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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” asked Mary Oliver in her “The Summer Day.” Long ago I answered, like many of you. Be part of the performing arts. And so this column about the anticipation being in a theater when the curtain goes up…waiting for what comes next.

In the Moment: ‘Indecent’ at Arena Stage

“Why must every Jew on stage be a paragon?” A key question asked without bombast by one of the fictional characters created by playwright...

In the Moment: Looking Forward to ‘A Night of Suffrage Theater’...

It has been 100 years since suffrage pickets began in front of the White House for women to have the legal ability to vote...

In the Moment: Sound Design Enriches ‘King John’ at The Folger...

Folger’s rendering of the seldom-produced King John is more than impressive Shakespearean rhetoric and the checking off on a bucket list of plays to...

In the Moment: ‘How I Learned to Drive’ at Round House...

The latest data from the Child Welfare League of America indicate that in Maryland in 2015, there were over 51,000 referrals for child abuse...

In the Moment: ‘Sleepy Hollow’ at Synetic Theater

As if inspired by Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness or even Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, Synetic’s highly original production of Sleepy Hollow, performed without...

In the Moment: ‘Heisenberg’ at Signature Theatre

With notes at the top of his work Heisenberg, playwright Simon Stephens gives undecorated, clear direction to theater companies for his expectations when producing...

In the Moment: ‘Lincolnesque’ at the Keegan Theatre

Separating a theater company’s production from the playwright’s script is crucial when evaluating a performance. After all, an engaging full production can do the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

In the Moment: Another look at Round House’s ‘The Legend of...

Round House is the current Promised Land for anyone wanting to get happy. With its divine, illusion rich production of The Legend of Georgia...

In the Moment: Chamber Dance Project Brings ‘Chant’ to the Lansburgh...

The summer season of DC’s very own Chamber Dance Project will be in residence this month at the acoustically rich, 450-seat Lansburgh Theater in...

In the Moment: Another Look at Theater J’s ‘Trayf’

I looked forward to taking in the premiere stage production of Lindsay Joelle’s Trayf at Theater J. The title Trayf alone brought me smiles...

In The Moment: ‘An Iliad’ Brings Homer to Millennial Audiences at...

It has been a muscular classic read for centuries. It has withstood the test of time, at least up to now. But in these...

In the Moment: Bloomberg Philanthropies investing in DC’s non-profit cultural institutions

When we think of non-profit arts and cultural institutions, do we only think of the creative side of the organization, the parts we see...

In the Moment: ‘Girlfriend’ at Signature Theatre

Girlfriend is a sensitively constructed and gracefully performed coming of age musical about two late teen boys having an unexpected first crush that turns...

In the Moment: Report on The Kennedy Center’s 2018 Arts Summit

The time is most certainly right for the arts to be disruptive; to assert and insert itself in national discussions about social justice and...

REMEMBERING JOEL MARKOWITZ