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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Studio Acting Conservatory celebrates new home with open house August 28 by Ravelle Brickman

A landmark acting school settles into a former church—home of the long-lost Black Last Supper—and welcomes the return of in-person classes.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:02PM
Saturday, July 31, 2021

For Quotidian’s farewell, an encore of its Horton Foote world premiere by Ravelle Brickman

Theater grande dame Jane Squier Bruns, starring in 'The Day Emily Married,' talks about the challenge of playing 'the mother from hell.'

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:59PM
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Ken Ludwig on his parents’ love story and the lost art of letter-writing by Ravelle Brickman

When I interviewed Ken Ludwig about his latest play, Dear Jack, Dear Louise, which opened at Arena Stage more than a year ago, I was curious about his parents—the Jack and Louise of the ti…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:58PM
Thursday, September 24, 2020

A preshow chat with Felicia Curry and Naomi Jacobson, cohosts of the Helen Hayes Awards by Ravelle Brickman

Screens will be lighting up all over Metro DC as theater lovers, supporters, and luminaries gather online for the 2020 Helen Hayes Awards Friday, September 25. The red carpet unrolls at 6 pm…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:21PM
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Camp Arena Stage—DC’s longest-running daycamp for the arts—goes online by Ravelle Brickman

When COVID-19 first struck last winter, most of us in the theater world—audiences as well as those on or off stage—thought the crisis would end in a couple of weeks. No such luck. Theate…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:56PM
Sunday, May 24, 2020

The vision and resurrection of Studio Acting Conservatory by Ravelle Brickman

 When Joy Zinoman—the doyenne of DC theater and founder of Studio Acting Conservatory—describes the training center’s new home as a “sacred place,” she’s not exaggerating.   …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:00PM
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Behind the lines: A pre-opening peek at 4615 Theatre’s ‘Museum 2040’ by Ravelle Brickman

When Jordan Friend, the highly inventive founder of 4615 Theatre Company, invited me to attend a rehearsal of Museum 2040 a few weeks ago, I jumped at the opportunity. The show, billed as an…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:45AM
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Beyond the script: fine-tuning farce in ‘The 39 Steps’ at Constellation by Ravelle Brickman

“I’ve never laughed so hard in rehearsal,” said Nick Olcott, describing some of the antics performed by a tiny but talented cast — four actors in 48 roles — in the wickedly funny s…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:41PM
Sunday, February 9, 2020

Behind the lines: Laura C. Harris talks about seeing stars in ‘Silent Sky’ at Ford’s by Ravelle Brickman

When Laura C. Harris bursts onto the stage in Silent Sky at Ford’s Theatre, she is Henrietta Leavitt—hoop skirt and all—fresh out of college, brimming with confidence, and determined t…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:08PM
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Beyond the script: Playwright Steven Dietz talks about ‘Bloomsday,’ a love story in which past and present collide, now in its DC debut at Washing by Ravelle Brickman

You don’t have to read Ulysses—or, for that matter, know anything about James Joyce, its author, or Leopold Bloom, its hapless hero—to love Bloomsday. The play, a gentle romance now bl…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:39PM
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Behind the lines: A talk with Hend Ayoub, the actor whose performance in ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ radiates fury, hope, and joy at Arena Stage by Ravelle Brickman

“Read the book. But see the play first!” That’s what Hend Ayoub—the actor who plays Mariam, the empowered first wife of A Thousand Splendid Suns—told me about the show, now in its …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:55PM
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Channeling chutzpah in ‘Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World’ at Mosaic by Ravelle Brickman

Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World—the award-winning play now enjoying its DC debut at Mosaic Theater—is as delicious a romp as any that’s come along in a while. Billed as a roma…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:56PM
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Playwright Jonathan Spector on the shadows that lurk behind the laughter in ‘Eureka Day.’ by Ravelle Brickman

There’s no doubt about it. Eureka Day is a very funny play. The show, now having its DC debut at Mosaic Theater, features five perfectly-attuned actors, a director who understands comedy, …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:48PM
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Ken Ludwig on ‘Dear Jack, Dear Louise,’ his parents’ unlikely romance by Ravelle Brickman

There’s a lovely new play at Arena Stage, but you’ll have to rush if you want to see it. That’s because the play—Ken Ludwig’s Dear Jack, Dear Louise—will be off and running befor…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:17PM
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

4615 Theatre Company presents ambitious adaptation of Irish legend in ‘Infinite Tales’ by Ravelle Brickman

If the notion of compressing 900 years of Irish mythology into a single two-hour show sounds like a lot to take on, that’s because it is. In fact, tackling the entire pantheon of Irish leg…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:53PM
Sunday, December 8, 2019

