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News: Exclusive La-Ti-Do 2018 Season Feature Announcement

Curated and hosted by co-founders Don Michael Mendoza and Regie Cabico, La-Ti-Do is DC’s premiere musical theatre cabaret and spoken word series. Cabaret and spoken word performances appear in New York City on a frequent basis, but this is not the case in DC. With that in mind, Mendoza and Cabico were inspired to create La-Ti-Do in […]

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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: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at NextStop Theatre Company

Zestful. Savvy. Crafty. Satisfying  Director Abigail Isaac Fine’s feisty NextStop production of Shakespeare’s battle-of-wits, romantic-comedy Much Ado About Nothing is a stimulating, adult-depth interpretation. It’s not all breezy, dreamy, gauzy midsummer’s night romping, but a show with dark elements. Nevertheless, it offers ample over-the-top mayhem and antics worthy of The Three Stooges in all their glorious lunacy. Fine found […]

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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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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #7: Best Performances and Ensembles in Musicals in Professional Theaters in DC/MD/VA

Here is the staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #7: Best Performances in Musicals in Professional Theaters in DC/MD/VA: Scean Aaron as Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show at Iron Crow Theatre. Scott Ward Abernethy as Doctor Madden in Next to Normal at The Keegan Theatre. Nicklas Aliff as Caldwell B. Cladwell in Urinetown at Constellation Theatre Company. […]

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Post-Play Palaver: ‘Next to Normal’ at The Keegan Theatre

Post-Play Palaver is an occasional series of conversations between DCMetroTheater 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 the musical Next to Normal at Keegan […]

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Review: ‘Next to Normal’ at The Keegan Theatre

‘Next to Normal’ Confronts Depression, and Anxiety Depression hurts. It deadens and dulls the edge of life and can even kill. With a Tony Award-winning score composed by Tom Kitt with lyrics and book by Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal, is a study of what happens when a family matriarch can’t cope with the demons in her […]

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Review: ‘When the Rain Stops Falling’ at 1st Stage

This play by Andrew Bovell in this 1st Stage production burned so many astounding images onto my brain—and sent into my ears so many searing exchanges—that my head is still spinning. For instance there’s a scene when we see the same character, Elizabeth Law, at two different ages in her life played by two different […]

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‘Friendship Betrayed’ at WSC Avant Bard

Put 1630s Spain and 1920s America into a cocktail shaker, shake well, and you get WSC Avant Bard’s sparkling update of María de Zayas y Sotomayor’s 1632 play Friendship Betrayed. Translated by Catherine Larson and directed by Kari Ginsburg, the play conveys timeless themes about love and friendship with a wit and energy that feel […]

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Meet the Cast of Avant Bard’s ‘Friendship Betrayed’: Part 7: Brendan Edward Kennedy

In Part 7 of a series of interviews with the cast of WSC Avant Bard’s production of Friendship Betrayed—a classic comedy by Spanish playwright María de Zayas y Sotomayor—meet Brendan Edward Kennedy. Joel: Where have local audiences seen you perform recently on stage? Brendan: Most recently, I played Thurio and Pantino in Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s […]

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Meet the Cast of Avant Bard’s ‘Friendship Betrayed’ Part 4: Melissa Marie Hmelnicky

In Part 4 of a series of interviews with the cast of WSC Avant Bard’s production of Friendship Betrayed—a classic comedy by Spanish playwright María de Zayas y Sotomayor—meet Melissa Marie Hmelnicky. Joel: Where have local audiences seen you perform recently on stage? Melissa: Most recently I played Charlotte/Cheeky Charlie in Pinky Swear Productions’ The […]

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‘Very Still & Hard to See’ at Rorschach Theatre Company

Very Still & Hard to See is neither quiet nor a challenge to perceive. Its aural and optical pleasures are bountiful. For this production of Steve Yockey’s cycle of supernatural short plays, directed with keen ingenuity by Randy Baker, Rorschach Theatre has outdone itself in the stage-arts department—beginning with one of the most original uses […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #18: Best Directors of a Play in Professional Theatres

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their 2015 Best Directors of Plays in Professional Theatres go to: Chris Abraham for Winners and Losers at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Ian Allen for George is Dead at The Klunch. Matt Bassett for The Typographer’s Dream at The Hub Theatre. Hanna Bondarewska for The Trap at Ambassador Theater. Joe […]

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