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Uplifting ‘Veils’ returns to Restoration Stage by popular demand

Four African American women address the audience as if speaking to a department store clerk. Each is shopping for a dress—a dress, they stress,...

WNO’s American Opera Initiative 2020 is an essential take on opera...

“It’s a ridiculous thing to sing at the top of your lungs about your vulnerability,” American composer Laura Kaminsky observed to this year’s Washington...

‘NSO Pops: Diana Ross – Music Book 2020’ brings mesmerizing Motown...

She’s mesmerizing, astounding, and accomplished beyond reason. I’m writing about world-renowned superstar recording artist Diana Ross. Ross, conductor Emil de Cou of the National...

Tchaikovsky’s vocal compositions attract audiences in DC and New York

It is often hard to determine what fills the seats in many performing arts genres, with counterintuitive surprises on both the negative and positive...

‘Richard the Second’ at Brave Spirits Theatre: a tale of two...

Brave Spirits Theatre (BST), led by Artistic Director Charlene V. Smith, has taken on a spectacular challenge: Shakespeare’s eight history plays. Richard the Second,...

Dark Horse Theatre Company presents regional premiere of ‘The Laramie Project:...

Located just 47 miles away from Washington, DC in The Plains, Virginia, Dark Horse Theatre Company creates some of the best theater in the...

IN Series’ ‘Le Cabaret de Carmen’ is opera for those unafraid...

“I want us to be in contention for a Helen Hayes Award,” IN Series artistic director Timothy Nelson told me last fall over coffee...

‘A Jazz New Year’s Eve’ brought Branford Marsalis’ innovative style to...

The Grand Foyer at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts teemed with patrons sporting gowns swirling against the carpeted floor and...

Family friendly ‘Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol’ at Silver Spring Stage

Silver Spring Stage’s production of Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol is a fun, family-friendly take on Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Written by Ken and Jack...

A Powerhouse Performance of Handel’s Messiah by NSO at The Kennedy...

At the outset, I will confess a bias: I much prefer listening to baroque pieces played in the style, and on the scale, of...

A ‘My Fair Lady’ for today at the Kennedy Center

The character arc that carries Lerner and Loewe’s classic My Fair Lady belongs to Eliza Doolittle, as she rises from flower girl at Covent...

‘The Magical Piñata’ at the Keegan Theatre celebrates Mexican culture and...

The concept of gratitude and sharing can be one of the hardest things for a child to learn. But in a world full of...

‘Jersey Boys’ rides the highs and lows of Frankie Valli and...

There’s a scene in the mind-blowingly good musical Jersey Boys in which erstwhile hoodlum and fast-talker Tommy DeVito, founder of the internationally known singing...

The Claremont Trio triumphs with concert of female composers at the...

Concerts in private salons rather than formal concert halls dot the history of music-making. But they can give the impression of being secondary events...

The ‘Long View’ glimpses inner life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth...

There has been plenty of backlash during this administration against what some critics have called “the cult” of RBG, aka, Supreme Court Justice Ruth...

Step Afrika!’s ‘Magical Musical Holiday Step Show’ is a winter wonderland...

Now in its eighth year, Step Afrika!'s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show has established itself as the season's most joyful and lovable family festivity...

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ hits the road to 50

Jesus wears his hair in a man-bun and Mary Magdalene appears a bit like a millennial caught outside her “safe space”—but there’s still plenty...

Taylor Mac puts on the glitz in ‘Holiday Sauce’ at The...

"Have you seen this before?" I heard an audience member ask his friend just before Holiday Sauce, Taylor Mac's sold-out alt-holiday extravaganza at The...

‘Black Nativity’ inspires and uplifts at Anacostia Playhouse

There are many joyous traditions this time of year, but to my mind the most indispensable has become Black Nativity. With its spiritual values...

Choral Arts Society Holiday Concert: sing along and hear expert musicians...

If singing along to the Hallelujah Chorus or Hark, the Herald Angels Sing are requisite to bolstering your holiday spirit, then Songs of the...

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