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Paapa Essiedu in Hamlet. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Review: ‘Hamlet’ by the Royal Shakespeare Company

The fabled Royal Shakespeare Company brought its Hamlet to the Kennedy Center this week, in a production fully worthy of its glittering reputation. The RSC Hamlet is lavish, bursting with freshness, and starring the young and gifted Paapa Essiedu as the brooding Prince. As noted by Director Simon Godwin, Denmark is re-conceived as a “modern […]

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The Barber of Seville — Photo: Scott Suchman

Review: ‘The Barber of Seville’ at the Kennedy Center

The current production of the Washington National Opera –Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville plays like a frenetically captivating musical dreamscape of schemers, clowns, and romantic lovers. Director Peter Kazaras wisely lets the popular strains of Rossini’s beloved music carry the very fluid pacing of the production and Kazaras allows the show to “breathe” in […]

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Interview: Composer Gregory Spears Unpacks Thoreau in Upcoming DC World Premiere

On Saturday, April 28th at The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, Vocal Arts DC will present their newly commissioned, world premiere of composer Gregory Spears’ song cycle, WALDEN (based on Henry David Thoreau’s treatise by the same name). The recital will feature acclaimed baritone Brian Mulligan who will also perform the 1974 Pulitzer Prize-winning song cycle, […]

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Review: Tracy Morgan at The Kennedy Center

Following up his nationwide tour, Picking Up the Pieces, and Netflix special, Staying Alive, actor, writer, producer and comedian Tracy Morgan, celebrated for in his roles in Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, returned to The Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall stage Friday night, reviving his stand-up roots, alongside the recent launch of his TBS show, The […]

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The NSO performs Verdi’s “Requiem”

Review: Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ by The National Symphony Orchestra

A nominally ecclesiastical work written by an essentially non-religious man, the Verdi Requiem has come, in the nearly century and a half since its completion, to be beloved by church-goers and concert-goers alike. Written to honor two of Verdi’s recently passed heroes, one musical (composer Gioacchino Rossini) and one national (writer Alessandro Manzoni), the Requiem […]

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Saundra Santiago and Anthony Ramos in In the Heights. Photo by Teresa Wood.

Review: ‘In the Heights’ at The Kennedy Center

Celebrating 10 years since taking Broadway by storm with its exploration of New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, In the Heights, directed by Stephanie Klemons, takes the stage at The Kennedy Center for a limited but joyous run. The second of the new Broadway Center Stage series, this semi-staged concert production packs the vibrant musical […]

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Mason Bates' KC Jukebox: California Mystics. Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center.

Review: ‘Mason Bates’s KC Jukebox: California Mystics’ at The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts Atrium was transformed into a bohemian, Bedouin-style venue, where pillows for seating were splayed across the floor and the audience was lulled into an immersive moment of the sights and sounds of Mason Bates’s KC Jukebox: California Mystics. Bates’s sound is a fusion of electronica and classical music. This […]

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Review: ‘Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends: New Worlds’ at the Kennedy Center

Can you imagine a chamber music concert—a quartet, playing mostly classical work by composers with names like Bach, Schubert and Shostakovich—getting six encores? And seven—yes, seven—standing ovations? That’s what happened the other night when New Worlds—a one-night performance featuring Bill Murray and a trio of string players—took the stage for its Washington, DC premiere in […]

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Review: Washington National Opera Presents Verdi’s ‘Don Carlo’ at the Kennedy Center

“Peace and transcendence can only be found in death” seems to be the eternal thread that runs through Verdi’s operatic masterpiece, Don Carlo. Presented by the Washington National Opera, the gloom and doom of this libretto is sustained throughout by Verdi’s masterful music and Tim Albery’s sensitively controlled direction. The pace of the production is stately […]

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Review: ‘DIAVOLO’ at The Kennedy Center

A lone dancer steps forward. Framed in silver metal rectangles, others stand behind her. As she dances, others step forward, emerging to take her place. As the number of bodies increases and the gestures repeat and accelerate, DIAVOLO takes hold with resounding athleticism. The metal rectangles rotate to become portable steps for bounding. Dancers leap […]

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Review: ‘Chess’ at the Kennedy Center

Who knew a game of chess could be so rock ’n roll? Or so sexy? Or set off rumblings of nuclear war? The semi-staged concert version of Chess, the 1984 rock opera playing a short run at the Kennedy Center, schools its audience on all that and more in this history play set during the […]

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In the Moment: Interview with Patrick Lord, Projection Designer

For regular theater-goers, we have seen that projection design is not a fad or an eye-popping, one-time visual effect. Projection design has become an integral part of many a production’s overall design storytelling elements. As technology has rapidly evolved, so has the use of projection design to help tell a theatrical story. Projections add their […]

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