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Magic Time!: ‘Hello, My Name Is…’ at The Welders

Having heralded five* Welders productions, I approached Deb Sivigny’s Hello, My Name Is… with both eagerness and wariness. Knowing that Sivigny had chosen as her subject a fact of her own biography—international adoption—I went aware that sometimes the very personal works onstage and sometimes it doesn’t, and saying so when it doesn’t can be awkward […]

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Review: ‘Hello, My Name Is…’ at The Welders

Challenging theatrical conventions, Hello, My Name Is… by Deb Sivigny, directed by Randy Baker, and produced by The Welders is like no other theater production I have taken in, in recent memory. The production delicately took my hand, then persuasively guided me undeniably into stories and design elements I had not witnessed before on a DC area […]

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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Echoes’

Mia Amado, producer and director of Echoes, brings this piece about love and mental illness to the Eastman Theatre at Gallaudet. Echoes is by no means an easy play, in terms of execution and in subject matter. Playwright N. Richard Nash continually brushes up against the walls between reality and illusion, and asks whether or not the emotions felt […]

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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Abortion Road Trip’

Abortion Road Trip tells the story of three women in a cab headed to New Mexico from Texas for an abortion. In this reviewer’s experience, shows covering the oh-so-taboo topic tend to be heavy handed, both in their delivery and their politics. Playwright Rachel Lynett and Theatre Prometheus bring levity and lightness to something that has […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #14: Best Design in Professional and Community Theaters in DC/VA/MD

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #14: Best Design in Professional and Community Theaters in DC/VA/MD Are: John Alexander for his lighting for Blackberry Winter at Forum Theatre. John Alexander for his lighting for Black Nativity at Theater Alliance. Brian Allard for his lighting for Sleeping Beauty at Synetic Theater. Clint Allen for his projections for Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches: […]

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‘Our Place in the Universe’: An Interview with Flying V’s Jason Schlafstein

Founded in 2011, Flying V Theatre strives to inspire people to live life more through theater that unites high concepts and intimate moments. This year, the company was chosen as a NextLOOK artist through a creative partnership between The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and Joe’s Movement Emporium. Following a weeklong residency at Joe’s, Flying […]

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Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at WSC Avant Bard

Each year, Shakespeare is the most frequently produced playwright in America, and his A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of the Bard’s most frequently produced plays. So if you’re going to produce it, you’d better have a fresh hook. WSC Avant Bard’s production, directed by Randy Baker, does: Midsummer‘s fairy-filled forest now has shadow puppets: […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘It’s a Circus Out There’

Written and directed by Kevin Finkelstein, the Bringling Brothers Circus appoints a new CEO (Leila Blaze, played by Stefanie Garcia) with a tremendous business background, but she is like a fish out of water working in the circus industry. Leila’s Assistant Akolo (Jon Jon Johnson) is the glue of the company and tries to keep […]

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Flying V Fights: ’Heroes & Monsters’ at Flying V Theatre

Bold, gallant heroes; terrifying, grim monsters; beautiful young love; fear; heroism; nostalgia; excitement: these are just a few of the things you’ll experience at Heroes & Monsters. In its first show since being named the 2015 Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company by the Helen Hayes Awards, Flying V Theatre proved just why it deserves the title […]

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‘Drunkle Vanya’ at LiveArtDC

When I arrived to see Drunkle Vanya last night, the first thing I did was order a vodka. I don’t typically drink before I review, but in this circumstance it seemed part of my job, since the show was being done by actors mingling among audience members downstairs at The Pinch bar in Columbia Heights […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts: Best of 2014: Best Performances in a Musical in Professional Theatres

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their 2014 Best Performances in Musicals in Professional Theatres honors go to:  Best Actor in a Musical Danny Bertaux as Agis in Triumph of Love at Red Branch Theatre Company Kurt Boehm as Jamie in The Last Five Years at Red Branch Theatre Company Zach Brewster-Geisz as Marty […]

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DCMTA Scene Stealers-Week Ending 11/27/14-Part 2

Here is Part 2 of our new list of Scene Stealers honorees for the week ending 11/27/14.  ______ Simon Diesenhaus as Tobias Ragg, Singing “Not While I’m Around” at Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Act Two @ Levine “Another standout on opening night was Simon Diesenhaus as Tobias Ragg, who works for […]

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‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ at 1st Stage

1st Stage, One Man, Two Guvnors, Five Stars. Uproariously directed by Matthew R. Wilson, the madcap British farce, One Man, Two Guvnors, by Richard Bean, with songs by Grant Olding, is about a man who is trying to juggle two bosses. I loved it so much that I saw it twice this weekend, and I […]

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‘The Taming of the Shrew’ at Pallas Theatre Collective

Shakespeare’s Shrew is always a challenge. Misogynistic in sentiment, slapstickishly machismo in design, its story of how to tame a headstrong, stubborn woman couldn’t be more ethically risky, especially considering recent high publicity woman-battering NFL headlines (not to mention women battering in the military, in the police force, among the lawyers and judges, and the….). […]

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