Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Arena Stage teams up with the Washington Nationals for a simulcast of the baseball play ‘Toni Stone’ by Thomas Floyd

A crowd of up to 12,000 will gather to watch Lydia R. Diamond’s play, about the first woman to play in the Negro Leagues, on the Nationals Park video scoreboard.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:06AM
Friday, September 17, 2021

Round House Theatre’s dark and playful ‘Quixote Nuevo’ strikes a contemporary chord by Celia Wren

Production of Octavio Solis’s 2018 play, also streaming starting Sept. 23, is by turns a commentary on migrants, fear and loss.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:12PM
Thursday, September 16, 2021

How cast and crew of ‘Come From Away’ brought their story of human kindness back to Broadway by Peter Marks

“It was always about when we come back. It was never about if,” producer Sue Frost says of the Tony-winning musical, which shut down with the rest of Broadway in March 2020 and reopens S…

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:48AM
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

‘The Lion King,’ ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Wicked’ return to Broadway — and it’s the heart that sings by Peter Marks

Tuesday was the biggest night yet for theater’s revival, with five shows starting up in Times Square.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:06PM
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

GALA Hispanic Theatre updates Lorca for a new century by Geoffrey Himes

A new adaptation of ‘Doña Rosita the Spinster’ features an unmarried woman looking back on her youth.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:42AM

With 10-hour rehearsals and buckets of ice, dancers prepare to retake Broadway stage by Sarah L. Kaufman

Performers in such dance-centric shows as “The Lion King,” “Chicago” and “Hamilton” are flexing an inner strength while they relearn the steps they haven’t done in 18 months.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM
Monday, September 13, 2021

Drama and momentum are in short supply in ‘Doña Rosita’ at GALA Hispanic Theatre by Celia Wren

New adaptation of Federico Garc�a Lorca play resonates with the text’s bursts of lyricism but embraces tedium all too well.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:32PM
Saturday, September 11, 2021

A Broadway musical on the National Mall opens hearts to memories of 9/11 by Peter Marks

A stirring free concert performance of “Come From Away” draws a crowd of thousands.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:18PM
Friday, September 10, 2021

‘Toni Stone’ takes some big swings in Arena Stage’s winning return to live theater by Thomas Floyd

Lydia R. Diamond’s play tells the story of the first woman to play full-time professional baseball.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:18PM

After a devastating lull, theater is coming back big by Peter Marks

With a revival of “Rent,” a new play by Lynn Nottage and the Broadway opening of “Six,” the fall season is poised to crackle.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:36AM
Thursday, September 9, 2021

Playwright Richard Nelson ends his epic cycle of hyper-realistic drama with — what else? — a global pandemic by Peter Marks

‘What Happened? The Michaels Abroad’ brings Nelson’s Rhinebeck Panorama to a profound and beautiful close.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:12PM

Keegan Theatre aims to confound expectations with its season opener ‘Good People’ by Geoffrey Himes

Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire’s race-themed drama takes place in shifting landscape.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:48AM

In theaters or at home, dance is here to move you by Sarah L. Kaufman

Paul Taylor’s “Company B,” Akram Khan in his D.C. debut and new dance films fill stages and screens.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:36AM
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Restaged in front of the AFL-CIO’s national headquarters, ‘Working’ the musical labors to be a vehicle for activism by Peter Marks

The show’s outdoor revival was conceived as a launchpad for social education.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:12PM
Friday, September 3, 2021

‘KPOP, the Musical’ won’t get its Broadway tryout in Washington after all by Peter Marks

The show’s cancellation is the second setback for a Signature Theatre collaboration with the Anthem.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:42AM
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

A 9/11 survivor wanted nothing to do with ‘Come From Away.’ Now she’s seen it a dozen times. by Thomas Floyd

Kathy Dillaber, who lost her sister at the Pentagon on 9/11, found connection and catharsis in the hit musical, which will be performed at the Lincoln Memorial on Sept. 10.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:24AM
Saturday, August 28, 2021

MacKenzie Scott’s multimillion-dollar message: Art is essential everywhere, not just in museums and theaters by Sarah L. Kaufman

By giving large sums to some arts groups you may not have heard of, the philanthropist links culture and social progress.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:42AM
Sunday, August 22, 2021

‘Pass Over’ opens — the first Broadway play in what feels like forever. And it’s funny and poignant. by Peter Marks

The “Godot” update, once an off-Broadway hit, joins “Springsteen on Broadway” in Times Square.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:18PM
Saturday, August 21, 2021

Actress Holly Twyford has been teaching acting to 90-year-olds during the pandemic — and learning a few things about living by Peter Marks

Through a lively Theater J program, actors and directors have found work in the midst of a shutdown.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:03AM
Friday, August 20, 2021

Constellation Theatre’s ‘Moon Man Walk’ stumbles through a cosmic voyage of love and loss by Thomas Floyd

James Ijames’s play strikes a chord but is overburdened by its scattered ambitions.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:48PM
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Folger Theatre names Public Theater’s Karen Ann Daniels as new artistic director by Peter Marks

The San Diego native will head up theater, concerts, screenings, public talks and more at the venerable institution.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:24PM
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Black women are finally shattering the glass ceiling in dance by Sarah L. Kaufman

“In leadership, that door was closed”: Black dancers have long faced racism, but recent front-office hires in previously White-led groups show progress. Will it last?

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:42AM
Sunday, August 15, 2021

Shakespeare returns to Central Park with a ‘Merry Wives’ that lives up to its title by Peter Marks

Jocelyn Bioh adapts the play as an up-to-the-minute Harlem farce.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:18PM
Friday, August 13, 2021

These 3 new D.C. shows show why online theater is more interesting than ever by Peter Marks

“Detroit ‘67,” “The Blackest Battle” and “Side-Walks” come to a laptop near you.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:12PM
Thursday, August 12, 2021

An ‘Our Town’ for our time, staged in the New England community that inspired it by Peter Marks

The Peterborough Players, which first performed Thornton Wilder’s play in 1940, brings a diverse cast and a whole new outlook to its latest production.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:32AM
Monday, August 9, 2021

‘Twelfth Night’ at the D.C. War Memorial features pop music and the (unscripted) sounds of traffic by Celia Wren

In this outdoor production by Her Majesty & Sons, 20th-century tunes amplify the wit.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:42PM
Friday, August 6, 2021

The best dance, on your laptop: Young risk-takers are going outdoors to create short, raw films by Sarah L. Kaufman

In these films, dance feels more dangerous, and the open sky and open energy bring us even closer to the dancers.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:12AM
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Lincoln Center announces groundbreaking appointment of top artistic leader by Peter Marks

Shanta Thake, 41, is a longtime top official of off-Broadway’s Public Theater.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:18PM
Friday, July 30, 2021

Broadway to require vaccinations and masks as theaters reopen by Peter Marks

The new mandates will affect 21 shows running between now and Oct. 31.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:42PM
Thursday, July 29, 2021

How Broadway is working to ensure covid doesn’t bring the curtain down again by Peter Marks

“Pass Over,” the first play coming back, is one of many productions examining a variety of mitigation efforts — including a vaccination mandate.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:36PM
Sunday, July 25, 2021

What made Mr. Ailey Mr. Ailey? New documentary offers a fuller picture of the modern dance pioneer. by Linda Matchan

“Ailey,” which opens nationwide in theaters Aug. 6, premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:54AM

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