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Michele Shay

The Playwright’s Playground: Michele Shay Discusses the Influence of August Wilson, Her Artistic Journey, and Lessons Learned from a Life in the Theater

For Michele Shay, directing Seven Guitars is not simply directing another play; it’s personal and a vivid part of her story. “We are addicted to ‘story’ and we become inspired by each others lives,” says the Director of No Rules Theatre Company’s current production of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars. In Part I of The Playwright’s […]

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Michele Shay, Director of August Wilson’s ‘Seven Guitars,’ Shares His Philosophy and Wisdom, and Discusses Her Inspired Production at No Rules Theatre Company

“We are addicted to ‘story’ and we become inspired by each others lives,” says Michele Shay, the Director of No Rules Theatre Company’s current production of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars. My conversation with Michele in Part I of The Playwright’s Playground, takes readers on a journey of the artist and the human being behind the art. […]

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Wolf Trap

Be our guest, be our guest! After all, this is France and a dinner here is never second best! We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Lumiere, and the sentiment is shared for the show by the packed crowd at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center to see Disney’s musical Beauty and the Beast on tour last night. […]

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‘The Kronos Quartet 40th Anniversary’ at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center by Bev Fleisher

I never expect less than the finest performances from the the Kronos Quartet. The Quartet presented yet another outstanding demonstration of their virtuosity at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland last night. The program featured the East Coast Premiere of String Quartet No. 6 by Philip Glass. The piece was co-commissioned […]

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Depeche Mode at Jiffy Lube Live by Marlene Hall

Last night at Jiffy Lube Live, Depeche Mode gave its sold out crowd of devotees a show to remember in support of its new CD Delta Machine. This wasn’t just a concert – it was a spiritual experience! Incredible baritone singer Dave Gahan, guitarist, and songwriter Martin Gore, and keyboardist Andy Fletcher have been rocking 33 years, […]

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Here’s the List of Honorees of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best Scene Stealers of 2012-2013

Here are the 2012-2013 Scene Stealers honorees selected by the staff of DCMetroTheaterArts. Congrats to all of you on your fine Scene Stealing performances. ____ *Kevin Adams’ transformation in An Irish Carol at The Keegan Theatre. *Ian Armstrong singing his monologues in Twelfth Night or What You Will at Taffety Punk Theatre Company. *Steve Beall singing “Goldenhair” in James Joyce’s […]

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Favorite ‘Scene Stealers’ of the 2012-2013 DC Area Theater Season: Part 1

There were many wonderful Scene Stealers on DC Metro Area stages in our professional, community, children’s, and university theaters during the past theater season. The DCMetroTheaterArts staff will be offering their favorite Scene Stealers of the last DC Metro Area theater season (August 1, 2012 to August 1, 2013) in the next ten days, so here’s our first […]

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‘The Wiz’ at Montgomery College’s Summer Dinner Theatre by Ramona Harper

“This is an amazing production” — words of one of the visibly dazzled theatergoers following opening night’s The Wiz at Montgomery College’s Summer Dinner Theatre 2013. “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore” is right-on as this thoroughly entertaining production transports you to a time and place in a tale told with funk, joyous abandon, and downright fun. The […]

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Peter Pan (Jonathan Atkinson). Photo by Margot Schulman.

‘Peter Pan and Wendy’ at Imagination Stage by Julia L. Exline

Imagination Stage presents Peter Pan and Wendy, a musical adaptation of a longtime family favorite by Alyn Cardarelli and Steve Goers. Kathryn Chase Bryer directs this hilarious and enthralling production, with musical direction by George Fulginiti-Shakar. Scenic and Projection Designer Klyph Stanford does a fine job joining two different settings on one stage. A child’s […]

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This Saturday @ 2 PM @DCJCC: Free Showing of Local Playwright Roy Berkowitz’s Film ‘Neitzsche’ Ate Here’

Local Playwright Roy C. Berkowitz will be joined by Producer/Director Matt Starr and cast members Gail Griffith and Bruce Jacklin of the film version of his one-act play ‘Neitzsche’ Ate Here this Saturday, March 9th at 2:00 PM at the DC Jewish Community Center – 1529 16th Street, NW, in Washington, DC. Doors open at 1:30 PM. Seats are unreserved. The event is FREE. “Nietzsche” Ate […]

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Kristofer Sanz on Conducting YAA & MCYO’s ‘Madama Butterfly & Miss Saigon’ This Sunday @4 PM at Strathmore

In our final interview and article about Young Artists of America and Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras’ joint production of Madama Butterfly & Miss Saigon on Sunday, March 10th at 4 PM at Strathmore, Kristofer Sanz takes us behind the scenes of conducting over 130 musicians and singers while preparing for this Sunday’s performance. Joel: We have already heard from […]

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‘Looped’ at Hippodrome Theatre by Amanda Gunther

Looped lands at the Hippodrome Theatre as a co-production between Broadway Across America and Tony Cacciotti, Ann Cady Scott, and The Tallulah Organization in association with The Pasadena Playhouse. Written by Matthew Lombardo and Directed by Rob Ruggiero, Looped whips up an outrageous showdown between acting legend Tallulah Bankhead and a reserved Sound Editor, Danny […]

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