Author Archive | Joel Markowitz

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Watch The Announcement of 47 Categories as The Helen Hayes Nominations are Announced Tonight at 7:30 PM-A Look Back at Last Year’s Awards

Live tonight from The National Theatre at 7:30 PM you can watch a  live webcast as theatreWashington unveils 47 categories of nominations for this year’s Helen Hayes Awards. announcers includes 6 of DC theatre’s favorites: Christopher Henley (former Artistic Director of WSC Avant Bard) , James Konicek (Actor), JoJo Ruf (The Welders) and Kimberly Schraf (Actor). This is […]

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‘The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber’ at Riverside Center Dinner Theater

The scintillating cast of Riverside Center Dinner Theater’s The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber almost blew the roof off when I saw this new production on Saturday, January 17, 2015. The entertaining new revue is conceived, produced, and directed by Riverside Center Dinner Theater’s Producing Artistic Director and Broadway veteran Patrick A’Hearn. Each singer – Sara Ashley, […]

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‘The 39 Steps’ at Sandy Spring Theatre Group

In partnership with Sandy Spring Theatre Group, Arts on the Green presents Patrick Barlow’s hilarious award-winning homage to the famous Alfred Hitchcock’s film The 39 Steps [and some of his other classic movies], directed by Karen Petersen. Four brave actors-really Energizer Bunnies-hop all over the place while successfully-and often hysterically-playing over 150 zany characters. I […]

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A Chat with Pippin’s Leading Player-Sasha Allen

Two nights before we chatted, Sasha Allen was burning up The National Theatre Stage and doing some fancy moves on a high-hanging trapeze while wowing the crowd as the Leading Player in the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin, which has made DC its home through January 4th. Joel: How are you doing? You were terrific on […]

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“Moving On': An Interview with Theater J’s Managing Director Rebecca Ende and Acting Artistic Director Shirley Serotsky

Managing Director Rebecca Ende and Acting Artistic Director Shirley Serotsky and their team are ‘moving on’ and preparing for an exciting 2015 season at Theater J. Joel: How do you see your new roles as an opportunity to move more strongly and deliberately in the direction the theater has been going? Rebecca: As Managing Director, my […]

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Reaction to Ari Roth’s Dismissal Articles: New articles in Washington Jewish Week; and American Theatre and ‘A Conversation with Ari Roth’ on DCMTA

12/30/14 Update:  Why Ari Roth Was Fired by Suzanne Pollak in The Washington Jewish Week. Read it Here. ____ 12/29/14 Update: Read John Stoltenberg’s interview with Ari Roth: The Imperative to Reconcile’: A Conversation with Ari Roth by John Stoltenberg on DCMetroTheaterArts. __ The Facts on the Ground at Theater J: The backstage drama between D.C.’s influential Jewish […]

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Ari Roth is No Longer the Artistic Director at Theater J-Updated with 2nd Peter Marks Article and Cast Video Reading A Statement from Tony Kushner

Ari Roth is no longer the Artistic Director of Theater J, as reported by Peter Marks in The Washington Post. Read it here. Peter Marks has posted another article. Read it here. Here are other articles reacting to Ari Roth’s dismissal: The NY Times.  The Washingtonian. The Jewish Daily Forward. Modoweiss.com Mosaic Theater of DC on facebook. Watch this […]

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National Chamber Ensemble’s ‘Annual Holiday Concert’

It’s my favorite holiday concert and again this year I attended National Chamber Ensemble’s Annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 14, 2014. It was one heck of a fun sleigh ride filled with works by Bach, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, and Leroy Anderson, and others, performed with much love by fabulously talented and joy-filled musicians from age 10 and […]

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Top Scene Stealers of the Week Ending 12/12/14-Part 1

Her are our new list of Scene Stealers honorees for the week ending 12/12/14. Congrats to all our honorees! ______ Noah Bird as George Bailey Shares A First Kiss with Rachel Bailey as Mary Hatch in It’s A Wonderful Life at Arts Collective @ HCC “Noah Bird shares good chemistry with his love interest, Mary [Rachel Bailey], […]

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Win 2 FREE ‘Earthling’ Tickets to WSC Avant Bard’s ‘A Klingon Christmas’ on December 15th at 8 PM at Theater J

WC Avant Bard is giving away TWO  Earthling Tickets to their holiday benefit performance of A Klingon Christmas Carol These tickets will get you into the show and to the reception afterwards!! ENTER NOW THROUGH THIS FRIDAY DECEMBER 12, 2014 AT 11:59 PM FILL OUT THE FORM HERE  THEN PRAY TO THE KLINGON GODS THAT YOU WIN!!! […]

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‘Twelve Angry Men’ at 2nd Star Productions

Sixty years after Reginald Rose wrote the script for a television film version (Watch it at the bottom of this review) and 59 years after it was adapted for the stage by Sherman L. Sergel, Twelve Angry Men is more relevant than ever, and it’s being given a powerful and emotionally-wrenching production at 2nd Star Productions. […]

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DCMTA Scene Stealers-Week Ending 11/27/14-Part 2

Here is Part 2 of our new list of Scene Stealers honorees for the week ending 11/27/14.  ______ Simon Diesenhaus as Tobias Ragg, Singing “Not While I’m Around” at Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Act Two @ Levine “Another standout on opening night was Simon Diesenhaus as Tobias Ragg, who works for […]

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DCMTA Scene Stealers-Week Ending 11/27/14-Part 1

Here is Part 1 of our new list of Scene Stealers honorees for the week ending 11/27/14.  ______ Brian Lyons-Burke as Henry Higgins in His Final Scene in My Fair Lady at Damascus Theatre Company “Throughout My Fair Lady, Henry Higgins is an emotionally void, grammatically snotty, upper-class gent who uses Eliza Doolittle as a project on a […]

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Meet the Cast of The Masqueraders’ ‘Translations’ at The United States Naval Academy–Part 8: Clara Navarro

This is the eighth in a series of interviews with the cast of The Masqueraders’ production of Translations. Meet Clara Navarro. Joel: Introduce yourself to our readers and tell them what other shows you have appeared in and some of the roles you have played. Clara: Hi! My name is Clara Navarro and I am a sophomore at the […]

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