Friday, October 30, 2020

Arena Stage returns to live performances with an outdoor production of the rousing ‘Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak on It!’ by Thomas Floyd

E. Faye Butler is magnetic as the titular voting rights activist in a production at the Wharf in Southwest.

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Thursday, October 29, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Binational playmaking takes exuberant, revealing form in the Russian-American ‘Flash Acts’ by Peter Marks

The online festival, dreamed up by singer Mary McBride and supported by Arena Stage and others, offers up 40 playlets in both languages.

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At Mosaic Theater, a playwright asks: How do you mourn a man you barely knew? by Thomas Floyd

Playwright-performer Psalmayene 24 explores his relationship with his late father in his work in progress ‘Dear Mapel.’

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Monday, October 19, 2020

How imperiled is our democracy? ‘The Race’ wants you to weigh in. by Peter Marks

Georgetown and Sojourn Theatre revive a 2008 live format online for the 2020 election and the covid-19 era.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

The 2020 Tony nominations have been announced, and they’re the weirdest ever by Peter Marks

Aaron Tveit running unopposed for best actor? All the best scores are for plays? Hmm.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The ticket ‘Hamilton’ is selling now? Biden-Harris. by Peter Marks

The Tony-winning musical’s original cast is staging a benefit for the Democrats.

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Friday, October 9, 2020

More hardship on Broadway, as the theater shutdown pushes past Memorial Day by Peter Marks

Covid-19 continues to thwart the staging of plays, and some insiders doubt a broad rebound will happen before 2022.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

The audience helps decide the outcome in this Zoom play about immigration by Celia Wren

Round House Theatre hosts the opening stop of the “American Dreams” digital tour, through Oct. 11.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks out in favor of another great man. This time, it’s his dad. by Peter Marks

A new HBO documentary, “Siempre, Luis,” celebrates the playwright’s father. And, yes, “Hamilton,” too.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

At Woolly Mammoth, a ‘play’ you access only by telephone by Celia Wren

A collaboration with the Telephonic Literary Union, “Human Resources” is funny, biting — and yes, even poetic.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Woolly Mammoth’s ‘Human Resources’ sendup pushes the right buttons by Thomas Floyd

Produced in collaboration with the Telephonic Literary Union, the ‘audio anthology’ expands theatrical boundaries with four original works.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

A play is birthed online, and I was in the delivery room by Peter Marks

Solas Nua unveils “The Emoji Play” after six months of trial and error.

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Renée Fleming and Vanessa Williams sang at the Kennedy Center. And it turned the electricity back on. by Peter Marks

The first indoor performance at the arts center since March 13 was a night to remember.

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

As D.C. theater honors the best of 2019, actors long for a return to the stage by Thomas Floyd

Four winners from this year’s Helen Hayes Awards discuss the state of the D.C. theater community as the pandemic keeps live productions on hold.

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Relief from Zoom sometimes comes in a box. A play in a box. by Peter Marks

A survey of theatrical enterprises, online and in the mail, including Acme Corporation’s “The Institute for Counterfeit Memory” and Olney Theatre Center’s “The Humans.”

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Ford Foundation to award an unprecedented $160 million to minority arts groups by Geoff Edgers

“It takes an ice pick to this huge glacier of structural white supremacy,” says the artistic director of Ballet Hispánico, one of the grant recipients.

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Monday, September 21, 2020

The union for actors on Broadway and in regional theaters endorses Biden-Harris by Peter Marks

Actors’ Equity stresses urgency of the choice in departing from a nonpartisan posture.

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave her life to the country — and her heart to the performing arts by Peter Marks

Stories of the late Supreme Court justice’s devotion to theater and opera go on and on.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Challenged to examine their White bias, some theater companies are taking on diversity — from the top by Peter Marks

A spate of recent hires suggests that an industry roiled by Black Lives Matter may at last be responding.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

To understand what’s going on in the streets of D.C., theaters are having stage artists make movies by Peter Marks

Arena Stage and Studio Theatre debut films and videos that speak to the rawness of the moment: “Now reality is ahead of anything we can create.”

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Studio Theatre’s virtual ‘salons’ offer a cultural gathering place during the pandemic by Celia Wren

Playwright Psalmayene 24 hosts monthly online chats that celebrate culture “through a Black lens.”

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

While members of Congress chew the scenery, the arts wait for scraps by Peter Marks

The Shakespeare Theatre’s annual “Will on the Hill” fundraiser, this year online, underscores a glaring funding crisis.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

New York City can’t rebound without Broadway. And Broadway’s road back is uncertain. by Peter Marks

Why reopening the nation’s premier theater district is far more arduous than anybody predicted.

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Arlington Drafthouse brings back the laughs — with the return of live comedy by Thomas Floyd

D.C.’s Seaton Smith headlines two shows at the newly reopened comedy club.

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Empty classrooms, studios and stages: In the covid-19 era, an arts education requires an even greater leap of faith by Sarah L. Kaufman,

With performance and training moving online, student dancers, musicians and actors are questioning whether to continue pursuing already highly competitive careers.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

It wasn’t the Met, but for these two dancers finally back onstage, it was two minutes of amazing by Sarah L. Kaufman

Zoom technique classes, rehearsing with masks and then, at last, “Back to work!” for a performance at Kaatsbaan in New York

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Listen in as Dan Rather anchors the story of his own highly theatrical life by Peter Marks

“Stories of a Lifetime” jumps from off-Broadway to Audible, revealing glimpses of the CBS newsman on and off the job.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

I am a theater critic in New York. Not a hair salon in Dublin. Let me explain. by Peter Marks

How a comedy of errors on Irish Twitter led to an honorary doctorate in hairdressing.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Washington Ballet loses top executive, cancels ‘The Nutcracker’ and rest of 2020 season by Sarah L. Kaufman

Michael Pastreich’s exit and the season cancellation arrive on the heels of covid-19 cases after the ballet’s June gala.

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Kennedy Center cuts nearly 30 percent of its administrative staff by Peggy McGlone

Deborah Rutter says action is needed to close $23 million budget gap from pandemic-related shutdown.

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