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A son summons his absent father in ‘Dear Mapel’ at Mosaic...

Urgent times call for urgent theater. And urgent theater has been Mosaic Theater Company’s calling card since its founding — rather unexpectedly — five...

A George Mason University music review celebrates underrepresented voices

Give yourself a musical boost and some warm inspiration for these stormy days.  Add plenty of deeply appreciated civility during an unsettled period. These...

If you missed ‘What the Constitution Means to Me,’ now’s your...

This tense election season has been made all the more nerve-wracking by our president's persistent dissing of the Constitution he swore to uphold. Short...

In Synetic Theater’s ‘Joy,’ two fearless performers get personal

Synetic Theater is renowned for its lively, “silent,” physical-movement–oriented productions of classic theatrical works propelled by original music. Now, with precautions necessary to combat...

Gay Men’s Chorus celebrates Sondheim in stellar quarantine cabaret

The pandemic has caused many arts organizations to search for creative ways to bring their talent to fans. The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington,...

Urban Arias’ ‘The Roost’ takes a steamy look at a couple...

The Decameron Opera Coalition, a collection of different opera companies throughout the United States, has created a unique event, inspired by classic literature and...

In ‘American Dreams’ at Round House, it’s game on! for U.S....

“Every form of refuge has its price,” once sang The Eagles. That concept hasn’t changed as the ardent, emotion-packed American Dreams unfolds before audiences....

Fresh and funny ‘👨🏾‍💻😷👨‍💻’ from Solas Nua creates a flash community

There were a number of factors that led Solas Nua, the 15-year-old theater company dedicated to presenting contemporary Irish arts, to abandon their previous...

Vanessa Williams and Renée Fleming sing in a new era at...

It goes without saying that things haven't quite gone as planned this year in the DC performing arts scene. The recent pandemic shuttered many...

A strange phone tree leads to hilarity in ‘Human Resources’ at...

When was the last time you enjoyed a funny, edgy Woolly Mammoth production while digging up stubborn weeds from your garden or taking a...

Élan Ensemble’s ‘Arias for the Autumnal Equinox’ was a garden delight

Élan Ensemble’s outdoor concert, “Arias for the Autumnal Equinox,” was a delightful celebration of 17th- and 18th-century music, performed in the marvelously picturesque garden...

‘Macbeth’ as fast-moving radio drama from PG County Shakespeare in the...

How, exactly, does one make theater in the middle of a pandemic? People are sitting on the couch streaming The Umbrella Academy. Broadway is...

Virginia Opera is all about Stayin’ Alive

With live performances shut down since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, artists unemployed, and income streams disrupted, performing arts organizations continue to face...

Pols and players perk up ‘Will on the Hill’ for Shakespeare...

For one brief shining moment, there was bipartisanship in Washington. It occurred with the 2020 online edition of STC’s 18th annual Will on the Hill, broadcast...

Olney’s virtual ‘The Humans’ shines with fine performances

Olney Theatre Center’s virtual production of The Humans offers proof positive of the old adage: Necessity is the mother of invention. Just see how...

Loudon Arts Film Festival opens with a wrenching script by Chisa...

It’s a relatively short drive—a few miles beyond the beltway on I-66, and then on to Route 50 for some 16 miles or so,...

A top-notch storyteller tells ‘Stories I May Not Tell’ at Best...

Theaters have gone dark during the pandemic, with little certainty about when or whether actors and audiences can again gather in the same space...

A critic at play

During the past seven-odd years that I've contributed to DC Metro Theater Arts, I've written about upwards of 600 shows—sometimes as the designated reviewer...

Jessika D. Williams as Othello at ASC is a marvel to...

By far one of the most exciting theatrical discoveries for me has been the work of the remarkable Jessika D. Williams. Those of us...

Theater J revives a 1910 hit comedy-melodrama

Sit back to indulge in a comedy-melodrama. A streaming Zoom reading of a rediscovered play first produced in 1910. It is a love letter,...