […]

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