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Dangereuse: ‘King Lear’ at WSC Avant Bard

King Lear has sometimes been called the Everest of classical acting. Every great Shakespearean actor must sooner or later face the physically and emotionally exhausting task of playing the part. Some simply give up.  Albert Finney, when asked, is reported to have said; “Oh God, eight shows a week doing Lear – no, no, no.” […]

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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: 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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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 Gospel at Colonus’ at Avant Bard

In 1983, experimental theatre director Lee Breuer wrote and directed a musical that became a worldwide sensation. Blending Black church gospel music and Motown with a story of Greek tragedy, Breuer’s words and Bob Telson’s score created an entirely unique adaptation of Sophocles’ play Oedipus at Colonus. No one had imagined such a fusion of […]

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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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Meet the Cast of Avant Bard’s ‘TAME.’ Part 5: Karen Lange

In part five of a series of interviews with the cast of Avant Bard’s production of TAME., meet Karen Lange. Joel: Where have local audiences seen you perform recently on stage? Karen: Most recently, I was singing bluegrass murder ballads in Pinky Swear Productions’ Capital Fringe Festival show Over Her Dead Body: A Bluegrass Benediction. […]

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Meet the Cast of Avant Bard’s ‘TAME.’ Part 2: Brendan Edward Kennedy

In Part 2 of a series of interviews with the cast of Avant Bard’s production of TAME., meet Brendan Edward Kennedy. Joel: Where have local audiences seen you perform recently on stage? Brendan: This past year, I’ve played d’Artagnan in Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s Three Musketeers, Florizel in Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s The Winter’s Tale, and Kulygin […]

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Meet the Cast of Avant Bard’s ‘TAME.’ Part 1: John Stange

In Part 1 of a series of interviews with the cast of Avant Bard’s production of TAME., meet John Stange. Joel: Where have local audiences seen you perform recently on stage? John: Busy year. Working backwards: Antony & Cleopatra with Brave Spirits Theatre, 22 Boom! with Nu Sass Productions (at Capital Fringe), The Merry Death of Robin Hood with LiveArtDC, The Maid’s Tragedy, […]

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Magic Time! ‘In the Cage, She Has a Fighting Chance’: A Q&A With Stephen Spotswood About His New Play ‘Girl in the Red Corner’ at The Welders

This seems to be the season in DC Metro Theater for pugilistic women. Women who box claimed the stage in Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage (just closed at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company). A woman who fights back tooth and nail is the fierce protagonist of Jonelle Walker’s TAME. (about to open at Gunston Arts Center, produced […]

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Meet the Cast of Avant Bard’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Part 8: Jenna Berk

In Part 8 of a series of interviews with the cast of Avant Bard’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, meet Jenna Berk.. Joel: Where have local audiences seen you perform recently on stage? Jenna: I played the contortionist and straitjacket escape artist Wendy in Stephen Spotswood’s The Last Burlesque, Pinky Swear’s contribution to Capitol Fringe […]

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Meet the Cast of Avant Bard’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’: Part 3: Zach Brewster-Geisz

In Part 3 of a series of interviews with the cast of Avant Bard’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, meet Zach Brewster-Geisz. Joel: Where have local audiences seen you perform recently on stage? Zach: Among other places, I’ve recently been at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory (Merchant of Venice, Taming of the Shrew, Midsummer), Pallas Theatre […]

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