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Tag Archives | Michael John Garcès

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Magic Time!: ‘The Arsonists’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

In a recent satire published on Medium, the San Francisco writer/actor/comedian Alison Page listed five dozen “Honest Theatre Awards.” Among them was one that struck me as an apt accolade for the production of The Arsonists I had just attended at Woolly Mammoth: “The This-Play-Isn’t-About-Trump-But-It-Kind-Of-Is-Now Award.” As if to underscore The Arsonists‘ earnest eligibility in […]

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In the Moment: Scenic Designer Tony Cisek on his Scenic Design for Folger’s ‘District Merchants’

Over the past nearly two decades, I have always anticipated what multi-Helen Hayes Award Scenic Designer Tony Cisek will bring forth on the Folger Theatre’s intimate stage space with its two iconic, permanent pillars standing so straight and muscular. So, I looked forward to the wizardly Cisek’s scenic design for District Merchants, the new play using […]

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Review: ‘District Merchants’ at Folger Theatre

District Merchants, in its world premiere at Folger Theatre, is a tour de force that explores the complexity of race and identity in Reconstruction-era America. As part of Folger Theatre’s 2016 celebration of 400 years of Shakespeare and in tandem with its exhibition America’s Shakespeare, Folger commissioned this very fine reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Merchant […]

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Magic Time! A Look at ‘Wrestling Jerusalem’ at Mosaic Theater Company of DC

“It’s complicated.” So begins—on a note of supreme understatement—Writer/Performer Aaron Davidman’s captivating and insight-rich solo show, Wrestling Jerusalem, the third provocative production in Mosaic Theater’s inaugural season. The title is a play on the biblical name Israel, which originally (Genesis 32:28) meant  wrestling with God. In Wrestling Jerusalem, Davidman attempts no less a project than […]

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Review: ‘Wrestling Jerusalem’ at Mosaic Theater Company of DC

Aaron Davidman’s deeply personal solo performance, Wrestling Jerusalem, the opening gambit in Mosaic Theater’s Voices from a Changing Middle East Festival, takes its audience deep into the psychological space that is the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict. You won’t be bombarded with facts or historical events, about who started what or who killed whom, or about this tragedy […]

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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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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Announces its 2014-2015 Season

From Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Their 2014-2015 Season: Let Them Eat Cake!, a season of revolutionary ideas and radical theatre The apocryphal quip by Marie Antoinette—“Let them eat cake!”—sparks a deliciously decadent Season 35, but also one in which we skewer our leaders and walk the widening divide between the haves and the have-nots. The […]

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An Interview With Dawn Ursula on ‘We Are Proud to Present…’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company by Amanda Gunther

As Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company continues on its way with Season 34, America’s Tell-Tale Heart, their newest production, We Are Proud to Present… follows the overall season theme quite well. Unearthing dark and sordid issues of America’s past and bringing them to light in a provocative way. Company member Dawn Ursula was kind enough to lend […]

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