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Friday, February 19, 2021

Imagination Stage strikes gold with ‘Spy Academy & the Lost Treasure of Atlantis’ by Kendall Mostafavi

There are jumping dogs, ninja fights, and double crosses. The story is fast-paced and offers many moments for kids to chime in on how the story should advance (remember Choose Your Own Adven…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:09PM
Saturday, February 13, 2021

A great stage flick from AmaZing Theatre rips U.S. racism in ‘Torn’ by Kendall Mostafavi

AmaZing Theatre Company is presenting an original movie/play hybrid that they have dubbed a stage flick: Torn, by local playwright John Becker. The show is based on the momentous event in 19…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:08AM
Monday, February 8, 2021

‘Loveday Brooke’ audio play from We Happy Few is an entertaining gem by Kendall Mostafavi

Loveday Brooke is generally referred to as “the female Sherlock Holmes.” Author Catherine Louisa Pirkis first published her lady detective story in 1893 and, aside from having created th…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:57AM
Sunday, January 31, 2021

For lovers of sleuthing, a Sherlock Holmes audio drama from We Happy Few by Kendall Mostafavi

In this ever evolving age of the coronavirus, theaters have been experimenting in ways to keep the arts alive and thriving. We Happy Few has recently been producing audio recordings with ext…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:13PM
Monday, November 23, 2020

Woolly Mammoth’s ‘JookJOYnt’ was a truly joyous journey by Kendall Mostafavi

Woolly Mammoth Theatre recently released their mixed media streaming production of The JookJOYnt, A Black in Space Powered by Makers Lab Experience. The video is a funky intergalactic collag…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:28PM
Sunday, November 8, 2020

Patrons pining for in-person performance are now finding it by the carload by Kendall Mostafavi

We thought the days of drive-in movie theaters, with patrons braving the weather for the sake of a good time, were a thing of the past. But pandemic desperation has brought this back, easing…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:47PM
Thursday, March 5, 2020

‘Bandstand’ at the National Theatre is a musical love letter to veterans and their families by Kendall Mostafavi

Bandstand, a heart-wrenching musical about a group of veterans returning home from World War II, with music by Richard Oberacker, and book and lyrics by Rob Taylor and Oberacker, is at The N…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:55PM
Sunday, March 1, 2020

Reston Community Players delivers a powerful ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ by Kendall Mostafavi

There are some pieces of theater that elicit such raw emotion that describing the experience properly is next to impossible. Reston Community Players’ production of The Diary of Anne Frank…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:55PM
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

‘Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth’ returns to Imagination Stage by Kendall Mostafavi

Imagination Stage brings back its Helen Hayes nominated show, Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth, written by Psalmayene 24. With the title character, Zomo, inspired by a Nigerian folkt…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:40PM
Thursday, December 19, 2019

‘The Magical Piñata’ at the Keegan Theatre celebrates Mexican culture and teaches valuable lessons about sharing by Kendall Mostafavi

The concept of gratitude and sharing can be one of the hardest things for a child to learn. But in a world full of greed, these principles are vital to maintaining a semblance of peace and p…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:41PM
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Creative Cauldron presents ‘Madeline’s Christmas’ for some wholesome holiday cheer by Kendall Mostafavi

In what is becoming a delightful Christmas tradition, Creative Cauldron reprises their holiday production of Madeline’s Christmas. The lighthearted musical is based on the beloved books by…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:19PM
Friday, November 22, 2019

John Leguizamo takes audiences to school in ‘Latin History for Morons’ at the National Theatre by Kendall Mostafavi

John Leguizamo is a famously Latino, American, Tony and Emmy Award-winning comedian, known for numerous roles that defy pigeonholing on the character-genre spectrum. Yet despite the vast ran…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:16PM
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theater shines a fresh light on ‘The Jungle Book’ by Kendall Mostafavi

Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theater presents its own adaptation of the popular tale, The Jungle Book. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s book of the same name, the show centers around the man-c…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:17PM
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Expect the unexpected in Washington Improv Theater’s ‘Life and Death with WIT: Hellcat and iMusical’ by Kendall Mostafavi

Improvisational theater is comprised of different aspects of live performance genres, like stand-up comedy or fully scripted plays. But what defines improv, is how the actors use comments fr…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:50PM
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Prince William Little Theatre brings difficult history and ethical questions to the stage in ‘Judgment at Nuremberg’ by Kendall Mostafavi

Prince William Little Theatre has chosen some heavy material for their recent show. Judgment at Nuremberg, directed by Harry Kantrovich, focuses on the international military tribunals that …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:48PM
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Local kids learn to “Let it Go” onstage in Disney’s ‘Frozen Jr.’ by Kendall Mostafavi

