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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Artists Who Inspire #1: Tia Shearer Bassett by Nicole Hertvik

Welcome to the first installment of Artists Who Inspire! During this unprecedented shutdown of live theater, DCMTA will use this space to lift up local theater artists who are finding ways t…

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Online offerings from theaters during Coronavirus closures by Nicole Hertvik

One by one, theaters announced late last week that they would be closed for the foreseeable future in compliance with Coronavirus recommendations. It is a stunning and unprecedented time in …

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Olney Theatre Center’s ‘The Amateurs’ is a comedy of ‘epidemic’ proportions by Nicole Hertvik

There is nothing like a good old-fashioned plague to get you pondering life’s big questions: the Bubonic Plague, the AIDS Crisis, COVID-19, really any epidemic will do. Of course, Jordan H…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz discusses his new play ‘Exquisite Agony,’ now playing at GALA Hispanic Theatre by Nicole Hertvik

In a particularly poignant scene in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz’s Exquisite Agony, a heart transplant recipient named Amer has an intimate conversation with Romy, the pregn…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:38PM
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Megan Hilty on her upcoming Kennedy Center concert, ‘Smash,’ and love by Nicole Hertvik

Football and musicals rarely overlap, but it was eight years ago this month – in the coveted slot right after the 2012 Super Bowl – that Smash, the NBC series about developing a Broadway…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:44PM
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Rorschach’s ‘The Toxic Avenger’ is the campy musical you didn’t know you needed in your life by Nicole Hertvik

Poor Melvin Ferd the Third just can’t catch a break. The ladies shun him, the jocks harass him, and the pretty blind librarian he has a crush on? Well, she thinks he’s a scrawny dweeb. B…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:38AM
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

‘The Royale’ Director Paige Hernandez talks boxing, hip hop, and the virtue of politeness by Nicole Hertvik

Multidisciplinary artist Paige Hernandez is not a fan of boundaries. Whether performing, directing or teaching, the Baltimore native has made a career out of blending artistic forms and reac…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:14PM
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

For actor Justin Weaks, the diverse content produced in DC theaters was reason enough to move here by Nicole Hertvik

In his five years on DC stages, actor Justin Weaks has played an impressive array of characters written by contemporary African-American playwrights. It is a dream he feared would never beco…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:26PM
Thursday, December 5, 2019

‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!’ Pigeon and Driver tell us why! by Nicole Hertvik

Oh, that pigeon! Always causing trouble. He never wants to take a bath. He stays up past his bedtime. And now he wants to drive… a bus?! Children’s author Mo Willems continues his tenure…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:58AM
Monday, December 2, 2019

Playwright Lauren Gunderson had one stipulation when reworking ‘Peter Pan.’ The sexism and racism had to go. by Nicole Hertvik

When Gunderson agreed to rework 'Peter Pan' for Shakespeare Theatre Company, she had one stipulation: the sexism and racism had to go. The post Playwright Lauren Gunderson had one stipulatio…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ at Adventure Theatre is charming holiday fare by Nicole Hertvik

We all want to feel loved, right? And there are times we feel forgotten. Unseen. Disposable. The classic children’s story The Velveteen Rabbit is a sentimental reminder that a child’s lo…

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

21 best bets for holiday entertainment in and around DC! by Nicole Hertvik

The winter holidays are a great time to see a show with someone you love, so here is our list of best bets in holiday entertainment in and around DC. Whether you are looking for a show to en…

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

‘Little Red’s Most Unusual Day’ entertains at Kentlands Arts Barn by Nicole Hertvik

Offenbach and Rossini are not names that roll easily off most children’s tongues. Luckily for parents who are looking for a fun way to introduce their children to classical music, the work…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:13AM
Monday, October 14, 2019

Theater and Policy Salon’s 2019-2020 Season Kicks Off This Weekend by Nicole Hertvik

The 2019-2020 Theater and Policy Salon season will start on October 18 at 3 pm with a Salon at New York University’s Washington DC campus at 1307 L Street, NW in downtown DC. The conversat…

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Friday, September 20, 2019

First Look at the Fierce Performers of ‘School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play’… and Their Fabulous Dresses by Nicole Hertvik

DC Metro Theater Arts spent a day at rehearsal with the cast of Round House Theatre Company’s season opener: School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play. Not only is this play a fabulous…

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Flying V Theatre: Pushing the Boundaries of Theater One Podcast Episode at a Time by Nicole Hertvik

