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Monday, April 20, 2020

Reports from Quarantine: How 4 stage managers, used to setting a fast pace, are spending their time at home by Jon Jon Johnson

Our unsung heroes, the people who keep everything running. The folks who are more on top of their game than any theatre artist you’ll ever meet: Stage Managers. Stage Managers are the spin…

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Artists in Quarantine: 3 playwrights write for the time of re-emergence by Jon Jon Johnson

No doubt many of the playwrights in our community are feeling the sudden pressure to write and create during time of self-containment. So often we writers use “No Time” as an excuse, and…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Artists in Quarantine: 4 artists share their survival plans by Jon Jon Johnson

The damage that the current pandemic has had on theatre artists is nigh unfathomable. The very artform relies on gatherings, and the presence of others. No theatre has gone unaffected, and t…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review: BARE, the musical at Iron Crow, struggles to reach its high notes. by Jon Jon Johnson

For LGBTQ+ audiences, the story of BARE is a tale as old as time: Two young men share a forbidden romance. BARE takes the story and places it in a Catholic Boarding school, amidst a throng o…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Infinite Tales. Adapter/director Gregory Keng Strasser harnesses Irish myths for 4615 Theatre by Jon Jon Johnson

Gregory Keng Strasser first popped onto my radar when I met him while auditioning for 410[GONE] at Rorshach Theatre. At the time, I thought it quite an anomaly, as there were almost painfull…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Dane Figueroa Edidi talks about Klytmnestra and working as a Black, Trans Woman in DC by Jon Jon Johnson

Dane Figueroa Edidi: “To be Black, and a woman and trans means each time someone experiences you or your work there is a shift that has to happen in others for them to even begin to lean i…

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Helen Hayes Awards 2019: Funny and heartfelt moments from the stage at The Anthem by Jon Jon Johnson

Who doesn’t love #dramaprom? On Monday, May 13th, your local favorite theatre makers decked themselves out to the nines and trekked on down to The Anthem at the Wharf to celebrate and reli…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

No space for their new company? How Prologue Theatre solved it and debuted Grand Concourse by Jon Jon Johnson

The DC Area’s artistic community has seen the rise and fall of many theatre companies. As the cost of space rentals in DC increase, we see fewer and fewer performing spaces for theatres wi…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Review: Dracula from We Happy Few by Jon Jon Johnson

One of my favorite things about any We Happy Few production is the vigor and joy with which the performers throw themselves into the work. The story, like Bram Stoker’s original Dracula, i…

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Another white man? Shakespeare Theatre’s staff speak honestly about new artistic leader, Simon Godwin by Jon Jon Johnson

Recently, Shakespeare Theatre Company announced the results of their exhaustive search for for an artistic director to replace Michael Kahn: the young British director Simon Godwin. Naturall…

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Review: The Pianist of Willesden Lane, a mother’s story told by her daughter through words and music by Jon Jon Johnson

Mona Golabek has adapted The Pianist of Willesden Lane from her book The Children of Willesden Lane, written with Lee Cohen and performs it alone on stage. Golabek’s presence as she recal…

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Friday, August 31, 2018

A look into Rainbow’s In the Closet with its director and actors by Jon Jon Johnson

“The closet” symbolizes an important moment for many LGBTQ+ folks. It has myriad meanings and significance to the members of the community. Playwright Sigmund Fuchs, through In the Close…

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Friday, August 24, 2018

How Pointless springboarded from Lorca’s puppet show to their own Don Cristóbal by Jon Jon Johnson

One of the great perks of being in the theatre community is getting little sneak peaks at your friends’ shows. When you meet for drinks or run into one another at various places around the…

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Review: Pointless turns Garcia Lorca’s puppet show into a delightfully absurd fantasia by Jon Jon Johnson

Productions that are the most fun ask their audiences to buckle up, embrace the madness, and hang on for a wild ride. Pointless Theatre has such a carnival of entertainment in their latest o…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Two directors find commonality in 4615’s rep of Macbeth and the contemporary Dinner by Jon Jon Johnson

I think there are few earthly pleasures quite like sitting in a restaurant with a fantastic cup of coffee, discussing theatre with intelligent and driven professionals. Jordan Friend, Artist…

