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Review: ‘Our Town’ at Olney Theatre Center

Thornton Wilder’s New Hampshire creation, Grover’s Corners, sits on some of the oldest rock in the world: “a shelf of Devonian basalt” crossed with “vestiges of Mesozoic shale,” we’re told. The oldest headstones in the cemetery are from the late 1600s, and filled with names that still populate Grover’s Corners in 1901, when the play Our […]

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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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Review: ‘Angels in America: Perestroika’ at Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center

Prophetic Messages continue in the stunning second part of Tony Kushner’s masterwork, Angels in America: Perestroika –now appearing at the Round House Theatre as a joint production of the Round House Theatre and the Olney Theatre Center. This production is directed by Ryan Rilette with dramatic, trenchant, and witty aplomb with a great respect for the […]

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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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Spine: Anguish, Angels, and the Reagan Revolution: ‘Angels in America’ at Round House Theatre

Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center have teamed up for a truly remarkable Washington event: Parts 1 & 2 of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer-Prize winning Angels in America. On Monday, September 12th, Part 1, Millennium Approaches, opened–to a standing ovation with angels, rising from beneath, soaring from above, or simply walking amongst us. Part II, […]

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Review: ‘Angels in America: Millennium Approaches’ at Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center

Social, political, and historical forces collide and converge to mirror the conflicted inner worlds of the fascinating characters in Playwright Tony Kushner’s audacious, insightfully subversive, and groundbreaking play Angels in America: Millennium Approaches which is now thrilling audiences at Bethesda’s Round House Theatre. Directed with passionate fervor and sardonic wit by Jason Loewith (and co-produced […]

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Review: ‘An Octoroon’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Welcome to playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ world. You’re just living in it. Or, is it, welcome to 19th Century playwright Dion Boucicault’s world and Branden Jacobs- Jenkins is living in it? Or, is it, welcome to the world of a playwright named BJJ, who’s a character in a play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins that’s a riff on […]

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Round House Theatre Announces its 2016-2017 Season: A Celebration of Tony Kushner

NEW SEASON INCLUDES A CELEBRATION OF TONY KUSHNER, THE LARGEST MUSICAL IN ROUND HOUSE’S HISTORY, THE REGIONAL PREMIERE OF A SOLO SHOW BY AUGUST WILSON ROUND HOUSE THEATRE AND OLNEY THEATRE CENTER ANNOUNCE TWO-YEAR ARTISTIC PARTNERSHIP Round House Theatre and Producing Artistic Director Ryan Rilette are thrilled to announce the company’s 2016-2017 Season. The ambitious new […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #8: Best Performances in a Play in Professional Theatres

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their Best of 2015: Best Performances in Plays in Professional Theatres go to:  BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY Josh Adams as Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan at Scena Theatre. Matthew Ancarrow and Robby Rose as ‘The Twins’ in The Comedy of Errors at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Aaron […]

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‘Hay Fever’ at Olney Theatre Center

Noël Coward himself described his breakout hit, Hay Fever as having “no plot at all, and remarkably little action…” The Olney Theatre Center’s production of this part-farce, part-comedy of manners, beautifully directed by Eleanor Holdridge, defies Coward’s self-effacing description, giving audiences a blessed union of physical and upper crust comedy that drowned out the theater […]

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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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‘Colossal’ at Olney Theatre Center

In his curtain speech prior to the opening night performance of Andrew Hinderaker’s Colossal at Olney Theatre Center, Artistic Director Jason Loewith mentioned ‘past, present, and future,’ and that tonight’s performance would focus on these three things. Loewith was absolutely correct, because at the core of Hinderaker’s emotionally gripping and corporeally inspiring play is the […]

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‘The BFG’ at Imagination Stage

Imagination Stage presents The BFG (The Big Friendly Giant), based on the book by Roald Dahl, adapted for the stage by David Wood, and directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer and Eric J. Van Wyk. Before you read on, let me just say this: I review shows quite often, but this is one of the best […]

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‘The Piano Lesson’ at Olney Theatre Center

The legacy of the past collides into the hopes and dreams of a new beginning. It’s a new day. Marking the first time in 76 years, Olney Theatre (in the intimate Mulitz -Gudelsky Theatre Lab) presents the great American playwright August Wilson, and his 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winning play, The Piano Lesson. The […]

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‘The Piano Lesson’ at Olney Theatre Center

You can’t sell your soul for money. But at what point does the sentimental value of a family heirloom become diminished enough to sell it for money? When ghosts of the past, both figuratively and literally, take to haunting a family, decisions must be made. Olney Theatre Center presents August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson. As […]

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Magic Time! Keegan Theatre’s ‘A Few Good Men’ by John Stoltenberg

Exploding onstage like a fusillade of biting wit and badinage, A Few Good Men is getting a crackling-good production that makes this power-packed 1991 play feel like it was ripped from today’s headlines. Doesn’t matter whether you’ve seen the Hollywood movie version. Over at the The Keegan Theatre, it’s all brand-new again. So be forewarned: It could get […]

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