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Saturday, January 25, 2020

The Kennedy Center’s Alicia Adams on playwright Femi Osofisan’s ‘Not All Canoes Sail Back Home’ and the 2020 ‘Boundless: Africa’ series by David Siegel

There was revolution in the air. Decolonization of Africa was taking shape. The world was on fire. And The Kennedy Center’s World Stages will be providing audiences a taste of those times.…

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Interview with renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones ahead of world premiere of ‘What Problem?’ at Center for the Arts by David Siegel

Social commentary in a dance performance is not unusual, especially in the modern dance community. But in a week-long residency by The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company at George Mason Univer…

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

American Pops Orchestra cleverly re-imagines ‘The Pied Piper’ at Arena Stage by David Siegel

The weather outside was surely cold and cranky. But the outside world could be quickly forgotten as the American Pops Orchestra (APO), led by Maestro Luke Frazier, gently took children and a…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

MLK’s final evening is imagined in NextStop Theatre’s ‘The Mountaintop’ by David Siegel

The Mountaintop by Katori Hall is a remarkably affecting play full of humanity, faith, unexpected humor, and the Almighty. Strikingly directed by two time Helen Hayes award recipient Kevin S…

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Director Stevie Zimmerman on the rewards of going outside of comfort zone by David Siegel

Professional theaters in the DMV have been at the forefront of making diversity a critical watchword and action step. During the past several years, the DMV has hosted two women’s theater …

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

UrbanArias Artistic Director Robert Wood on searing musical drama ‘Glory Denied’ by David Siegel

This month, UrbanArias presents composer Tom Cipullo’s chamber opera Glory Denied; the contemporary musical drama based upon the true story of America’s longest-held prisoner of war (POW…

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The audacity of Brave Spirits Theatre: a conversation with Artistic Director Charlene V. Smith by David Siegel

Tumultuous times call out for audacity in the performing arts. And Brave Spirits Theatre (BST) has boldly marked its territory for the next two years. Over the 2020 and 2021 seasons, Brave S…

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Friday, December 20, 2019

‘Not just a field trip’: Strathmore partners with Montgomery County Public Schools to engage children in the arts by David Siegel

Schools play a pivotal role in cultivating the next generations, and the arts have a key role. Research suggests that arts educational experiences can produce significant positive impacts on…

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Dark Horse Theatre Company, theatreWashington’s newest member, kicks off 2020 with ‘The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later’ by David Siegel

Dark Horse Theatre Company is the newest member of theatreWashington. As readers of DCMTA are aware, theatreWashington is the organization dedicated to supporting and representing the Washin…

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

The appeal of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ endures at The National Theatre by David Siegel

Fiddler on the Roof, the quintessentially Jewish musical about keeping one’s balance in changing times, remains ebullient and undiminished in its eternal appeal. At the opening night perfo…

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

‘A dream for me’: Ashley Bruce on playing Mary Delgado in ‘Jersey Boys’ by David Siegel

While the Tony Award-winning musical is called Jersey Boys, let’s not forget that so many of the Billboard chart-toppers performed in the show are about the real-life Frankie Valli and the…

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‘I Take Your Hand in Mine’ by Taffety Punk Theatre Company brings Chekhov’s romantic life to the stage by David Siegel

A matchless, hypnotic portrait of love. A seductive vision of two lives tangled up in blues with too many tough nights apart as each knows “I have no will of my own.” Are the two people …

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

‘The Woman in Black’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company is a delightfully spooky gem by David Siegel

A charming little gem of a ghostly, campfire-ish thriller is here for a short time courtesy of Shakespeare Theatre Company. Full of expressive acting, way cool whodunit lighting moods and ee…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Love reigns in ‘Love in Hate Nation’ Two River Theater premiere by David Siegel

Love in Hate Nation is the new musical from Be More Chill’s composer/lyricist, Joe Iconis. Animated with a driving wheel of rock and funk rock tunes, it grapples with the pressing cultural…

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Monday, November 25, 2019

UrbanArias delivers fun, deeply human evening of music and voices taking on the modern condition by David Siegel

How prescient of the innovative UrbanArias. To be ahead of a major Washington Post Sunday Business section about a modern-day retail apocalypse: the dying of America’s suburban retail mall…

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Virginia Opera opens “From Screen to Stage” series with ‘Il Postino’ at George Mason University by David Siegel

