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Saturday, July 20, 2019

In the Moment: ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ at 1st  Stage by David Siegel

With a return visit to The Happiest Place on Earth, new gemstones are uncovered, adding complexity and currency to its bittersweet tale about dreams that a heart makes. In its current incarn…

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Review: ‘The Things They Carried’ at the Logan Festival of Solo Performance at 1st Stage by David Siegel

The Things They Carried is a personal people’s history. A sharply conjured chronicle. It is told at the most granular of levels by a platoon of characters. Performed solo by David Sitler, …

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Review: ‘Joy Rebel’ at the Logan Festival of Solo Performance at 1st Stage by David Siegel

Joy Rebel, written and performed by Khanisha Foster, is a moving, deep dive into fluid identity and the fraught experiences of a mixed-race human being on her journey to self-understanding. …

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Review: ‘The Band’s Visit’ at The Kennedy Center by David Siegel

“All alone in the quiet /And my ears are thirsty / For your voice, for your voice / Can you answer me.” Those lyrics from The Band’s Visit’s “Answer Me” burrowed into my heart as…

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Monumental Theatre Opens DC-Area Premiere of ‘Be More Chill’ July 11 by David Siegel

You may remember James Corden, Sara Bareilles, and Josh Groban singing a parody of the song “Michael in the Bathroom” a few weeks ago on the Tony Awards network television show. The star…

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Review: ‘Vivian’s Music 1969’ at The Essential Theatre by David Siegel

It was 50 years ago. Lost deep in the pages of the June 26, 1969 edition of The New York Times was this, “Firebombings, rock throwing and rifle shots marked a third straight night of racia…

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Review: ‘L’homme Cirque: The One-Man Circus’ at Strathmore by David Siegel

Glory days of diminutive touring tent circuses visiting small towns return with David Dimitri and his L’homme Cirque: The One-Man Circus, currently at Strathmore. In a cozy tent set up on …

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Review: ‘Blackbeard’ at Signature Theatre by David Siegel

I have no idea who the “real” Blackbeard might have been. But I raise a cup (maybe a cutlass as well) to Signature Theatre’s epic, cheeky vision of the dude and his daring-do. Envision…

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Playwright Sam Hamashima and Director Kathryn Chase Bryer Discuss ‘American Spies’ by David Siegel

Once again Fairfax’s Hub Theatre will be introducing a new playwright, and a new play that highlights America’s common humanity, to a wider DMV audience. This time the playwright is Sam …

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Review: ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ by Scena Theatre by David Siegel

I love Brecht. My heart and soul were ready for Scena Theatre’s production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (written during World War II but not produced in America until the late 1950s…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Review: ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ at Round House Theatre by David Siegel

Battle lines drawn. Cogent argument made. Can everyone be right at the same time? Does it matter in a world full of choices? Invigorating and decidedly bracing, the Round House production of…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Chamber Dance Project Brings ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ From Page to Stage by David Siegel

‘‘Do I dare/Disturb the universe?” asked T.S. Eliot’s protagonist in the confessional modernist masterwork “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” Through a world-premier devised …

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Review: ‘Gwen & Ida: The Object is of No Importance’ by Nu Sass Productions and Uncle Funsy at Caos On F by David Siegel

With the world premiere of DC playwright David Kessler’s fictional memory play, Gwen & Ida: The Object is of No Importance, Nu Sass & Uncle Funsy present an enlightening window int…

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

A ‘Life-Affirming’ Journey: Playwright Samuel A. Simon and Actor Chuk Obasi Discuss ‘The Actual Dance’ by David Siegel

“It is what I am supposed to do in my life,” The Actual Dance playwright Samuel A. Simon told me in a phone interview. He was speaking about the play he developed and has performed that …

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Director Coral Cohen Discusses ‘Between the Threads (Jewish Women Project)’ by David Siegel

There are so many intersections in life–so much for creative artists to put before audiences as a way to initiate larger conversations about issues that can divide or bring together. In a …

