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In the Moment: Interview with Director Stevie Zimmerman on Special ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Performance

Inspiring generations of theater-goers and music lovers alike is one of the aims of Director Stevie Zimmerman by connecting the talents of the professional Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (FSO) with the music of Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet with The Bard’s Romeo and Juliet text. In an interview, Zimmerman explained the idea behind the Romeo and […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #9: Best Performances and Ensembles in Plays in Professional Theaters in DC/MD/VA

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #9: Best Performances in Musicals in Professional Theaters in DC, MD, and VA Are: Gassan Abbas in I Shall Not Hate at Mosaic Theater Company of DC. Lizzi Albert as Anne Boleyn in Anne of the Thousand Days at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Megan Anderson as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire at Everyman Theatre. Megan Anderson […]

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Review: ‘After the War’ at Mosaic Theater Company of DC

When you decide to be a dissident artist–think Paul Robeson–you’d better be willing to suffer the consequences. When you challenge a nation’s founding mythology, an emotional backlash is guaranteed. In keeping with his dissident reputation, Motti Lerner and his After the War, a world premiere at Mosaic Theatre’s Voices of a Changing Middle East Festival, […]

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‘Technicolor Life’ at Rep Stage

Three generations of women in one contemporary American family prove “ready for their close-up” in Technicolor Life, a world premiere at Rep Stage in Howard County. Don’t make a mistake thinking Technicolor Life will be some sort of Hollywood tell-all. The drama by Jami Brandli takes on divorce, wounded warriors, euthanasia, and the trials of […]

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‘Ghosts’ at Everyman Theatre

Wonderfully directed by Donald Hicken, the production of Ghosts at Everyman Theater is a moving drama set in the distant past, but updated with a new attitude and understanding for modern audiences. Ghosts, written by Henrik Ibsen, focuses on an upper class widow, Helene Alving. Mrs. Alving, with the help of her pastor, has decided […]

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‘The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures’ at Theater J

This is a big play,” the playwright Tony Kushner has said without understatement, and without an argument from anyone. It’s sprawling and sweeping and awesome in depth and breadth. It’s also long, about three and a half loquacious hours, with a title so discursive it has been foreshortened to “iHo.” But as Director John Vreeke’s […]

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‘Colossal’ at Olney Theatre Center

In his curtain speech prior to the opening night performance of Andrew Hinderaker’s Colossal at Olney Theatre Center, Artistic Director Jason Loewith mentioned ‘past, present, and future,’ and that tonight’s performance would focus on these three things. Loewith was absolutely correct, because at the core of Hinderaker’s emotionally gripping and corporeally inspiring play is the […]

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Capital Fringe Scene Stealers #1-July 18, 2014

Here are our first list of honorees for DCMetroTheaterArts ‘Best Scene Stealers of  the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival’ ______  Devin Gaither, as Joey, in Rock Bottom [A Rock Opus] Reacting to Blood Orphans Being Dropped “Blood Orphans’ band manager is Joey, and as played terrifically by Devin Gaither, she’s one foxy, feisty boss lady. Gaither pretty […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Bethesda’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) Did you know Bethesda means House of Mercy? In Jennie Berman Eng’s new play , the city may be anything but merciful. She also directs and produces this tight, hilarious look at a disintegrating DC family headed by recently disgraced diplomat Barry (James Whalen) who is a self-described “Mid-level state […]

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‘The Dresser’ at Everyman Theatre by Amanda Gunther

There is danger in covering up the cracks. You can only hide behind a painted face for so long before the stuffing all comes flooding out and the truth is revealed. A hilarious and heartbreaking tale unfolds in just such a fashion as the Everyman Theatre continues into the back half of their 2013/2014 season […]

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‘The Argument’ at Theater J by David Friscic

Theater J is pulling out all the stops in its current and very polemical production of playwright Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros’ The Argument. Directed with a tight, concise flair by Associate Artistic Director Shirley Serotsky, this extremely relevant play grips from the beginning to the end. This absorbing play deals with the questions of free will, morality, […]

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‘Boeing Boeing’ at Rep Stage by Yvonne French

Get a ticket and fly over to Rep Stage in Columbia, MD, for Boeing Boeing, a completely enjoyable bedroom farce. Boeing Boeing premiered in Paris in 1960 where it ran for 19 years and was first staged in English in 1962 in London’s West End, where it enjoyed a five-year run with Patrick Cargill as Bernard. It was […]

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‘Race’ at Theater J by Sydney-Chanele Dawkins

Race Matters The Crime: Rape. Or is it Race? The Defendant: Charles Strickland is a man who doesn’t comprehend being told “No,” and one who has never had to beg for anything. A wealthy, older white Executive with some notoriety, he is accused of raping an African-American woman in his hotel room. Strickland is ready to […]

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James Whelan (Richard), Beth Hylton (Sarah Mandy), Nicole Moore (Mandy), and Eric M. Messner (James). Photo by Stan Barouh.

‘Time Stands Still’ at Everyman Theatre by Amanda Gunther

The most culturally relevant modern dramatic play takes to the stage at Everyman Theatre as they launch their 2012-2013 season with Time Stands Still. Written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies and Directed by Jason Loewith,Time Stands Still captures the essence of humanity through two vastly different lenses by tracking a relationship through a literal warzone. The story […]

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Capital Fringe Review: ‘Hamlet’ by Lauren Katz

When I accepted the program for We Happy Few Productions’ experimental approach to Hamlet, I have to admit I felt a little apprehensive. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the brilliant production.  Through the use of simple set, interesting staging, and Director Hannah Todd’s fascinating vision, this take on my favorite Shakespearean tragedy was one […]

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