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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Backstage: In ‘Man of the House,’ Gonzalez deals with absent dad, teen hardships by Jessica Goldstein

David Gonzalez is a divorced child of divorce. His world premiere one-man show “Man of the House (Or: How I Tracked Down My Dad, the Spy)” is his way of wrestling with that, and how he g…

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Why are there more runners in D.C.? It’s not where we are, it’s who we are by Jessica Goldstein

There is a Washington that wakes up early. That stretches the tightness from sleep out of its shoulders, slides on sneakers and stumbles out into the still-crisp morning air. There is a Wash…

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Backstage: Youngsters breaking in with ‘Appropriate’ by Jessica Goldstein

Woolly Mammoth’s “Appropriate” is anything but when you’re thinking about material that’s ­kosher for kids. The comic drama by native Washingtonian Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is one o…

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Friday, October 18, 2013

For authentic fight scenes, Folger turns to Maryland swordmakers by Jessica Goldstein

If you’ve never been to Baltimore Knife and Sword, you’ll probably never find it. There’s no sign outside the small blue building a ways down a winding stretch of Marriottsville Road n…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site to reopen, thanks to $25,000 donation by Jessica Goldstein

How much does it cost to override a government shutdown? If you’re Ford’s Theatre, $25,000. That’s the amount of emergency funding that trustee Ronald O. Perelman donated to the Ford…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Olney Theatre to offer nine plays in three ‘mini-seasons’ next year by Jessica Goldstein

Jason Loewith, Olney Theatre Center artistic director, has a plan. It is “either a brilliant idea or a disaster in the making,” he said. “We’ll see!” The game plan: Instead of a tr…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

‘Two-Character Play’ benefits from actors’ shared history by Jessica Goldstein

Lee Mikeska Gardner and David Bryan Jackson knew a lot about each other before joining — or, more accurately, becoming — the cast of “The Two-Character Play” at Spooky Action Theater…

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Spanish playwrights get a reading on a D.C. stage by Jessica Goldstein

“New Plays from Spain,” a collaboration among Spain Arts & Culture, Studio Theatre, No Rules Theatre Company and Theater Alliance, will bring the newly translated work of Spanish pla…

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Monday, September 23, 2013

‘Breaking Bad’s’ Anna Gunn and the triumph of hero over anti-hero by Jessica Goldstein

It’s hard out there for a hero. Anti-heroes have it easy. Their sinful existence satisfies our basest desires. We love them for being the kind of reckless, selfish people we would despise …

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Friday, September 20, 2013

‘The Laramie Project’ is the third installment in Ford’s Theatre’s Lincoln Legacy series by Jessica Goldstein

No one plays Matthew Shepard in “The Laramie Project.” The piece of documentary theater was inspired by Shepard’s murder: The gay 21-year-old University of Wyoming student was brutall…

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Newsman Jim Lehrer back to playwriting with ‘Bell,’ a one-man play at National Geographic by Jessica Goldstein

Gregory McGurder, vice president for public programs at National Geographic, asked Jim Lehrer, former “PBS NewsHour” anchor turned novelist and playwright, if he’d be interested in wri…

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

National Museum for Women in the Arts raises more than $25 million by Jessica Goldstein

The National Museum for Women in the Arts has raised more than $25 million in the past six years, reaching its goal of doubling a $25 million endowment by the museum’s 25th anniversary. …

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

‘After the Revolution,’ ‘Agnes Under the Big Top’ are plays that deal with family matters by Jessica Goldstein

When Megan Anderson first read the script for Amy Herzog’s “After the Revolution,” she thought her character, Emma, would be relatively blameless. “Emma is the protagonist,” Anders…

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Signature’s ‘Miss Saigon’ has a nick-of-time moment as leading man suffers throat ailment by Jessica Goldstein

Chances are, given the scale of Signature Theatre’s production of “Miss Saigon,” the cast and crew could have anticipated, or worried about, any number of things malfunctioning: The ru…

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Author awaits onstage arrival of ‘Lulu and the Brontosaurus’ by Jessica Goldstein

Judith Viorst has a folder. It’s “about this thick,” she says, holding her thumb and her forefinger about two inches apart. In it are articles she has seen that quote the most famous p…

