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Saturday, January 9, 2021

MetroStage to stream ‘Mothers and Sons’ in tribute to Terrence McNally by David Siegel

What does a gay man call another gay man to whom he is committed? The character Cal in Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons gropes for the right word: Andre and I were what people called …

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The new stimulus/relief bill: What’s in it for you? by David Siegel

With the $900 billion coronavirus-relief stimulus bill finally signed December 27, our readers are wondering: What’s in it for the theater community? And what’s in it for individuals? We…

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

In Audrey Cephaly’s wistful ‘Story of Walter,’ a lonely dad and his daughter by David Siegel

Social media once again proves invaluable to connect theatergoers with performance. This instance is courtesy of Signature Theatre’s SigWorks: Monday Night Play Readings. Not only was ther…

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

No way! New threat to DMV theaters: drastic Metro service cuts by David Siegel

As the performing arts grapple with survival during and after COVID, a Washington Post headline drew my attention to what is also critical to our survival, reliable public transportation and…

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Three queer yeshiva grads defy “ex-gay” therapy in ‘Abomination’ at Theater J by David Siegel

Sure, we theater goers miss live productions. But then again, for the adventuresome, there is a veritable taster’s menu of virtual theatrical events. No need to leave home, no need for Met…

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Studio’s bold and smart ‘I Hate It Here’ is a seismic theatrical experience by David Siegel

Ike Holter is a trickster playwright so right for our quicksand-ridden times. In his new audio play commissioned by Studio Theatre (he also directed), Holter creates a grand hall of mirrors …

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Solas Nua’s latest is one time only and off the wall by David Siegel

Virtual connections have become a life force in these days without live performance as the pandemic is reaching its ninth month with us. What was once considered off-putting, if not cold, is…

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Friday, November 27, 2020

George Mason University to center Black voices in artist-activist conversations by David Siegel

As the DC-area theater community reckons with and takes steps to combat racism through open, heartfelt conversations and real-world actions to bring forth equity, diversity, and inclusion, w…

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Tom Teasley, Shu-Chin Cuff, Chao Tian to perform an inspired virtual concert by David Siegel

The headlines tell us to stay put. To not travel so we protect ourselves, our loved ones, our communities and the Nation as a whole—advice that DC-area residents seem to be heeding this Th…

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Levity and pleasure abound in ‘Marriage Proposal’ audio farce by David Siegel

Ready for some fun? You’ve earned it. Escape from the messy troubled real world is just a click away with the engaging audio farce from the intrepid folk at Edge of the Universe Players 2.…

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Why Shaw’s wit is a perfect fit for Washington Stage Guild online by David Siegel

In mid-March DC-area theaters went dark and theatergoers’ calendars emptied of live shows to take in—but light and sound and performances are coming into view by way of Zoom and YouTube.…

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Monday, November 9, 2020

Grammy-winning percussionists to rap on entrepreneurship and racial justice by David Siegel

As we in the performing arts continue to struggle with finances and other resources in the aftershock of COVID-19, with no end in sight, how can we inform taxpayers and policymakers of the v…

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Friday, October 30, 2020

Spooky Action Theater’s ‘To the Earth’ literally zooms into space by David Siegel

As the pandemic continues to take its toll on live theater, smaller-budget theaters are staying nimble and daring, thanks to generous support from donors. One of these deft companies is Spoo…

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Felicia Curry and Adam Immerwahr to co-teach Black and Jewish plays at Theater J by David Siegel

In these tumultuous times, theatermakers and theatergoers have been working to share a long-time common goal: to reflect upon and engage with the human condition. In a noble effort to contin…

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Why Bob Bartlett is putting on his new play in his own backyard by David Siegel

It was a few weeks ago; an unexpected FB post from playwright Bob Bartlett caught my attention. He was posting a teaser about his newest work, which was in an early development stage. He ti…

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

A George Mason University music review celebrates underrepresented voices by David Siegel

Give yourself a musical boost and some warm inspiration for these stormy days.  Add plenty of deeply appreciated civility during an unsettled period. These might seem hard to find, but if 2…

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Monday, October 19, 2020

In Synetic Theater’s ‘Joy,’ two fearless performers get personal by David Siegel

Synetic Theater is renowned for its lively, “silent,” physical-movement–oriented productions of classic theatrical works propelled by original music. Now, with precautions necessary to…

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Artists Who Inspire! #6: Kathleen Akerley by David Siegel

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

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

In ‘American Dreams’ at Round House, it’s game on! for U.S. citizenship by David Siegel

“Every form of refuge has its price,” once sang The Eagles. That concept hasn’t changed as the ardent, emotion-packed American Dreams unfolds before audiences. American Dreams is Round…

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Lights to go on again at GALA Hispanic Theatre with classic Spanish comedy by David Siegel

Now in its 45th season, GALA Hispanic Theatre has always been cutting edge. From its founding in 1976, GALA (Grupo de Artistas LatinoAmericanos) has been sharing and producing Latino arts a…

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Arena Stage docudrama makes case for making DC ‘The 51st State’ by David Siegel

In our current political and cultural stressful times, how can theater make a difference, not just to those who are in-person patrons but to a wider community in the DMV and into American hi…

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Saturday, September 5, 2020

A bipartisan romance casts a play on both houses in ‘Will on the Hill’ at STC by David Siegel

Who says a theater performance can’t make a difference in politics? With all the ongoing political and cultural conflict, is there a way to simmer things down for at least one brief shinin…

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Alden Theater’s new Drive-Thru is a family-friendly mystery by David Siegel

With the sold-out success of Small Change, their first Drive-Thru theater experience, the creative folk at the Alden Theatre in McLean have developed a totally new live event. It is the Alde…

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Friday, August 28, 2020

Theater J revives a 1910 hit comedy-melodrama by David Siegel

Sit back to indulge in a comedy-melodrama. A streaming Zoom reading of a rediscovered play first produced in 1910. It is a love letter, with sharp edges, to a bygone time. A time of tintype …

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Get out the vote. Share this vid. by David Siegel

Elections have consequences. Some elections more than others. With voting participation trending downward over the years, what can be done to awaken folk to the critical importance of voting…

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Friday, August 21, 2020

A course at Theater J for theater lovers looks ahead to post-COVID change by David Siegel

Change is coming. As the DMV theater community is reeling and reckoning with the effects of the coming post-COVID-19 world and as artists of color are speaking their minds freely, what await…

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Touring artists to take CenterStage at Reston Community Center by David Siegel

Even as it faces the challenges of COVID-19, the Reston Community Center CenterStage has programmed a Professional Touring Artists Series that aims “to help our community reflect on how st…

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

How Only Make Believe brings theater to kids in hospitals even during COVID by David Siegel

In these days of medically necessary masks and prudent social distancing, let us not forget children in hospitals and care facilities living with chronic illnesses and disabilities unrelated…

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Wolf Trap to stream a summer’s worth of gems from its archives by David Siegel

Wolf Trap’s Filene Center may be quieter than usual this summer of 2020, but it is far from dark. While there are no live performances in an abundance of caution because of COVID-19, Wolf …

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Friday, July 10, 2020

A heart-piercing tribute to frontline COVID responders in ‘The Line’ from The Public Theater by David Siegel

With the country hitting new daily highs as COVID-19 surges well beyond hot spots such as New York, New Jersey, and Connecituct, the Public Theater has produced a love letter to the medical …

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Dark Horse Theatre to stream new comedy about amateur ghost hunters by David Siegel

As health and safety concerns continue to make live theater productions with a live audience dicey at best, the DMV’s Dark Horse Theatre decided to find its own way to produce new content …

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