All stories by Darby Dejarnette on BroadwayStars

Monday, March 2, 2020

Broadway phenom Norm Lewis delivers at the Kennedy Center by Darby Dejarnette

Norm Lewis is an icon. This is an indisputable fact. There are few others who have made such an impact on the way we view certain roles. His impressive bio includes such credits as the first…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:23PM
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Victorian Lyric Opera’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’ elicits laughter, delight by Darby Dejarnette

There’s no doubt that The Pirates of Penzance is one of the most beloved of Gilbert and Sullivan’s works. Like most Gilbert and Sullivan tales, it takes clever jabs at the politics of it…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:12AM
Sunday, February 2, 2020

Fellowship for Performing Arts delivers with challenging ‘The Great Divorce’ by Darby Dejarnette

C.S. Lewis is not for the fainthearted. While his Narnia series may have been the most successful in capturing the public imagination, his fascination with—and ability to articulate—adva…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:13AM
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

‘Spring Awakening’ is more relevant now than ever. Round House’s young actors tell us why. by Darby Dejarnette

Spring Awakening has never been a shy musical. Based on German playwright Frank Wedekind’s 1891 tale of teenagers awakening to their sexuality amongst adults who failed to provide any sexu…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:20PM
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Charming ‘Leading Ladies’ pleases at Vienna Theatre Company by Darby Dejarnette

Leading Ladies is a charming little farce written by Ken Ludwig. Directed by Eleanore Tapscott, this production at Vienna Theatre Company is sure to be a popular, audience-pleasing productio…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:52PM
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Colonial Players’ fascinating ‘The Children’ explores bleak post-nuclear future by Darby Dejarnette

Annapolis’ Colonial Players takes on Lucy Kirkwood’s 2016 environmental disaster drama The Children in an intimate production which explores the human cost of uncontrolled consumption an…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:38PM
Sunday, December 22, 2019

‘A Christmas Carol’ comes to life at Museum of the Bible by Darby Dejarnette

Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol comes to life in a unique living history experience at Museum of the Bible in the aptly named A Christmas Carol Experience. This cha…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:44PM
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Washington Revels’ ‘Celestial Fools’ is a stellar holiday hit by Darby Dejarnette

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, Washingtonians brace themselves for a barrage of family commitments, holiday parties, religious services and fevered gift shopping. Holiday…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:09PM

Iron Crow’s satisfying ‘Bare’ shines light on gay Catholic teens by Darby Dejarnette

Iron Crow Theatre’s production of Bare couldn’t be more timely. With music by the late Damon Intrabartolo, lyrics by Jon Hartmere and a book which was a combined effort of the two; this …

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:17AM
Saturday, November 30, 2019

NSO Pops and ‘Harry Potter’ combine for a unique movie night at the Kennedy Center by Darby Dejarnette

Harry Potter is a cultural phenomenon. With the entire franchise’s worth surpassing $25 billion, you’d be hard-pressed to meet anyone who hasn’t felt the impact of J.K. Rowling’s inf…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:56AM
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Rising opera star Soloman Howard brings rich vocals to the Kennedy Center by Darby Dejarnette

Soloman Howard, the 2019 Marian Anderson Award winner, brought his unique flair to the Kennedy Center in his first-ever solo concert at the venue. As a graduate of the Washington National Op…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:24AM
Monday, November 25, 2019

Aquila Theatre’s ‘The Odyssey’ tackles modern warfare and its impact by Darby Dejarnette

Aquila Theatre’s adaptation of Homer’s Greek epic The Odyssey, translated by Emily Wilson and directed by Desiree Sanchez, provides a sobering picture of the impact of warfare on the psy…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:41AM
Thursday, November 14, 2019

BSU Theatre re-visions ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ with artists of color by Darby Dejarnette

What does it mean to re-vision a popular musical with theatre artists of color? Students at Bowie State University have set out to do just that with their latest production of Little Shop of…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:17PM
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Fun, frenetic ‘RENT’ still satisfies by Darby Dejarnette

The 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT touched down at the National Theatre this week, much to the delight of area RENTheads. This modern take on Puccini’s La Boheme, with music, lyrics and boo…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:32PM
Sunday, November 10, 2019

‘Last Summer at Bluefish Cove’ is a heart-wrenching glimpse into lesbian lives by Darby Dejarnette

Life has never been easy for women who love other women. Last Summer at Bluefish Cove—written by Jane Chambers and widely regarded as the first production to portray lesbians in a positive…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:13PM
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Colonial Players’ magnificent ‘White Rose’ is a prophetic must-see by Darby Dejarnette

