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Friday, November 9, 2018

Review: ‘Billy Elliot’ at Signature Theatre by David Siegel

Signature’s Billy Elliot the Musical soars with expressive, youthful dance energy and a liberating message of doing what you need to do to be who you want to be. Directed and choreographed…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

In the Moment: Sound Design Enriches ‘King John’ at The Folger Theatre by David Siegel

Folger’s rendering of the seldom-produced King John is more than impressive Shakespearean rhetoric and the checking off on a bucket list of plays to produce. With a deft touch, director Aa…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Review: ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ at Brave Spirits Theater by David Siegel

Words have lethal consequences in the clear-eyed, unflinching production of The Duchess of Malfi from Brave Spirits Theater. Under the sure-handed direction of Casey Kaleba, The Duchess of M…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Jiehae Park’s ‘Peerless’ Reimagines ‘Macbeth’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s ReDiscovery Reading Series by David Siegel

There was a significant “first” at the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) 2018-19 ReDiscovery Reading Series at the Lansburgh Theatre this week. It was a reading of the enthralling, fearl…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Review: ‘The Changeling’ by Brave Spirits Theatre by David Siegel

Sex, sin, retribution, and vengeance are only starting points for the simmering cauldron that is Brave Spirit’s amped production of The Changeling, a four centuries old Jacobean drama by T…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

In the Moment: ‘How I Learned to Drive’ at Round House Theatre by David Siegel

The latest data from the Child Welfare League of America indicate that in Maryland in 2015, there were over 51,000 referrals for child abuse and neglect. Of those, nearly 21,000 reports were…

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Review: ‘New Guidelines for Peaceful Times’ at Spooky Action Theater by David Siegel

It is mid-April, 1945. The war in Europe is nearly over. However, neither a proper armistice nor formal surrender has been signed by the Allies with the former Nazi regime. It is an unsettle…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

In the Moment: ‘Sleepy Hollow’ at Synetic Theater by David Siegel

As if inspired by Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness or even Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, Synetic’s highly original production of Sleepy Hollow, performed without dialogue, …

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Season 3 of ‘Shakespeare Uncovered’ Launches October 12 on WETA-26 by David Siegel

Washington, DC has had a long love affair with Shakespeare. In our midst are institutions like the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library, and many DC-area theater companies that celebrat…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Interview: Composer and Lyricist Michael Dansicker on ‘The Comedy of Errors’ by David Siegel

With the addition of original music from composer/lyricist Michael Dansicker, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s (STC) The Comedy of Errors is abandonment into farce. Whatever may be outside th…

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Friday, October 5, 2018

In the Moment: ‘Heisenberg’ at Signature Theatre by David Siegel

With notes at the top of his work Heisenberg, playwright Simon Stephens gives undecorated, clear direction to theater companies for his expectations when producing the play: The present day.…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Review: ‘Summerland’ at Washington Stage Guild by David Siegel

What began as a mundane two-hander focused on stiff argumentative males in an investigative procedural play, develops into something pleasingly complicated, intense and raises contemporary i…

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Review: ‘Born Yesterday’ at Ford’s Theatre by David Siegel

What a sparkling production of Born Yesterday at Ford’s Theatre. Written in 1946 as the United States was standing powerful after the carnage of WWII, Garson Kanin’s script is delightful…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

In the Moment: ‘Lincolnesque’ at the Keegan Theatre by David Siegel

Separating a theater company’s production from the playwright’s script is crucial when evaluating a performance. After all, an engaging full production can do the old razzle-dazzle to co…

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

THE ROSE THEATRE CO Brings FIRST DRAFT Reading Series to 1st Stage by David Siegel

Love new plays? Then THE ROSE THEATRE CO’s Reading Series|FIRST DRAFT has great news to report. The series will begin its 2018-19 season of new play readings with a new Northern Virgi…

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Next Reflex Dance Collective Now In Residence at Workhouse Arts Center by David Siegel

