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Interview: Designer Deb Sivigny

Deb Sivigny is one busy scenic and costume designer in the DC theater community. Just recently, she developed design elements for the Rorschach Theatre production of Forgotten Kingdoms. The 1st Stage production of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom uses Deb’s costume design. And Deb is the scenic and costume designer for the upcoming Hub Theatre regional premier production of The […]

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Review: ‘Broken Glass’ at Theater J

Shards of unseen, but sharply-felt shattered glass, both of a collapsing marriage and the infamous Kristallnacht (Night of Crystal), are fused together in Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass, now playing at Theater J. It is a satisfying evening with an unyielding, rarely-revived drama because of a fine compelling cast under the strong clear direction of Aaron Posner. […]

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Report: Source Festival 2017: ‘Best of 10-Minute Plays’

A destination awaits for theater-goers ready for a high-quality evening taking in a marketplace of intriguing 10-minute plays. The destination is DC’s ever-changing 14th Street and this year’s edition of the Source Festival. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary and under the touch of Artistic Director Jenny McConnell Fredericks the Source Festival has brought back six of […]

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Review: ‘Crazy Mary Lincoln’ at Pallas Theatre Collective

Crazy Mary Lincoln, has received an appealing, open-hearted, ardent regional premiere production from Pallas Theatre Collective. The musical focuses new light on the long, woe-filled life of Mary Todd Lincoln, the widow of President Abraham Lincoln. What I took away from Crazy Mary Lincoln, was this she was a woman who resisted, was warned, persisted, […]

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Review: ‘King Lear’ at Avant Bard

The tempest in my mind / Doth from my senses take all feeling else. King Lear, Act 3, scenes 4–5. Avant Bard’s King Lear is a bracing, piercing production of a family and realm in heightening disarray. The galvanizing production plumbs the depths of an unnamed country in which loyalty reigns, deceit lurks, chaos ensues, […]

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In The Moment: Interviews With the Creative Cauldron ‘Bold New Works in Intimate Space Artistic Teams: Laura Connors Hull, Matt Conner, and Stephen Gregory Smith

Creative Cauldron continues to dazzle critics and audiences with its “Bold New Works for Intimate Stages” –  a series of premier musicals. It is certainly rare when a smaller professional theater company in the DC area promises and then delivers new highly acclaimed musicals with such regularity. Most recently Creative Cauldron’s team of Matt Conner […]

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Review: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar is an impressive beauty of a rock opera. It successfully takes a Biblical phrase such as, “Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.” (Lamentations 3:41) to make it a revolutionary statement. With a fuse set by Director Joe Calarco, Jesus Christ […]

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In the Moment: Strauss Artist Grant Bestowed on Scenic, Costume, and Puppet Designer Margaret (Margie) Jervis

The Arts Council of Fairfax County announced a $5,000 Strauss Artist Grant award to Falls Church-based theater designer Margaret (Margie) Jervis. Jervis, a Falls Church native, is the resident Scenic, Costume, and Puppet Designer for Creative Cauldron in Falls Church. She is also a Teaching Artist for their educational programs for children. “The Arts Council […]

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Review: ‘Timon of Athens’ at Folger Theatre

Undone by his own goodness? Ha! That is not what I took away as director Robert Richmond succeeded masterfully with his contemporary, blasting grenade of an interpretation for Shakespeare’s rarely produced Timon of Athens at Folger Theatre. Subtlety be damned is what Richmond, his cast, and the design team have rendered into a modern morality […]

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Review: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ at Synetic Theater

Haunting is the word that quickly came to mind as I sat, mesmerized, rediscovering a classic of literature I thought I knew from reading print on a page and from the movies. But, oh my, Synetic Theater’s dark, expressionistic, dialogue-free take on Victor Hugo’s nearly two-century old The Hunchback of Notre Dame simply swept me […]

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In the Moment: ‘Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors’ to Benefit National Network to Prevent Domestic Violence

Launching an anthology of stories entitled Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors to benefit the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the professional story-telling group, Better Said Than Done will have a special one-performance live story-telling event. The event will featuring 10 women telling true, first-hand stories about the challenges that they as women encountered […]

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Review: ‘OR,’ at Round House Theatre

The revolution will not be televised. Nope, it is on stage at Round House Theatre with a playful, headlong charge of a wild comedy. The comedy is called OR, a fictionalized account of free-spirited, real-life folk who set the theater world on-fire with their outlooks and attitudes. With OR, I was engaged and enraptured by the […]

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Review: ‘The Late Wedding’ at The Hub Theatre

Once again, Artistic Director Helen Murray and The Hub Theatre are producing a seductive play meant to kindle sparks for adventurous theater-goers. The Hub is constantly on the hunt for small gems from the edge land of plays and playwrights fresh to the DC area. From what has to be a huge pile of possible […]

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Review: ‘Boeing Boeing’ at NextStop Theatre Company

Oh, what fine comic talent and an attuned director can do to bring pleasure. Under the sure hands of NextStop’s Evan Hoffmann and a talented six-member ensemble, there is enjoyable life to an old war-horse of a farce from the mid-1960s – Boeing Boeing. Working with paper-thin characters created by French playwright Marc Camoletti then translated […]

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