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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Making sense of ‘Alceste,’ a phenomenal work of operatic art from IN Series by Darby Dejarnette

It's a beautiful and thoughtful show, surprising in its ability to challenge us on complex topics of gender and death. By DARBY DEJARNETTE

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Sunday, February 5, 2023

A fresh and buzzy ‘Three Musketeers’ swashbuckles at George Mason University by Darby Dejarnette

The Acting Company's touring production of the classic was a breath of fresh air.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Britten’s spooky ‘Turn of the Screw’ typifies Opera Baltimore’s creativity by Darby Dejarnette

This semi-staged concert opera presentation was a wonderful introduction to the phenomenal company's range of work.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

‘Pirates of Penzance’ showcases Virginia Opera’s strengths and charm by Darby Dejarnette

The Gilbert and Sullivan opera enjoys delightful singing and comic timing.

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Sunday, October 30, 2022

‘Lost in the Stars’ finds a stunning production at Annapolis Opera by Darby Dejarnette

The strong cast of singers and the relevance of this tale to modern audiences make this musical tragedy a must-see.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Washington National Opera stages a solid ‘Il trovatore’ with stellar design by Darby Dejarnette

If you are a fan of Verdi, or you enjoy a good tragic opera with plot twists, this one is for you.

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

With its gifted cast, ‘The Color Purple’ at Signature is a heartfelt hit by Darby Dejarnette

This production has earned its place as one of the best in the DC area.

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

A white Southern family malfunctions in ‘Suddenly Last Summer’ at Avant Bard by Darby Dejarnette

Also on the admirably well-done double bill of Tennessee Williams one-acts: 'Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen'

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:42AM
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Don Mike Mendoza on LA TI DO’s next decade by Darby Dejarnette

The co-founder and executive artistic director talks about the DC-based company's expansion to other cities and its niche of intimate art and top-tier talent.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:43PM
Saturday, March 26, 2022

Aaron Copland’s ‘The Tender Land’ is an auspicious hit at CUA by Darby Dejarnette

These talented Catholic University singers are going somewhere.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:16AM
Saturday, February 19, 2022

A heartbreaking and engaging ‘Lost Boy’ at Colonial Players by Darby Dejarnette

A part-fantasy, part-reality bioplay about 'Peter Pan' author J.M. Barrie.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:47PM
Monday, February 14, 2022

A delightful ‘Beguiling Brahms’ at the National Chamber Ensemble by Darby Dejarnette

A Valentine's-themed concert of swelling, grand works that evoke the (often tumultuous) emotions of love.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:03AM
Friday, February 11, 2022

Olney’s new musical ‘A.D. 16’ entertains immensely by Darby Dejarnette

The show imagines a teen romance between Mary Magdalene and Jesus of Nazareth, and the cast and production are absolutely worth seeing.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:50PM
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

The ‘Christmas Revels’ return with spirituals, carols, and family fun by Darby Dejarnette

Set in post–Civil War DC, this year's show is a heartwarming and meaningful way to kick off the holidays.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:34PM
Friday, November 19, 2021

CUA’s ‘Orlofsky’s Gala’ showcases operetta faves and top-tier talent by Darby Dejarnette

The Catholic University of America greets audiences with gusto in this charming operetta revue.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:35PM
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Enjoying supernatural thrills with Baltimore Concert Opera’s ‘The Medium’ by Darby Dejarnette

This local gem of an opera company continues to attract top-tier talent.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:19PM
Saturday, November 13, 2021

An enjoyable ‘Enchanting Elgar’ by the National Chamber Ensemble by Darby Dejarnette

This beloved string ensemble returns to the stage (and screen) with 'pomp and circumstance.'

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:30PM
Friday, November 12, 2021

Olney elevates ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to new and exciting heights by Darby Dejarnette

A diverse, unique, and thoughtful recreation of 'a tale as old as time.'

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:10PM
Saturday, October 23, 2021

Colonial Players entertains with complex ‘By the Way, Meet Vera Stark’ by Darby Dejarnette

An illuminating exploration of Black erasure through typecasting in Hollywood.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:25AM
Thursday, September 30, 2021

Opera for everybody: Catching up with Baltimore Concert Opera’s Julia Cooke by Darby Dejarnette

The Artistic and General Director on BCO's appeal to people who are new to opera and to aficionados who have been fans their entire lives.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:27PM
Sunday, September 12, 2021

Viva ‘The Revolutionists’ at Colonial Players by Darby Dejarnette

An affecting, illuminating production of Lauren Gunderson's comedy about four brazen women during the French Reign of Terror.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:16PM
Thursday, June 3, 2021

A woman’s liberation through generations in ‘A Very Present Presence’ from Pipeline Playwrights by Darby Dejarnette

A Very Present Presence, written by Ann Timmons and directed by Catherine Tripp, is the latest streaming offering from the women’s collective Pipeline Playwrights. Timmons states that this…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:29PM
Saturday, May 29, 2021

A rousing ‘Luther’s Trumpet’ at GMU takes a provocative look at dissent by Darby Dejarnette

“A true believer is never comfortable in his faith,” says Martin Luther in Luther’s Trumpet. Director Rick Davis brings this rousing drama, written by historian James Reston Jr., to th…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:27PM
Monday, October 19, 2020

Gay Men’s Chorus celebrates Sondheim in stellar quarantine cabaret by Darby Dejarnette

The pandemic has caused many arts organizations to search for creative ways to bring their talent to fans. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC has jumped into the fray with Losing My Mi…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:14PM
Monday, September 28, 2020

Vanessa Williams and Renée Fleming sing in a new era at the Kennedy Center by Darby Dejarnette

It goes without saying that things haven’t quite gone as planned this year in the DC performing arts scene. The recent pandemic shuttered many of the region’s stalwart venues in March an…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:38AM
Monday, March 2, 2020

Broadway phenom Norm Lewis delivers at the Kennedy Center by Darby Dejarnette

Norm Lewis is an icon. This is an indisputable fact. There are few others who have made such an impact on the way we view certain roles. His impressive bio includes such credits as the first…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:23PM
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Victorian Lyric Opera’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’ elicits laughter, delight by Darby Dejarnette

There’s no doubt that The Pirates of Penzance is one of the most beloved of Gilbert and Sullivan’s works. Like most Gilbert and Sullivan tales, it takes clever jabs at the politics of it…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:12AM
Sunday, February 2, 2020

Fellowship for Performing Arts delivers with challenging ‘The Great Divorce’ by Darby Dejarnette

C.S. Lewis is not for the fainthearted. While his Narnia series may have been the most successful in capturing the public imagination, his fascination with—and ability to articulate—adva…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:13AM
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

‘Spring Awakening’ is more relevant now than ever. Round House’s young actors tell us why. by Darby Dejarnette

Spring Awakening has never been a shy musical. Based on German playwright Frank Wedekind’s 1891 tale of teenagers awakening to their sexuality amongst adults who failed to provide any sexu…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:20PM
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Charming ‘Leading Ladies’ pleases at Vienna Theatre Company by Darby Dejarnette

Leading Ladies is a charming little farce written by Ken Ludwig. Directed by Eleanore Tapscott, this production at Vienna Theatre Company is sure to be a popular, audience-pleasing productio…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:52PM
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Colonial Players’ fascinating ‘The Children’ explores bleak post-nuclear future by Darby Dejarnette

Annapolis’ Colonial Players takes on Lucy Kirkwood’s 2016 environmental disaster drama The Children in an intimate production which explores the human cost of uncontrolled consumption an…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:38PM

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