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Thursday, March 7, 2019

A Guide to Washington, D.C.’s Theatre Scene by Keith Loria

Five theatre companies and famous venues to explore, whether you live in the nation’s capital or are simply visiting.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:30PM
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Seema Sueko on directing the “revolutionary thriller from the heart”, The Heiress by Keith Loria

On Valentine’s Day this year, Arena Stage will open The Heiress, adapted from the 1880 Henry James novel Washington Square by playwrights Ruth and Augustus Goetz. While the play may seem…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 06:06PM
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

When women first took to the English stage: Alison Luff on playing Nell Gwynn at Folger by Keith Loria

In 2013, Olivier-winning playwright Jessica Swale wrote a play about the life of actress Nell Gwynn, one of the first women to trod the English stage, and who became a celebrated actress dur…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 10:32AM
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Why The Music Man’s Harold Hill Has Always Been Norm Lewis’ Dream Role—And How He Hopes to Bring It to Broadway by Keith Loria

Stories from the rehearsal room, tips to prevent getting tongue-tied in “(Ya Got) Trouble,” and Lewis’ Broadway goals.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Vanessa Hudgens Is About to Bring a Whole New Maureen to the Screen in Rent on Fox by Keith Loria

The High School Musical and Gigi star says she’s been finding her own version of the role made famous by Idina Menzel.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00PM
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Mike Donahue directing Admissions, Josh Harmon’s satire on white liberal privilege by Keith Loria

When playwright Josh Harmon’s Bad Jews played Studio Theatre in 2014, the production set box office records and multiple extensions. A remounting of the show the following year saw similar…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:12PM
Monday, January 14, 2019

Director Sheldon Epps: Looking at Twelve Angry Men through the lens of the killing of Trayvon Martin by Keith Loria

“About four years ago, I did my first production of this show at Pasadena Playhouse and what prompted it was some serious and robust conversations about race that were going on in our coun…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 10:06AM
Friday, December 14, 2018

Kings, Sarah Burgess’ latest, is a comedy on how political fundraising gets done in Washington by Keith Loria

Growing up in Alexandra, Va., playwright Sarah Burgess saw first-hand the influence that lawmakers and lobbyists possess in fueling how Washington, D.C., is run. So, it’s no surprise that …

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 11:48AM
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Justin Weaks on his first August Wilson experience, Gem of the Ocean by Keith Loria

Round House Theatre’s staging of Gem of the Ocean presents the August Wilson classic in powerful, ambitious fashion. Under the direction of Timothy Douglas, the production has been enthu…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:42PM
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The technical wizardry behind a rising house and other tricks of the set of An Inspector Calls by Keith Loria

It’s been more than 25 years since Stephen Daldry’s production of J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls made its London debut. Thanks to Ian MacNeil’s astonishing set that paints…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:04PM
Monday, November 19, 2018

Olney’s pajama drive is on to warm the hearts of foster care children by Keith Loria

Olney Theatre Center’s successful Annie-inspired pajama drive last year resulted in more than 800 pairs of new pajamas for the Rockville, Md.-based Comfort Cases which, in turn, went to ch…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 01:04PM
Friday, November 16, 2018

How Keegan transformed its space for As You Like It by Keith Loria

Keegan audiences will notice a big transformation of the theater for the area debut of Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery’s musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Co-direct…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:32PM
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

How Corbin Bleu Found His Niche in Golden Age Musicals by Keith Loria

The former High School Musical and In The Heights star finds a sweet spot in nostalgia stories like Arena Stage’s Anything Goes and Broadway’s Kiss Me, Kate.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:27AM
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Accident Bear, Bob Bartlett’s latest, born and now staged in an Annapolis laundromat by Keith Loria

“I’ve always loved laundromats.” This declaration by DC playwright Bob Bartlett explains why he set his newest work, The Accident Bear, in The Avenue Laundromat in historic Downtown A…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 03:36PM
Friday, November 2, 2018

Matthew Gardiner, directing Billy Elliot, admits the lead would have been his dream as a boy dancer. by Keith Loria

Before becoming a prominent director in D.C., Matthew Gardiner, Signature Theatre’s associate artistic director, was a promising ballet dancer. Gardiner studied at The Washington Ballet st…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 01:12PM
Friday, October 26, 2018

Steinbeck’s East of Eden, a passion project for NextStop’s Evan Hoffman by Keith Loria

