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Review: ‘Empanada For A Dream’ at 1st Stage

Proust may have had his mother’s madeleine, but Juan Francisco Villa has his mother’s empanada to stir up memories of his gritty, hard scrabble childhood in New York’s City’s Lower East Side. It was a traumatic childhood like few others I have witnessed on local stages. Villa’s Empanada for a Dream at 1st Stage is an […]

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Interviews with the Cast of McLean Community Players’ ‘Comic Potential’ Part 2: Scott Duvall

In Part 2 in a series of interviews with the cast of McLean Community Players’ Comic Potential, meet Scott Duvall. Joel: Please introduce yourself and tell us where our readers may have seen you perform on our local stages. Scott: My name is Scott Duvall. I’ve been in the Capital Fringe Festival the past couple of years in Girl with Two […]

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Magic Time! ‘Avenue Q’ at Constellation Theatre Company

The intriguing tagline for Constellation Theatre Company’s 2015/16 season is “Playtime for Grownups,” which could not have been more appropriate on opening night of its Avenue Q—the wholly humable musical in a humdinger of a production. It’s going to be a huge hit. And it really is adult fun. The famous show with childhood-invoking Sesame Street–style […]

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‘Avenue Q’ at Constellation Theatre Company

Avenue Q is that rarest of Broadway hits that captivates everyone, theatre geek or casual fan, who has blushed at its racy tunes or busted a gut seeing the hilarity firsthand. I am pleased to report that the new production by Constellation Theatre, directed by Allison Arkell Stockman, is as raunchy, touching and all-around entertaining […]

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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 Producers’ at Sandy Spring Theater Group

In 2001, The Producers took home 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score. Adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, the piece brilliantly captures the dark humor of Brooks’ original 1968 film. After a successful Broadway run of 2,502 performances, the musical went on to a run of 920 performances […]

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Here are the 2014 Helen Hayes Awards Recipients

Here are the 2014 Helen Hayes Awards Recipients (in BOLD). 2014 Helen Hayes Awards Recipients Outstanding Choreography, Resident Musical Karma Camp Hello, Dolly! Ford’s Theatre and Signature Theatre Rachel Leigh Dolan, Cabaret, The Keegan Theatre Maurice Hines, Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life, Arena Stage Josh Rhodes, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Shakespeare Theatre Company […]

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Filmfest DC 2014-A Preview

Filmfest DC 2014 might be the last year for the festival, according to Tony Gittens, Filmfest DC Founder and Festival Director. This year marks 28 years of curated great international films in DC.‘It’s taking everything we have to do this year,” said Gittens recently about the viability of the Festival. “A shortfall of $250,000 – […]

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‘john & jen’ at Red Branch Theatre Company

Columbia’s Red Branch Theatre Company is out to test just how spare and lean a musical can get and still hold an audience in a magical spell. The company’s new staging of the off-Broadway 1995 show john & jen has just two cast members and a bare minimum of props, yet it is anything but challenged […]

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World Stages: International Theater Festival: Nalaga’at Theater Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble: ‘Not by Bread Alone’

The World Stages: International Theater Festival takes the center stage at The Kennedy Center, March 10-30, 2014 bringing together some of today’s most exciting theatrical visionaries presenting an unprecedented focus on theatre from around the globe. Twenty-two theatrical offerings from nineteen countries, and every continent except Antarctica, are represented in this theater Festival of dynamic […]

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‘Hairspray’ at Magruder High School

The words “tuneful” and “energetic” only begin to describe Magruder High School’s production of the Tony-award-winning musical Hairspray. Based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name,  with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Hairspray combines social commentary with music, dance, romance, […]

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‘An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin’ at The Kennedy Center by David Friscic

If you were going to create a time capsule to preserve a glorious musical theatre partnership, you need look no further than Mandy and Patti in Concert now playing at The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theatre. Having played variations of this concert for several years now, Patinkin and LuPone have refined their concert to emphasize their unique […]

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