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A riveting E. Faye Butler lifts up Black history as Fannie...

Sarasota, Florida's Asolo Rep continues its 2021 outdoor season with the Rolling World Premiere of Mississippi native Cheryl L. West's Fannie: The Music and...

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to play composers silenced by Nazis

Four composers who died in Nazi concentration camps are known to have written entire compositions while imprisoned there, and the Washington–Baltimore region deserves its...

Ken Ludwig on his parents’ love story and the lost art...

When I interviewed Ken Ludwig about his latest play, Dear Jack, Dear Louise, which opened at Arena Stage more than a year ago, I...

Meet the talented teens who won Mosaic’s playwriting contest

Mosaic Theater Company announces and celebrates the talented winners of its inaugural Playwriting Contest for high school students. Each winning play will receive a...

‘Being Alive’ is the pandemic anthem we all need right now

In January, a 35-year-old, single Londoner named Gagan Bhatnagar talked to The New York Times about the unique psychological challenge of enduring the coronavirus...

Metro update: Without Biden bailout, slashed service still likely

We at DCMTA continue to track the WMATA budget and any service-cut issues, given Metro’s critical importance to the survival of live performing arts....

Stepping to Go-Go, Step Afrika! takes on COVID prevention

“We have a shared responsibility to keep our communities safe,” Step Afrika! founder C. Brian Williams told me at the top of our phone...

Ditch the “Is this theater?” debate, by Jordan Friend and Gregory...

Gregory Keng Strasser (producing director): Hey, Jordan. Jordan Friend (artistic director): Hey, Greg. I guess we have to pretend like we don’t talk to each...

Theaters honor Dr. King’s dream by acting on #WeSeeYouWAT demands

An insurrection by far-right extremists within the U.S. Capitol; Washington, DC, looking like a war zone prepared for battle; and state capitals around the...

Why Trump has made Shakespeare matter more than ever in DC

There is something inherently Shakespearean about DC. It’s easy to picture Lincoln wandering the corridors of the White House reciting his favorite passages. In...

MetroStage to stream ‘Mothers and Sons’ in tribute to Terrence McNally

What does a gay man call another gay man to whom he is committed? The character Cal in Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons gropes...

‘Twelve Days of Watchmas’ from #WeSeeYou is a blunt and raw...

Revolution is rooted in protest. And in revolutionary ways, protest theater promotes social change. The ubiquitous We See You, White American Theater movement courageously...

The year that COVID canceled live theater and a revolution came...

Theater history will long remember that 2020 was the year that COVID canceled live performance. It canceled lots else, of course, including, tragically, hundreds...

A tribute to Lorraine Treanor, Washington theater’s booster-in-chief

By Susan Galbraith In June 2005 Lorraine Treanor, a relatively new theater-maker transplant from Chicago, who had followed her husband’s work to settle in the...

How the pandemic got music educators to think outside the box

In a typical year, Sound Impact reaches some 8,000 students throughout the United States and Central America. But typical, 2020 is not. The upheaval...

Tennessee Williams’s ‘Lady from the Village of Falling Flowers’ returns

Spooky Action Theater’s utterly charming production of The Lady from the Village of Falling Flowers—a recently discovered early work by Tennessee Williams directed for...

In Audrey Cefaly’s wistful ‘Story of Walter,’ a lonely dad and...

Social media once again proves invaluable to connect theatergoers with performance. This instance is courtesy of Signature Theatre’s SigWorks: Monday Night Play Readings. Not...

Three queer yeshiva grads defy “ex-gay” therapy in ‘Abomination’ at Theater...

Sure, we theatergoers miss live productions. But then again, for the adventuresome, there is a veritable taster’s menu of virtual theatrical events. No need...

Using Zoom in a new way to create theater that transforms...

By Neal Davidson “Dramatic Betweenness”: A new theatrical experience  Here’s an incredibly simple idea: a play written and performed as a video call. Nothing more. Not...

Solas Nua’s latest is one time only and off the wall

Virtual connections have become a life force in these days without live performance as the pandemic is reaching its ninth month with us. What...