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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

‘A dream for me’: Ashley Bruce on playing Mary Delgado in ‘Jersey Boys’ by David Siegel

While the Tony Award-winning musical is called Jersey Boys, let’s not forget that so many of the Billboard chart-toppers performed in the show are about the real-life Frankie Valli and the…

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‘I Take Your Hand in Mine’ by Taffety Punk Theatre Company brings Chekhov’s romantic life to the stage by David Siegel

A matchless, hypnotic portrait of love. A seductive vision of two lives tangled up in blues with too many tough nights apart as each knows “I have no will of my own.” Are the two people …

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

‘The Woman in Black’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company is a delightfully spooky gem by David Siegel

A charming little gem of a ghostly, campfire-ish thriller is here for a short time courtesy of Shakespeare Theatre Company. Full of expressive acting, way cool whodunit lighting moods and ee…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Love reigns in ‘Love in Hate Nation’ Two River Theater premiere by David Siegel

Love in Hate Nation is the new musical from Be More Chill’s composer/lyricist, Joe Iconis. Animated with a driving wheel of rock and funk rock tunes, it grapples with the pressing cultural…

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Monday, November 25, 2019

UrbanArias delivers fun, deeply human evening of music and voices taking on the modern condition by David Siegel

How prescient of the innovative UrbanArias. To be ahead of a major Washington Post Sunday Business section about a modern-day retail apocalypse: the dying of America’s suburban retail mall…

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Virginia Opera opens “From Screen to Stage” series with ‘Il Postino’ at George Mason University by David Siegel

The sensuality and passion of Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, diplomat, and politician, Pablo Neruda has become the bones for a contemporary opera, Il Postino by Daniel Catán. Il Postino …

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Welders’ Annalisa Dias on ‘HEARTSPACE’ and responding to impending and present climate disasters by David Siegel

The Welders, a self-described artists’ collective, burst upon the DMV theatrical landscape in the summer of 2013 with a mission to establish an evolving, alternative platform for play deve…

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Artistry, rivalry, madness, and genius in Folger Theatre’s ‘Amadeus’ by David Siegel

What a great lively yarn about a musical disruptor as a stand-in for the volcanic eruptions of out-and-out revolution in the air throughout Europe and America. Amadeus at Folger Theatre is a…

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Signature’s ‘A Chorus Line’ proves musicals can evolve in the right creative hands by David Siegel

“A Chorus Line is still one of those musicals you will sing about to your grandchildren,” wrote theater and dance critic Clive Barnes in his 1975 New York Times review for A Chorus Line.…

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Stage managers work long hours for rich rewards by David Siegel

Being a stage manager of a theater production brings challenging, yet too often unheralded responsibilities that begin long before an audience steps into a theater to take a seat. As the pro…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

‘Camp Blue,’ an affecting play about men surviving enlistment in the Vietnam War by David Siegel

Dispatch from the front. “Greetings: You are hereby ordered for induction in the Armed Forces of the United States.”   For those in the audience of the Boomer generation, Rainbow Theat…

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1st Stage to host musical group All 4 Bass on November 16th by David Siegel

Another unique cabaret evening is arriving at 1st Stage in Tysons. It is a musical performance by the quartet All 4 Bass. The event is entitled Play it LOW…Play it COOL. The All 4 Bass …

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Friday, November 1, 2019

‘The American Soldier’ to illuminate the impact of military service at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage by David Siegel

Next week, The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage will present a performance keyed to Veteran’s Day–The American Soldier, conceived, written and performed by Douglas Taurel. The Novembe…

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

‘Stirring the Waters Across America’ at The REACH is a powerful musical exploration of resistance to racism by David Siegel

Electrifying. Awakening. These are words to describe the heart-rending workshop presentation of Stirring the Waters Across America performed at Studio K at The REACH. To call it anything les…

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Strathmore: Growing a vibrant arts community that welcomes everyone by David Siegel

As DC-area demographics have evolved over the recent decades, so have the missions of some of the area’s nimble performing arts venues so that they are welcoming to those they serve and re…

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Monday, October 21, 2019

IN Series’ ‘Stormy Weather’ provides an original take on Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ with Billie Holiday as musical fuel by David Siegel

