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Review: ‘Passing Strange’ at The Wilma Theater

“Life is a mistake that only art can correct.” That’s not a line you’d expect to hear at a rock and roll show, is it? But Passing Strange isn’t your typical rock show, or musical, or biography. It examines the intersection of life and art, inspiration and creation, not to mention race and class. And while […]

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No Side Hustle Necessary: Justin Trawick on Life as a Working Musician and His Pearl Street Warehouse Album-Release Concert

Washington, D.C.-based musician Justin Trawick’s career can be traced back to the day he found a guitar under the steps of his parents’ pre-Civil War Virginia home. “Neither of my parents were musicians, but sometime in college, my dad bought a guitar and played it maybe three times. Probably to impress women,” he laughed. By […]

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Magic Time!: ‘The Trial’ at Synetic Theater

Kafka’s nightmare novel about a man named Joseph K—who is arrested, detained, and tried but never told what he has done wrong—would seem perfect for Synetic Theater’s magic touch. A promising opportunity to use its magnificent design, choreographic, and musical talents in service to a surreal story with unmistakable relevance today. A potential parable about […]

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Review: ‘The Trial’ at Synetic Theater

The creative, resourceful folk from Synetic Theater have made another date with an old friend and literary powerhouse, well beyond the “silent” Shakespeare for which it is justly known. The author is Franz Kafka (1883-1924). The Kafka literary work that Synetic has adapted this time around is The Trial, a tale of bureaucracy gone rogue. […]

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Review: ‘The Addams Family Young @ Part’ at Ovations Junior Company

Ovations Theatre’s The Addams Family Young @ Part brings a fresh and original storyline to the beloved, if unconventional, family with a penchant for all things macabre. The Ovations Junior Company delivers an energetic, fun, and family-friendly performance in a musical with an original storyline (book by Rick Elice and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa). The show’s title hints […]

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Review: ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ at Zemfira Stage

As you’re spending January shivering against these sub-freezing wind-chills and bracing yourselves for the next bombogenesis, I strongly urge you to seek refuge in Falls Church with Tennessee Williams’s dysfunctional Pollitt family in Zemfira Stage’s sizzling production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. On a warm summer evening at the Pollitt’s plantation home in […]

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In the Moment: ‘The Way of the World’ at Folger Theatre (Women’s Voices Theatre Festival)

There’s lots to like about Theresa Rebeck’s The Way of the World just as my DC Metro Theater Arts colleague Sophia Howes points out in her review. The show is the Folger Theater’s Women’s Voices Theater Festival production. There is one particular heavenly Rebeck-created character that in her earth-bound qualities delivers a critical subversive punch […]

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WATCH Award Nominees: And the Nominees Are…!

The annual 18th annual Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (WATCH Awards) nominees were just announced. Here are the nominees…. In each of the thirty-eight categories, five nominees were selected based on the average scores of eight judges. In some categories, due to score ties, more than five nominees are announced. Nominations are provided in alphabetical […]

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Review: ‘See Rock City’ at Washington Stage Guild

Last night I had the pleasure of my first trip to the Washington Stage Guild to see See Rock City at the Undercroft Theatre in Washington, D.C. When you visit, you will find this theater tucked in the lower level of a church; however, its comfortable seats, good concessions, and quality production prove good theater […]

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Tonight: WATCH Awards Nominees To Be Announced on DC Metro Theater Arts at 9:00 PM Following Ceremony at Birchmere

The 18th annual Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (The WATCH Awards) nominees will be announced tonight at 7:30 PM at a ceremony taking place at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia. DC Metro Theater Arts will publish the list of nominees tonight at 9:00 PM following the ceremony. Twenty-seven community theater companies in the DC metro […]

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Review: : NSO Pops and Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds at the Kennedy Center

The NSO Pops presented its first-ever collaboration with superstar Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds on Friday night for a two-night run in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center. Under the musical direction of Tim Davies, eclectic orchestrator extraordinaire, the evening was “surreal” in Edmonds’s own words, in listening pleasure and feel-good enjoyment. Presenting a unique fusion […]

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Review: ‘Copenhagen’ at Lantern Theater Company

With most of the performances sold out before the show even opened, Lantern Theater Company has already announced a one-week extension of its current production of Copenhagen, and that’s good news for aficionados of serious theater in Philadelphia. Directed by Kittson O’Neill, the revival of its 2003-04 season hit features the return of the Lantern’s […]

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In the Moment: Interviews with Women’s Voices Theater Festival playwrights – Part 1

This is the first part of a multi-part series of interviews with Women’s Voices Theater Festival playwrights. In this series, I asked the same questions to a number of Women’s Voices Theater Festival (WVTF) playwrights. The questions were aimed at learning what led each playwright to develop their play. This article is not about reviewing a particular […]

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Post-Play Palaver: ‘The Way of the World’ at Folger Theater (Women’s Voices Theater Festival)

Post-Play Palaver is an occasional series of conversations between DC Metro Theater Arts writers who saw the same performance, got really into talking about it, and decided to continue their exchange in writing. That’s what happened when Senior Writers and Columnists Sophia Howes (Dangereuse) and John Stoltenberg (Magic Time!) saw Theresa Rebeck’s comedy The Way […]

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Review: ‘Quartet’ at Colonial Players of Annapolis

Colonial Players of Annapolis’ production of Quartet is an amusing comedy that offers plenty of food for thought. Written by Ronald Harwood and first performed in 1999, the play revolves around four older British opera singers in a retirement home, seeking to commemorate Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday. In 2013 it was turned into a film directed […]

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‘Everything Is (Finally) Illuminated’ – Aaron Posner’s Setting of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Masterpiece Makes Its DC Debut at Theater J

Twelve years after it was first adapted for the stage by British playwright Simon Block, the play Everything Is Illuminated – based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer – has arrived at Theater J, where it now has audiences alternating between howls of laughter and stunned silence. Much of the laughter comes in Act One, when […]

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