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Friday, August 30, 2013

NPR’s Ari Shapiro gets his groove on with Pink Martini by Jessica Goldstein

At this year’s Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Gala, the headliner will be Pink Martini, a self-proclaimed “little orchestra” from Portland, Ore., that’s been together for nearly two de…

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‘Short Term 12’ writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton on real-life inspiration behind his film by Jessica Goldstein

Ask Destin Daniel Cretton about his first day of work at a short-term home for at-risk teenagers, and the first thing he does is take a deep breath. Then he says: “Oh, man.” He begins: …

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival returns for 12th year by Jessica Goldstein

The Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival is 12 years old. Organizers are not really thinking about a dozen years of history, though; the showcase of new works from 40-plus local theaters is…

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Stamp of approval: No l Wells might be joining 'SNL' by Jessica Goldstein

Here we are again, all talking about "Saturday Night Live" like it's 1999. The New York Times posted a story Thursday on how terrifying it is to audition for Lorne Michaels, which is totally…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Backstage: Woolly Mammoth hosting ‘Till to Martin’ town hall event by Jessica Goldstein

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will host “From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin: A Town Hall Meeting on Black Bodies and American Racism” at 7 p.m. Friday. Might not seem like typical theat…

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Monday, August 19, 2013

ATTN: Prince William speaks for the first time since the birth of Prince George by Jessica Goldstein

Feels like only yesterday there was literally nothing to report on except the way Waity Katie was keeping us all waiting. Yet finally, Prince George Alexander Louis was held aloft before the…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

E. L. James made $95 million in a year, making her Forbes's top-earning author by Jessica Goldstein

Picture, if you will, $95 million dollars. Visualize that money however you like. Maybe you're envisioning the bills in neat, orderly stacks, with Walter White hovering above his latest haul…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Backstage: Improvapalooza’s 7th year packed with ‘explosive creativity’ by Jessica Goldstein

heliumprov: he·li·um·prahv(noun): when you suck in helium and proceed to perform improvised comedy, colloquially known as “improv.” Just some vocabulary you might want to know as you…

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Da Vinci notebook lands at National Air and Space Museum by Jessica Goldstein

As part of the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Codex on the Flight of Birds” will make its debut appearance on American soil at the Smithsonian’s N…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Backstage: Rorschach and Synetic thrilled with Kickstarter campaigns by Jessica Goldstein

When Rorschach Theatre decided to produce “Neverwhere,” adapted from Neil Gaiman’s novel and filled with such stage directions as “THE GREAT BEAST OF LONDON enters. . . . It is a…

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Friday, August 2, 2013

‘The Book of Mormon’s’ O’Neill pinches himself by Jessica Goldstein

It’s just before the end of Act 1 of “The Book of Mormon,” and Christopher John O’Neill is singing about Jesus. O’Neill knows the words. He knows he knows the words. The song is …

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Taffety Punk’s Bootleg Shakespeare is like ‘having an affair with a play’ by Jessica Goldstein

Taffety Punk company member Marcus Kyd’s explanation for how Bootleg Shakespeare began is very simple: “It was initially a dare.” The way Bootleg Shakespeare works, for the uninitiated…

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Friday, July 26, 2013

With ‘The To Do List,’ Maggie Carey examines teen sex from a realistic middle ground by Jessica Goldstein

At the beginning of “The To Do List,” the camera lingers on 1990s objects as the 2 Live Crew hit “Me So Horny” throbs in the background. Names of the cast and crew pop up on scrunchi…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Compass Rose Theater’s youth company presents ‘The Little Prince’ by Jessica Goldstein

Please look upon this easel for the most important announcement of all of our lifetimes: Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, she of the second-shiniest hair in the Western Hemisphere (Tami …

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Two to share Rep Stage’s artistic director job by Jessica Goldstein

Rep Stage, the professional Equity theater in residence at Howard Community College, is filling the vacant artistic director position with two people: Suzanne E. Beal and Joseph W. Ritsch. B…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New D.C. playwrights collective to produce 5 plays over 3 years by Jessica Goldstein

There’s a new player here in Theaterland. Introducing: our very own local playwrights collective. It’s called the Welders, named for Cherrie Moraga’s poem (“I am the welder. / I am t…

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