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Review: ‘Ben Dibble: Are We There Yet? Just a Little Father(hood Cabaret)’ at the Arden Cabaret Series

Ben Dibble might be as fine a cabaret performer as anyone in that field. He demonstrated that with the presentation of Are We There Yet? Just a Little Father(hood Cabaret), produced by the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Many excellent singers have failed in their attempts at that delicate art. Cabaret demands naturalism, which requires […]

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Review #2: ‘Parade’ at The Keegan Theatre

Arguments have been made that the theater is supposed to be a “safe place” where patrons can go to be entertained, away from the harshness of the world. Yet there is a large(r) number of people who believe that the role of theater is not just to amuse the audience, but to inform, critique, question, console, […]

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The cast of Parade. Photo by Cameron Whitman.

Review #1: ‘Parade’ at The Keegan Theatre

An intriguing musical piece of consequential historical value, The Keegan Theatre’s production of the Award-winning musical Parade is unapologetically dark and honest. Based on actual events, the musical follows the struggles of Leo Frank (played by Michael Innocenti), a Jewish factory superintendent who was convicted of a crime he did not commit, and his relationship […]

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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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Interview: Jennifer Childs and Monica Stephenson Bring Holiday Cheer to Philadelphia with ‘The Carols’ at 1812 Productions

1812 Productions’ Producing Artistic Director and Co-Founder Jennifer Childs teamed up again with musician Monica Stephenson, a long-time friend and former colleague at the company, for this year’s funny and heartwarming holiday show. The Carols, an original world-premiere musical comedy, with book, lyrics, and direction by Childs and music by Stephenson, weaves the story of […]

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‘Look at Me!’ Meet the Cast of Media Theatre’s ‘The Bridges of Madison County’

The latest offering at the Media Theatre, the popular musical The Bridges of Madison County, based on Robert James Waller’s 1992 novel, with a book by Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, and directed by Jesse Cline, opened recently to standing ovations and excellent reviews. Cast members took time out to answer two questions about the […]

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Review: ‘The Last Five Years’ at Robinson High School’s Rambunctious Theatre Company and West Potomac High School’s Beyond the Page Theatre Company

Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years is not your average love story. It showcases the ups and downs, successes and failures of any relationship but hearing each side of the story told going opposite ways. Writing protégé Jamie and aspiring actress Cathy show us how their happy loving relationship crashes in five years. Jamie tells […]

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Review: ‘Rob McClure: Smile’ at Feinstein’s/54 Below in NYC

Talent, showmanship, and charm—Rob McClure has it all, and he brings it all to Feinstein’s/54 Below with Rob McClure: Smile, his premiere solo concert in New York City. The pride of New Jersey (where he was born and raised), Philadelphia (where he lives), and Broadway (where he’s currently appearing as Nick Bottom in Something Rotten!) […]

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Review: ‘Parade’ at Drama Learning Center

Parade is a musical with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Alfred Uhry. Although the original Broadway production had a short-lived run. the show is now often remembered as a powerful story of Southern pride and anti-Semitism. This is a challenging show to perform, especially by high schoolers. This production was […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #1: Special Awards

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their 2015 Special Awards have been awarded to: ARI ROTH AND MOSAIC THEATER COMPANY OF DC Mazel Tov to Ari Roth and Mosaic Theater Company of DC for launching a brand-new major company within barely a year, for announcing what may be the most ambitiously substantive and politically pertinent […]

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‘Songs for a New World’ at Metropolitan Youth Theatre

Metropolitan Youth Theatre, an entirely student-run theatre company based in Lorton, Virginia, showcased major young adult talents of the DC Metro area with their compelling production of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World, directed by Chad Vann with Assistant Director Usman Ishaq and produced by Sam Cornbrooks, with musical direction by James Woods. […]

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Metropolitan Youth Theatre’s Season in Review by Yves Nguyen

Children’s, youth, and student theatres exist all over the country, however, none are entirely run by any of the above, under the college age, other than the Metropolitan Youth Theatre in Washington DC. More often than not adults dictate student theatres or at least curate them. Theatre education for kids (students generally between the ages 13-18 […]

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Audra McDonald at the Music Center at Strathmore

The amazing vocal talent of Audra McDonald was a like a breath of the most enchanting spring air and perhaps the first real sign of spring in the DC area as Audra sang from the “Great American Song Book” at The Music Center at Strathmore on Friday evening to an adoring sold-out crowd. Like a […]

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‘Parade in Concert’ at Avery Fisher Hall in New York

Jason Robert Brown’s Parade is a gut-punch of a musical about the 1913 murder trial of an Atlanta Jewish man, his unjust conviction, his subsequent semi-exoneration to “only” life in prison, and his 1915 kidnapping off a prison farm and lynching by a mob. How much of this brew of political maneuvering, race relations, anti-Semitism, […]

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