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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Arena Stage’s ‘Celia and Fidel’ explores the influences on Cuba’s revolutionary leader by David Siegel

Part of Arena Stage’s ongoing Power Plays, the world premiere of Celia and Fidel transports the audience back to a time when Fidel Castro was not just a name in the history books, but a fe…

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Plenty to chew on in ExPats’ thoughtful production of ‘Einstein’s Wife’ at Atlas Center by David Siegel

Ready for a dandy production about the complicated life with a child-like diva who happens to be a genius? Then consider Einstein’s Wife from ExPats Theatre. Written by Serbian playwright …

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Music of The Go-Go’s powers Monumental Theatre’s ‘Head Over Heels’ by David Siegel

Monumental Theatre is providing DC-area audiences with a first look at the jukebox musical comedy Head Over Heels. The production features nearly two dozen musical numbers from The Go-Go’s…

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Taffety Punk’s ‘’: A unique, haunting, and compelling dance play by David Siegel

Highly recommended. An unsettling dance play. The phrase “sorry you’re here” takes on new meaning. It is not typical for me to write “highly recommended” at the top of an article. …

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

A formidable production of ‘The Wanderers’ at Theater J by David Siegel

“Isn’t it OK to sometimes be selfish?” asks a character in Anna Ziegler’s cunningly devised The Wanderers. With Amber McGinnis’ discerning, sympathetic direction, Theater J’s pro…

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Nu Sass’s world premiere of ‘Weep’ is an arresting, unflinching peek into complicated lives by David Siegel

Trigger warning. Nu Sass’s world premiere of Weep is an arresting, unflinching peek into complicated lives with emotionally charged scenes and character collisions. It is a slowly building…

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Better Said than Done’s Women’s Storytelling Festival: giving voice to women storytellers for all to hear by David Siegel

Who Tells Our Story is the theme of Better Said Than Done’s upcoming, first-of-its-kind, two-day Women’s Storytelling Festival. Audiences can expect stories that have been crafted for a…

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

West-Eastern Divan Ensemble’s first American tour features Kennedy Center performance by David Siegel

The world is so full of intractable political and cultural issues, with deep chasms making understanding, let alone peace, seem so far away. But the venerable Washington Performing Arts (WPA…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

‘Heroine’ at The Kennedy Center tells the searing true story of a woman’s rape in the U.S. Army by John Stoltenberg and David Siegel

Post-Play Palaver is an occasional series of conversations between DC Metro Theater Arts writers who saw the same performance, got really into talking about it, and decided to continue their…

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Signature Theatre’s commanding ‘Gun & Powder’ pulls no punches by David Siegel

Raw one moment, richly comic the next. Subtle in one scene, directly challenging the audience the next. The world premiere musical Gun & Powder at Signature Theatre is strikingly effecti…

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

The Mason Cabaret is in splendid voice with ‘The Great American Songbook!’ at GMU by David Siegel

With personality galore and voices full of pizzazz and warmth, The Mason Cabaret in Concert delivered a wonderful evening of Celebrating the Great American Songbook! Under the direction of J…

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Matthew M. Nielson on bringing Shakespeare’s ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’ into the 1970s through original music and sound design by David Siegel

Bright and jaunty as a hippie’s tie-dyed shirt, the opening musical number for Folger’s The Merry Wives of Windsor lets the audience know what’s in store. It’s a farce set long ago…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Washington Stage Guild’s ‘Bloomsday’ is pleasurable, candid production for the heart by David Siegel

Washington Stage Guild’s Bloomsday is a flower of a production. One to gaze at, listen to, and revel in, enjoying the power of words, terrific acting, connections, and confessions. Written…

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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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