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Thursday, January 17, 2019

In The Moment: ‘Image China: Xuanxang’s Pilgrimage’ Makes U.S. Premiere at The Kennedy Center by David Siegel

A far-reaching cultural exchange production from China by the China Performing Arts Agency (CPAA) is making its United States premiere at The Kennedy Center. It is Image China: Xuanzang’s…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Review: ‘The Bad Seed’ at Zemfira Stage by David Siegel

Zemfira Stage is producing an uncommon sighting in the DC area: a production of the offbeat mid-1950’s play, The Bad Seed by Maxwell Anderson. An unconventional nightmare of a melodrama e…

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Review: ‘Cartography’ at The Kennedy Center by David Siegel

With its premiere of Cartography, The Kennedy Center continues to be a welcoming venue for theatrically devised civic discourse on often fraught issues. Cartography is a unique live document…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Theaters Offer Discounts to Furloughed Government Employees by David Siegel

DMV area theaters are always a class act. With no end to the government shutdown in sight, many DMV theaters are offering special discounted tickets to federal government workers. DMV theate…

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

‘Miss Saigon’: Time To Say Goodbye? by David Siegel

A blunt assessment: It’s time to move on. It is time to retire Miss Saigon as the seductive, out-of-touch, museum piece that it is. Miss Saigon has little to say about the sorrows of the V…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Review: ‘Man of La Mancha’ at Workhouse Arts Center by David Siegel

Man of La Mancha has long been an icon of mid-20th century American musical theater with its share of 1966 Tony Awards. This show about a man marching forward for “a heavenly cause” is …

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

‘From Here to There’: Reston’s Elizabeth Bishop Shares Her Musical Journey With Hometown Audience by David Siegel

A perfect fit for a convivial concert on a winter’s night is coming to the acoustically rich Reston CenterStage. It is a cozy evening of personally selected music and song with critically …

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Review: ‘The Panties, The Partner and The Profit’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by David Siegel

Just in time for an escape from too many holiday-spiked eggnog toasts for a better tomorrow to come, Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) provides an appealing, sugar-coated farce to indulge au…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Northern Virginia’s Alden Theatre Reopens After Renovation by David Siegel

Northern Virginia’s Alden Theatre, with a long-standing moniker, “small stage, big talent,” reopens on Saturday, January 5, 2019, when renovations of the surrounding building complex, …

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

In the Moment: ‘Indecent’ at Arena Stage by David Siegel

“Why must every Jew on stage be a paragon?” A key question asked without bombast by one of the fictional characters created by playwright Paula Vogel for Indecent, her daring stage play…

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Interview: Jordan Friend Previews NextStop’s ‘A Kosher Christmas Cabaret’ by David Siegel

Northern Virginia’s NextStop Theater has announced a very special cabaret event for the Holiday season. It is called A Kosher Christmas Cabaret. The performance is a follow-on to NextStop&…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Artistic Director Alex Levy on Bringing Paula Vogel’s ‘A Civil War Christmas’ to 1st Stage by David Siegel

With the holiday season upon us- whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or New Year’s- the performing arts calendar is full of productions that help connect an audience to the larger,…

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Interview: Playwright Sonya Kelly on ‘How To Keep an Alien’ at Solas Nua by David Siegel

Can love really cut through red tape and conquer all even when there are stringent immigration rules? D.C.-area audiences will find out in Solas Nua’s upcoming production of How to Keep an…

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D.C. Premiere of ‘How To Keep an Alien’ Opens November 28 at Solas Nua by David Siegel

Can love really cut through red tape and conquer all even when there are stringent immigration rules? D.C.-area audiences will find out in Solas Nua’s upcoming production of How to Keep an…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Review: ‘All Save One’ at the Washington Stage Guild by David Siegel

It was another time. It was a time of high anxiety. Even private lives were far from private in the treacherous, early 1950’s with the likes of Senator Joseph McCarthy and columnist Hedda …

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Review: ‘Machinal’ at George Mason University by David Siegel

Taunt and remarkable is the production of Sophie Treadwell’s expressionistic play Machinal (1928), performed by George Mason University School of Theater and Mason Players. A student p…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Trying to Fall Out of Love in a Laundromat: Playwright Bob Bartlett on ‘The Accident Bear’ by David Siegel

With its title, The Accident Bear, and its performance location, a laundromat in Annapolis, I was most intrigued to learn more about local playwright Bob Bartlett’s new work. The productio…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

In the Moment: Looking Forward to ‘A Night of Suffrage Theater’ at Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument by David Siegel

It has been 100 years since suffrage pickets began in front of the White House for women to have the legal ability to vote in the United States. Over 70 of the suffrage picketers were arrest…

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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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