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A Modern Classic Takes on Epic Proportions: Constellation Theatre Brightens Brecht’s Manifesto, Adds Musical Makeover to ‘Caucasian Chalk Circle’

Last week, I decided to venture off my usual path and check out the Constellation Theatre, which performs at Source in the lively 14th Street corridor. What lured me there was the chance to see a new production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, a political allegory written by Bertolt Brecht in the late 1940s and periodically […]

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2018 Helen Hayes Awards Co-Hosts Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan and Michael J. Bobbitt. Photo by Nicole Hertvik.

Hosting the 2018 Helen Hayes Awards: Michael J. Bobbitt and Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan Talk About their Lives On and Off the Stage as They Prepare for DC Theater’s Big Night Out

Forget the Oscars, the Emmys, and the Tonys. Here in the nation’s capital, there is only one award worth talking about. And that’s the Helen Hayes, honoring the best of DC’s theater professionals for more than three decades. This year, when the ceremony begins—on May 14th at the Anthem, the newly-built concert venue on the […]

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Living Dolls: A Conversation With the Five Actors Who Breathe Life Into ‘Paper Dolls’ at Mosaic

Paper Dolls, the bittersweet new musical that opened at Mosaic Theater Company two weeks ago, has produced standing ovations—and laughter and tears—at every production so far. Yet the show, which broke all records for pre-opening sales and is already one of the top box office successes in Mosaic’s history, is about a situation so improbable […]

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From ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Evita’ to ‘Snow Child’ at Arena Stage, Bronx-Born Singer Natalie Toro Has Built a Career Belting Out Broadway Hits (Interview)

When Natalie Toro steps onto the Arena Stage in the world premiere of Snow Child this week, she’ll be adding a whole new role to the worldwide musical repertoire. But while the part is new, the character she plays—Esther, a tough-minded settler on the Alaskan frontier nearly a century ago—is similar to some of her […]

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Review: ‘A Burial Place’ at The Wheel Theatre

If you’re looking for proof that big things come in small packages, then you need look no further than the tiny black box theater where A Burial Place, produced by the Wheel Theatre Company at the DC Arts Center, is now having its all-too-brief DC debut. The play, which will be on view for just […]

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Review: ‘Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends: New Worlds’ at the Kennedy Center

Can you imagine a chamber music concert—a quartet, playing mostly classical work by composers with names like Bach, Schubert and Shostakovich—getting six encores? And seven—yes, seven—standing ovations? That’s what happened the other night when New Worlds—a one-night performance featuring Bill Murray and a trio of string players—took the stage for its Washington, DC premiere in […]

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Review: ‘Hobson’s Choice’ at Quotidian Theatre

Hobson’s Choice is a winner. The play – a sparkling comedy with a terrific cast – just opened at the Quotidian Theatre Company, a jewel of a playhouse tucked into the rear of the Writer’s Center in Bethesda. And it’s a production as dazzling as it is unexpected. In fact, this revival of a century-old […]

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Kyla Garcia in Sovereignty. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

Review: ‘Sovereignty’ at Arena Stage

Sovereignty, the long-heralded new play by Mary Kathryn Nagle – a member of the Cherokee Nation and one of barely a dozen Native American playwrights writing today – has arrived. Inspired by a Supreme Court case that was heard just two years ago, the play, now in its world premiere at Arena Stage, is one […]

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‘Everything Is (Finally) Illuminated’ – Aaron Posner’s Setting of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Masterpiece Makes Its DC Debut at Theater J

Twelve years after it was first adapted for the stage by British playwright Simon Block, the play Everything Is Illuminated – based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer – has arrived at Theater J, where it now has audiences alternating between howls of laughter and stunned silence. Much of the laughter comes in Act One, when […]

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Erika Rose in Caleen Sinnette Jennings' Queens Girl in Africa at Mosaic Theater Company, Women's Voices Theater Festival 2018. Photo by Stan Barouh.

Erika Rose Lights Up the Stage in ‘Queens Girl in Africa’ (Women’s Voices Theater Festival)

It’s no coincidence that Queens Girl in Africa—Caleen Sinnette Jennings’ semi-autobiographical one-woman play now at Mosaic Theater Company of DC—was chosen to kick off the Women’s Voices Theater Festival earlier this week. The original play, Queens Girl in the World, was the hit of the first Women’s Voices Theater Festival in 2015. Produced by Theater […]

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Interview: Beyond ‘Seinfeld,’ Brian George Moves From Sitcom to Stage in ‘Vicuña’ at Mosaic Theater Company of DC

Chances are you’ve seen him before, either as an angry Pakistani cook on Seinfeld or a benign Indian doctor on The Big Bang Theory. That’s because Brian George – the character actor now dazzling audiences in the world premiere of Vicuña & The American Epilogue – has spent most of his 40-year career playing immigrants from the Indian subcontinent. […]

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Review: ‘Sotto Voce’ at Theater J

In Sotto Voce, Theater J’s first production of the 2017-18 season, the characters don’t actually lower their voices. Instead, they speak in whispers, and not always to each other. However, they do address the audience, which is privy to their innermost thoughts as well as their comic banter. Most of the talk takes place in […]

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