What do you do when your country has taken a wrong turn? With a corrupt government, racist policies, oppression of the marginalized, suppression of the truth and attacks on the media being c…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:36AM
Monday, October 21, 2019

‘Mozart Celebration’ Opens Season at the National Chamber Ensemble by Darby Dejarnette

The National Chamber Ensemble’s 2019 – 2020 season launched this past Saturday with Mozart Celebration, which featured several of the composer’s beloved works. Mozart is one of those c…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:52AM
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

A Dramatic ‘Tosca’ Mesmerizes, Enchants at the Virginia Opera by Darby Dejarnette

The dawn of the 1800s saw a Rome in turmoil. Napoleon Bonaparte spun a soured campaign in Egypt into a public relations success story, securing his legacy as a folk hero and launching a coup…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:47PM
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Review: ‘Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical’ at Wolf Pack Theatre Company by Darby Dejarnette

Wolf Pack Theatre Company gives audiences a reason to explore the darker depths of the human mind with season-opener Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical. With book and lyrics by Leslie Briscusse …

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:10AM
Monday, September 9, 2019

Review: ‘Souvenir’ at Rep Stage by Darby Dejarnette

Rep Stage presents a strong introduction to their 2019/2020 season with a charming production of Stephen Temperley’s Souvenir, directed by Joseph W. Ritsch. This play details the meteoric …

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:55PM
Sunday, August 11, 2019

Review: ‘The Country Wife’ at The Rude Mechanicals by Darby Dejarnette

In 1675 William Wycherley wrote The Country Wife, a bawdy comedy of manners that pushed back against an 18-year long stage ban instituted by a Puritan government. With the Restoration of the…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:15AM
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Review: ‘Treasure Island’ at Synetic Theater by Darby Dejarnette

If you’re a fan of swashbuckling pirate tales, you’ll love Synetic Theater’s charming and atmospheric spin on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island. Directed by Tori Tolet…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:36AM
Monday, July 15, 2019

Review: ‘Absolutely Dead’ at Bowie Community Theatre by Darby Dejarnette

Absolutely Dead, written by Michael Walker and directed at Bowie Community Theatre by Ken Kienas, is a charming and hilarious dark comedy centered around a murder mystery. I’m afraid to gi…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:31AM
Monday, July 8, 2019

Review: Josh Groban at Wolf Trap by Darby Dejarnette

Josh Groban seems to have hit his stride with his latest album Bridges by tying together many elements of his previous work. Uplifting melodies and covers of pop standards have created anoth…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:06PM
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Review: ‘Chess’ at 2nd Star Productions by Darby Dejarnette

Chess, the complicated Cold War tale with music by Abba alumni Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and lyrics by the unstoppable Tim Rice, bursts on to the stage at 2nd Star Productions under …

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:55AM
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Russwin Francisco on Art, Creativity and Receiving LA TI DO’s 2019 Joel Markowitz Award by Darby Dejarnette

LA TI DO Productions will present its second annual Joel Markowitz Award at LUCKY: A 7th Anniversary on January 28, 2019. Russwin Francisco, a film actor, producer and business owner, was ch…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:40PM
Sunday, January 13, 2019

Review: ‘Heathers: The Musical’ at Dominion Stage by Darby Dejarnette

High school never changes. This is abundantly clear in Heathers: The Musical. With book, music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, this edgy and fun musical comes to Domin…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:02AM
Sunday, December 9, 2018

Review: ‘The Christmas Revels: An Elizabethan Celebration of the Winter Solstice’ at Washington Revels by Darby Dejarnette

Washington Revels rings in the holiday season with their 36th annual production of The Christmas Revels. For those unfamiliar with the revels format, the show is an annual tradition which re…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:53PM
Friday, November 30, 2018

Review: ‘Operetta Wonderland: The Magic of Victor Herbert’ at The In Series by Darby Dejarnette

It’s hard to resist the charm and humor of a good operetta. Though the form has been less popular recently, The In Series is doing its part to revive the legacy of Victor Herbert—one…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:36AM
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Review: ‘L’amico Fritz’ at Baltimore Concert Opera by Darby Dejarnette

The Baltimore Concert Opera has every reason to be proud as it moves into its 10th year of operations. From the concert hall at the Engineers Club, the company provides a unique experience f…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:52AM
Sunday, October 21, 2018

Review: ‘Masters of the Italian Baroque’ by the National Chamber Ensemble by Darby Dejarnette

For those of us who are fans of the Baroque period, it’s no secret that the Counter Reformation served as one of the most fertile periods in European art history. With the advent of op…

Linked From DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:34PM

All that Chat

Oct 06: Slave Play
Feb 01: The Minutes
TBA: Blue