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2017 Capital Fringe Review: ‘HOWL: In the Time of Trump’

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix. But enough about how my closest friends reacted to the election of Donald Trump. Let’s talk about the show. Dante Atkins review on DC Theatre Scene   Check […]

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Tantalizing Tastes from a Boffo Buffet: A Report on the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival Preview Night

Fifteen of the 80-plus shows in the 12th Annual Captial Fringe Festival presented five-minute teaser scenes to a packed house Thursday night at Logan Fringe Arts Space. Act after act, the house was alive with laughs, cheers, and applause. The evening left no doubt that a hot midsummer of alt-entertainment lies ahead. Interspersed throughout the […]

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News Release: DCMetroTheaterArts Is Here to Stay!

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  DCMetroTheaterArts Squelches Rumors of Closing, Announces Plan for Future Leadership and Growth Staff Rallies in Response to Founding Editor’s Diagnosis, Thanks Local Theater Community for Its Continuing Support, and Vows to Keep Covering More Local Performing Arts Than Any Other Media Outlet Metro DC (April 11, 2017)—Joel Markowitz, publisher and founding editor of […]

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‘Take A Bow!’ Part 1: The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ DC/MD/VA Fall 2016 Favorite Performances/Directors/Designers

Here is the staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ first series of ‘Take A Bow!’ Fall 2016 honorees: ____ Edwin Aparicio, as Choreographer, Flamenco Dancer, and Co-Director of Salvador, at GALA Hispanic Theatre. The great Flamenco choreographer and dancer Edwin Aparicio delivered an astonishing performance in Salvador, the full-length autobiographical dance that celebrated its world premiere at the opening […]

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Take A Bow Part 2: The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Favorite Spring/Summer 2016 Performances

Here’s Part 2 of the staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ favorite Spring/Summer 2016 performances. To our honorees: TAKE A BOW! ____ Stori Ayers as Alma (and others), in Yellowman at Anacostia Playhouse. Stori Ayers’ performance as Alma is magnificent. The hurt inside the character—which Playwright Dael Orlandersmith’s script makes explicit—coexists in Ayers’s incandescent embodiment with a warmth, humor, and largesse […]

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‘Take A Bow’ Part 1: The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Favorite Spring/Summer 2016 Performances

Here’s Part 1 of the staff of DCMetroTheaterArts’ favorite Spring/Summer 2016 performances. To our honorees:  TAKE A BOW! Stephanie Atha as Winifred and Sofia Bordner as Jane Banks in Mary Poppins at Phoenix Festival Theater. Special praise should be given to the performances of Stephanie Atha and Sofia Bordner. As the mother Winifred Banks, Atha beautifully sang “Being […]

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New Play Reading: ‘THE LOATHING’: This Monday, July 20th at 7:00 p.m., at Iona Senior Services

On Monday, July 20, at 7:00 p.m., The Playwrights Forum will present a public reading of Robert Michael Oliver‘s new play, The Loathing. Iona Senior Services will host the reading. They are located at 4125 Albemarle Street NW, Washington, DC 20016. Gillian Drake directs the reading. She has assembled an excellent cast: Eva Wilhelm as […]

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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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Spine: Who’s the Fool in ‘Fool for Love’?

Round House Theatre has opened its 2014 season with Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love (1983), one of his many scripts–Curse of the Starving Class (1976), Buried Child (1979), True West (1980) and A Lie of the Mind (1985)–rooted in dysfunctional family life, alcoholism, and fathers who “don’t know their asses from holes in the ground.” DCMTA’s David Siegel’s review is here. And […]

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Scene Stealers-Week Ending August 2, 2014

Here are this week’s Scene Stealers! Congrats to all the honorees! Kathryn Barrett-Gaines as Clelia Breaking Plates in Parlor Room Theatre’s The Nerd “Also, very amusing are the Walgrave’s; Ticky (Herb Poe), Clelia (Kathryn Barrett-Gaines), and Thor (Caleb Smith). The Walgrave clan is a spectacle you can only see to believe. Each actor having their moments to […]

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‘Song of Myself: The Whitman Project’ Extra Performance Tonight at 7:15 PM at The Mountain @Mt. Vernon UMC-900 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Due to popular demand, Song of Myself: The Whitman Project has added an additional performance at the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival. TONIGHT AT 7:15 PM  At Mountain @ Mt. Vernon UMC – 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW In addition, two other remaining performances will take place at Caos of F St.  – 923 F St. NW on the following […]

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SPINE: Theatre, Culture, and History in the Belly of the Beast: “THE ADMISSION: The Theatre of War and National Identity, Lovely or Otherwise”

I recently experienced Motti Lerner’s The Admission, Theatre J’s production remounted by Busboys & Poets at Studio Theatre (my review is here). The controversy that the play generated was surprising only in the fact that a controversy existed at all. I mean, for the most part, American theatres (Washington theatres included) steer clear of explosively controversial […]

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2013 Capital Fringe Show Preview “Photo Gallery: Behind The Scenes at ‘Legal Tender’ Rehearsal” by Hunter Styles

What does one dollar mean to different people? Five actors explore the possibilities in the new show Legal Tender at the Capital Fringe Festival this month. Directed by Robert Michael Oliver, and based on nine flash fictions from Elizabeth Bruce’s collection $50, Legal Tender brings audiences something rarely seen onstage: prose in performance. With multiple narrators, […]

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