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'The Addams Family: Young @ Part.' Photo by Traci J. Brooks of Lock & Company.

Review: ‘The Addams Family Young @ Part’ at Ovations Junior Company

Ovations Theatre’s The Addams Family Young @ Part brings a fresh and original storyline to the beloved, if unconventional, family with a penchant for all things macabre. The Ovations Junior Company delivers an energetic, fun, and family-friendly performance in a musical with an original storyline (book by Rick Elice and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa). The show’s title hints […]

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Review: ‘Madagascar—A Musical Adventure’ at Red Branch Theatre Company

Chalk up one more cartoon feature making a dash for freedom under the footlights. Madagascar—A Musical Adventure is now filling the intimate Red Branch Theatre with a veritable Noah’s Ark of singing, dancing animal friends. Young viewers especially will find themselves the happy captives of this class menagerie. Based on the 2005 DreamWorks Animation feature […]

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Review: ‘Big Fish’ at The Keegan Theatre

Family-friendly musicals are relatively rare these days. Family-friendly musicals that have adult themes are even rarer. Big Fish, with book by John August and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, is a rare bird indeed. T.S. Eliot’s J. Alfred Prufrock “heard the mermaids singing, each to each,” but he didn’t think that they would sing […]

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Flying V and National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts Bring Back Cap Fringe 2014’s Best Musical ‘You, or Whatever I Can Get’ to the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre From 2/11-2/27

Coming off the successful, sold out, workshop production at the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival, Flying V brings back its award winning original musical (Best Musical, 2014 CapFringe), YOU, OR WHATEVER I CAN GET in an more fully fleshed-out and even more Awesome elaboration on the original script! The walk of shame, that guy who’s always on […]

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‘Peter Rabbit’ at Red Branch Theatre Company

The world premiere of the new musical Peter Rabbit at Red Branch Theatre Company in Columbia finally puts to rest one of life’s great riddles: Why are bunny tails so short? Answer: To keep tiny young playgoers from squirming in their seats. At only 90 minutes including intermission, Dustin Merrell’s original musical doesn’t so much run […]

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Adventure Theatre MTC Announces Cast of Steampunk ‘Oliver!’ Playing July 24-August 16th at Round House Theatre

 ADVENTURE THEATRE MTC ANNOUNCES THE CAST OF OLIVER! FEATURES YOUTH PERFORMERS AND HELEN HAYES AWARD RECIPIENTS & NOMINEES Adventure Theatre MTC is thrilled to announce the cast of this summer’s OLIVER!, ATMTC’s two-act steampunk reimagining of the musical by Lionel Bart. Actors Melynda Burdette, Marni Ratner, Keith Richards, Danny Pushkin, Greg Twomey, Jennie Lutz, Kelsea […]

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Behind the Scenes of Young Playwrights’ Theater’s 2015 New Play Festival, Which Continues Tonight at GALA Hispanic Theatre at 7 PM

Young Playwrights’ Theater’s 2015 New Play Festival marks the culmination of the hard work of the student playwrights, whose works were selected for the festival, the professional actors performing the plays, and the directors who mounted the plays, as well as the inspired and tireless efforts of the Young Playwrights’ Theatre staff. Monday, April 20th’s […]

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‘Spring Awakening’ at Red Branch Theatre Company

Spring Awakening always makes a strong impression on audiences. But it is a particularly bold choice for the season-opener at Red Branch Theatre Company. The 2007 Tony-winning musical, adapted from a controversial 1891 German tragedy by Frank Wedekind, looks at the unhappy repercussions of a repressive society on the lives of its children. In a […]

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Scene Stealers-Week Ending 9/11/14

Here are this week’s Scene Stealers. Congrats to all our honorees.  ______ Shayna Blass as Anshul Getting Tipsy in Yentl at Theater J “As Yentl— the Jewish girl who dresses as a Yeshiva boy (Anshul) in order to study Torah—Shayna Blass embodies a young person’s passion kept within the impossible constraints of social custom, conventional propriety, […]

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Source Festival: ‘We Forget, We Never Forget’

In a theatre festival marked by brave, bold performances, the Artistic Blind Dates may be the bravest. The Blind Dates bring together three artists of varying disciplines to create a short performance inspired by one of the Source Festival’s full length plays. Putting up a new work can be nervewracking; creating that work from scratch […]

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Tonight at 7:30 PM at Source: Concert Reading of Off-Broadway Musical ‘Yank!’ at Rainbow Theatre Project

TONIGHT at 7:30  PM, The Rainbow Theatre Project presents the final installment of their inaugural season — a concert reading of the much-touted Off Broadway musical YANK! by brothers David and Joseph Zellnik. Co-directed by Factory 449 Producing Artistic Director Rick Hammerly and the Director of Artistic Programming at Ford’s Theatre, Patrick Pearson, with Musical […]

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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 1

There were many wonderful Scene Stealers on DC Metro Area stages in our professional, community, children’s, and university theaters during the past theater season. The DCMetroTheaterArts staff will be offering their favorite Scene Stealers of the last DC Metro Area theater season (August 1, 2012 to August 1, 2013) in the next ten days, so here’s our first […]

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