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Luis Alberto Gonzalez and Teresa Castracane in Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train. Photo by Teresa Wood.

Review: ‘Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train’ at 1st Stage

Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, now in production at 1st Stage, opens while the audience is still finding their seats. On a raised platform, in the round, Angel Cruz (Luis Alberto Gonzalez, in an exhausting and haunting performance) is trapped inside a cell that gives him no room to move. He’s all […]

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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: ‘The Freshest Snow Whyte’ at Imagination Stage

Far off the radar of most grownup theatergoers, the writer/director Psalmayene 24 has been creating an extraordinary body of work for children. I’ve been an admirer of the trenchant work he has directed for mature audiences—the plays Not Enuf Lifetimes and The Shipment knocked me out. But until The Freshest Snow Whyte—his fourth creation for Imagination […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #9: Best Performances and Ensembles in Plays in Professional Theaters in DC/MD/VA

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #9: Best Performances in Musicals in Professional Theaters in DC, MD, and VA Are: Gassan Abbas in I Shall Not Hate at Mosaic Theater Company of DC. Lizzi Albert as Anne Boleyn in Anne of the Thousand Days at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Megan Anderson as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire at Everyman Theatre. Megan Anderson […]

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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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Review: ‘Black Nativity’ at Theater Alliance

I saw Black Nativity last year at Anacostia Playhouse and was so thrilled by it (as I wrote in my rave review), I had to go again this year. I went  expecting to see a reproduction of a splendid show every bit as good as before. That’s what theaters typically do when they remount a […]

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Review: ‘Fringe POP [Performance over Projection]’ at Capital Fringe-

Fringe POP [Performance over Projection] is an interesting and laudable new theatrical experiment from the Capital Fringe creative team. Fringe POP, which launched last night at the Logan Fringe Arts Space, explores ways to combine projections, theater and film onstage, offering audiences an innovative new take on theater. The series contains two separate performance tracks […]

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Review: ‘When the Rain Stops Falling’ at 1st Stage

This play by Andrew Bovell in this 1st Stage production burned so many astounding images onto my brain—and sent into my ears so many searing exchanges—that my head is still spinning. For instance there’s a scene when we see the same character, Elizabeth Law, at two different ages in her life played by two different […]

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Ian Allen’s ‘The Klunch’ Opens its 1st Production: ‘George is Dead’ This Thursday, 12/3 at DCAC

CHERRY RED PRODUCTIONS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR IAN ALLEN FOUNDS “THE KLUNCH” A NEW THEATER COLLECTIVE OPENS ITS FIRST PRODUCTION: ELAINE MAY’S GEORGE IS DEAD AT DC ARTS CENTER THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3RD THROUGH DECEMBER 19TH “Klunch” is an internet-y little word describing the state of mind of someone who’s become totally engrossed in something like Facebook, Netflix, […]

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‘Deathtrap’ At NextStop Theatre Company

NextStop Theatre Company’s current production of Deathtrap does an incredible job of honoring the play’s highly successful history. Deathtrap was nominated for a Tony in 1978 for Best Play and holds the record for the longest running comedy-thriller on Broadway. Written by Ira Levin, a well-known author of many thrillers including Rosemary’s Baby and The Stepford Wives, Deathtrap has been […]

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Ian Allen Founds New Theater Company: ‘The Klunch’ and Announces 1st Production: ‘George is Dead’ 12/3-19th

CHERRY RED PRODUCTIONS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR IAN ALLEN FOUNDS “THE KLUNCH” A NEW THEATER COLLECTIVE FIRST PRODUCTION TO BE THE DC PREMIERE OF ELAINE MAY’S GEORGE IS DEAD AT DC ARTS CENTER, DEC 3-19 PRESS PERFORMANCES Saturday, December 5th at 7:30 pm Sunday, December 6th at 3:00 pm “Klunch” is an internet-y little word describing the […]

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‘Summer Hummer IV: Foreplay!’ at Signature Theatre Benefits theatreWashington’s ‘Taking Care of Our Own’

Summer Hummer IV: Foreplay! made its two-show debut last night at Signature Theatre. If you didn’t plan properly or were on vacation, you missed a provocative evening of fun and frolic at Signature’s house of ill repute, before it was reconverted back to its current run of THE FIX, which runs through September 20th. Taking […]

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‘Passion Play’ at Forum Theatre

During the Roman times, theatre was a savage sport: need a crucifixion, grab a slave. During the Dark Ages, theatre disappeared under the cloak of Catholicism: better to have no fun, if having fun leads to eternal damnation. During the Middle Ages, theatre reappeared, from under the cloak, as a Passion Play: if theatre teaches, […]

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Magic Time! Passion for a Play: A Q&A With Michael Dove, Director of Forum Theatre’s ‘Passion Play’

Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play is an epic three-part play set in three eras—Queen Elizabeth’s England, Adolf Hitler’s Germany, and Ronald Reagan’s America. It’s a fancifully sprawling story, and each act centers around a community’s staging of a play about the crucifixion of Jesus. Actors in the ensemble of eleven play similar roles from act to act. […]

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‘Othello’ at WSC Avant Bard

T.S. Eliot’s great poem The Hollow Men is sometimes said to be about the shell-shocked soldiers of the First World War. (“We are the hollow men/We are the stuffed men/ Leaning together /Headpiece filled with straw.”) In a time when there are homeless veterans, it is a real service to remind us of the suffering […]

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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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