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News: Avant Bard to Conjure a ‘Tempest’ for Our Changed Climate

Culminating its 28th season making theatre on the edge, Avant Bard proudly presents Shakespeare’s classic comedy The Tempest at Gunston Arts Center May 31 to July 1, 2018, directed by Artistic and Executive Director Tom Prewitt. “Shakespeare imagined a world fraught with possibilities, and he filled it with young love and dazzling magic,” says Prewitt. […]

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Review: ‘Girlfriend’ at Signature Theatre

The rock musical Girlfriend celebrates the tentativeness and exuberance of a budding romance between two gay teens in a small town Nebraska in the 1990s. Just after graduating from high school, Will, a socially awkward loner (Jimmy Mavrikes), and Mike, a popular jock (Lukas James Miller), gradually come to terms with their mutual attraction. As tenderly […]

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Review: ‘Witch’ at Creative Cauldron

Creative Cauldron presents the world premiere of Witch, the fourth installment in their Bold New Works for Intimate Stages commissioning project. Written by Co-Directors Matt Conner (Music and Lyrics) and Stephen Gregory Smith (Book and Lyrics), Witch seeks to explore the perseverance of feminine power and influence. The musical shares several stories of women branded as […]

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Interview: Actor Sara Barker Discusses Upcoming Performance of Lauren Gunderson’s New Play Against Gun Violence (1st Stage April 23)

On February 14, 2018, a gunman entered Stoneman Douglas High School and killed 17 students and teachers. On April 3, Playwright Lauren Gunderson made her new play involving gun violence, Natural Shocks, available for royalty-free performances the weekend of April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. And on Monday, April 23, Sara Barker […]

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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 inclusion. Turbulent times call out for the arts–not merely competency in coding and a thumb on the scales algorithms–if America is to make it through these demanding political and cultural times. […]

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Review: ‘Fly By Night’ at 1st Stage

Recipe for a vexing evening of musical theater: combine cuteness, sweetness, quirkiness, clever and funny dialogue, and a sprinkling of amusing and melodic songs. Add a heavy dose of sentimentality. Stir in a sauce of vague mysticism. Top it off with an abrupt, blatantly forced, change of mood near the end of the second act. […]

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Review: ‘Luzia’ at Cirque du Soleil in Tysons

For a Cirque-head such as myself, anticipation of a new Cirque du Soleil show coming to town kicked in months ago. It had been two long years since Cirque last pitched its Big Top here, with Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities, a show I praised to the tent top: Kurios’  marvels will not only wow one’s inner […]

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Review: ‘Sweeney Todd’ by The Arlington Players

Stephen Sondheim himself felt some uncertainty in categorizing Sweeney Todd, the 1979 show that many regard as the masterpiece of his long and spectacular career. In his annotated book of lyrics, Finishing the Hat, he settled on “dark operetta” and refers to it as “a movie for the stage.” There is an alternative way of […]

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Review: ‘The Front Page’ by Providence Players

There are few perfect things in life, let alone in theater. But Providence Players’ The Front Page comes darn close. Every aspect of the production is first-rate. The newspaper world created for this 1928 screwball comedy by Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht – themselves former reporters – is peopled by middle-aged, poorly-paid, working stiffs, ink-and-bourbon-stained […]

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In the Moment: Nicole Burton, Pipeline Playwright discusses upcoming MetroStage reading

Pipeline Playwrights, the Northern Virginia-based collective of accomplished women playwrights who support productions that explore the variety of women’s experiences, continues its new series of play readings. Next up in the reading series is playwright Nicole Burton with Swimming Up the Sun. The reading will be directed by Carol Cadby. It will feature DC area […]

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Review: ‘The Pavilion’ at The Hub Theatre

Aching and raw, sweet and lamenting, Hub Theatre’s production of The Pavilion is a master class of three DC-area actors in command of playwright Craig Wright’s lyrical, melodic language about love, loss, regret, and mercy. There are even vital shout-outs about the formation of the universe. Yup, the universe. Under the capable, softly sculpting hands […]

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