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Review: ‘Stoop Storytelling Series: My Favorite Film’ at the Columbia Festival of the Arts

On Friday, June 23rd, the Columbia Festival of the Arts brought up the curtain on another edition of the wonderfully unusual, Baltimore-based performing arts group, Stoop Storytelling, at the Smith Theatre at the Horowitz Center at Howard Community College. Stoop Storytelling’s events have been a popular in Baltimore since its inception in 2006. Six or […]

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Review: ‘Cry-Baby The Musical’ at Drama Learning Center

Baltimore’s John Waters takes another swipe at Eisenhower-era conformity in Cry-Baby: The Musical, making its area premiere now at the Drama Learning Center in Columbia. The show had a short Broadway run in 2008, so local theater fans can thank DLC’s Teaching Young Artists troupe for this rare chance to see what New Yorkers might […]

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Preview: Toby Orenstein Tailors ‘Dreamcoat’ for a Dream Cast at Toby’s Dinner Theatre

To help mark its 45th year in business, Toby’s — The Dinner Theatre of Columbia is serving up something special in its new revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. No less than five female stars from previous Toby’s productions will take turns playing the lead role during the show’s upcoming 10-week run. The theater’s founder […]

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Review: ‘Celebrations!’ Columbia Pro Cantare Celebrates 40-Year Anniversary at Jim Rouse Theatre

Columbia Pro Cantare celebrated a few occasions with its final performance of the Season with Celebrations! If you will note, Celebrations! is plural, because it not only marked the 40th Anniversary of Columbia Pro Cantare (CPC), but the 20th Anniversary of the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School and the 50th Anniversary of Columbia. Sunday […]

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Here Are The Recipients of the 2017 Helen Hayes Awards

Here are the 2017 Helen Hayes Recipients in RED. __ Outstanding Choreography, Musical-Hayes Christopher d’Amboise, Evita, Olney Theatre Center Kelly Devine, Come From Away, Ford’s Theatre Parker Esse, Carousel, Arena Stage Jared Grimes, Jelly’s Last Jam, Signature Theatre Sergio Trujillo, Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical, Olney Theatre Center __ Outstanding Choreography, Play-Hayes Alexandra Beller, Sense […]

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Review: ‘Dorian’s Closet’ at Rep Stage

Strong and dramatic – the two words that continuously came to my mind as I watched Dorian’s Closet at Rep Stage last night. This production is the world premiere of the new musical based on the life of female impersonator Dorian Corey. Richard Mailman (book and lyrics) and Ryan Haase (composer) have created an amazing […]

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News Release: DCMetroTheaterArts Is Here to Stay!

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  DCMetroTheaterArts Squelches Rumors of Closing, Announces Plan for Future Leadership and Growth Staff Rallies in Response to Founding Editor’s Diagnosis, Thanks Local Theater Community for Its Continuing Support, and Vows to Keep Covering More Local Performing Arts Than Any Other Media Outlet Metro DC (April 11, 2017)—Joel Markowitz, publisher and founding editor of […]

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Review: ‘Improvaganza-A 3-Night Improv Festival’ Presented by Howard Community College’s Arts Collective

Thursday, March 30, 2017, the fun began in The Studio Theatre at Howard Community College with the start of Improvaganza-A 3 Night Improv Festival (with the additional bonus of three Master Classes in Improvisation being held on Saturday, April 1). This is all presented by the HCC Arts Collective and its wonderful “What Improv Group?!”. […]

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Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre

In the new Beauty and the Beast at Toby’s Dinner Theatre, it’s not just the accursed Beast and his castle of talking knickknacks that are caught in a magic spell of enchantment. So were lucky ticket-holders with tableside seats at the flawless opening-night performance on March 30th. Word is that remaining tickets are already scarce […]

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Review: ‘Faun’ at The Next Ice Age

The Columbia Figure Skating Club put on its annual spring show at the Columbia Ice Rink last Saturday and Sunday. The theme this year was Sing into Spring with two distinct parts. The first part involved kids skating excerpts from Disney’s Moana, choreographed by founding director Pat Muth. The second part of the show, entitled […]

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Interview: A Q & A with Arts Collective@HCC’s ‘IMPROVAGANZA’ Participants: Part One

Howard Community College’s Arts Collective’s What Improv Group?! is presenting Improvaganza, HCC’s (and Howard County’s, too) FIRST Improv Festival with Master Classes, on March 30, 31 and April 1, 2017 at 8pm in HCC’s Studio Theatre at the Horowitz Center. Arts Collective’s Improvaganza Improv Festival will feature twelve outstanding improv troupes from the Baltimore/DC/VA Metro […]

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IMPROVAGANZA: Improv Festival and Improv Master Classes at Arts Collective @HCC

Howard Community College’s Arts Collective’s What Improv Group?! presents… IMPROVAGANZA!  A Three-Night Improv Festival Mar 30, 31 & Apr 1, 2017, at 8pm in HCC’s Studio Theatre at the Horowitz Center. Howard Community College’s Arts Collective continues its 22nd season with something utterly new!  Improvaganza, HCC’s (and Howard County’s, too) FIRST Improv Festival with Master […]

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Review: ‘Lucky Stiff’ at Silhouette Stages at Slayton House

The musical Lucky Stiff with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty opened March 10, 2017, at Silhouette Stages and performed at Slayton House in Columbia, MD, under the direction of Conni Trump Ross. This fast-paced production lives up to the exceptional reputation of Silhouette Stages as it takes you on […]

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Here Are This Year’s WATCH Award Winners

Announcement Of Awards 17th Annual Washington Area Theatre Community Honors THE WATCH AWARDS Nominations Announced January 15, 2017 – 7:30 pm at The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA Award Ceremony Sunday, March 5, 2017 – 7:00 pm at The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA Award Ceremony Tickets $17.50 at the Birchmere Box Office or through Ticketmaster (plus service charge) […]

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WATCH Award Winners To Be Announced Tonight Beginning at 7 PM. Here Are This Year’s WATCH AWARD Nominations

HERE ARE THE 16TH ANNUAL WATCH AWARD 2017 NOMINATIONS Nominations for outstanding technical achievements. ____ Outstanding Set Design in a Musical (5) Jared Davis – Man of La Mancha – Arlington Players Bart Healy – Gypsy – Reston Community Players Dan Remmers – West Side Story – Little Theatre of Alexandria Jane B. Wingard – […]

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Review: ‘H20’ at Rep Stage

Not everyone who attends Jane Martin’s H20 at Rep Stage will necessarily agree, but the case could be made for its taking place in one of Dante’s outer circles of Hell. As the play opens, a cynical male actor slashes his wrists and spends the rest of the play in a sort of spiritual limbo […]

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