Encore Stage & Studio has been working with local youth “to build lifelong appreciation for live theatre by involving young people in all aspects of theatre arts — onstage, backstage…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:58PM
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Review: ‘Carrie, The Musical’ at Workhouse Arts Center by Kendall Mostafavi

It’s that time of year again, when there’s a bit of Pumpkin Spice in everything and Halloween themes are taking over. The Workhouse Arts Center is doing its part to add a bit of horror i…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:45PM
Friday, October 4, 2019

Review: ‘Murder on the Nile’ at Castaways Rep by Kendall Mostafavi

Murder on the Nile is Agatha Christie’s staging of her popular novel, Death on the Nile, published in 1937. Castaways Repertory Theatre has chosen this definitive whodunit for their Fall p…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:54PM
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Review: ‘Ephemeral Fatale’ by Area Woman by Kendall Mostafavi

Area Woman is a group of four local DC artists who came together to premiere their “comedydramadance,” Holon!, for the 2018 Capital Fringe Festival. This August at various venues through…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:23PM
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Review: ‘Disney’s Newsies’ by Encore Stage & Studio at Kenmore Middle School Theatre by Kendall Mostafavi

Encore Stage & Studio’s “Theatre by Kids, for Kids!” is currently showing the Disney musical, Newsies. Based on the 1992 movie, and inspired by the real-life newsboy strike in 1899…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:15PM
Friday, July 19, 2019

Review: ‘Mary Poppins’ at Upper Room Theatre Ministry by Kendall Mostafavi

Since 2002, Upper Room Theatre Ministry has presented one musical every summer. This year, they bring the stage adaptation of the Disney classic, Mary Poppins, to Manassas. The story of the …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:39PM
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Review: ‘Seussical’ by McLean Community Players at Alden Theatre by Kendall Mostafavi

Based on the fantastical imaginings of Dr. Seuss, Seussical is a light-hearted musical packed with color, magic, and mischief. McLean Community Players is running their production of this fa…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:37PM
Friday, July 12, 2019

Review: ‘The Ballad of Mu Lan’ at Imagination Stage by Kendall Mostafavi

Imagination Stage’s The Ballad of Mu Lan is the funny and poignant tale of a Chinese woman warrior who defies tradition in order to protect her father and be the person she feels she was …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:59PM
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Review: ‘Forest Treás’ by Pointless Theatre Company by Kendall Mostafavi

Pointless Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Forest Treás (pronounced ‘Triage’). Written by Navid Azeez, the play is based around the 2002 Beltway Sniper attacks and the eff…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:23PM
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Review: ‘Hand to God’ by Fredericksburg Theatre Ensemble by Kendall Mostafavi

Fredericksburg Theatre Ensemble (fte) was established in the Spring of 2011. They’re a nonprofit organization, focusing on guilty pleasures and “celebrating the art of the uncomfortable …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:05PM
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Review: ‘The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence’ by City of Fairfax Theatre Company by Kendall Mostafavi

In this age of devices, the continuing evolution of man’s relationship with technology has been the subject of many studies and stories. Madeleine George’s play, The (curious case of the…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:35PM
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Review: ‘The Full Monty’ at Workhouse Arts Center by Kendall Mostafavi

The Full Monty, a musical about a group of unemployed, average Joes who decide to put on a one-night-only strip show to make big money fast, is currently playing at the Workhouse Arts Center…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:41PM
Friday, May 3, 2019

Review: ‘Under(world): The Lost and the Found’ by TBD Immersive by Kendall Mostafavi

TBD Immersive presents their new adventure, Under(world): The Lost & The Found, in Dupont Circle. The Dupont Underground has been transformed into a series of settings representing the i…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:26PM
Monday, April 22, 2019

Review: ‘Ripcord’ by Vienna Theatre Company by Kendall Mostafavi

Vienna Theatre Company has just opened David Lindsay-Abaire’s hilarious play, Ripcord, for the last production of their current season. The show takes place in an assisted living facility,…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:11PM
Monday, March 11, 2019

Review: ‘Time Stands Still’ at Reston Community Players by Kendall Mostafavi

Many plays try to capture the complexity of the human spirit and the Reston Community Players production of Donald Margulies’, Time Stands Still, does just that. The poignant tale examines…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:18PM
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Review: ‘Robin Hood’ by Encore Stage & Studio by Kendall Mostafavi

Encore Stage & Studio was founded in 1967 and produces “theatre by kids, for kids.” Their current show is Robin Hood, the classic tale of the brave archer who steals from the rich to…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:37PM