Engaging, sophisticated entertainment and education that didn’t talk down to the intended audience; children who may not have been familiar with the grand musical and cultural figure, DC’s very own Duke Ellington: that was my takeaway from the In Series very short run of Duke Ellington’s Neighborhood. Marketed as a production for the younger set (and […]
How might one react to finding and reading their mother’s diary after her death? Did she purposely leave the diary so it would be found and read, rather than destroy it? And, how in Heaven’s name, does one react to discovering intimate details about their own mother’s long ago affair with a younger man; an […]
Tinsel and garlands are festooned about a beautiful 10 foot tall Christmas tree. Easy to be captivated with such an exquisite Christmas touch. But, wait, the tree is standing tall on the Edlavitch DCJCC Theater J stage. A double take is in order. No, the DCJCC has not been taken over by a developer with […]
Want to wish yourself a Merry Little Christmas and a Happy New Year in a new way? Then for those with a bent for the uncommon, consider taking in a contemporary retelling of the Biblical Nativity story that honors the traditional New Testament birth of Jesus story, delivers fresh insights that are well-tagged to our […]
It is a season of thanksgiving and spending time with family and friends. But, untold numbers of D.C. and Baltimore area military families spend the Thanksgiving holiday away from loved ones serving and defending America. What can be done? Over the past seven years, with appreciation for their service and sacrifice, Arena Stage has had an […]
Fear City is the South Bronx in July 1977. There is nothing particularly unique about that July in that year in that place. Fear, it seems, is a way of life in the South Bronx. Kara Lee Corthron’s Welcome to Fear City operates in much the same way that introductions do. Upon first meeting the […]
The Amish with their horse and buggy, 19th century culture; their simple, old world uniforms and habits; their infamous Rumspringa where the teenage Amish is given the opportunity to choose between the church and the outside “English” world; and, after the West Nickel Mines school massacre, the Amish’s capacity to forgive. Chelsea Marcantel’s Everything is […]
Eleanor Burgess’ The Niceties is a political play that takes the gloves off. It’s bare knuckled and it’s bloody, though no bones are broken and no souls crushed. But who knows what tomorrow will bring. Now, one might expect such rhetorical violence if Burgess had plopped Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in a sealed room […]
Evan Linder‘s Byhalia, Mississippi pulls theatre-goers into familiar territory: the “white trash” world of Laurel and Jim. Once there, however, the unfamiliar takes shape: amidst the gutter talk, the racist behavior, the working poor’s low life, and the familial muddle, an endearing respect emerges for the grit and determination and love of Laurel and Jim. […]
The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts Best Direction and Musical Direction in Musicals and Best Direction of Plays of 2016 in Community Theatres in DC/VA/MD Are: BEST DIRECTION AND MUSICAL DIRECTION IN MUSICALS IN COMMUNITY THEATRES IN 2016 IN DC/MD/VA ARE: Director Kevin Sockwell and Musical Director Arielle Bayer for A Grand Night for Singing at Montgomery Playhouse and […]
Here is the staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ 3rd series of ‘Take A Bow!’ Fall 2016 honorees: Caroline Clay as Florynce Kennedy in (Re)Acts: Where Do We Go From Here? at Forum Theatre. It was a one-night-only bill of short theater pieces and one of them was an excerpt from Let It Flow!, a one-woman show Caroline […]
The recently opened Whiskey-Shine & Pantomime theater organization in Shepherdstown makes a stunning debut with an updated, modern day, and outdoor adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Directed by Kyra Soleil, the production displays many bold choices and exceptional performances in a highly unique atmosphere. A summary for those not familiar with the famous play; Hamlet […]
One measure of the quality of a play is how it stays in one’s mind the next few days. Or the next weeks or months or years. Not just how it plays on stage. How it remains in the brain. There are no awards for this quality. No Tonys for most memorable. No Helens or […]
Here is Part 2 of 5 interviews by Sharon J. Anderson, Contemporary American Theater Festival Trustee/Professional Story Listener and Creative Director. Meet Playwright Christina Anderson and learn about her play pen/man/ship. Sharon: This is a big play with a small cast. It deals with black/white, rich/poor, male/female, young/old, free/slave, and gay/straight issues . . . do you need […]
Here is Part 1 of 5 interviews by Sharon J. Anderson, Contemporary American Theater Festival Trustee/Professional Story Listener and Creative Director. Meet Playwright Susan Miller and learn about her play 20th Century Blues. Sharon: After reading 20th Century Blues, I wondered if you planted a tape recorder in my living room the day before I had three […]
We will be begin announcing announcing our ‘Best of 2015 DCMTA Honors’ tomorrow. Because we will have reviewed over 1,450 shows/concerts/dance in 2015, there is a lot to choose from and to honor. But first, let’s look back at our 2014 DCMTA honorees and congratulate them once again for their fine work. Lots of great memories […]
We will be announcing our ‘Best of 2015 DCMTA Honors’ in the upcoming weeks. Because we will have reviewed over 1,250 shows/concerts/dance in 2015, there is a lot to choose from and to honor. But first, let’s look back at our 2014 DCMTA honorees and congratulate them once again for their fine work. Lots of […]
Here is Kyle Osborne’s Movie Video Reviews of The Walk and He Named Me Malala. WATCH THE TRAILER: Here are DC Showtimes: The Walk He Named Me Malala Check out other Movie Video Reviews by Kyle Osborne.
Here is Kyle Osborne’s Movie Video Review of ‘The Martian.’ WATCH THE TRAILER: Here are DC Showtimes. Check out other Movie Video Reviews by Kyle Osborne.
Here is Kyle Osborne’s Movie Video Review of ‘Sicrario.’ Watch the Trailer: Here are DC Showtimes. Check out other Movie Video Reviews by Kyle Osborne.