Imagine a world where pop culture and high culture intersect. A world in which wrestling, comics, and gaming meld seamlessly with the performing arts, allowing people of all backgrounds to e…

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Round House Theatre Unveils Major Renovation by Nicole Hertvik

Round House Theatre reopened this week after an eight-month renovation that revamped nearly every aspect of the Bethesda, MD theater space. What began as a desire to improve the acoustics in…

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

In ‘Aladdin,’ Iago Is The Perfect Sidekick: And No, He’s Not a Parrot Anymore by Nicole Hertvik

LA-based character actor Reggie De Leon brings comedic flair to the beloved Disney character Iago. 'Aladdin' is playing at the Kennedy Center through September 7th. The post In ‘Aladdin,…

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Mara Bayewitz On Playing ‘Dolley Madison, Presidentress’ by Nicole Hertvik

How does an actor prepare to embody of of the United States’ most famous first ladies? We spoke to Mara Bayewitz about her upcoming solo turn as Dolley Madison playing at Best Medicine Rep…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

DC Metro Theater Arts and DC Theatre Scene Announce Joint Coverage of 2019 Capital Fringe Festival by Nicole Hertvik

DC Metro Theater Arts and DC Theatre Scene are pleased to announce that they are joining forces to cover the 2019 Capital Fringe Festival. Each online publication will review half of the 89 …

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Got Plans for the Tony Awards? Now You Do! by Nicole Hertvik

I am through being a lonely theater geek, locking myself in my bedroom and shushing non-interested family members throughout the Tony Awards broadcast! This year, I’ve decided to throw mys…

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Broadway’s Michael Urie To Return to Shakespeare Theatre Company for Free For All Hamlet by Nicole Hertvik

Free For All, one of the capital’s cherished annual traditions, will return for its 29th annual summer to Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC), offering two weeks of free performances of the …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:16PM
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Photo Highlights from the 2019 Helen Hayes Ceremony! by Nicole Hertvik

Visual highlights from the 35th Annual Helen Hayes Awards Ceremony. A complete list of recipients can be found here. All photos by Mukul Ranjan. Check out Mukul’s work at or at Mukul Ranja…

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Review: ‘Fame’ Is Full of Heart at GALA Hispanic Theatre by Nicole Hertvik

There is something very “meta” about Gala Hispanic Theatre’s production of Fame. See, you’ve got this group of scrappy young artists with talent, so much talent. And they are determi…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:24PM
Monday, May 13, 2019

Review: Local Students Let Their Freak Flags Fly in KAT – Second Stage’s ‘Shrek the Musical, Jr.’ by Nicole Hertvik

Sometimes, true perfection can be found where we least expect it. Whether you know it as a movie or a musical, Shrek has a pretty clear message for audiences: If you keep waiting for a perfe…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:37PM
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Helen Hayes Videos: Get To Know Your Hosts! by Nicole Hertvik

The 35th Annual Helen Hayes Awards are just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited! All of DC theater in one room together, wearing fancy duds and celebrating another year of ha…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:06PM
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Lab at Georgetown Brings Together Global Artists for ‘The Gathering’ by Nicole Hertvik

The Lab program at Georgetown University occupies an interesting space in the DC performing arts world, existing at the intersection between art and international affairs. Georgetown’s Lab…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:46PM
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Improvised Excellence: Matthew Morrison Brings His Signature Style to Strathmore This Weekend by Nicole Hertvik

Broadway fans are in for a treat as Matthew Morrison (Glee, The Light in the Piazza) and Shoshana Bean (Wicked, Waitress) come to town this weekend to headline Strathmore’s annual Spring G…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:41PM
Friday, April 26, 2019

Nu Sass To Perform ‘Marx in Soho’ at Edinburgh Fringe Festival by Nicole Hertvik

DC-based theater company Nu Sass Productions is taking Marx in Soho to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer. Marx in Soho, by American Historian Howard Zinn, will feature Mary Myers as …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:52AM
Monday, April 8, 2019

Amanda Gookin’s Forward Music Project at Kennedy Center’s Direct Current Festival by Nicole Hertvik

Amanda Gookin is a cellist, a founding member of the acclaimed music group PUBLIQuartet, and, since 2015, the founder of the Forward Music Project, which commissions new multimedia works for…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:45PM
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Photo Feature: The Washington Chorus Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day by Nicole Hertvik

The Washington Chorus (TWC) celebrated St. Patrick’s Day 2019 with a concert at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, followed by its annual Gala dinner at the Watergate Hotel. The concert feat…

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