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Grammy-winning percussionists to rap on entrepreneurship and racial justice

As we in the performing arts continue to struggle with finances and other resources in the aftershock of COVID-19, with no end in sight,...

Spooky Action Theater’s ‘To the Earth’ literally zooms into space

As the pandemic continues to take its toll on live theater, smaller-budget theaters are staying nimble and daring, thanks to generous support from donors....

Arena Stage docudrama makes case for making DC ‘The 51st State’

In our current political and cultural stressful times, how can theater make a difference, not just to those who are in-person patrons but to...

A tribute to Brave Spirits as it calls off Shakespeare’s histories...

There are certain theater experiences that you look forward to with extraordinary excitement. Brave Spirits Theatre’s Shakespeare’s Histories 2020 was one of them. To...

A critic at play

During the past seven-odd years that I've contributed to DC Metro Theater Arts, I've written about upwards of 600 shows—sometimes as the designated reviewer...

Theater J revives a 1910 hit comedy-melodrama

Sit back to indulge in a comedy-melodrama. A streaming Zoom reading of a rediscovered play first produced in 1910. It is a love letter,...

Get out the vote. Share this vid.

Elections have consequences. Some elections more than others. With voting participation trending downward over the years, what can be done to awaken folk to...

A course at Theater J for theater lovers looks ahead to...

Change is coming. As the DMV theater community is reeling and reckoning with the effects of the coming post-COVID-19 world and as artists of color...

A heart-piercing tribute to frontline COVID responders in ‘The Line’ from...

With the country hitting new daily highs as COVID-19 surges well beyond hot spots such as New York, New Jersey, and Connecituct, the Public...

Theatermakers of color call white theater to account for systemic racism

The cultural momentum powering protests that followed the May 25 murder of George Floyd has galvanized a national and local movement for transformational change...

Rehearsals in PPE and other big changes to expect when theaters...

We will open again. The COVID-19 virus will neither darken nor silence us even with the many scary unknowns before us. We know reopening...

Washington Performing Arts does pandemic planning with patron feedback

Better days may be coming. Some restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic may be easing. But there is not yet a definitive date when...

Five great films about theater (to help you survive staying home)

Karen Richards (Celeste Holm) the playwright’s wife: A part in a play. You’d do all that for a part in a play? Eve Harrington (Anne...

Whitney White on directing James Baldwin’s classic ‘The Amen Corner’ at...

In 1955 James Baldwin had just turned 30 and had written a play about a storefront church in Harlem that he could not get...

Another lost female genius found, in ‘Einstein’s Wife’ at ExPats Theatre

The history of science is studded with female geniuses snubbed by sexism. There's biophysicist Rosalind Franklin, geneticist Nettie Stevens, chemist Alice Ball— And several...

“I want to make space for women who make mistakes”: A...

Dani Stoller's world-premiere comedy Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes is funny and witty and in its own quirky way quite deep. Plus it puts...

‘Boys Don’t Cry’ at Dance Place rejoices in macho detox

Boys Don't Cry made this boy cry. It happened near the end. I had been watching a performance by the French dance company Cie Hervé...

Actor Mikéah Jennings unpacks his powerful performance in ‘Shipwreck’ at Woolly...

Anne Washburn's Shipwreck: A History Play About 2017 is an epic, scorching, and surreal satire of white liberalism in the era of Trump. It...

‘Heroine’ at The Kennedy Center tells the searing true story of...

Post-Play Palaver is an occasional series of conversations between DC Metro Theater Arts writers who saw the same performance, got really into talking about...

Who is Black? Signature Theatre’s ‘Gun & Powder’ hits a national...

It may surprise you (as it did me) that the title of this melodic world-premiere musical does not refer to gunpowder. The word gun...