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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #12: Best Direction of Plays in Professional Theater in DC/MD/VA

Here are the DCMetroTheaterArts Staff’s honorees for Best Direction of Plays in Professional Theaters in 2016. Congrats to all our honorees! THE BEST DIRECTION OF PLAYS  in 2016 IN DC/MD/VA ARE: Paul Morella for A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas at Olney Theatre Center. Michael Baron for A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre. Laurie T. Freed […]

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Review: ‘Moby Dick’: A Co-Production with the Alliance Theatre and Southcoast Repertory at Arena Stage

A complex rigging of interlocking cables, ropes and steel clamps is harnessed by a skeletal steel structure. The structure is at once minimal and abstract, intricate and unambiguous, to suggest the belly of the beast. Lookingglass Theatre Company’s Moby Dick, adapted and directed by David Catlin, gloriously inhabits the changing landscapes of Herman Melville’s novel […]

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Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘20th Century Blues’

Susan Miller’s 20th Century Blues, which opened last weekend at Shepherdstown’s Contemporary American Festival, speaks right from the heart of successful, east coast boomer women. Four 60-something women meet for the 40th annual anniversary of the night they spent in jail in the 1970s. Each year, Danny, the photographer, has captured their group’s heart and soul in black and white. Now, with her […]

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Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) Playwrights’ Interviews: Part 2: Christina Anderson and “pen/man/ship”

Here is Part 2 of 5 interviews by Sharon J. Anderson, Contemporary American Theater Festival Trustee/Professional Story Listener and Creative Director. Meet Playwright Christina Anderson and learn about her play pen/man/ship. Sharon: This is a big play with a small cast. It deals with black/white, rich/poor, male/female, young/old, free/slave, and gay/straight issues . . . do you need […]

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‘Underground Rooftop Coffee House: Voices from the Edge’ at Arts Collective at Howard Community College

Opening their 2015-2016 season, Howard Community College’s Arts Collective presented an evening of improvisations by their own improv group called What Improv Group?!?! or W.I.G?!?! This troupe is performing throughout the year under the direction of Susan G. Kramer and Daniel Johnston. Thursday night was the first time the group performed in front of an audience. […]

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‘Three Decembers’ at UrbanArias

A relatively new opera company UrbanArias stages the touching, beautiful opera Three Decembers by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer based on a play by Terrence McNally. Robert Wood founded UrbanArias in 2010 to produce modern, short operas – all written in the last 40 years and all under 90 minutes. Heggie was in the audience […]

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‘The Elixir of Love’ (L’elisir D’amore) at Washington National Opera

Washington National Opera harvests the laughs with its production of The Elixir of Love (L’elisir D’amore). After a risk-taking season of world premieres and new American works like The Lion, The Unicorn, And Me, and Moby-Dick, and the reimagining of The Force of Destiny, WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello returns to a classic bel canto comic opera complete […]

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‘Moby-Dick’ at Washington National Opera by Jessica Vaughan

Board the Pequod for the East coast premier of Moby-Dick­, a new, dynamic opera from composer Jackie Heggie and his frequent collaborator, librettist Gene Scheer. Herman Melville’s classic novel makes a natural and dramatic transition to the stage in this production filled with epic arias, tense human drama, and extreme technical wizardry. The libretto is […]

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An Interview with Eric Greene, Talise Trevigne, and Matthew Worth on The Opera ‘Moby-Dick’ at Washington National Opera by Teal Ruland

Jake Heggie’s whale of an opera, Moby-Dick, makes its east coast premiere at The Kennedy Center this evening at the Washington National Opera. Based on the famous 19th-century novel by Herman Melville and with libretto by Gene Scheer, Moby-Dick promises to be an exciting performance with incredible sets and theatrical effects. Evan Rogister conducts a […]

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Synesthesia: Audio-Described Performances in February 2014 by Yvonne French

Synesthesia: Audio-Described Performances in February 2014 ______ Tuesday, February 4, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 15, at 2 p.m. Audio Describer: Richard Collins; Program Notes: Sylvia Rosenthal (The Metropolitan Washington Ear, Inc.) Violet Ford’s Theatre Washington, DC A touching story of love, hope and healing. In the early 1960s, a young woman travels across the South […]

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Jon Spelman’s ‘Tales of the Tallywhacker: The Prostate Dialogues’ at Creative Alliance by Ellouise Schoettler

Before the launch of Tales of the Tallywhacker: The Prostate Dialogues  at Creative Alliance in Baltimore, the Baltimore Sun featured Jon Spelman’s work under this  headline: “Monologue combines story about the performers battle with prostate cancer with reflections on his own mortality”. Writer Mary Carole McCauley  opened her article saying,”After Jon Spelman got the bad news, […]

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