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Sunday, July 31, 2016

A Tapestry of Tributes to Zelda Fichandler by Norman Allen

When she co-founded Arena Stage 66 years ago, Zelda Fichandler paved the way for today's thriving Washington theatre community - and altered forever the way theatre is produced in t…

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

William Hubbard: Songs From The Heart by Norman Allen

This month’s On That Note! looks at the role of the music director, and the unique challenges facing Helen Hayes Award recipient William Hubbard as he delved into a world that encompas…

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Marcia Milgrom Dodge: Getting Involved with Life by Norman Allen

For this month’s musical theatre focus, On That Note!, we caught up with Marcia Milgrom Dodge, director of 110 in the Shade - at Ford’s Theatre through May 14. Dodge ga…

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Randy Baker: Reality Just Isn't Enough by Norman Allen

For this week's web feature, we caught up with playwright and director Randy Baker, nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for his direction of Rorschach Theatre's Very Still &a…

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Rachel Leigh Dolan: Eclectic Choreographer by Norman Allen

When the Helen Hayes Awards nominations were announced on February 1, choreographer Rachel Leigh Dolan was recognized for her work on both Avenue Q at Constellation Theatre Company and …

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Moisés Kaufman's Collaborative Carmen by Norman Allen

For this month's On That Note! playwright Norman Allen visits with writer/director Moisés Kaufman to explore the creative collaborations that brought the world premiere&…

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Actor Lesley McKinnell: On the Road with "Gentleman's Guide..." by Norman Allen

Each month On That Note! explores the myriad aspects of creating musical theatre, from performance to direction, choreography, design, and stage management. With the acclaimed A Gentleman…

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Adam Immerwahr Takes the Reins at Theater J by Norman Allen

Adam Immerwahr arrives in Washington this week as Theater J’s new artistic director. We caught up with him in the final throes of packing for the move, and found him focused on the exc…

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Constellation Theatre: An Epic Avenue Q by Norman Allen

Constellation Theatre Company, now in its ninth year, is taking a bold new step with its first production of a Broadway musical. “AJ and I have always loved musicals,” explains A…

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Flowers Stink: And Sing - And Inspire! by Norman Allen

For songwriting team Debra Buonaccorsi and Stephen McWilliams location is everything – especially when commissioned to write a musical for family audiences to be performed at the Unite…

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Director Sharon Ott: Playing with Time by Norman Allen

Finishing up our theatreWeek celebration of the Women's Voices Theater Festival, we turn to historic Ford's Theatre and the world premiere of Jessica Dickey's The Guard. Playwrig…

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Cynthia Barker: Part of a Bigger Picture by Norman Allen

When MetroStages presents Gabrielle Fulton's Uprising as part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival on September 17, Cynthia D. Barker returns to a role she knows wel…

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

InterAct Story Theatre: The Adventure Continues! by Norman Allen

When InterAct Story Theatre opens The Hero of Everything this weekend at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre it reaches a new peak in the history of its own heroic endeavors. Founded in 1981…

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Caps for Sale: A Collaboration That Spans the Ages by Norman Allen

When Adventure Theatre MTC’s Caps for Sale, The Musical joins the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival on September 11, it represents an artistic collaboration that spans the decades …

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Take Ten: Karen Vincent by Norman Allen

Actor Karen Vincent makes her NextStop Theatre debut in the star-turn double role of Kate and Lilli Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate. She brings some serious Shakespearean experience to this musical …

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Seamus Miller: Finding Truth in Absurdity by Norman Allen

After every performance of Longacre Lea’s double bill of one acts by Kathleen Ackerley and Miranda Rose Hall, Managing Director Seamus Miller takes the stage to encourage audiences to …

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Take Ten: Director Suzanne Beal by Norman Allen

In 2013, Suzanne Beal joined Joseph Ritsch to become Rep Stage's dynamic artistic director duo. Her directing credits with the company include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wo…

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Take Ten: Gracie Jones by Norman Allen

Gracie Jones comes to her role as Betty Thorpe in the Pallas Theatre Collective's Code Name: Cynthia after frequent appearances at Olney Theatre Center, including roles in Carousel,…

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Rick Hammerly: Reviewing the Situation by Norman Allen

Actor Rick Hammerly discovered the brilliance of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! at an early age – a very early age. “Mom saw the show when she was five months pregnant,” he ex…

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Take Ten: Jimmy Mavrikes by Norman Allen

A native of Washington and a proud graduate of Catholic University, Jimmy Mavrikes is appearing as Jack in Into the Woods at Toby’s Dinner Theatre through September 6, and is…

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Take Ten: Alex Nee by Norman Allen

You can catch Alex Nee playing Andrej - and understudying the lead role of Guy - in Once at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through August 16. It's a deman…

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Take Ten: Tom Story by Norman Allen

Tom Story, appearing in Studio Theatre's Silence! The Musical through August 9, has found a vital theatrical home in the Washington area. In addition to performances at Studio in Th…

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Claire Schoonover: A Juliet of a Certain Age by Norman Allen

The Unexpected Stage Company’s Romeo and Juliet: Love Knows No Age (playing through August 9) takes a bold new look at Shakespeare’s most beloved play, placing the title characte…

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Take Ten: Frank Britton by Norman Allen

A familiar face to area theatre-lovers, Frank Britton is appearing with Pinky Swear Productions in Stephen Spotswood’s The Last Burlesque through August 16. A company member at WSC Ava…

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Take Ten: Will Roland by Norman Allen

Appearing in Dear Evan Hansen at Arena Stage through August 23, Will Roland is a Brooklyn-based actor whose recent credits include The Black Suits at Center Theatre Group and Barri…

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Actor Stephen Schmidt: Avoiding the Pigeonholes by Norman Allen

When actor Stephen Schmidt came to the role of Franz Liebkind in The Producers at Olney Theatre Center (through July 26), it was like coming back to a childhood friend. “This will show…

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Take Ten: Elliot Bales by Norman Allen

Elliott Bales returned to performing after a 26-year career as a United States Army officer. He recently appeared as Victor/Argument in the Theater Alliance production of The …

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Take Ten: Designer Deb Sivigny by Norman Allen

The work of designer Deb Sivigny has been seen on stages across the Washington, DC area. Recent work includes costumes for G-d’s Honest Truth at Theater J; Rap…

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Take Ten: Cam Magee by Norman Allen

A longtime company member at WSC Avant Bard, Cam Magee plays the title role in The Madwoman of Chaillot through June 28. She has appeared in and/or dramaturged eighteen of the…

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Jamie Eacker: Life Really is a Cabaret by Norman Allen

You know someone has found true happiness when they’re willing to commute in heavy traffic with nary a complaint. Jamie Eacker, who lives in Baltimore, does just that to reach Virginia…

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Take Ten: Maboud Ebrahimzadeh by Norman Allen

A familiar presence on stages across the Washington area, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh appears in The Tale of the Allergist's Wife at Theatre J through July 5. Recent credits include&nb…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards