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Photo highlights from the 2018 Helen Hayes Awards!

The 2018 Helen Hayes Awards gave the DC theater community a chance to relax, recharge and reflect on a great year of theater. Two productions of In the Heights dominated the evening, with GALA Hispanic Theatre’s production taking home nine awards, including Outstanding Production in a Musical – Helen. Olney Theatre Center’s joint production with […]

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Review: ‘Casa Valentina’ at Colonial Players of Annapolis

Colonial Players of Annapolis’ production of Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina, first produced in 2014, offers a powerful look at a still-misunderstood subject. Directed by Mickey Lund, it features wonderful acting and directing, as well as inventive staging and lighting, and clever makeup and costumes. This is the area premiere and first community theater production of […]

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Luis Salgado (center) proudly accepts the honor from GALA's Artistic Director Hugo Medrano (right). Photo by Stan Weinstein.

GALA Hispanic Theatre Recognizes Latino Contributions to the Arts in Annual Paso Nuevo Benefit

On the heels of its impressive 9-award win at last week’s Helen Hayes Awards, GALA Hispanic Theatre hosted its annual Night of the Stars gala this week at the Organization of American States. The annual event raises funds for Paso Nuevo, GALA’s free, after-school theater workshop for low-income, immigrant students aged 12-19. Students from Paso […]

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Review: ‘The Beast in the Jungle’ at Vineyard Theatre

An imaginative, lyrical, and bittersweet stage adaptation of Henry James’ heartbreaking novella of 1903, The Beast in the Jungle reunites the celebrated team of John Kander (music), David Thompson (book), and Susan Stroman (direction and choreography) in a stunning world-premiere production at Vineyard Theatre. The original re-envisioning of the classic story combines the form of […]

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Review: ‘The Remains’ at Studio Theatre

They have such a tasteful, immaculate, picture-perfect kitchen, how could their marriage be such a sorry mess? That’s a crass way to ask the question, but the answers are beautifully nuanced in Ken Urban’s new play The Remains, a riveting comedy that mourns a gay marriage on the rocks. Set Designer Wilson Chin has indeed […]

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Review: ‘Flood City’ at Theater Alliance

I would not have thought that a play about dreadful disaster could be done as a droll and delightfully dark comedy, but Playwright Gabrielle Reisman did. Having lived through Hurricane Katrina in 2005 in New Orleans, she sought to find theatrical form for what she witnessed there about survivors’ resilience in the face of mass […]

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Review: ‘The Cherry Orchard’ by Faction of Fools

Though it has commonly been staged as a tragedy or psychological drama since its Moscow premiere, Anton Chekhov always insisted that The Cherry Orchard was a comedy. A story about an aristocratic family’s loss of ancestral land due to the gradual collapse of the feudal order might seem tragic – at least for the aristocratic […]

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Review: ‘Pericles’ by We Happy Few

Let’s be clear, Pericles is pretty much a first draft play that Shakespeare never quite finished. Now to be fair, the work is not wholly attributed to him, but with more than a few murderous plots, storms at sea, and hidden truths, Shakespeare could have done with a dramaturg to help him focus. Lucky for […]

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Pamela J Gray and Stephanie Roth Haberle. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Review: ‘Woman and Scarecrow’ at Irish Repertory Theatre

Marking its first production of a work by the internationally-lauded Dublin-born playwright Marina Carr, Irish Repertory Theatre’s New York premiere of Woman and Scarecrow, potently directed by Ciaran O’Reilly, is a fiercely candid, surprisingly funny, and devastatingly poignant deathbed reflection by a wife and mother belatedly filled with realizations, passion, and regrets about her “encroaching […]

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Review: ‘Waitress’ at The National Theatre

Waitress at the National Theatre is sweet as “Sugar.” The word resonates during scene shifts, as an immensely talented piemaker, Jenna (Desi Oakley), lists the ingredients for the new pie she is inventing in the opening number, “What’s Inside.” The mix of flavors is delicious as Jenna is joined in harmonies by her fellow waitresses, […]

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DC Metro Theater Arts Founder Joel Markowitz is remembered during the In Memoriam section of the 2018 Helen Hayes Awards. Photo by Mukul Ranjan Photography.

Remembering Joel Markowitz on His Birthday

We at DC Metro Theater Arts are taking time today to remember Founder and Editor Joel Markowitz on what would have been his 61st birthday. Joel remains in our hearts every day as we strive to keep his legacy alive through our work with DC Metro Theater Arts, the publication that he created and built […]

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