The sensuality and passion of Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, diplomat, and politician, Pablo Neruda has become the bones for a contemporary opera, Il Postino by Daniel Catán. Il Postino …

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Welders’ Annalisa Dias on ‘HEARTSPACE’ and responding to impending and present climate disasters by David Siegel

The Welders, a self-described artists’ collective, burst upon the DMV theatrical landscape in the summer of 2013 with a mission to establish an evolving, alternative platform for play deve…

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Artistry, rivalry, madness, and genius in Folger Theatre’s ‘Amadeus’ by David Siegel

What a great lively yarn about a musical disruptor as a stand-in for the volcanic eruptions of out-and-out revolution in the air throughout Europe and America. Amadeus at Folger Theatre is a…

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Signature’s ‘A Chorus Line’ proves musicals can evolve in the right creative hands by David Siegel

“A Chorus Line is still one of those musicals you will sing about to your grandchildren,” wrote theater and dance critic Clive Barnes in his 1975 New York Times review for A Chorus Line.…

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Stage managers work long hours for rich rewards by David Siegel

Being a stage manager of a theater production brings challenging, yet too often unheralded responsibilities that begin long before an audience steps into a theater to take a seat. As the pro…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

‘Camp Blue,’ an affecting play about men surviving enlistment in the Vietnam War by David Siegel

Dispatch from the front. “Greetings: You are hereby ordered for induction in the Armed Forces of the United States.”   For those in the audience of the Boomer generation, Rainbow Theat…

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1st Stage to host musical group All 4 Bass on November 16th by David Siegel

Another unique cabaret evening is arriving at 1st Stage in Tysons. It is a musical performance by the quartet All 4 Bass. The event is entitled Play it LOW…Play it COOL. The All 4 Bass …

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Friday, November 1, 2019

‘The American Soldier’ to illuminate the impact of military service at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage by David Siegel

Next week, The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage will present a performance keyed to Veteran’s Day–The American Soldier, conceived, written and performed by Douglas Taurel. The Novembe…

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

‘Stirring the Waters Across America’ at The REACH is a powerful musical exploration of resistance to racism by David Siegel

Electrifying. Awakening. These are words to describe the heart-rending workshop presentation of Stirring the Waters Across America performed at Studio K at The REACH. To call it anything les…

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Strathmore: Growing a vibrant arts community that welcomes everyone by David Siegel

As DC-area demographics have evolved over the recent decades, so have the missions of some of the area’s nimble performing arts venues so that they are welcoming to those they serve and re…

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Monday, October 21, 2019

IN Series’ ‘Stormy Weather’ provides an original take on Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ with Billie Holiday as musical fuel by David Siegel

Ingenious. Shakespeare’s venerable, often un-provocatively produced The Tempest has been reconstructed into theater with an invigorating musical arc and an awakening narrative bite. It has…

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Friday, October 18, 2019

New Revision of Broadway Musical ‘Rags’ is a Timely Story of the Immigrant Experience by David Siegel

Something’s coming: an exclusive opportunity to take in an award-winning creative team’s new adaptation of Rags, a hidden away musical gem.  If you are not familiar with it, “Rags is …

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ARTSFAIRFAX Presents 2019 Emerging Arts Award to NextStop Theatre Company by David Siegel

ARTSFAIRFAX presented its 2019 Emerging Arts Award at its eighth Arts Awards event on October 18, 2019. The award was given to the professional, black box NextStop Theatre Company.  The ART…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Rorschach Theatre Remounts and Reimagines ‘She Kills Monsters’ at the Atlas by David Siegel

A much-needed rabbit hole to explore is opening in the DMV. Let us rejoice. It is the return of She Kills Monsters some five years after making its first appearance, thanks to Rorschach Thea…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

LA Theatre Works’ ‘SEVEN’ will explore social injustice through documentary theater at George Mason by David Siegel

LA Theatre Works is bringing its distinctive radio style, live theater to the DMV with a production of SEVEN. A documentary theater play, SEVEN is based on the lives of seven extraordinary w…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

A Personal View of the Coming Apocalypse: Caryl Churchill’s ‘Escaped Alone’ by David Siegel

What a play! Escaped Alone is full of dramatic presentations announcing a coming apocalypse; an end of days. The production at Signature Theatre is receiving rightful praise (read my colleag…

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