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Review: ‘The Wild Party’ at Constellation Theater Company

In 1928, Joseph Moncure March wrote a racy narrative poem that was received quite successfully, despite a ban resulting from its controversial content, called “The Wild Party.” And in 2000, a musical of the same name, with books, lyrics, and music by Andrew Lippa, made its world-premiere. With the original poem as its inspiration, the […]

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Review: ‘What Every Girl Should Know’ and ‘Dry Land’ in Rep at Forum Theatre

One hundred years separate the young women in What Every Girl Should Know and Dry Land, now playing in rep at Forum Theatre. In Monica Byrne’s What Every Girl Should Know, the four teenage girls are housed in a pre-suffrage Catholic reformatory where their capacity to dream is limited to fantasies of romance and murder. In Ruby Rae Spiegel’s Dry Land, the three […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #7: Best Performances and Ensembles in Musicals in Professional Theaters in DC/MD/VA

Here is the staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #7: Best Performances in Musicals in Professional Theaters in DC/MD/VA: Scean Aaron as Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show at Iron Crow Theatre. Scott Ward Abernethy as Doctor Madden in Next to Normal at The Keegan Theatre. Nicklas Aliff as Caldwell B. Cladwell in Urinetown at Constellation Theatre Company. […]

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In Context: ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ at The Keegan Theatre

John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation was widely admired as an ingenious, penetrating look at contemporary society when it premiered in New York back in 1990. Based on a true story, it concerns a young, black, gay grifter who insinuates himself into some of Manhattan’s most sophisticated homes, posing as Sidney Poitier’s son. Ultimately, this drama […]

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Review #2: ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ at The Keegan Theatre

In John Guare’s wonderfully enigmatic and slightly precocious play, Six Degrees of Separation, now playing at The Keegan Theatre—the ripples of interconnection run rampant as the author intended. This unique play is actually based on a scientific and mathematic theory that each human being on the planet is connected in some way by only six […]

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Review: ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ at The Keegan Theatre

We’ve all heard of this idea before—that there are six degrees of separation between everyone in the universe, from the president of the U.S. to a “gondolier in Venice.” John Guare’s play, named after this theory, has all the makings of a farce playing on this idea: a rich, middle-aged, overexcited white couple are fascinated […]

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Review: ‘Urinetown’ at Constellation Theatre Company

In the not too distant future there will be a drought so long and severe that water use will become strictly regulated. So regulated that even your right to pee will be in doubt. How will you handle this dystopian future? Will you, like Caldwell B. Cladwell run the nefarious “Urine Good Company” corporation, earning […]

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Post-Play Palaver: ‘Next to Normal’ at The Keegan Theatre

Post-Play Palaver is an occasional series of conversations between DCMetroTheater Arts writers who saw the same performance, got really into talking about it, and decided to continue their exchange in writing. That’s what happened when Senior Writers and Columnists Sophia Howes (Dangereuse) and John Stoltenberg (Magic Time!) saw the musical Next to Normal at Keegan […]

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Review: ‘Next to Normal’ at The Keegan Theatre

‘Next to Normal’ Confronts Depression, and Anxiety Depression hurts. It deadens and dulls the edge of life and can even kill. With a Tony Award-winning score composed by Tom Kitt with lyrics and book by Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal, is a study of what happens when a family matriarch can’t cope with the demons in her […]

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Review: ‘American Idiot’ at The Keegan Theatre

The Keegan Theatre’s American Idiot speaks to collective genius. Hardly a no-brainer to mount this explosive, war-weary work, weaned in the Bush II era, at the height of today’s media-hijacked, cock-eyed presidential campaign. (Careful, now, no name-calling or naming names. Hand gestures should suffice.) But the payload of mixing Ritalin-wracked choreography, transcendent stagecraft and megaphonic […]

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Spine: Is ‘Avenue Q’ Just What the Doctor Ordered? Constellation Theatre’s Marvelous Production

Let me be absolutely clear. I loved Constellation Theatre Company’s production of Avenue Q, which opened last night to a packed, laughing audience. Fast paced, precisely choreographed and executed, with deliciously varied voices and personalities, and who doesn’t love the Muppets and Sesame Street: it’s not Bert and Ernie up there, but Bert and Ernie […]

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‘Dogfight’ at The Keegan Theatre

A trip to the Keegan Theatre is a must for they are now presenting the first collaboration of the dynamic songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul—namely, the musical Dogfight (based on the popular cult film of 1991 starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor and a critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway hit). It will be very easy for […]

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Monumental Theatre Company Presents ‘Sex Swap: A Gender Bender Cabaret’ at Cobalt on March 6, 2015 at 7 PM by Michael Windsor

Monumental Theatre Company is a new professional nonprofit theatre company in the DC area run by Jimmy Mavrikes, Michael Windsor, and Beth Amann. In their senior year at Catholic University Beth and Jimmy ran the student run theatre company, CenterStage. They met with Michael and shared dreams of running a theatre company together. Monumental Theatre […]

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Tonight at 7:30 PM at Source: Concert Reading of Off-Broadway Musical ‘Yank!’ at Rainbow Theatre Project

TONIGHT at 7:30  PM, The Rainbow Theatre Project presents the final installment of their inaugural season — a concert reading of the much-touted Off Broadway musical YANK! by brothers David and Joseph Zellnik. Co-directed by Factory 449 Producing Artistic Director Rick Hammerly and the Director of Artistic Programming at Ford’s Theatre, Patrick Pearson, with Musical […]

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Magic Time! ‘Hair’ at The Keegan Theatre

When I saw the original Broadway production of Hair in the late sixties, my hair was shoulder length, and the slogan “Make love not war!” referred to pacifism pre-9/11 and fluid exchange pre-AIDs. Times have changed a lot (and I’m more shorn), yet this legendary “American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” rocks on, its spirit and heartbeat […]

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‘Hair’ at The Keegan Theatre

“Psychedelic!” might be the only word that appropriately describes the electrifying rock musical Hair rocking The Keegan Theatre last night. With brilliant direction by Susan Marie Rhea and Mark A. Rhea, music direction by Jake Null, and choreography by Rachel Leigh Dolan, this interpretation of Hair in the intimate Keegan Theatre is an experience you won’t want […]

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