Not your father’s ‘Fiddler’ – The latest Broadway tour of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ comes alive at the National Theatre by Ravelle Brickman

When Fiddler on the Roof opens at the National Theatre next week, the village of Anatevka—the fictional setting for one of the most successful Broadway musicals in history—will not be th…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:25PM
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Reflections on a terrifying role: Susan Rome talks about ‘becoming’ Louise Nevelson in Edward Albee’s ‘Occupant’ at Theater J by Ravelle Brickman

When Susan Rome bats her eyelashes—as she often does in Edward Albee’s Occupant, now at Theater J—she becomes Louise Nevelson, the iconic sculptor whose life and work were inseparable.…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:17PM
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Variations on villainy with Ian Merrill Peakes from the Folger Theatre’s ‘Amadeus’ by Ravelle Brickman

Villainy takes many forms. And Ian Merrill Peakes – now plotting revenge against a gifted rival in the Folger Shakespeare Theatre’s production of Amadeus – has played more than a few. …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:04PM
Thursday, October 31, 2019

‘Port Authority,’ Conor McPherson’s tale of lust and loss, returns to Quotidian by Ravelle Brickman

Storytelling is a gift. And Conor McPherson—the Irish playwright, screenwriter and long-time ‘bad boy’ of the British stage–is one of the most gifted tale-tellers ever known. His Por…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:19PM
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Ed Gero Delivers Stunning Performance as Falstaff in Shakespeare’s ‘Henry IV Part I’ at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre by Ravelle Brickman

Henry IV Part I, which opened at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre last week, is superb. (Click here for DCMTA’s review.) This production, starring Ed Gero, is equal to any I’ve seen. In fa…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:30AM
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

REACH Report: ‘Storytelling for Seniors with Candace Wolf’ by Ravelle Brickman

More than 50 seniors crowded into a storytelling circle inside one of the Kennedy Center’s new REACH buildings on Monday, and I, as a card-carrying member of the reduced-fare generation, s…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:15PM
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Feature: Good News, Bad News and Coming Attractions at 4615 Theatre by Ravelle Brickman

First, the bad news. Enron, the farcical, scary and all-but-unbelievable romp through the biggest fraud in corporate history, has closed. The good news is that there’s still time—four mo…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:52PM
Friday, August 30, 2019

‘Fabulation’ Brings a Tale of Comic (and Cosmic) Comeuppance to Mosaic Theater Company of DC by Ravelle Brickman

Although it sounds serious on the surface, Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine, is one of the funniest plays ever to grace a DC stage. That’s the opinion of my colle…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:56PM
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Feature: Directing ‘Ann’ at Arena Stage by Ravelle Brickman

Ann Richards, the late governor of Texas, and the first woman in that state to be elected in her own right would be howling with glee if she could see the pandemonium unleashed in government…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:30PM
Monday, July 22, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Inferno the Musical’ by Ravelle Brickman

“Heaven is so boring.” That’s the complaint of a modern-day version of Dante Alighieri in Inferno the Musical, a look at the vagaries of life and love and the inevitability of fate. Wr…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:49PM
Friday, July 19, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘If These Balls Could Talk’ by Ravelle Brickman

There’s plenty of beef in Carolann Valentino’s one-woman musical, If These Balls Could Talk, about her life as a young actress from Texas working at a steakhouse in New York.  This was …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:52PM
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Acuña Acuna’ by Ravelle Brickman

Whenever Erick Acuña is asked to play Peruvian music, he launches into a burst of rock. Why not, he wonders, since rock is his country’s favorite sound. But rock is not what his hosts ex…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:27PM
Monday, July 15, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Iphigenia in Splott’ by Ravelle Brickman

Set in a blighted corner of Wales, Iphigenia in Splott is a breathtaking one-woman show, imported from the UK and written by Gary Owen, a Welsh playwright and winner of the Meyer-Whitworth A…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:45AM
Saturday, July 13, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘She Sings Light’ by Ravelle Brickman

She Sings Light, written by Claudia Rosales-Waters and directed by Josh Sticklin, is one of four ‘curated’ shows in the 2019 Capital Fringe Festival. That means that this highly symbolic…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:20AM
Thursday, July 11, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Heist’ by Ravelle Brickman

Improv, as any actor knows, is harder than it looks. And dramatic improv—in which actors invent their roles as they go, expanding on a basic situation in ways that are both comic and sad…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:21PM
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Review:  The Second City’s ‘America; It’s Complicated!’ at the Kennedy Center by Ravelle Brickman

There’s not much to laugh at in politics today. Nor is it easy to make fun of diversity, gender, Putin, or Pepsi.  But that doesn’t prevent the team of talented comedians at Second City…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:54AM

All that Chat

REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre