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Magic Time!: ‘The Events’ at Theater Alliance

Theater Alliance's The Events, now playing at Anacostia Playhouse, is one of several plays this season that deal with a mass shooting. (There's also Pinky...

Magic Time!: ‘If I Forget’ at Studio Theatre

To paraphrase the famous Passover Seder line, "Why is this domestic drama different from all other domestic dramas?" Or, to put the impudent question...

Magic Time!: ‘Gloria’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Count on Branden Jacobs-Jenkins to leave you whiplashed and shell-shocked. He hits nerve after nerve then goes for the jugular. Whatever he writes, see it. Woolly's...

Dangereuse: The “Wow” Effect: Free-for-All ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the Shakespeare...

First-rate Shakespeare for free is one of the most valuable gifts the Shakespeare Theatre offers the DC community. The two-week run of Romeo and...

In the Moment: ‘Passion’ at Signature Theatre

Leaving Stephen Sondheim’s Passion, directed by Matthew Gardiner, I found one word to describe my reaction: Believable. Yes, believable. This Signature Theatre production of Passion took me...

Magic Time!: ‘The Interstellar Ghost Hour’ at Longacre Lea

Here's an idea for a grad lit student in search of a dissertation topic:  "Bewilderment and Brilliance in the Theater of Kathleen Akerley." That...

In the Moment: ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ at the Keegan...

Iowa can seem such a mythical place. That crossed my mind as I took in the Keegan Theatre’s top-notch production of the bittersweet, mystical...

Magic Time!: ‘The Story of the Gun’ at Woolly Mammoth

Mike Daisey's monolog The Story of the Gun is a show both hilarious and sobering, and he begins it with a wry riff on...

Magic Time!: ‘Dave’ at Arena Stage

You know those big live TV versions of blockbuster musicals that get broadcast decades after the show was a hit on the stage? Like,...

Magic Time!: A Report on ‘The Trans-Atlantic Time Traveling Company’

The prodigiously imaginative performance artist Holly Bass belongs to the first generation of her family not to pick cotton for a living. I learned...

In The Moment: Building New Homes for the Arts in Fairfax...

Throughout my years covering the arts in the DC area, I have often heard that Fairfax County is a wasteland, a desert, no place...

Magic Time!: Mike Daisey Takes Aim at ‘The Story of the...

Masterful monologuist Mike Daisey returns to DC to skewer with humor another burning issue of the day. This time it's America's thing about guns....

Magic Time!: ‘O Monsters’ at Capital Fringe and the Limits of...

I went to see O Monsters, the radically abstract production created by Philadelphia’s New Paradise Laboratories, now playing in the Kogod Cradle at Arena...

With Community Theatre Project, GALA Theatre Brings Immigrant Voices ‘Out of...

They are likely the unseen in our midst; that is until a particular, probably short-term job needs the informal employment market as the source...

Magic Time!: ‘East of the River’ at Anacostia Musical Theatre Lab

Community engagement is a noble aspiration for a lot of theaters around town. The challenge is to make theater matter to folks who live...

With ‘A New Nation,’ Convergence Theatre’s Elena Velasco Aims To Make...

Art and activism are long-time partners. What better place than the DC area to meld the two in an effort to stimulate social justice...

Magic Time!: ‘The Till Trilogy’ at Mosaic Theater Company

The murderous race hate that killed young Emmett Till in 1955 is alive and well. The impunity with which white assailants get away with...

Love and Friendship IRL: A Q&A With Brandon McCoy and Brianna...

I went to see Other Life Forms, the new comedy at Keegan Theatre, not expecting to write about it. But the play changed my mind....

Magic Time!: ‘The Emperor of Atlantis’ at The In Series

The Emperor of Atlantis—an operatic takedown of autocracy—is relevant to our times in freaky and haunting ways. And its backstory is chilling. Near the end...

Kennedy Center to Honor World Refugee Day with Free Performance by...

In a special Kennedy Center Millennium Stage performance commemorating World Refugee Day on June 20, 2018, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)...

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