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Review: ‘Forever Plaid’ at Totem Pole Playhouse in Fayetteville, PA

Picture this: Four resurrected deceased men, donning duplicated white tuxedo jackets, parade down the center aisle of Jean Stapleton’s, Totem Pole Playhouse. Chanting, “Deus Ex Plaid”, the Lazarus quadruple ascends stage left, still firmly grasping their own, individual memorial candles. Upon arrival, this team of melodic ghouls, echo a harmonic river of vocal synergy – […]

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Review: ‘An Octoroon’ at Wilma Theater in Philadelphia

Great plays ask great questions. Sometimes, if we are lucky enough, a production finds the inherent questions in a play and interrogates them in ways only theatre can. The Wilma Theater’s production of An Octoroon is one of those occasions. Under the direction of Joanna Settle, the company takes on Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ adaptation of Dion […]

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‘Moon Over Buffalo’ at St. Mark’s Players

St. Mark’s Players mount a hilarious production of the farce Moon Over Buffalo by local playwright Ken Ludwig. This play marked Carol Burnett’s return to Broadway in the ‘90s, and it is two funny and fast-paced plays within a play. Two aging stars perform Cyrano de Bergerac and Private Lives in repertory get the chance […]

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‘Company’ at Tantallon Community Players

Company, the Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical (book by George Furth), examines the pros and cons of being married vs.staying single, from a 35 year-old bachelor’s point of view, circa 1970. He is friends with “good and crazy people” who all live in New York City – well, married couples who harangue him about how he should […]

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‘Murder at the Howard Johnson’s’ at the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s Theater

Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, written by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick, is a laugh-out-loud riot featuring a woman, her husband and her lover hatching hilarious murder schemes in the classic chain hotel in the 1970s. Skillfully directed by Shawn R. Martin, who also performs in the show, Murder at the Howard Johnson’s displays a […]

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‘The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife’ at Theater J

A hit Broadway comedy, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, rounds out Theater J’s 2014–2015 season in a production smartly directed by Eleanor Holdridge. Written in a mainstream mode by Charles Busch—whose oeuvre ordinarily tends toward outlandish—the play takes middle-of-the-road humor on a joy ride with so many enjoyable bends and twists the laughs could not […]

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‘Barefoot in the Park’ at McLean Community Players

The McLean Community Players are performing an enjoyable production of Barefoot in the Park, Neil Simon’s play about a mismatched couple, directed by Jerry Bonnes. One of the longest-running non-musicals on Broadway, the show is now being enjoyed by scores of McLean residents, many of whom who were newlyweds themselves when it opened in 1963. […]

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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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‘You Can’t Take it With You’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

What’s new in the world of plays, snakes, ballet, and fireworks? You’ll have to head over to the Laurel Mill Playhouse and see their production of You Can’t Take it With You to find out! Directed by Patrick Pase, this classic Kauffman and Hart Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a brilliant comedy about a perfectly quirky, […]

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‘Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie’ at Theater J by Christina Marie Frank

Director Nick Corley lets the music speak for itself in Theater J’s production of Woody Sez, a story about famed American folk musician Woody Guthrie. There is simple but effective set design (Dust Bowl landscapes and pictures of Woody Guthrie) by Scenic Designer Luke Hegel-Cantarella, lighting by Garth Dolan, and costumes by Jeffrey Meek. There are no microphones […]

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Tonight at 7 PM: Donna McKechnie Performs ‘Same Place, Another Time’ at Olney Theatre Center

While A Chorus Line is being performed at Olney Theatre Center Donna McKechnie, the Tony Award-winning Cassie from the original Broadway cast, is bringing her one-woman cabaret Same Place, Another Time, TONIGHT – Sunday, September 1st at 7 PM on the historic stage of the Olney Theatre Center, in Olney, MD. Purchase your tickets here. LINKS For more […]

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Donna McKechnie Performs ‘Same Place, Another Time’ at Olney Theatre Center This Sunday at 7 PM

While A Chorus Line is being performed at Olney Theatre Center Donna McKechnie, the Tony Award-winning Cassie from the original Broadway cast, is bringing her one-woman cabaret Same Place, Another Time, this Sunday, September 1st at 7 PM on the historic stage of the Olney Theatre Center in Olney, MD. Purchase your tickets here. LINKS For more information, […]

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“Bringing ‘A Chorus Line’ to Olney” Part One: Auditions, Rehearsals, and ‘Opening Night’ by Stephen Nachamie

Director/Choreographer Stephen Nachamie takes us behind the scenes of Olney Theatre Center’s production of A Chorus Line.’ Here is Part 1. OLNEY THEATRE CENTER ASKS STEPHEN TO DIRECT AND CHOREOGRAPH A CHORUS LINE One of my dear friends and early mentors was Director/Choreographer Tony Stevens – who in 1974 had the idea (with Michon Peacock) to start […]

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Here’s the List of Honorees of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best Scene Stealers of 2012-2013

Here are the 2012-2013 Scene Stealers honorees selected by the staff of DCMetroTheaterArts. Congrats to all of you on your fine Scene Stealing performances. ____ *Kevin Adams’ transformation in An Irish Carol at The Keegan Theatre. *Ian Armstrong singing his monologues in Twelfth Night or What You Will at Taffety Punk Theatre Company. *Steve Beall singing “Goldenhair” in James Joyce’s […]

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Favorite ‘Scene Stealers’ of the 2012-2013 DC Area Theater Season: Part 5

There were many wonderful Scene Stealing moments on DC Metro Area stages in our professional, community, children’s, and university theaters during the past theater season (August 1, 2012-August 1, 2013). Here’s our fifth set of honorees:          From Jessica Vaughan: Du Shuaiqiang performing Puck’s closing monologue in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The University of […]

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Derek Tatum on Playing Don Kerr in Olney Theatre Center’s ‘A Chorus Line’ by Eric Denver and Joel Markowitz

The very talented Derek Tatum is a member of ‘the line’ in Olney Theatre Center’s production of the Tony Award-winning A Chorus Line. Derek takes us behind-the-scenes of his audition, rehearsals, and his career. Eric and Joel: Who do you play in A Chorus Line and how do you relate to your character? Why did you want to play […]

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