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Kennedy Center Previews Its New Addition, The REACH by David Siegel

With construction ongoing but substantially completed, The Kennedy Center recently threw open the doors on May 29, 2019 to its new addition, The REACH. It was a glorious day to take in the s…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Legendary Puppeteer Bill Diamond Helps Bring ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ to Life at Workhouse Arts Center by David Siegel

The Workhouse Arts Center has someone special working closely with its upcoming production of that fan favorite, Little Shop of Horrors–Emmy Award-winning puppet fabricator and performer B…

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Friday, May 31, 2019

The Cappies Honor High School Theater Students in the DMV by David Siegel

Many of us started our journey into theater as high school students. There was just something about the stage that beckoned us. And that continues for today’s high school students. For 20 …

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

In the Moment: ‘Last Out’ by The Heroes Journey by David Siegel

Last Out is a raw emotional journey with no illusions as its core value. It is an intense confessional about military service and the effects on family, told from multiple perspectives. It i…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

In the Moment: ‘Richard iii’ at Synetic Theater by David Siegel

Synetic Theater’s Richard iii is a potent conspiratorial theatrical experience for an anxious age such as ours. It is the ultimate in theatrical paranoia, set in a time out of joint. It’…

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Local Arts Institutions Among Recent NEA Grant Recipients by David Siegel

The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced more than $80 Million in arts funding awarded across the United States. This is the second round of NEA grant announcements for this ye…

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Review: ‘On Air’ at Creative Cauldron by David Siegel

Dancing and singing over the wireless airways–how might it have happened? What might have been a dry history lesson is given delightfully appealing musical charm in Creative Cauldron’s w…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Review: ‘Love’s Labor’s Lost’ at Folger Theatre by David Siegel

Ready for teasing mockery and romantic conflict that crosses economic classes and genders with an added dash of some re-imagined blurred lines? Then step up to the wit and words of William S…

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Interview: Meet Ty Hallmark and Tai Alexander of Ally Theatre Company, Recipient of 2019 John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company by David Siegel

Ally Theatre Company will receive the 2019 John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company at the 35th Annual Helen Hayes Awards. At its core mission, Ally Theatre Company is com…

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Interview: It’s Been a ‘Monumental’ Year for This DC Theater Company by David Siegel

In 2018 Monumental Theatre Company was the recipient of the prestigious theatreWashington John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. The Aniello Award aims to give public r…

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Review: ‘Oslo’ by Round House Theatre by David Siegel

For those wanting to be absorbed into a highly recommended, fictionalized account of events surrounding the 1993 Oslo Accords and the inconceivable peace between Israelis and Palestinians th…

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Interview: BodyWise Dance Director Margot Greenlee on ‘Rookies’ First Feast’ by David Siegel

Dance and theater performances can be much more than sitting in a seat and watching. BodyWise Dance and its cadre of dedicated, diverse artist educators have been touring throughout the DMV …

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Behind the Scenes at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Props Warehouse by David Siegel

Staging an epic that involves a bloody chain of events in “a deluge of violence,” as the Shakespeare Theatre Company describes The Oresteia, requires not just the skills and talents of t…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Review: ‘Beckett Trio, Part 2’ by Scena Theatre by David Siegel

Ready for your Samuel Beckett fix? A fix for the lesser-known, very short-form works by the winner of the 1969 Nobel Prize for Literature? If you are the least bit curious and open to a quie…

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Review: ‘Grand Hotel’ at Signature Theatre by David Siegel

Time may be running out for the denizens of Berlin’s swanky Weimar era Grand Hotel who wonder if life has passed them by. But Signature Theatre’s roaring, non-stop rendering of the music…

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Review: ‘As You Like It’ by Brave Spirits Theatre by David Siegel

Ah, Shakespeare’s As You Like It–the ultimate romantic comedy about people trying to find their way to love in a bewildering world; a world that seems to have no rules, or rules that are…

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