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The Pipeline Playwrights: Patricia Connelly, Jean Koppen, Soo-Jin Lee and Ann Timmons. Photo courtesy of the Pipeline Playwrights.

In the Moment: A Talk with the Pipeline Playwrights: Part Two: Patricia Connelly and Jean Koppen

This is the second installment of In the Moment columns focusing on the Pipeline Playwrights. Pipeline Playwrights is a small collective of accomplished Northern Virginia women playwrights. Pipeline’s current playwrights include Patricia Connelly, Jean Koppen, Soo-Jin Lee and Ann Timmons. A key goal of Pipeline is to build “a pipeline to production.” The first Pipeline Playwrights […]

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In The Moment: ‘The Sound is the Kicker’ in Scena’s ‘The Night Alive’

Another superior night with Irish playwright Conor McPherson, this time at Scena Theatre under Robert McNamara’s illuminating, layered direction of McPherson’s earthy, sideward glance at damaged people, The Night Alive (2013).  For the five imperfect characters that populate The Night Alive, life is a constant struggle. Little is reliable. Love is conditional. Coiled anger surround […]

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Review: ‘Ragtime’ at Ford’s Theatre

Glorious! Dazzling! Verve! Bursting at the seams with voices and stories of America’s humanity and originating dreams. These are the words I felt as Ragtime, now at Ford’s Theatre, unfolded before me. And it all began with the show’s opening; a full-company production number in which 24 voices, 48 feet, nine musicians, and an upright […]

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In The Moment: An Interview With Playwright D. L. Coburn on The MetroStage Production of ‘The Gin Game’

At a comfortable table at Alexandria’s Extra Perks Coffee Shop and Café, I had the happy opportunity to spend some delightful one-on-one time with The Gin Game‘s playwright D. L. Coburn. Coburn had come to Alexandria to take in a performance of MetroStage’s production of his Pulitzer Prize-winning classic two-hander. In an easy-going, unplugged conversation of more […]

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In the Moment: Q&A with Minister Becky May Jenkins, Leader of the Women’s Ecumenical Choir Performing ‘The Gospel of Colonus’ at Avant Bard

An ensemble is very key to the success of a theatrical production. Whenever I go to a theater performance, I make sure to take in those who, while not in the spotlight, still pack a visual and aural wallop. Avant Bard’s production of The Gospel at Colonus, showcases very critical and accomplished work from the Women’s Ecumenical […]

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Review: ‘Marx in Soho’ at Nu Sass Productions

Nu Sass’ latest Small Batch production is Howard Zinn’s one-actor Marx in Soho. It is another highly successfully, nervy production by Nu Sass with it mantra, “strong women, great theatre.” It is being performed at its intimate upstairs performance space at Caos on F, with a seating capacity for about 30 comrades-in-arms. Under the shrewd direction […]

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Review: ‘Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing’ at Signature Theatre

With gentleness and clear affection for an unexpected heroine, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine has written and directed with a disarming touch an endearing new play “with music”; Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing. In its premiere at Signature Theatre, the production is a sweet cupcake full of loving-kindness and wisdom, balancing the […]

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In the Moment: Q&A With Bob Telson, Composer of ‘The Gospel at Colonus’ – Now Playing at Avant Bard

Avant Bard’s The Gospel of Colonus is a gorgeous, rapturous musical. Taking a phrase from the Bible, specifically Psalm 100, I found The Gospel of Colonus a “joyful noise” to witness and highly praise. I easily took the Avant Bard commanding, emotionally charged Colonus into my heart and soul. Originally performed more than 30 years […]

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Review: ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ at Synetic Theater

Synetic’s The Taming of the Shrew is disarming, decadent, and a great visual rush. It is also great, dialogue-free storytelling with its own edge and outlook. The Synetic production simply cast a glorious, happy spell over me. Not considering myself to be a Shakespeare purist, I went to the production without either brushing-up or boning […]

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In the Moment: Atlas Intersections Festival 2017: Four Dance Troupes: Company Danzante, Jane Franklin Dance, Gin Dance Company, and Rebollar Dance.

This year’s Atlas Intersections Festival has a theme of “where the art world and the real world intersect. The Festival aims to “engage audiences and artists alike by sparking conversation, deeper connection, and community transformation.” The Atlas Intersection Festival is also a key cross-performing arts incubator for homegrown talents from across the District, Maryland, and Virginia. […]

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The Pipeline Playwrights: Patricia Connelly, Jean Koppen, Soo-Jin Lee and Ann Timmons. Photo courtesy of the Pipeline Playwrights.

In the Moment: A Talk with the Pipeline Playwrights: Part One: Ann Timmons and Soo-Jin Lee

Northern Virginia is very much alive and supporting original play development by local playwrights. The diversity of the Northern Virginia demographic provides for fresh experiences to base a play on. One example is the recent launch of Pipeline Playwrights. Pipeline Playwrights is currently composed of four already accomplished Northern Virginia women playwrights with a goal […]

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Review: ‘No Solemn Silence: A Gilbert & Sullivan Review’ at George Mason University’s Center For the Arts

George Mason University (GMU) launched its Year of Gilbert and Sullivan Celebration with a clever, bright, joyfully sung musical homage to the masterful Gilbert and Sullivan team and its invented topsy-turvy world with No Solemn Silence: A Gilbert & Sullivan Review. Packed with the wonderfully, never-ending energy of 20 or so singers and musicians from the […]

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In the Moment: ‘King Charles III’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s (STC) production of Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III is a stunner. It is a clever look into a usually unseen political hall-of-mirrors. It is also a most telling tale of a fictionalized royal family in distress and disarray that seems “ripped from the headlines,” as that overused phrase goes. Bartlett provides a […]

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Review: ‘Blues in the Night’ at Creative Cauldron

Ready for top-notch singing talent that brings the “blues” to vibrant, spicy full life? Then high tail-it to Creative Cauldron (Falls Church) to take-in a cabaret-like revue called Blues in the Night. It’s all about love as a force that will take you under its spell.  In a smoothly unfolding production under Matt Conner’s confident, spirited […]

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In the Moment: ‘Trevor’ at 1st Stage

Under the crafty direction of Alex Levy, 1st Stage’s production of Trevor, penned by Nick Jones, had me in agreement with a recent American Theatre headline calling Jones the “Deadpan Puppet Master of Human Folly.” 1st Stage’s Trevor is having its DC area premiere. If you think you don’t know playwright Jones, well, you may already know […]

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In the Moment: ‘As You Like It’ at Folger Theatre

Gaye Taylor Upchurch’s appealing direction gives Folger Theatre’s As You Like It a warm flirtatious essence with buffoonery galore masking over Shakespeare’s initial soulful melancholic core. With modern notions that love can be a transforming force, that risky behavior can have huge rewards, and that women can be every bit as  commanding and stealthy as […]

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