While John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath have historically been on high school reading lists for decades, one of the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner’s more ambitiou…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:18PM

Ready to Fringe again? Charm City Fringe in Baltimore starts November 1 by Keith Loria

The 2018 Charm City Fringe Festival returns to the Bromo Arts District with 23 productions and more than 80 performances taking place between November 1 and November 11. Baltimore talent for…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:18PM
Monday, October 22, 2018

Little Shop of Horror’s Original Seymour is Suddenly Mushnik by Keith Loria

Lee Wilkof looks back at the 1982 production and the upcoming special revival at Washington, D.C.,’s Kennedy Center.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Friday, October 19, 2018

‘Actually’ may change how you see the next “he said/she said” case by Keith Loria

Reading the description of Anna Ziegler’s thought-provoking play, Actually, it’s easy to think the story was ripped right from today’s headlines. After all, the plot follows two freshm…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:36PM
Thursday, October 18, 2018

What happens to a community after a mass shooting? A look into Blight by John Bavoso. by Keith Loria

The rolling world premiere of Blight, a new play by playwright and DC Theatre Scene writer John Bavoso, is being produced by Pinky Swear Productions at the Anacostia Playhouse. “Silvia is…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 11:32AM
Monday, October 15, 2018

What’s Twelfth Night doing in a NY ’80’s queer club? Avant Bard adaptors explain. by Keith Loria

William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will has been probably adapted into more styles, settings than any of the Bard’s plays. Whether it’s Play On, a Broadway jukebox music…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 01:24PM
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Broadway’s Kerry Butler talks about Beetlejuice by Keith Loria

With Halloween only weeks away, it seems fitting that the National Theatre will debut the world premiere musical Beetlejuice, based on Tim Burton’s wildly fun, demented 1988 movie, which h…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:24PM
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Labour of Love, hit West End political comedy, makes US debut at Olney by Keith Loria

When Hamilton made the transition to London, some naysayers thought that the musical wouldn’t play as well on the other side of the pond because of its U.S.-centric political story and its…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 03:54PM
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Edwin Lee Gibson on playing Dick Gregory in Turn Me Loose by Keith Loria

As Edwin Lee Gibson prepares for opening night September 6th of Arena Stage’s production of Turn Me Loose, a look into the life of comedian Dick Gregory, his dressing room is full of photo…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:04PM
Friday, August 31, 2018

Theatre tickets for just $15 or $35? It must be Theatre Week by Keith Loria

One of DC theatergoers’ favorite times of year is back, as theatreWashington presents the popular Theatre Week, Sept. 12 through Oct. 7, with 26 productions being staged throughout the reg…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:12PM
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Like Water for Chocolate. GALA brings the romantic movie to the stage for its U. S. debut by Keith Loria

Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel scored a huge hit in 1989 with the release of her debut novel, which became a New York Times best seller, Like Water for Chocolate (Como agua para chocolate),…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 01:06PM
Sunday, August 26, 2018

Free Page-to-Stage Festival expecting big audiences Labor Day Weekend at The Kennedy Center by Keith Loria

In celebration of the 17th annual Page-to-Stage Festival, more than 60 theater companies—both new and established—will ascend to The Kennedy Center this coming weekend (Sept. 1-3) to off…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 11:12AM
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Natascia Diaz stars in Sondheim’s Passion, a role she nearly declined by Keith Loria

Natascia Diaz has wowed DC audiences for a decade, but when Signature Theatre offered her the lead role of Fosca in Stephen Sondheim’s Passion, she hesitated. The popular actress has e…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:04PM
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Curt Boehm talks about Keegan’s answer to this summer of hate, The Bridges of Madison County. by Keith Loria

“This is a good time for this piece to be in this city,”director Kurt Boehm says of The Bridges of Madison County, now onstage at Keegan Theatre. No matter what side of the political…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 07:54AM
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Casting for Michel Legrande’s Amour, NextStop stages a reunion from its storied past by Keith Loria

NextStop Theatre is celebrating its 30th year, a history that took root as the Elden Street Players in 1988, when the newly-formed community theatre took over a Herndon-based warehouse and …

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 11:54AM
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

N’Jameh Camara on playing Celie’s younger sister in The Color Purple by Keith Loria

N’Jameh Camara is playing Nettie in The Color Purple, now concluding its national tour at The Kennedy Center. “Nettie is the younger sister of Celie and looks at her environment and won…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 10:36AM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards