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Monday, July 30, 2018

Review: ‘An Irish Twist on a Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Quotidian Theatre Company by Darby Dejarnette

Quotidian Theatre Company’s An Irish Twist on a Midsummer Night’s Dream is a fantastical adventure that transports Shakespeare’s classic to 1820s Ireland. This production w…

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Review: ‘Be a Good Little Widow’ at Unexpected Stage by Darby Dejarnette

It’s anybody’s guess what goes through a person’s mind in their final moments. Most of us are very familiar with what goes through the mind of a person who has lost someone…

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Review: ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ at Olney Theatre Center by Darby Dejarnette

Something for everybody. That’s what comes to mind when I think about the Chicago-based The Hypocrites’ whiplash-inducing, gender-flipped spin on Gibert and Sullivan’s H.M.…

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Review: ‘Becky’s New Car’ at Bowie Community Theatre by Darby Dejarnette

Becky’s New Car, written by Steven Dietz and directed by Ilene Chalmers, is a fourth-wall busting farce with an enormous heart. Now playing at Bowie Community Theatre, this production take…

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Statement on the Death of DCMTA Staff Writer Wendi Winters by Darby Dejarnette

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Capital Gazette Reporter and DC Metro Theater Arts Senior Reviewer Wendi Winters. Winters was killed in the shooting incident wh…

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Review: ‘La serva padrona’ at Loudoun Lyric Opera by Darby Dejarnette

La serva padrona (or “The Maid as Mistress”) by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi opened for a special engagement this weekend at the Loudoun Lyric Opera, performing at the Carver Cent…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Review: ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ at Damascus Theatre Company by Darby Dejarnette

Directed by Stephanie Bonte-Lebair and presented in conjunction with Gaithersburg Arts Barn/Arts on the Green, Dasmascus Theatre Company’s The Bridges of Madison County is a crowd-plea…

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Review: ‘Patience’ at The Victorian Lyric Opera Company by Darby Dejarnette

If you’ve ever found fleeting social trends to be disconcerting- never fear, so did Gilbert and Sullivan. In their comedic operetta Patience, now on stage at The Victorian Lyric Opera …

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Review: ‘Top and Bottom’ at Rainbow Theatre Project by Darby Dejarnette

Top and Bottom— written by Kevin Michael West, directed by Christopher Janson and produced by the Rainbow Theatre Project— is a unique comedy exploring the ways in which people express t…

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Friday, March 9, 2018

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington Performs Durufle’s ‘Requiem’ with Soprano Breanna Sinclairé by Darby Dejarnette

Maurice Durufle’s Requiem, adapted for tenor and bass chorus by Artistic Director Thea Kano and presented by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, was performed at the Church of the Epipha…

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Online Lives/Offline Drama: Writers Have Superb ‘Sex with Strangers’ at Colonial Players by Darby Dejarnette

Sex with Strangers, written by Laura Eason, is now on stage at Colonial Players. Directed by Dave Carter, this play about two writers navigating the difficulties of love in the digital age s…

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Diverse City: A Chat with Matt Ripa, Founding Artistic Director of the DC Queer Theatre Festival by Darby Dejarnette

Welcome to the Diverse City column on DC Metro Theater Arts. My name is Darby DeJarnette and I created this column to highlight, through interviews, the different experiences of individuals …

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Turning Trauma Into Art: Amy Oestreicher on ‘Gutless and Grateful’ and PTSD in Theater by Darby Dejarnette

Amy Oestreicher was a theatre-obsessed teen until her world changed overnight after waking from a coma, caused by her stomach literally exploding. After 27 surgeries and six years being unab…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Breanna Sinclairé’s Revolution: On Being a Transwoman in Opera and Performing With the GMCW by Darby Dejarnette

Recently, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, announced that transgender opera singer Breanna Sinclairé will join the Chorus for two concerts in 2018— first for the world premiere o…

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Ferocious, Compelling ‘Coriolanus’ Emerges at Brave Spirits Theatre by Darby Dejarnette

“Destroy’d his country, and his name remains to the ensuing age abhorr’d.” Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, as directed by Charlene V. Smith, takes the audience at Brave Spirits T…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Top 10 Things to Do Around DC for Valentine’s Day by Nicole Hertvik and Darby Dejarnette

Hearts, flowers, chocolates…love is in the air here in the DC area! While this part of the country may be more known for partisanship than romance, we’ve got plenty of awesome events to …

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Local Music: Pearl Street Warehouse February Preview Playlist by Darby Dejarnette

At Pearl Street Warehouse, rock, country, folk, soul, bluegrass, rhythm and blues acts from around the country take the stage nightly, offering every seat in the house a front-row music expe…

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Monday, February 5, 2018

The Cake is a Lie: ‘It’s the Rest of the World That Looks So Small’ at Flying V Theatre by Darby Dejarnette

I present to you this review of Flying V Theatre’s It’s the Rest of the World that Looks So Small: A Theatrical Revue of Jonathan Coulton, directed and conceived by Jason Schlafstein and…

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Review: Patriots and Scoundrels: Dominion Stage Presents a Biting ‘Assassins’ by Darby Dejarnette

Written by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman and directed by Melissa Jo York-Tilley, this production of the musical Assassins comes to Dominion Stage at one of the most politically tumultuou…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Broadway in Annapolis: ‘The Secret Garden’ Coming to Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts by Darby Dejarnette

Annapolis gets a little Broadway treatment when Live Arts Maryland presents The Secret Garden on February 9-10 at 8 p.m. at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Joining Music Director J. Ern…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

DC Metro Theater Arts Announces New Collaboration Initiatives with TodayTix by Darby Dejarnette

As DC Metro Theater Arts continues to grow in its mission to provide theater fans with the best critically-engaging coverage, we are happy to announce that we will be exploring additional af…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Enter the TodayTix 5 for 5 Preview Lottery for ‘The Wolves’ at Studio Theatre by Darby Dejarnette

What is the TodayTix 5 for 5 Lottery? Studio Theatre and TodayTix are offering a mobile Lottery for $5 preview tickets! Enter the 5 for 5 Lottery for a chance to win exclusive tickets to T…

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Interview: Lawrence Grey, Jr. Chats About Receiving La-Ti-Do Productions’ Inaugural Joel Markowitz Award by Darby Dejarnette

La-Ti-Do, DC’s premier cabaret series, will award Lawrence Grey, Jr. the inaugural Joel Markowitz Audience Award at their 6th Anniversary Celebration on January 22, 2018. This award, named…

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Enter the TodayTix Free First Preview Lottery for ‘Jefferson’s Garden’ at Ford’s Theatre by Darby Dejarnette

What is the TodayTix Free First Preview Lottery? There’s nothing better than seeing a great show for free. TodayTix and Ford’s Theatre are offering a mobile lottery for each fir…

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Review: ‘Wit’ at Silver Spring Stage by Darby Dejarnette

Wit, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by Margaret Edson and directed at Silver Spring Stage by Jeff Mikoni, graces the stage with a darkly comedic tale of a strict university professo…

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Interview: La-Ti-Do Co-Founder Don Mike Mendoza Reflects on 6 Years of Cabaret by Darby Dejarnette

DC Metro Theater Arts had a chance to sit down with local producer Don Mike Mendoza to discuss the upcoming 6th anniversary of his company La-Ti-Do Productions. La-Ti-Do gives the DC scene …

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Diverse City: Interview with Artistic Director and Activist Elena Velasco by Darby Dejarnette

Welcome to the very first Diverse City column on DC Metro Theater Arts. My name is Darby DeJarnette and I created this column to highlight, through interviews, the different experiences of i…

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Review: ‘Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert’ at Strathmore by Darby Dejarnette

Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert, conducted by Maestro Bernhard Schneider and featuring the vocal talents of German tenor Tilmann Unger and soprano Micaëla Oeste, waltzed in to The Mus…

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Report: Keegan Theatre’s ‘An Irish Carol’ Performance on December 29 to Benefit Nonprofit Shatterproof by Darby Dejarnette

The holidays are a difficult time for those with loved ones fighting with the effects of addiction. The Keegan Theatre will be holding a benefit performance of An Irish Carol this Friday, De…

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Report: La-Ti-Do’s Cabaret and Spoken Word Shows Will Be DC’s Hot Ticket in 2018 by Darby Dejarnette

Imagine a company that blends the drama of Broadway with the talent of spoken word artists: this is just scratching the surface of what to expect at a La-Ti-Do show. The brainchild of Don Mi…

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Preview: ‘Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert’ Promises to Transport Modern Audiences with Dazzling Old World Charm by Darby Dejarnette

Salute to Vienna has been a staple of the holiday season for more than 20 years in North America, and Washington welcomes it back for a 17th year on December 30, 2017. Based on the Vienna Ph…

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