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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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In the Moment: ‘Midwestern Gothic’ at Signature Theatre

The premise seems full of possibilities. With its moody Twin Peaks-like, arched eyebrow attitude, Midwestern Gothic tackles wasted lives, a randy adolescent woman who is questioning the “why” of her life, and always at-the-ready testosterone-fueled male obsessions. All this plus some “good old boys” as a Greek Chorus all planted down in a no-exit, dead-end, […]

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Review: ‘Midwestern Gothic’ at Signature Theatre

A native Midwesterner myself, I was eager to see Midwestern Gothic, Signature Theatre’s new show that is being touted as Misery meets Fargo, a thriller musical in the vein of Sweeney Todd set “in the middle of continental nowhere.” Midwestern Gothic features a cast of marginalized characters living forgotten lives on the fringes of society […]

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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: ‘Proof’ at 1st Stage

At one point in David Auburn’s multiple award-winning drama Proof, which is currently being given an exceptionally gripping treatment at 1st Stage in Tysons, Hal Dobbs gushes to Catherine about her father’s legendary mathematical ability. He calls it “elegant” and “beautiful,” with “no wasted moves.” In fact, many of the characters in Proof wax poetic about […]

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‘Sons of the Prophet’ at Theater J

Theater J’s first triumph of the season was Caleen Sinnette Jennings’ semi-autobiographical Queens Girl in the World. Its second is also loosely autobiographical: Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet—a very funny play that’s seriously about suffering. The play takes place about eight years ago in a burb in Pennsylvania. The main character, 29-year-old Joseph, is beset by […]

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Here Are The Recipients of This Year’s 2015 Helen Hayes Awards – in Order of Presentation With 2 Videos

 Here are the recipients of the 2015 Helen Hayes Awards  in the order they were announced tonight at The Lincoln Theatre.   THE RECIPIENTS ARE IN RED! Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play-HELEN Production Bonita Brisker Seven Guitars No Rules Theatre Company Katy Carkuff One Man, Two Guvnors 1st Stage Maggie Erwin Failure: A Love Story […]

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THE BEST OF 2013: ‘Favorite Children’s, High School, and University Productions and Performances of 2013′ by The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts

Here are the choices of The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts for our Favorite productions and performances in Children’s Theatre and High School and University productions that we saw in 2013. Congrats to all the honorees and to everyone who performed on our local stages in 2013. Please leave your list of your favorites you would like […]

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Bobby Smith on ‘Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris’ at MetroStage by Joel Markowitz

In Part Four of interviews with the cast of MetroStage’s Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Bobby Smith talks about performing in MetroStage’s production. Joel: Why did you want to be part of the MetroStage production of Jacques Brel..?   Bobby: Fantastic cast, amazing creatives, Brilliant music, beautiful little jewel box venue.  what more […]

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Bayla Whitten on ‘Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris’ by Joel Markowitz

In Part Three of interviews with the cast of MetroStage’s Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Bayla Whitten talks about performing in MetroStage’s production. Joel: Why did you want to be part of the MetroStage production of Jacques Brel..? Bayla: Matthew Gardiner told me about this production. Anything that involves Matthew I know […]

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Natascia Diaz on ‘Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris’ at MetroStage by Joel Markowitz

Here is Part One of interviews with the cast of MetroStage’s Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. To begin our series, here is the chanteuse magnifique – Natascia Diaz! Joel: Why did you want to be part of the MetroStage production of Jacques Brel…? Natascia: After performing this beautiful material at the Zipper Off- […]

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‘Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris’ at MetroStage by Julia L. Exline

MetroStage presents Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, a musical revue of the songs of Jacques Brel, an esteemed Belgian singer-songwriter whose music has been re-imagined through generations of artists (Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, and David Bowie, to name a few). Directed by Serge Seiden, and with musical direction by Jenny Cartney, […]

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