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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,...

Three ways to catch ‘Twelfth Night’ at The American Shakespeare Center

Theater is changing. It has to; and, as ever, to survive we need to respond creatively to one of the greatest threats it has faced...

A dynamic ‘Tears of the Soul’ dramatizes 1968’s BLM awakening

Racial unrest and violent protests in the streets. Social division and a nation on the verge of collapse. A nascent social movement confronting racial...

A wonderfully manic ‘#txtshow’ from performance artist Brian Feldman

Brian Feldman puts a lot of faith in his virtual audience. His production #txtshow (on the internet), which he creates and performs, is based...

Update: Synetic Theater’s wonderfully inventive ‘Decameron’ is now all online

With all videos in The Decameron available through July, Amy Kotkin completes her original review with yellow-highlighted additions below.  History always has lessons to teach...

Wrapping up and rating Round House Theatre’s ‘Homebound’

Well, here we are. The end of 10 episodes over 11 weeks. The first episode of Homebound, which revolved around Craig’s inability to turn...

A heart-piercing tribute to frontline COVID responders in ‘The Line’ from...

With the country hitting new daily highs as COVID-19 surges well beyond hot spots such as New York, New Jersey, and Connecituct, the Public...

A Zoom critic takes a hard look at a BIPOC roundtable...

I want to carve out a new niche in the Bold New World of virtual online arts meetings. I want to become a Zoom...

Youth respond to COVID-19 in heartfelt ‘Inside Voices’ film from Arena...

For school-age children, their world has turned upside down because of COVID-19. Over the past three months, children and youth have lived from a...

In ‘May 22, 2020’ from Arena Stage, a day in the...

“I read the news today, oh boy... / the news was rather sad…”  That day was May 22, 2020. In a leap into film docudrama...

NOVA playwright Soo-Jin Lee’s streaming ‘Peaches’ is bittersweet and affecting

With DMV theaters still shuttered because of COVID-19, there has been the opportunity to explore original streaming content written by local playwrights. One of...

A void in live protest theater is a silenced cry of...

Once again, anti-Black violence strikes at the heart and soul of America. We are shocked and saddened to watch an unarmed, handcuffed Black man struggle...

‘My Heart Goes Zoom’ tells a funny, relatable story of a...

Siobhan O’Loughlin is no stranger to unconventional performing arts spaces. For the past few years, her theaters have been neither proscenium nor black box....

‘Henry IV, Parts I and II’ were stellar at American Shakespeare...

The Shakespeare scene in and near Washington, DC, in the months prior to the virus’s intervention, was truly rich in character and ideas; so...