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Post-Play Palaver: ‘Soft Revolution: Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah’ at Venus Theatre

Post-Play Palaver is an occasional series of conversations between DCMetroTheaterArts 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 Michael Poandl and John Stoltenberg (Magic Time!) saw the new production of Soft Revolution: Shafana and Aunt […]

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‘Take A Bow!’ Part 1: The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ DC/MD/VA Fall 2016 Favorite Performances/Directors/Designers

Here is the staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ first series of ‘Take A Bow!’ Fall 2016 honorees: ____ Edwin Aparicio, as Choreographer, Flamenco Dancer, and Co-Director of Salvador, at GALA Hispanic Theatre. The great Flamenco choreographer and dancer Edwin Aparicio delivered an astonishing performance in Salvador, the full-length autobiographical dance that celebrated its world premiere at the opening […]

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Post-Play Palaver: ‘Angels in America: Part Two: Perestroika’ at Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center

Post-Play Palaver is an occasional series of conversations between DCMetroTheaterArts 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 Michael Poandl and John Stoltenberg (Magic Time!) saw the new production of Angels in America (Part Two: […]

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Post-Play Palaver: John Stoltenberg and Michael Poandl on ‘Angels in America: Millenium Approaches’ at Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center

Post-Play Palaver is an occasional series of conversations between DC Metro Theater 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 Michael Poandl and John Stoltenberg (Magic Time!) saw the new production of Angels in […]

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Take A Bow Part 2: The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Favorite Spring/Summer 2016 Performances

Here’s Part 2 of the staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ favorite Spring/Summer 2016 performances. To our honorees: TAKE A BOW! ____ Stori Ayers as Alma (and others), in Yellowman at Anacostia Playhouse. Stori Ayers’ performance as Alma is magnificent. The hurt inside the character—which Playwright Dael Orlandersmith’s script makes explicit—coexists in Ayers’s incandescent embodiment with a warmth, humor, and largesse […]

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‘Take A Bow’ Part 1: The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Favorite Spring/Summer 2016 Performances

Here’s Part 1 of the staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ favorite Spring/Summer 2016 performances. To our honorees:  TAKE A BOW! Stephanie Atha as Winifred and Sofia Bordner as Jane Banks in Mary Poppins at Phoenix Festival Theater. Special praise should be given to the performances of Stephanie Atha and Sofia Bordner. As the mother Winifred Banks, Atha beautifully sang “Being […]

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Magic Time! 5 Reasons Capital Fringe Is a DC Treasure

The future of the Capital Fringe Festival has been uncertain since its brilliant and brave inception in 2006, but back in July 2013 its fate was especially iffy. The festival’s fabulously funky Fort Fringe digs on New York Avenue were about to be demolished, and what would become its new home—the cool Logan Fringe Arts […]

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Magic Time! ‘Theater from the Heart’: A Q&A with ‘Jumpers for Goalposts’ Playwright Tom Wells

The morning after Jumpers for Goalposts opened at Studio Theatre, I sat down to talk with its very talented playwright, Tom Wells. He had been in town watching the last few weeks of rehearsals, working with Director Matt Torney and Dramaturg Adrien-Alice Hansel “trying out slightly tonal things” and doing “some tiny rewrites to fix […]

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Magic Time! ‘Unpacking Racism’: A Q&A with Psalmayene 24, Director of Forum Theatre’s ‘The Shipment’

Before I spoke with Psalmayne 24 about his direction of The Shipment—which plays through June 13, 2015, at Forum Theatre—I read the play by Young Jean Lee. John: I found the script powerful and deep. It’s a really disruptive depiction of race and racism. Theatrically it’s almost shocking in its originality of form.  Psalm: Yes, yes […]

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John Stoltenberg Interviews John Stoltenberg About His Play ‘Love Godfrey / Love George’ That Has a Free Reading on May 3rd @ 2 PM

A play by contributing writer John Stoltenberg will have a staged reading Sunday, May 3, 2015, at 2:00 pm at the MLK Library. John sat down with himself to pick his brain about it. John: Readers of DCMetroTheaterArts know you as a writer about theater, not a writer for theater. What’s up with that? John: […]

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DCMTA Scene Stealers-Week Ending March 31, 2015 Part 1

Here is Part 1 of our favorite ‘Scene Stealers’ in March 2015. Congrats to our honorees! ______ Alex Alburqueque, as Leporello, in Don Giovanni at The In Series singing “Lovely Lady” “Don Giovanni would be nothing without his sidekick, Leporello. The In Series sets this Mozart classic in the American bible belt during a tent revival. […]

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DCMTA Scene Stealers-January and February 2015-Part 2

Here is our second group of January and February Scene Stealers. Congrats to our honorees. ______ Patrick A’Hearn Singing “Music of the Night” at The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber at Riverside Center Dinner Theater “But the loudest applause was heard after A’Hearn appeared from his lair to captivate the audience with his glorious performance of ‘Music […]

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Hit Musical ‘Visible Language’ to Livestream on HowlRound Tomorrow, November 16th at 2 PM

Hit Musical Visible Language to Livestream on HowlRound TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 16, 2014 AT 2 PM WSC Avant Bard and the  Gallaudet University Theatre and Dance Program announce today that their co-production of Visible Language will livestream on the HowlRound TV networkSunday, November 16, 2014. This final performance in the show’s near-soldout run can be viewed live […]

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Scene Stealers-Week Ending 9/11/14

Here are this week’s Scene Stealers. Congrats to all our honorees.  ______ Shayna Blass as Anshul Getting Tipsy in Yentl at Theater J “As Yentl— the Jewish girl who dresses as a Yeshiva boy (Anshul) in order to study Torah—Shayna Blass embodies a young person’s passion kept within the impossible constraints of social custom, conventional propriety, […]

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Scene Stealers-Week Ending August 17, 2014

Here are this week’s Scene Stealers. Congrats to our honorees! _______ Stacy Crickmer as Lady of the Lake singing ‘Diva’s Lament’ and “Find Your Grail’ in Monty Python’s Spamalot at Zemfira Stage “Songs and scenes that caught your reviewer’s eyes and ears for mention included: Crickmer lamenting her lack of appropriate stage time with “Diva’s Lament” (Whatever […]

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