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Review: Tinker Bell, a brand new look at Peter Pan by Jon Jon Johnson

To put on a sweeping adaptation of the epic story of Peter Pan takes some faith, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust. Adventure Theatre in Tinker Bell, adds just the right touches of theat…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Switch playwright Brett Abelman explains it all by Jon Jon Johnson

The Rainbow Flags are everywhere. Those who shackle themselves to the binary are besieged by the onslaught of colour. Debates rage about why there can’t be a “straight pride parade”, o…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Review: Ever in the Glades, a TYA from deep in the Everglades by Jon Jon Johnson

When thinking of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA), we’d be forgiven for thinking of beloved children’s fables, or charming musicals with lessons to be learned. Oftentimes the messag…

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Review: Pointless Theatre’s Rite of Spring by Jon Jon Johnson

When Rite of Spring first premiered in Paris in 1913, the music and the dance proved so…strange and bizarre that it allegedly sparked a riot, resulting in 40 people being removed or ar…

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Backstage with Constellation’s creators of Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle by Jon Jon Johnson

Constellation is back again with some of its finest signature work, with sweeping, epic tales told with large casts and innovative theatrical magic, and beautiful production value. I’ve se…

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Friday, April 20, 2018

The Pointless team reveals their futuristic take on Rite of Spring by Jon Jon Johnson

It takes a bold soul to approach the works of Igor Stravinsky. Only the most adventurous and sometimes reckless musicians approach pieces like Rite of Spring, taking on the intense difficult…

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Chief wizard Dan Clarkson: the making of Potted Potter by Jon Jon Johnson

JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, which has had a profound effect on many people including me (see Background below), can only be called a cultural phenomenon of titanic proportions.The tw…

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Cara Gabriel, actor Christian Montgomery and design team for Alexander and the terrible, horrible … day at Adventure/MTC by Jon Jon Johnson

Many times theatres have faced crises, and, like the plucky heroes of movies, their workers band together to overcome the obstacles. The solutions may not always be pleasant. The answers may…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Cliff Williams: Why theatres need to hire intimacy choreographers. by Jon Jon Johnson

The theatre can be a messy place, and often this is most evident in the rehearsal process. Violence and intimacy scenes stand as two of the more interesting challenges. How do we display vi…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Brave Spirits contemporizes ancient Trojan Women with today’s diverse spectrum of women. by Jon Jon Johnson

The future is female. The future is non-binary. The future is genderqueer. The future is trans. The future is queer. But before we reach the future, and while we strive in the present, it i…

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Abuse in Washington area theatres: Town Hall meeting tonight to share survey and proposed Code of Conduct by Jon Jon Johnson

When the physical and sexual abuse at Chicago’s  Profiles Theatre was brought to light, the theatre communities of America buzzed about. Here in DC, it shocked some , but for others, …

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Tartuffe: director, designers and cast members on the French farce once banned by the Catholic Church by Jon Jon Johnson

I typically like to think of myself as someone well informed about the world of DC’s Indie Theatre Community, so it came as a shock to me that I’d completely missed the formation of Peri…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Constellation’s The Skin of Our Teeth from vision to design to performance. by Jon Jon Johnson

Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth serves as a mammoth of a play, covering time between the ice age to the post-apocalyptic future. Creating this hilarious, poignant, and heart-warmin…

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Queens Girl in Africa: conversation with 5 women: its author, designers, dramaturg and actor by Jon Jon Johnson

After reviewing statistic after statistic about gender parity in the fields of playwriting and directing, I’m excited for the second Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Queens Girl in Afri…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

How these busy theatre people manage home, career and the holidays by Jon Jon Johnson

Right now, the whole city of DC seems twinkling. Covers of traditional Christmas music resound everywhere you go. It gets cold. It gets dark early. People combat seasonal depression with cop…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

U. S. premiere of The State at Forum Theatre (review) by Jon Jon Johnson

The State begins with utmost silence. As soon as the lights dim, we obediently silence ourselves, waiting for the pivotal moment to mark the beginning of the show. Yet, we’re greeted with …

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