Ingenious. Shakespeare’s venerable, often un-provocatively produced The Tempest has been reconstructed into theater with an invigorating musical arc and an awakening narrative bite. It has…

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Friday, October 18, 2019

New Revision of Broadway Musical ‘Rags’ is a Timely Story of the Immigrant Experience by David Siegel

Something’s coming: an exclusive opportunity to take in an award-winning creative team’s new adaptation of Rags, a hidden away musical gem.  If you are not familiar with it, “Rags is …

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ARTSFAIRFAX Presents 2019 Emerging Arts Award to NextStop Theatre Company by David Siegel

ARTSFAIRFAX presented its 2019 Emerging Arts Award at its eighth Arts Awards event on October 18, 2019. The award was given to the professional, black box NextStop Theatre Company.  The ART…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Rorschach Theatre Remounts and Reimagines ‘She Kills Monsters’ at the Atlas by David Siegel

A much-needed rabbit hole to explore is opening in the DMV. Let us rejoice. It is the return of She Kills Monsters some five years after making its first appearance, thanks to Rorschach Thea…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

LA Theatre Works’ ‘SEVEN’ will explore social injustice through documentary theater at George Mason by David Siegel

LA Theatre Works is bringing its distinctive radio style, live theater to the DMV with a production of SEVEN. A documentary theater play, SEVEN is based on the lives of seven extraordinary w…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

A Personal View of the Coming Apocalypse: Caryl Churchill’s ‘Escaped Alone’ by David Siegel

What a play! Escaped Alone is full of dramatic presentations announcing a coming apocalypse; an end of days. The production at Signature Theatre is receiving rightful praise (read my colleag…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

‘My Barking Dog’ Explores Wildness and Uncertainty at Caos on F by David Siegel

Building on its mission to produce “exciting yet profound theatre in greater Washington, DC” The Edge of the Universe Players 2 is presenting My Barking Dog, a play about “A woman. A m…

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Review: ‘The Tempest’ at Synetic Theater by David Siegel

What an inspired creative jewel. What a brave new world. What a daring technical and artistic production. That is Synetic’s The Tempest; Shakespeare’s tale of shipwreck and magic, power …

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Review: ‘Unexpected Turbulence’ at The Fridge DC by David Siegel

What a charmer is the fringy play Unexpected Turbulence. It’s an engaging, first-class “flight” with personable service provided by flight attendant Crystelle Desjardins (Alexander Bur…

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Review: ‘Life is a Dream’ at GALA Hispanic Theatre by David Siegel

In our world-class DC area, the GALA Hispanic Theatre continues to be a beacon with a mission to produce playwrights and plays often unknown to English-speaking audiences. GALA is a National…

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Monday, September 16, 2019

REACH Report: DC Playwrights Forum by David Siegel

It’s true. The DC area has moved into the forefront of the nation’s theater communities.  A recent report from Actors’ Equity Association named DC the “fastest-growing theater city.…

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Review: ‘Meatballs and Music’ at Creative Cauldron by David Siegel

“Sing your song… be someone big on earth” is one of the centering lyrics that Tom Sweitzer sang in his one-actor, cabaret-like performance of Meatballs and Music on September 13 & …

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Review: ‘Love Sick’ at Theater J Offers a Contemporary Look at the Biblical Song of Songs by David Siegel

Celebrating the lushness of love without shying away from the moody darkness that might befall lovers, Theater J opens its new season with the East Coast premiere of the musical Love Sick. L…

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Friday, September 6, 2019

In the Moment: Peter’s Alley Theatre Moves to The Writer’s Center in Bethesda and Opens with ‘The Gulf’ by David Siegel

Peter’s Alley Theatre has moved its base of performances to The Writer’s Center in Bethesda. Founded in 2012 by Aly B. Ettman, Peter’s Alley is a non-profit professional theatre compan…

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Review: ‘Beehive’ at NextStop Theatre Company by David Siegel

Let yourself drift back and be carried away to another time–the time when music with its rhythms was the center of a young life. Now with that thought, take yourself to the vibrant, energe…

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Casting Director Kelly Crandall d’Amboise on Signature Theatre’s ‘Assassins’ by David Siegel

The splendid, bone-chilling darkness of Signature Theatre’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins is lifted into reality by a most unexpected source: the humanity of a 10-year-old c…

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