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Monday, August 3, 2020

Touring artists to take CenterStage at Reston Community Center by David Siegel

Even as it faces the challenges of COVID-19, the Reston Community Center CenterStage has programmed a Professional Touring Artists Series that aims “to help our community reflect on how st…

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

How Only Make Believe brings theater to kids in hospitals even during COVID by David Siegel

In these days of medically necessary masks and prudent social distancing, let us not forget children in hospitals and care facilities living with chronic illnesses and disabilities unrelated…

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Wolf Trap to stream a summer’s worth of gems from its archives by David Siegel

Wolf Trap’s Filene Center may be quieter than usual this summer of 2020, but it is far from dark. While there are no live performances in an abundance of caution because of COVID-19, Wolf …

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Friday, July 10, 2020

A heart-piercing tribute to frontline COVID responders in ‘The Line’ from The Public Theater by David Siegel

With the country hitting new daily highs as COVID-19 surges well beyond hot spots such as New York, New Jersey, and Connecituct, the Public Theater has produced a love letter to the medical …

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Dark Horse Theatre to stream new comedy about amateur ghost hunters by David Siegel

As health and safety concerns continue to make live theater productions with a live audience dicey at best, the DMV’s Dark Horse Theatre decided to find its own way to produce new content …

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

‘Black Stories Matter’ live storytelling show to benefit Black Lives Matter DC by David Siegel

Black Stories Matter, a live online storytelling show benefiting Black Lives Matter DC, will be presented by the DMV’s Better Said Than Done on Zoom July 10, 2020. Black Stories Matter fea…

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Alden Theatre’s ‘Drive-Thru Drama’ offers family-friendly joy by David Siegel

The ever nimble Alden in McLean has developed a unique way to provide theatrical entertainment in this era of COVID-19. With indoor live theater on hiatus for more than three months, the Ald…

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Youth respond to COVID-19 in heartfelt ‘Inner Voices’ film from Arena Stage by David Siegel

For school-age children, their world has turned upside down because of COVID-19. Over the past three months, children and youth have lived from a distance in a virtual world, lived with a mu…

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Monday, June 15, 2020

In ‘May 22, 2020’ from Arena Stage, a day in the life of the COVID DMV by David Siegel

“I read the news today, oh boy… / the news was rather sad…”  That day was May 22, 2020. In a leap into film docudrama creation, Arena Stage’s Artistic Director Molly Smith chronic…

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Monday, June 8, 2020

NOVA playwright Soo-Jin Lee’s streaming ‘Peaches’ is bittersweet and affecting by David Siegel

With DMV theaters still shuttered because of COVID-19, there has been the opportunity to explore original streaming content written by local playwrights. One of those playwrights is Northern…

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

How does ‘Homebound’ happen? A peek behind the screens by David Siegel

There has been oodles of well-deserved praise for Round House Theatre’s homegrown Homebound, an original ten-installment web series exploring life under stay-at-home orders. Penned by som…

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Rehearsals in PPE and other big changes to expect when theaters reopen in DC by David Siegel

We will open again. The COVID-19 virus will neither darken nor silence us even with the many scary unknowns before us. We know reopening for DMV theater will happen. The date may be uncertai…

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Washington Performing Arts does pandemic planning with patron feedback by David Siegel

Better days may be coming. Some restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic may be easing. But there is not yet a definitive date when DMV performing arts venues might reopen across three …

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Washington Performing Arts, looking ahead, sets town halls for input by David Siegel

With so much still unknown about the lasting effects of COVID-19 on the performing arts, the singular Washington Performing Arts (WPA) has delayed announcing its 2020–21 season until June …

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Lessons in creative coping during COVID-19: Bowie State University theater and dance faculty tell how it’s going by David Siegel

With university campuses closed because of COVID-19, how is student education continuing forward? This is a critical question, especially for higher education theater and dance departments…

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

American Pops Orchestra’s ‘Voices of Tomorrow’ finals stream tonight by David Siegel

“Right now we are all desperately seeking contact and connections,” said Luke Frazier, Founder and Maestro, American Pops Orchestra, in a recent phone conversation on a chilly, rainy mor…

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Lessons in creative coping during COVID-19: A conversation with Rick Davis, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason Universi by David Siegel

With college and university campuses in the DMV area closed because of COVID-19, distance learning is now the norm. But how do students in the performing and visual arts continue their educa…

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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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