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Review: ‘The Pajama Game’ at Arena Stage

The Pajama Game is a classic, a Broadway mega-hit with themes and tunes as timely as today’s news. The show is currently a wonderfully realized, dynamic production at the Fichandler Theater in the round at Arena Stage at the Mead Center in D.C. If this show could be bottled, customers would empty the shelves in […]

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Shakespeare Theatre Company Unveils its 2017-2018 Season Lineup

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR MICHAEL KAHN ANNOUNCES THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY’S 2017-2018 SEASON Othello The Collection and The Lover Twelfth Night Hamlet Waiting for Godot Camelot Final production to be revealed Artistic Director Michael Kahn announced the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 2017–2018 Season. Continuing his commitment to explore the classics from a variety of perspectives, Kahn, now in […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #12: Best Direction of Plays in Professional Theater in DC/MD/VA

Here are the DCMetroTheaterArts Staff’s honorees for Best Direction of Plays in Professional Theaters in 2016. Congrats to all our honorees! THE BEST DIRECTION OF PLAYS  in 2016 IN DC/MD/VA ARE: Paul Morella for A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas at Olney Theatre Center. Michael Baron for A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre. Laurie T. Freed […]

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Review: ‘Fully Committed’ at MetroStage

Tom Story is a knockout in his one-actor, effortlessly frenetic, tour de force performance as 40 different characters who comprise the charming “controlled” frenzy of MetroStage’s Fully Committed. Story’s performance – as a put-upon phone reservation clerk at the bottom of the food chain – clearly requires intense stamina of his mind and body. Yet […]

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Review: ‘After Life’ | ‘Josephine’ by UrbanArias

Say “operatic double bill” and two duos spring to mind, for aficionados and amateurs alike. From the mid-20th century, Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium and The Telephone; from the late-19th century, the sure-fire pairing of “Cav and Pag,” verismo works by Pietro Mascagni (Cavalleria Rusticana) and Ruggero Leoncavallo (Pagliacci). The 21st century, young as it is, may already […]

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‘Kiss Me Kate’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

In a perfect world, the actors and actresses of a production get along. In a perfect world, there is no backstage drama. In a perfect world, that drama does not confuse and alter a production of The Taming of the Shrew. But this is not a perfect world as shown in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s new […]

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‘Silence! the Musical’ at Studio’s 2nd Stage

Silence! The Musical is very easy to digest (pun intended), as presented in the tightly directed current production now playing at the creatively configured 2nd Stage space of The Studio Theatre. A dark satire replete with savage wit and dancing, interactive lambs, the filmic source material (the 1991 Jody Foster-starring and Academy Award-winning film) has always […]

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DCMTA Scene Stealers-Week Ending March 31, 2015 Part 2

Here is Part 2 of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Scene Stealers ending March 31, 2015. Congrats to our honorees! ______ Charles Edwards as Charles in a Ghostly Encounter he National Theatre “Not even Angela Lansbury as Madame Arcati could eclipse the comical predicament in which character Charles Condomine found himself in Blithe Spirit. British actor Charles Edwards refused […]

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‘Man of La Mancha’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

“Too much sanity is madness!” This counterintuitive declaration is made by Don Quixote, the iconic lead character in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s current production of Man of La Mancha. Portrayed by the ultra-talented Australian actor Anthony Warlow, Quixote is the alter-ego and imaginative creation of 17th century author Miguel de Cervantes. With music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by […]

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‘Penny’ at Washington National Opera

The world premier for the Washington National Opera’s newest American Opera Initiative takes a new look at the power of music in the touching, engrossing drama Penny, which follows an autistic young woman who cannot speak but finds a way to communicate in song. WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello continues her hot streak and her […]

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5 Top Scene Stealers of the Week-Week Ending 6/13/14

Here are our 6  (We have a tie) Top Scene Stealers for the week ending June 13, 2014. Congrats to all our honorees!  A Special Scene Stealer of The Week: Frank Britton Returns as Pontius Pilate in The Last Days of Judas Iscariut.  The joy that filled Forum Theatre’s production of The Last Days of Judas Iscarot when […]

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‘Bastianello & Lucrezia’ at Urban Arias

Beautifully sung, hilariously acted, perfectly directed, brilliantly composed (John Musto for Bastianello and William Bolcom for Lucrezio), cleverly written (both by Mark Campbell)- these are just some of the ways to describe Urban Arias’ production of Bastianello & Lucrezia. Stage Directed by Alan Paul (This year’s Helen Hayes Award winner for directing Shakespeare Theatre Company’s A Funny Thing Happened […]

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Synesthesia: More Sign-Interpreted and Captioned Performances in January and February 2014 by Yvonne French

The Angelica Film Center & Cafe at the Mosaic in Virginia’s mod new Merrifield development has audio captioning devices that fit into the drink holders. 2911 District Ave @ Lee Hwy & Gallows Rd Fairfax , VA 571.512.3301 Angelika.Mosaic@readingrdi.com __ JANUARY 2014 Sign-Interpreted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Friday, January 10, 2014 at […]

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THE BEST OF 2013: ‘Favorite Musicals of 2013’ by The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts

It’s that time of the year when everyone makes their list of favorites, and the staff of DCMetroTheaterArts, after seeing over 2,000 professional, community, children’s, university, and high school productions have selected their favorites of 2013. For the next week, we will be posting a new category every day with our list of our honorees. […]

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