Continuing to expand their regular offerings of performance events, the Workhouse Arts Center now has an official dance company-in-residence, Next Reflex Dance Collective. Stepping out to fi…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Review: ‘If I Forget’ at Studio Theatre by David Siegel

When I grew up in a small New Jersey shore town with a single synagogue to serve many surrounding communities, I recall a particular question uttered within my family and my own Jewish tribe…

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Interview: Creative Cauldron, Producing Director Laura Connors Hull Celebrate 10th Season at Falls Church ArtSpace, Look Forward to New Home by David Siegel

Creative Cauldron is celebrating its 10th season performing at its ArtSpace venue in Falls Church. Creative Cauldron is one of the area’s small theater gems, with a consistently high quali…

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

In the Moment: ‘Passion’ at Signature Theatre by David Siegel

Leaving Stephen Sondheim’s Passion, directed by Matthew Gardiner, I found one word to describe my reaction: Believable. Yes, believable. This Signature Theatre production of Passion took …

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Interview: The Hub Theatre’s New Artistic Director Matt Bassett Looks Ahead to 2018-19 Season by David Siegel

In a recent telephone interview, Matt Bassett, Hub Theatre’s new artistic director discussed the company’s upcoming season. In shaping the season, his first as Hub artistic director, Bas…

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Interview: MetroStage’s Carolyn Griffin and Actor Doug Brown Discuss ‘The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek’ by Athold Fugard by David Siegel

Over its 30 seasons, MetroStage has had several homes, including 17 years in a cozy venue in Alexandria’s West End. Now, redevelopment of the area will lead MetroStage to another location …

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Review: ‘The Interstellar Ghost Hour’ by Longacre Lea by David Siegel

It’s that time of the theater season for those of us with a taste for the offbeat and original. It’s time to accept the invitation for the yearly production from Longacre Lea displaying …

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Bloomberg Philanthropies Names D.C. Participants in Arts Innovation and Management Program by David Siegel

Washington, D.C. is no longer just a tourist city with iconic national monuments and fabled museums. Over the past decades, a distinguished cadre of small and medium-sized cultural instituti…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

In the Moment: ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ at the Keegan Theatre by David Siegel

Iowa can seem such a mythical place. That crossed my mind as I took in the Keegan Theatre’s top-notch production of the bittersweet, mystical romance of The Bridges of Madison County. Sure…

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Interview With Tom Sweitzer About ‘Coming of Age’ Cabaret by David Siegel

Entertainment and enlightenment are only two of the expectations for the upcoming performance of Coming of Age at the Creative Cauldron as a group of talented teens perform a cabaret with co…

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Review: ‘Dave’ at Arena Stage by David Siegel

The real news getting you down? Do you have a plentitude of cares and woes hanging over your head? Are you an addicted MSNBC watcher who wants to get off the couch and away from the cell for…

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

In The Moment: Building New Homes for the Arts in Fairfax County by David Siegel

Throughout my years covering the arts in the DC area, I have often heard that Fairfax County is a wasteland, a desert, no place for the creative theater artist. A locale with few outlets for…

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Review: ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ at Synetic Theater by David Siegel

Synetic Theater’s admirable, family-friendly production of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) is the premiere mainstage production of Synetic’s New Voice Series. For tho…

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Review: ‘Where Did We Sit On The Bus?’ at 1st Stage Tysons by David Siegel

Where Did We Sit On The Bus? is a solo performance that examines identity in America through the eyes and observations of a Brown young man named Brian Quijada. With his charismatic smile, p…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Review: ‘Pippin’ by Monumental Theatre Company by David Siegel

Yes, there is magic done at Monumental Theatre’s nifty production of Pippin. I am not overstating my utter enjoyment of this production. It is spunky, buoyant, and engaging from the moment…

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Review: ‘Brahman/I’ at The Logan Festival of Solo Performance by David Siegel

Set in a non-descript stand-up comedy club, the 1st Stage production of Brahman/I has a clever premise: a solo performer reveals some of a human being’s most intimate details. Brahman/I is…

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