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Magic Time!: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at Signature Theatre

There’s an extraordinarily tender and touching moment in Signature Theatre’s ebullient Jesus Christ Superstar when Mary Magdalene (Natascia Diaz), after singing her gorgeous ballad “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” snuggles alongside the sleeping body of Jesus (Nicholas Edwards), her backside to his front, and wraps his arm around her shoulders. OMG Mary and […]

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Review: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar is an impressive beauty of a rock opera. It successfully takes a Biblical phrase such as, “Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.” (Lamentations 3:41) to make it a revolutionary statement. With a fuse set by Director Joe Calarco, Jesus Christ […]

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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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Review: ‘In Transit’ at Circle in the Square Theatre

I first ran into this musical which deals with the lives of several New  York subway commuters in 2010 when it first bounced into town onstage at the 59 East 59th Street Theatre off/Broadway. It was a small musical then, housing a cast of seven men and women who were so busy “getting there” that they […]

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Magic Time! “I Think About How Badly I Can Break a Heart Today”: A Q&A with Audrey Cefaly, Author of ‘The Gulf’ at Signature Theatre

John: I first discovered your writing when I saw Maytag Virgin during the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, and as I said when I interviewed you back then, “it was one of those experiences of an artist’s work that make me want to see everything they do.” So when I learned that that Signature Theatre would […]

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Signature Theatre Announces its 2016-2017 Season-3 World Premiere Musicals and 2 World Premiere Plays

 Signature Theatre Announces 2016/17 Season Three World Premiere Musicals: Freaky Friday by Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey, and Bridget Carpenter Silver Belles by Matt Conner, Allyson Currin and Stephen Gregory Smith Two World Premiere Plays: Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing by James Lapine Plus  The DC Premiere of Jelly’s Last Jam and Inventive new stagings of Titanic […]

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Review: ‘The Flick’ at Signature Theatre

Like the seismic shift in the theatrical terrain that I experienced when I saw the Steppenwolf Theater’s production of Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead off-Broadway, or the excitement I felt when I saw Steppenwolf’s galvanizing production of Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County with the original cast on Broadway, the Signature Theater’s production of Annie Baker’s […]

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The Women’s Voices Theater Festival: ‘Cake Off’ at Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre’s Cake Off, is an appetizingly savory musical petite-four disguised as a mere head-turning sugary iced cutie. It is a whiz-bang production full of high-flying, screwball comic work topping sharp issues involving the crazy times that many people, whether female or male, can find themselves in during separation/divorce especially when custody of children is […]

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Signature Theatre Announces its 2015-2016 Season

Signature Theatre Announces 2015/16 Season  Season features two world premiere musicals: Cake Off and Girlstar  plus  The DC Premiere of Annie Baker’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner The Flick  The DC Premiere of Bathsheba Doran’s 2015 Play The Mystery of Love & Sex  Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Road Show  The return of Dempsey and Rowe’s The […]

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‘The Nutcracker’ at Round House Theatre

Offering a new fantastical family-friendly treat, Round House Theatre continues its 2014-15 season with a spectacularly re-imagined contemporary adaptation of a beloved classic – The Nutcracker, a new holiday musical created by Tommy Rapley, Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, and Kevin O’Donnell. Directed by the award-winning Joe Calarco, The Nutcracker made its area premiere at Round […]

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Joe Calarco on Being Named Resident Director and Director of New Works at Signature Theatre

After a very busy week, after being named Resident Director and Director of New Works at Signature Theatre, Multiple Helen Hayes Award-winning director/playwright Joe Calarco, who has directed 14 productions at Signature, chimed in: “Taking a position at a theater has been something that I have been seriously open to for the past few years. One […]

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Joe Calarco Named New Resident Director and Director of New Works at Signature Theatre

There is great news from Signature Theatre! Multiple Helen Hayes Award-winning director/playwright Joe Calarco, who has directed 14 productions at Signature, has been named Resident Director and Director of New Works at Signature Theatre. For this Joe Calarco fan-it’s wonderful news not only for Signature Theatre but also for local theatregoers who love Joe’s work. […]

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‘Gypsy’ at Signature Theatre by Derek Mong

Everything’s coming up sunshine and Santa Claus at Signature Theatre. Hands down-—Signature Theatre’s Gypsy is the best musical I have seen this year. Signature Theatre pulls out all the stops for Gypsy, and the resulting spectacle is nothing short of spectacular! This Gypsy is swell and it’s great! Its a holiday treat you won’t want to miss! Under […]

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TONIGHT at 10:30 PM: Theatre Lab Presents Its 3rd Annual ‘Dramathon’ at Theater J

Award-Winning Actors and Playwrights Help Send Kids to Camp in The Theatre Lab’s Dramathon  The Theatre Lab’s third annual Dramathon, TONIGHT April 26 at 10:30 p.m. at Theater J, will once again reward its top fundraisers with a night on stage, performing alongside some of the Washington DC area’s best-known professional actors in short plays written […]

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Signature Theatre Announces its 2013-2014 Season: 6 Musicals & 2 Plays

Signature Theatre Announced its 2013-2014 Season: MISS SAIGON August 15, 2013 – September 22, 2013 Directed by Eric Schaeffer. Created by the acclaimed writers of Les Misérables, this modern, rock-infused adaptation of Puccini’s 1904 opera Madame Butterfly explores the ongoing impact of love, loss and the collision of cultures during the Vietnam War. Vietnamese Kim and American G.I. […]

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Reflections on Signature in the Schools’ ‘Revolution’ by Eric Denver

Back in November 2012, “about 250 student/Signature meetings ago,” playwright Joe Calarco and director and Signature Theatre’s Education Department Director Dave Zobell began their yearly collaboration for Signature in the Schools’  Revolution, which would premiere in February 2013. Five of the shows are performed just for an audience of Washington, DC metro area schools and two shows […]

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‘Shakespeare’s R&J’ at Signature Theatre by David Friscic

Shakespeare’s R&J, the somewhat hip title ascribed to Joe Calarco’s creative adaptation and intertwining of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set in a Catholic all-male boarding school, is highly visceral, physical, and jolting – and a very challenging concept for a play. Calarco directs a cast of four very energetic and talented actors at full throttle and with tremendous […]

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