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Review: ‘The Wild Party’ at Constellation Theater Company

In 1928, Joseph Moncure March wrote a racy narrative poem that was received quite successfully, despite a ban resulting from its controversial content, called “The Wild Party.” And in 2000, a musical of the same name, with books, lyrics, and music by Andrew Lippa, made its world-premiere. With the original poem as its inspiration, the […]

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Review: ‘Urinetown’ at Constellation Theatre Company

In the not too distant future there will be a drought so long and severe that water use will become strictly regulated. So regulated that even your right to pee will be in doubt. How will you handle this dystopian future? Will you, like Caldwell B. Cladwell run the nefarious “Urine Good Company” corporation, earning […]

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Review: ‘Journey to the West’ at Constellation Theatre Company

Mary Zimmerman has mastered the stage adaptation, particularly of the classic tale, freely blending cultural forms and styles with hypnotic brilliance. Her Metamorphoses and Arabian Nights are shining exemplars of her craft. Journey to the West: the Tale of the Monkey King, now running at Constellation Theatre Company’s Source Theatre, is classic Zimmerman. The beauty […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #15: Best Directors of Musicals in Professional Theatres

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their 2015 Best Directors of Musicals in Professional Theatres honors go to: Patrick A’Hearn for The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber at Riverside Center Dinner Theater. Melissa Baughman for Sweeney Todd (Prog-Metal Version) at Landless Theatre Company. Suzanne Beal for The Gifts of the Magi at Maryland Ensemble Theatre. Walter […]

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Spine: Is ‘Avenue Q’ Just What the Doctor Ordered? Constellation Theatre’s Marvelous Production

Let me be absolutely clear. I loved Constellation Theatre Company’s production of Avenue Q, which opened last night to a packed, laughing audience. Fast paced, precisely choreographed and executed, with deliciously varied voices and personalities, and who doesn’t love the Muppets and Sesame Street: it’s not Bert and Ernie up there, but Bert and Ernie […]

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Magic Time! ‘Avenue Q’ at Constellation Theatre Company

The intriguing tagline for Constellation Theatre Company’s 2015/16 season is “Playtime for Grownups,” which could not have been more appropriate on opening night of its Avenue Q—the wholly humable musical in a humdinger of a production. It’s going to be a huge hit. And it really is adult fun. The famous show with childhood-invoking Sesame Street–style […]

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‘Avenue Q’ at Constellation Theatre Company

Avenue Q is that rarest of Broadway hits that captivates everyone, theatre geek or casual fan, who has blushed at its racy tunes or busted a gut seeing the hilarity firsthand. I am pleased to report that the new production by Constellation Theatre, directed by Allison Arkell Stockman, is as raunchy, touching and all-around entertaining […]

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Meet the Cast and Director of Spooky Action Theater’s ‘Last of the Whyos’: Part Two: Meet Michael Kevin Darnall by Roberta Alves

This is the second in a series of interviews with the cast of Spooky Action Theater’s Last of the Whyos. In Part Two: Meet Michael Kevin Darnall. This past Monday night Michael Kevin Darnall was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for his performance of Mortimer Mortimer in Failure: A Love Story at The Hub Theatre. Congrats! Roberta: Why […]

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Spine: Ontologically Speaking (Perhaps) Absolutely!

In Luigi Pirandelo’s most famous play, Six Characters in Search of an Author, the frustrated theatrical director demands that the father of the wandering character-clan stop his endless theorizing and get down to the business of creating the play: “Drama is action, sir, action and not confounded philosophy.” Philosophizing is, ironically, Pirandelo’s obsession: philosophy of […]

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In the Moment: An Interview with Tom Teasley on His Live Score for ‘Nosferatu’ on October 25th at Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA

“I invite you to participate in a merging of sight, sound, drama and fantasy. For fifty minutes I will take your imagination on a fantasy journey and return you safely to your seats!” Now that is how multi-Helen Hayes Award recipient for Outstanding Sound Design, and multi-Washington Area Music Awards (WAMA) recipient Tom Teasley invites […]

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‘ABSOLUTELY! {perhaps}’ at Constellation Theatre Company

One of my favorite movies of all time is Clue, a mystery comedy (based on the board game) starring Tim Curry that is chock full of over-the-top characters and zany, slapstick farce. As I laughed my way through Constellation Theatre’s delightful new staging of Luigi Pirandello’s ABSOLUTELY! {perhaps} I couldn’t help thinking about the 1985 […]

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‘Metamorphoses’ at Constellation Theatre Company by Amanda Gunther

Directed by Allison Arkell Stockman, Constellation Theatre Company’s phenomenal production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses is a gift from the gods. It blends aspects of storytelling and Ovid’s Tales together to create a sensational aesthetically titillating performance that will keep you on the edge of your seat in wonder and awe. With live music by Helen Hayes Award winner […]

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