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Review: ‘Disgraced’ at NextStop Theatre Company

What a combustible evening at NextStop’s production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar. Under Thembi Duncan’s adroit direction and with fascinating casting, this in-your-face drama aims to stimulate, challenge, and yes, even chafe audiences. And does it ever. It is right for these messy times in America. There is nothing timid about Duncan’s […]

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Review: ‘Whipping, or The Football Hamlet’ at Longacre Lea

What a rush. DC area playwright Kathleen Akerley has aced her way through the hottest of “au courant” identity politics in her newest work, the penetrating Whipping, or the Football Hamlet. With trenchant taunts and a flurry of dialogue that fluently picks at the hidden away scabs of supposed oppressors, the visible wounds of assumed […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #12: Best Direction of Plays in Professional Theater in DC/MD/VA

Here are the DCMetroTheaterArts Staff’s honorees for Best Direction of Plays in Professional Theaters in 2016. Congrats to all our honorees! THE BEST DIRECTION OF PLAYS  in 2016 IN DC/MD/VA ARE: Paul Morella for A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas at Olney Theatre Center. Michael Baron for A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre. Laurie T. Freed […]

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Page-to-Stage New Play Festival: Brave Soul Collective and African-American Collective Theater

Two of DC’s most important independent theater collectives bearing witness as black artists to #BlackLivesMatter are Brave Soul Collective and African-American Collective Theater (ACT). Both commemorated milestones Saturday with bills of new short plays in Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival. In the afternoon, Brave Soul marked its tenth anniversary with Tenfold: An Evening of Brave Soul Performances,  […]

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‘From Script to Production: My Journey with YPT’ by Marisa Poe

Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) is a non-profit organization that gives kids the chance to work as playwrights in professional environments. YPT visits schools teaching kids how to write plays, and helps them develop their creative writing. YPT came to my school, Maret, every Friday for almost two months during my fifth grade year. The first […]

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DC Black Theatre Festival: ‘Plot Twists…’

 An outstanding assembly of DC’s African American LGBTQ artists converged to create Plot Twists…, a late addition to the DC Black Theatre Festival lineup. Conceived and produced by Monte J. Wolfe—and presented in conjunction with the festival by Brave Soul Collective— the show was an anthology of dramatic and comedic monologues, short scenes, and staged readings, each […]

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‘WTF Happened To Baby Sister?’ at Rainbow Theatre Project

A hilarious, unique and a “no-holds barred” approach to satire was offered to an appreciative audience in the creative and subversive comedy WTF Happened to Baby Sister?. Presented by the Brave Soul Collective and the Rainbow Theatre Project, this entertaining spoof of the campy, classic 1962 film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (Starring Bette Davis and […]

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‘The Tiny House Plays’ at Pinky Swear Productions

TINY HOUSE, HUGE HEART Down a dark alley where cats dodge cars and across from the Glenwood Cemetery is Boneyard Studios, DC’s tiny house community. It feels almost otherworldly or enchanted, stepping through the gate onto a path lit by white and red Christmas lights that weaves among a lush community garden, three tiny houses […]

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