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In the Moment: ‘Trevor’ at 1st Stage

Under the crafty direction of Alex Levy, 1st Stage’s production of Trevor, penned by Nick Jones, had me in agreement with a recent American Theatre headline calling Jones the “Deadpan Puppet Master of Human Folly.” 1st Stage’s Trevor is having its DC area premiere. If you think you don’t know playwright Jones, well, you may already know […]

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Review: ‘Trevor’ at 1st Stage

Trevor, directed by Alex Levy and written by Nick Jones, at 1st Stage, is equal parts emotional and thought-provoking. With strong performances throughout, this subversive show is dark comedy at its best. The peculiar storyline to the show is this: in a rural American home in 2009, an erratic, 200-pound, ex-actor chimpanzee named Trevor (the […]

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Review: ‘LIZZIE: The Musical’ at Pinky Swear Productions

Fresh off their Capital Fringe Best Overall Show and Best Musical Theatre or Opera wins for 2016’s Over Her Dead Body, Pinky Swear Productions (PSP) rips onto the stage of Anacostia Playhouse with LIZZIE: The Musical, created by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Alan Stevens Hewitt, and Tim Maner. PSP Artistic Director Karen Lange has been pursuing the […]

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‘Sons of the Prophet’ at Theater J

Theater J’s first triumph of the season was Caleen Sinnette Jennings’ semi-autobiographical Queens Girl in the World. Its second is also loosely autobiographical: Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet—a very funny play that’s seriously about suffering. The play takes place about eight years ago in a burb in Pennsylvania. The main character, 29-year-old Joseph, is beset by […]

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The Women’s Voices Theater Festival: ‘When She Had Wings’ at Imagination Stage

Imagination Stage presents the world premiere of When She Had Wings, a play by Susan Zeder. Inspired by the mystery of famed aviator Amelia Earhart, this production is a proud participator in Washington DC’s Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer, this show is a multi-faceted must-see! Scenic Designer Luciana Stecconi uses a […]

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‘The Baltimore Waltz’ at Rep Stage

Something is undeniably right about a play that keeps you chuckling all evening then sends you off with a lump in your throat. That, in a nutshell, is Paula Vogel’s The Baltimore Waltz, now opening another sterling theater season at Rep Stage in Howard County. Vogel wrote the play in response to her brother’s death […]

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‘Cabaret’ at The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts

The Theatre Lab lived up to its reputation as one of the most beloved and well-respected acting training grounds in the DC metro area with its teen production of Cabaret, directed by Caroline Angell and music directed by Joshua Coyne. The Theatre Lab’s Musical Theatre Institute for Teens brought the timeless and eternally relevant musical […]

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‘The Madwoman of Chaillot’ at WSC Avant Bard

Under the lively, animated touch of director Christopher Henley, a merry little band of eager Avant Bard players bring The Madwoman of Chaillot, by French playwright Jean Giraudoux (1882-1944) to day-glow life at Gunston’s Theatre Two. It is a world of flamboyance and fanciful whimsy even as it reflects the deep undercurrents of the corrupting […]

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Here Are The Recipients of This Year’s 2015 Helen Hayes Awards – in Order of Presentation With 2 Videos

 Here are the recipients of the 2015 Helen Hayes Awards  in the order they were announced tonight at The Lincoln Theatre.   THE RECIPIENTS ARE IN RED! Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play-HELEN Production Bonita Brisker Seven Guitars No Rules Theatre Company Katy Carkuff One Man, Two Guvnors 1st Stage Maggie Erwin Failure: A Love Story […]

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‘In Love and Warcraft’ at No Rules Theatre Company

There is a lot to like about Madhuri Shekar’s In Love and Warcraft even before the opening scene. This newly minted full production of a romantic-comedy brings to the DC area a playwright representing a new generation of playwrights. It is a generation with its own creative takes on the human condition and the uses of technology […]

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‘Seven Guitars’ at No Rules Theatre Company

Under the affecting direction of Michele Shay, No Rules Theatre Company’s production of August Wilson‘s Seven Guitars raises an intimate, open-eyed  awareness of lives without long-term satisfaction, with too many unfulfilled hopes and dreams, and too loose a hold on the redemption of long-term unconditional love. There is plenty of sharp humor to protect and medicate from the […]

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Pinkalicious-The Musical at Adventure Theatre MTC

Adventure Theatre MTC presents Pinkalicious-The Musical, based on the book by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann and with lyrics by John Gregor. Carl Menninger directs this colorful production. Scenic Designer Collin Ranney transforms the set into a young girl’s dream; bright and feminine, with cottony, textured clouds that sprawl across the blue walls. The effect is so […]

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‘The Nautical Yards’ at Force/Collision by Amanda Gunther

A mystical journey awaits you in the waters of Yards Park. Water mythology, wartime, love and loss, all of this is intricately intertwined into the devised site-specific water ballet/theatrical performance The Nautical Yards presented by Force/Collision. A picturesque pond in the park with a bridge and vast rolling hill; a green field leading down to […]

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