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Review: ‘Dogs of Rwanda’ at Urban Stages

In Dogs of Rwanda, now making its Off-Broadway debut at Urban Stages, playwright Sean Christopher Lewis revisits the horrors of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and the scars they left – both physical and emotional – on a fictitious American writer, who, as a kind of self-help therapy, publishes a book, some 20 years later, about […]

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Review: ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ at the Marquis Theatre

If you’re in the mood for a fun-filled island vacation, look no further than Manhattan Island and the Broadway premiere of Escape to Margaritaville at the Marquis Theatre. With music and lyrics by the iconic Jimmy Buffett and a book by acclaimed TV writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, the feel-good rom-com jukebox musical provides […]

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Here Are the Winners of the 2017 WATCH AWARDS

THE 18th Annual WATCH AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED Sunday, March 11, 2018 – 7:00 pm at The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA HERE ARE THE WINNERS (IN BOLD) Outstanding Set Design in a Musical (5) Skip Gresko – She Loves Me – Arlington Players Andrew JM Regiec and Dan Widerski – Aida – Reston Community Players Dan Widerski […]

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Review: ‘All the Ways to Say I Love You’ on Audible

If you love the New York stage and its stars, but can’t make it to the theater in person to see a live performance, Audible, a subsidiary of Amazon and the world’s largest purveyor of audiobooks, offers another option for theater-lovers around the globe. You can now listen to acoustic in-studio recordings by acclaimed actors, […]

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News: Woolly Mammoth Appoints Maria Manuela Goyanes to Succeed Howard Shalwitz as Artistic Director

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the selection of Maria Manuela Goyanes to succeed co-founder Howard Shalwitz as the organization’s Artistic Director. Goyanes is currently serving as the Director of Producing and Artistic Planning at The Public Theater in New York. “Maria has a compelling vision for the art Woolly can make, the […]

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News: The Welders Receive Grants for the Development of New Work

(Washington, D.C.) The Welders—Washington’s only playwrights’ collective devoted exclusively to developing and producing new plays—has received funding for artistic development of projects by individual artists Annalisa Dias, Rachel Hynes and Hannah Hessel Ratner, and the company has been awarded additional funding from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities specifically to support artistic development. “One […]

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News: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Coming to Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in Fredericksburg

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in Fredericksburg, Virginia is excited to be the first regional theater in the metropolitan area to present The Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Justin Luciano as Quasimodo and Thomas Adrian Simpson as Dom Claude Frollo. Located at 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA, performances begin on March 14th and run […]

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What To See This Week: Young Playwright’s Theater Presents ‘Silence is Violence: Whose Earth is This, DC?’

A movement is taking flight and Young Playwright’s Theater (YPT) is one of its co-pilots. Their upcoming Silence is Violence event will explore environmental injustice as it relates to gentrification in Washington, DC. The evening will be a “multi-sensory” experience featuring original one-minute plays, spoken word, interactive exercises with the audience, and musical performances. More […]

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In the Moment: Interview with Joe Calarco about ’12 Million Footsteps’

For nearly two decades, the inventive Signature in the Schools education program has exposed Arlington County public high school student actors to highly-charged, real-world issues well beyond the confines of a textbook by allowing them to participate in an original Signature Theatre production. The Signature in the Schools program, under the leadership of Arlington’s Signature […]

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Review: ‘Rap Guide to Consciousness’ at SoHo Playhouse

Do you ever wonder about the nature of awareness and the mechanics of perception? Luckily for us, Baba Brinkman does, and returns to SoHo Playhouse with his well-conceived and brilliantly entertaining Rap Guide to Consciousness, a hit in the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe and the latest installment in his signature fusion of hip-hop, humor, and neuroscience. […]

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In the Moment: Interview with Sound Designer Justin Schmitz

All too often the work of a theater sound designer can go unnoticed. In fact, not long ago the Tony Awards decided not to even provide an award category for sound design (now reinstated). Thankfully, the DC area’s Helen Hayes Awards did not follow the Tonys’ dismissive attitude toward theater sound design. But, what is […]

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An Interview with Award-Winning Actor Dan Hodge: Making his Off-Broadway Debut in the New York Premiere of ‘Dogs of Rwanda’

Just concluding his comic roles in the Walnut Street Theatre’s national touring production of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, with its final performances this week in California, Virginia, and Maryland, Barrymore Award-winning Philadelphia-based actor Dan Hodge is about to begin previews for his New York debut with Dogs of Rwanda, in its Off-Broadway […]

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Review: ‘The Amateurs’ at Vineyard Theatre

The latest work by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Jordan Harrison, The Amateurs, now making its world premiere at Vineyard Theatre, is a profound and witty meta-theatrical meditation on the purpose of art and the role of the artist in times of disaster. Devised in the format of a multi-layered play-within-a-play-within-a-play, the momentous self-referencing theme is seen through […]

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