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Review: ‘Fabulation or the Re-education of Undine’ at Port City Playhouse

Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation or the Re-education of Undine is an outrageously hilarious romp into the fabulated life of Undine Barnes Callas, a feisty, successful African American woman whose comeuppance to a new awareness about identity, rediscovering one’s roots, and keeping it real turn expected outcomes into unexpected moments of entertaining, but bittersweet, lessons learned. According […]

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Review: ‘Taking Sides’ at Port City Playhouse by Wesley Cobaugh

Taking Sides by Ronald Harwood is a stark look at post-war process and what is really meant by getting at the truth of what happened, why, who knew and when. Director Mary Ayala-Bush has crafted a thought-provoking scenario of whether Wilhelm Furtwangler, the celebrated conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra was a Nazi sympathizer, supporter […]

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Review: ‘Coming Home’ at Port City Playhouse

With Eleanore Tapscott’s gentle, affecting, eloquent direction, the Port City Playhouse production of Athol Fugard’s Coming Home (2009) is an exemplary work about love, loss and resilience. The bittersweet world of Fugard’s script is made visible and palatable with acting deep from the cast’s heart with praiseworthy detailed design elements. With an intimate seating arrangements, […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #17: Best Directors of a Play in Community Theatres

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their 2015 Best Directors of Plays in Community Theatres honors go to:  Mark T. Allen for Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None at Laurel Mill Playhouse. Laura Andruski for To Kill a Mockingbird at Rockville Little Theatre. John Dellaporta for Venus in Fur at Silver Spring Stage. Terry Averill […]

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Meet the Cast of The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s ‘Laughing Stock’: Part 2: Director Shawn G. Byers

In Part 2 of a series of interviews with the cast of The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s production of Charles Morey’s Laughing Stock, meet Director Shawn G. Byers. Joel: Tell our readers where they may have see you on the stage or directing other shows.  Shawn: My directing past includes Plaza Suite (LTA), Bent (Dominion Stage), Funny […]

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‘Stickfly’ at Port City Playhouse

Port City Playhouse is a scrappy little theater company brave enough to tackle important plays. Their literature states that they specialize in top-quality, thought-provoking plays, within a diverse community, and are often area premieres. Hidden in plain sight, I drove by the space on Alexandria’s Quaker Lane, for years before learning of Port City’s productions, […]

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‘Shining City’ at Port City Playhouse

I could hardly contain my anticipation before seeing the Port City Playhouse’s production of Shining City, directed by Becky Patton. The critically acclaimed play, first performed in 2004 and later earning two Tony Award nominations on Broadway, is written by one of the best contemporary dramatists, Conor McPherson, known for spooking audiences with ghost stories. […]

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The 15th Annual 2014 WATCH AWARDS Nominations Announced

THE WATCH AWARDS Nominations Announced January 18, 2015 – 7:30 pm at The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA Award Ceremony Sunday, March 8, 2015 – 7:00 pm at The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA Award Ceremony Tickets $17.50 at the Birchmere Box Office or through Ticketmaster (plus service charge) 111 productions (34 musicals, 77 plays) were adjudicated in 2014. Thirty-one community […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2014: Best Ensembles in DC Area Theatres

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their 2014 Best Ensemble honors go to: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Castaways Repertory Theatre A Soldier’s Play at 2nd Star Productions Amadeus at CENTERSTAGE Annie at Port Tobacco Players Bat Boy: The Musical at The Colonial Players Bat Boy: The Musical at 1st Stage Beauty and the Beast at […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2014: Best Design of 2014 in DC Metro Area Theatres

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is pleased to honor the following designers for their work in 2014: CHOREOGRAPHY Michael J. Bobbitt for Carrie the Musical at The Studio Theatre Debbie Clark, Nancy Newell, and Anna Bartels-Newton for Hairspray at Thomas S. Wootton High School  Philip Lee Clark for Little Shop of Horrors at West Potomac High School Ben Cunis for Inherit […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2014: Best Directors of a Play in Community Theatres

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their 2014 Best Directors in a Play in Community Theatres go to: Adam R. Adkins for God of Carnage at Silver Spring Stage Howard Berkowitz for Art at The Vagabond Players John Coscia for Of Mice and Men at Providence Players of Fairfax Amanda Coffin for The Tempest at Aldersgate Church Community […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2014: Best Plays in Community Theatres

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their 2014 Best Plays in Community Theatres honors go to: A Few Good Men at The Colonial Players A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Castaways Repertory Theatre A Soldier’s Play at 2nd Star Productions A Streetcar Named Desire at The Little Theatre of Alexandria A Thurber Carnival at Vienna Theatre […]

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‘In the Next Room’ at Port City Playhouse

Port City Playhouse’s production of Sara Ruhl’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, In the Next Room, is filled with incredible actors, a clever set, and gorgeous Victorian time period outfits (designed by Director Mara Ayala-Bush). Alan Wray is the producer, and also provides the excellent sound design. Jeff Auerbach created the beautiful and very effective lighting. The play hilariously […]

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‘Black Hole’ at Port City Playhouse

Black Hole is a show about people with emotional baggage. Not the cute little carryon kind of baggage but the its-going-to-cost-you-money-because-it’s-over-fifty-pounds kind of baggage. It’s a powerful drama about family history and relationships and their impact on feelings of loss, control, and love. It’s a story told with honesty and humor and it’s a production […]

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The 2014 Ruby Griffith Award Winners Announced

Last Sunday, July 13, 2014, The 2014 Ruby Griffith Award winners were announced at a ceremony at Bretton Woods Recreation Center in Germantown, MD. The awards honor the best productions in Community Theatre in the DC Metro area. Here are the recipients! All Round Production Excellence 2nd Star Productions Hello, Dolly! Outstanding Achievement in a […]

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‘Next Fall’ at Port City Playhouse by Carl Nubile

You can’t get more intimate theater than at Port City Playhouse with their production of Next Fall. The very personal story of a tragic relationship is brought to life up close and personal and uses every inch at the Lab at Convergence where the group makes its home in Alexandria. Written by Geoffrey Nauffts and originally […]

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