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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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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

DCMTA Exclusive: Helen Hayes Award Winner Iyona Blake Announces Upcoming EP ‘Timeless’ by David Siegel

On a recent warm Monday evening, Helen Hayes Award recipient Iyona Blake announced her next musical venture, an EP (extended play) of some of her favorite songs. The album will be called “…

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Artistic Director Matt Bassett Discusses Hub Theatre’s DC Premiere of ‘The Burn’ by David Siegel

In the Hub Theatre’s first full production under Artistic Director Matt Bassett, the company will be producing The Burn by playwright Philip Dawkins. The Burn will be the first Hub product…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Review: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ at Creative Cauldron by David Siegel

Full of high-spirited playfulness, flights of adorable fancy and some verbal gymnastics that children and adults can savor, Creative Cauldron’s Alice in Wonderland is family entertainment …

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Friday, March 22, 2019

“The Puppets Help Tell the Story”: World Puppetry Day Interview with ‘Vanity Fair’ Creative Team by David Siegel

In honor of World Puppetry Day celebrated on March 21st, it was time to learn more about the puppetry used in the Shakespeare Theatre Company production of Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Vani…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Review: ‘Topdog/Underdog’ by Avant Bard by David Siegel

“Watch me close, watch me now!” As I watched Avant Bard’s production of Topdog/Underdog, I knew that it is a production for the ages. Under the visceral, athletic direction of DeMone S…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Review: ‘The Jewish Queen Lear’ by Theater J by David Siegel

Valerie Leonard’s engrossing performance as a powerful matriarch lifts the Theater J premiere of the English-language The Jewish Queen Lear beyond a nostalgia-laden look back to a once hig…

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Review: ‘JQA’ at Arena Stage by David Siegel

Leaving Arena Stage’s world premiere of JQA, the fictionalized account of John Quincy Adams as imagined by playwright/director Aaron Posner, I’m feeling this: Adams was a sour, stiff-nec…

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Review: ‘Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’ at Signature Theatre by David Siegel

Arresting and compelling are two words that come to mind to describe Signature Theatre’s fiery production about survival in a society racked by long-term natural disasters and deadly human…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Director Michael Windsor on Monumental Theatre’s ‘Daddy Long Legs’ by David Siegel

The musical Daddy Long Legs is coming to the DMV area, thanks to Monumental Theatre Company. Monumental Theatre Company “seeks to connect emerging artists, specifically those of the millen…

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The Providence Players Present ‘Oleanna’ at Falls Church’s Italian Café by David Siegel

Expanding its reach into the Northern Virginia community, the Providence Players of Fairfax are producing a special limited engagement of David Mamet’s Oleanna. The production will be at a…

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Strathmore Artist in Residency Program Offers Artists Support and Growth by David Siegel

How does a young artist prepare for the rigors of a professional performing career? For the six talented recipients of Strathmore’s Artist in Residence program, that preparation includes a…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

4615 Theatre’s Director and Design Team Discuss World Premiere of ‘Separate Rooms’ by David Siegel

True to its founding mission of presenting narrative and storytelling “to provoke or thrill,” 4615 Theatre is producing the world premiere of playwright Joe Calarco’s Separate Rooms, …

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Synetic Theater’s Vato Tsikurishvili on ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ and the Nature of Time by David Siegel

Taken with his debut as a director for Synetic’s touching Cyrano de Bergerac, I took the opportunity to interview Vato Tsikurishvili. It was a chance to delve deeper into the creative mind…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Pianist Lara Downes on ‘Holes in the Sky’ and the ‘Because I Am A Girl’ Campaign by David Siegel

With a singular mission to expand the music universe for diverse audiences, ground-breaking pianist Lara Downes will be gracing DC’s Sixth & I Historic Synagogue stage in a live event …

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Signature in the Schools Premieres ‘The Spoken Word’ February 22 by David Siegel

Regional Tony Award recipient Signature Theatre continues its singular Signature in the Schools program with another original production written and directed by Joe Calarco. Calarco is the R…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Shu-Chen Cuff and Gin Dance Company Return to Atlas Intersections Festival with ‘Next’ by David Siegel

Shu-Chen Cuff and her Gin Dance Company are returning to perform at the celebrated DC Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival. “We are thrilled to be part of the 10th anniversary of the Atlas INTER…

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

In the Moment: A Conversation with Drew Lichtenberg and Matthew Rauch on STC’s ‘Richard the Third’ by David Siegel

Complex villains are irresistible on stage and screen. They can be so magnetic. They certainly keep my attention even with the awful consequences of their thinking and action. Their restless…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Jane Franklin and Fax Ayres Meld Dance and Photography in ‘Second Glance’ by David Siegel

The upcoming Second Glance at Alexandria’s Athenaeum promises to cross artistic boundaries to produce the uniquely dramatic in a highly original venture. So what is Second Glance? It is st…

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

In the Moment: One Song Lifts ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ from Jukebox Musical Status by David Siegel

By all means, go, have a great time at Signature Theatre’s grandly jaunty Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical Show. A musical revue centered upon the prolific composer Fats Wall…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Broadway Legend Baayork Lee Comes to Reston CenterStage February 9 by David Siegel

An evening of conversation with Broadway legend Baayork Lee is coming to Reston’s CenterStage. Baayork Lee has performed in some of the most far-reaching musical theatre events of the past…

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

In the Moment: ‘The Baltimore Waltz’ at the Keegan Theatre by David Siegel

How any of us deal with the death of a loved one is so very personal. With the passing of her beloved brother Carl, playwright Paula Vogel found her own sui generis way to let the world know…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Review: ‘Twelve Angry Men’ at Ford’s Theatre by David Siegel

Some sixty-five years since its original premiere as a black-and-white teleplay, Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men remains timeless; all too intriguingly relevant as ever. In the Ford’s T…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Review: ‘Submission’ by Scena Theatre by David Siegel

Go with no preconceived notions to best absorb Scena Theatre’s Submission, the American premiere theater adaptation of the 2015 European best-selling novel by French author Michel Houelleb…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

In The Moment: ‘Image China: Xuanxang’s Pilgrimage’ Makes U.S. Premiere at The Kennedy Center by David Siegel

A far-reaching cultural exchange production from China by the China Performing Arts Agency (CPAA) is making its United States premiere at The Kennedy Center. It is Image China: Xuanzang’s…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Review: ‘The Bad Seed’ at Zemfira Stage by David Siegel

Zemfira Stage is producing an uncommon sighting in the DC area: a production of the offbeat mid-1950’s play, The Bad Seed by Maxwell Anderson. An unconventional nightmare of a melodrama e…

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Review: ‘Cartography’ at The Kennedy Center by David Siegel

With its premiere of Cartography, The Kennedy Center continues to be a welcoming venue for theatrically devised civic discourse on often fraught issues. Cartography is a unique live document…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Theaters Offer Discounts to Furloughed Government Employees by David Siegel

DMV area theaters are always a class act. With no end to the government shutdown in sight, many DMV theaters are offering special discounted tickets to federal government workers. DMV theate…

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