Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Cue the lights: Broadway is back Sept. 14 with ‘Hamilton,’ ‘The Lion King’ and more by Peter Marks

The lifting of pandemic capacity restrictions repaves the Great White Way.

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Friday, May 7, 2021

Digital theater productions highlight the power of art without an audience by Thomas Floyd

Studio Theatre’s “Until the Flood,” Signature Theatre’s “Midnight at the Never Get” and Arena Stage’s “A More Perfect Union” excel in the absence of in-person attendance.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

D.C. theater is taking cautious steps back to ‘live’ with plexiglass screens and plays on headphones by Peter Marks

“Blindness” at Shakespeare Theatre Company and “Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter” at GALA Hispanic Theatre are leading the way

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Jacques d’Amboise, exuberant star of the New York City Ballet, dies at 86 by Sarah Halzack

He inspired George Balanchine to create roles for him and created the National Dance Institute to mold generations of new dancers.

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New York Gov. Cuomo stuns Broadway and cultural world with lifting of pandemic capacity restrictions on May 19 by Peter Marks

Theaters, bars, restaurants, museums, retail stores, gyms and more come under the order.

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At Kennedy Center’s ‘Evening of Jazz and Dance,’ glimmers of renewal by Celia Wren

Dance and music performances, featuring Roman Mejia, Tiler Peck, Gregory Porter and Jason Moran, will be on demand through Aug. 1.

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Advocacy group wants to see more Asian dancers on the stage, and more Asian choreographers on the program by Anying Guo

Final Bow for Yellowface’s “10,000 Dreams” virtual festival focuses on promoting the work of marginalized choreographers and holding dance companies accountable.

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Olympia Dukakis, late-blooming Oscar winner for ‘Moonstruck,’ dies at 89 by Adam Bernstein

The actress toiled in obscurity for decades before her breakthrough at 56 as Cher’s sardonic mother in the 1987 romantic comedy.

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

‘City in Transition’ is an exhilarating journey across Washington through the eyes of Black artists by Peter Marks

Theater alliance devises a landmark piece for the Web, with four plays across the city’s quadrants.

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Signature Theatre’s latest show is a play and a movie. Behind the scenes at ‘Midnight at the Never Get.’ by Thomas Floyd

How covid restrictions have redefined ‘putting on a show’ for one theater.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Happenstance Theater shifts its stage to an interactive website inspired by the shadow boxes of Joseph Cornell by Celia Wren

At a time without live performance, “The Juxtapose Tenement” conjures theatrical magic in the cyber realm.

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Monday, April 26, 2021

Constellation’s ‘Children of Medea’ spins a dreamscape family portrait by Celia Wren

The production, streaming through May 16, isn’t well served by the elaborate production design.

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

As hopes rise for a return to the stage later this year, D.C.-area theaters sing: We’re still here! by Peter Marks

Surviving the shutdown with loans and donations, theater leaders look to the future and how to bring people back to shows.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Helen McCrory, gangster matriarch in TV’s ‘Peaky Blinders,’ dies at 52 by Harrison Smith

The British actress also starred onstage as Medea and was married to actor Damian Lewis.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Studio Theatre’s new play is about the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, but feels urgently of the moment by Thomas Floyd

“Until the Flood,” by Dael Orlandersmith, looks at systemic racism from multiple perspectives.

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Dance companies are finding their footing on streaming services by Anying Guo

Diverse offerings are available online from American Ballet Theatre, Jacob’s Pillow, Juilliard, Mark Morris and more.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Kennedy Center plans massive season of in-person theater, including ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Hadestown’ by Peter Marks

Beginning in October, the lineup features 12 musicals playing to theaters at full capacity. Fingers crossed.

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Friday, April 9, 2021

At 63, she enrolled at the university that sold her enslaved ancestors. Now she’s starring in a play about them. by Peter Marks

“Here I Am” is Mélisande Short-Colomb’s story, written at Georgetown University and premiering Tuesday.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

I wondered what it would be like to be vaccinated and back in a theater. My panic lifted as soon as the lights went down. by Peter Marks

In New York, performance spaces are slowly opening up with severe restrictions and safety protocols.

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This D.C.-based choreographer creates dances about trailblazers, hoping you’ll embrace their ideals by Celia Wren

The video series from the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company honors civil rights icons, including Marian Anderson and William Ayers Campbell.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Paul Ritter, British actor in ‘Chernobyl’ and Harry Potter franchise, dies at 54 by News Services and Staff Reports

He also received a Tony nomination in 2009 for “The Norman Conquests.”

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Enter Nathan Lane and Savion Glover, as Broadway opens its doors for the first time in almost 13 months by Peter Marks

A pilot program tests theater safety protocols as part of the ongoing NY PopsUp festival.

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Arthur Kopit, playwright of early promise who later found ‘Phantom’ success, dies at 83 by Matt Schudel

He joined with Maury Yeston to write the Tony-winning musical “Nine” and what is known as “the other ‘Phantom.’ ”

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Friday, April 2, 2021

As live stages await their big comeback, theater on camera is getting better and better by Peter Marks

Three Washington companies are experimenting with more visually complex work online.

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Friday, March 26, 2021

‘A Boy and His Soul’ is an actor’s valentine to Aretha, Marvin Gaye, and Earth, Wind & Fire by Peter Marks

Round House Theatre brings Colman Domingo’s memory play online. It’s streaming through April 18.

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Ethan Hawke and John Leguizamo take on ‘Godot,’ hoping it’s a powerhouse online by Peter Marks

Off-Broadway company the New Group launches an innovative digital era with its Off Stage programming.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

George Segal, actor of roguish charm and wide dramatic range, dies at 87 by Matt Schudel

He was nominated for an Oscar in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” but was better known for his roles in offbeat comedies and sitcoms.

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Desperate for cash, strapped arts venues wait out delays in federal covid relief by Peter Marks

The Small Business Administration has $16 billion to give in Shuttered Venue grants, but applications don’t open until April.

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Friday, March 19, 2021

Signature Theatre’s latest show is a ‘Jam’ to savor by Celia Wren

Actor Daniel J. Watts is serving up a high-energy meditation on his life, and he’s hoping it sticks with you.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Give this folk rock duo 27 minutes. They’ll give you a musically heartbreaking world. by Peter Marks

The Bengsons’ “My Joy Is Heavy!” debuts online as the first in Arena Stage’s series of filmed musicals.

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