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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Shattered Space: Between Zoom and film, creating a new theatrical experience by Julian Oquendo

A new company is launching audiences into space with an exciting confluence of new technology and theatre. In Shattered Space by The Scattered Players, audiences take on the role of Star Joc…

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Friday, June 5, 2020

DC theatres open lobbies as safe spaces for Black Lives Matter protestors by Julian Oquendo

With thousands of people planned to gather in DC this weekend to protest police brutality, a number of theaters have joined the #OpenYourLobby  movement and announced that they will open th…

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Friday, May 22, 2020

They dreamed of becoming astronauts. Instead, they created the comedy series Rebecca and Becca in Space by Julian Oquendo

In the early days of regional stay-at-home orders, theatre artists Rebecca Ballinger and Rebecca Wahls were not ones to waste any time. They secured the equipment they would need: some quick…

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The 2020 Helen Hayes Awards ceremony will be a virtual show this summer. by Julian Oquendo

On Monday, May 18, the night when the DC area theatre community would have been celebrating the 2020 Helen Hayes Awards at The Anthem, honoring theatre excellence in area productions for 201…

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Avoid Zoombombing and other tips on how to produce and attend Zoom shows by Julian Oquendo

Not that long ago, the only unwanted interruptions shows had was when a cell phone rang. Now, theatre companies moving performances and classes online have much more to worry about. And that…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

For Museum 2040, 4615 Theatre creates a museum of the future, then moves in. by Julian Oquendo

Starting this week, Washington, DC is getting a new museum, and a different kind of immersive theatrical experience. 4615 Theatre’s upcoming production, Museum 2040, written by Renee Calar…

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Taffety Punks’ suicide.chat.room. For choreographer Paulina Guerrero, movement is the message. by Julian Oquendo

Paulina Guerrero is the choreographer for the tenth year anniversary of suicide.chat.room, opening this week at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Guerrero joins us to talk about the differences of…

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Taffety Punk’s restages suicide.chat.room. For Marcus Kyd, it’s very personal. by Julian Oquendo

Marcus Kyd has two résumés (acting and directing) and a music catalogue. This may not sound special until you realize that both résumés, filled to the margins with production credits, do…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Justin Weaks is working two very different characters at the same time. How he keeps his balance by Julian Oquendo

Justin Weaks is well-known to DC audiences these days. He’s worked over 20 productions since 2015, won a Helen Hayes James MacArthur Award in 2017 (Word Becomes Flesh), and, after finishin…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Review: Joe Calarco’s A Measure of Cruelty from 4615 Theatre Company by Julian Oquendo

There is something very refreshing about being an audience to theatre outside of a theater. 4615 Theatre Company is  proving, as did the bar hopping runaway hit The Smuggler late last year…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

“The audience won’t like him.” Family man Haysam Kadri on playing the villain in the Afghan play A Thousand Splendid Suns by Julian Oquendo

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel encompassing the lives of two Afghan women, Mariam and Laila, living in war-torn Kabul and both married to the same man, Rash…

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Charlene V. Smith is making history with Brave Spirits’ 8 play cycle of Shakespeare’s histories. Here’s how she’s doing it. by Julian Oquendo

Charlene V. Smith is not shying away from a theatrical marathon. As the artistic director for Brave Spirits Theatre (BST), Smith and the company’s productions have often focused on learnin…

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Dining review: Palette 22. Small or generous. Quick or relaxed. Delish dining near Signature Theatre by Julian Oquendo

Palette 22 in Shirlington Village wants to cultivate artwork. This goal is present on the walls, with every available inch covered with paintings or a mural. There’s an easel and painting …

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Meet the magicians making Washington, D.C. the Magic Capital of America by Julian Oquendo

As the Washington DC area continues to grow as a cultural center for performing arts, one mysterious industry has begun to appear within the District. Seemingly out of nowhere, but really, w…

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Cheap Eats: where theatre goers can find delicious, affordable dining by Julian Oquendo

Got tickets for a night of theater, but running a little tight on money and time? We’ve compiled a list of dining spots near popular venues where the service is quick, the food is good, an…

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

HEARTSPACE from The Welders. 3.2 million year old Lucy to speak about our changing climate by Julian Oquendo

Annalisa Dias, member of The Welders playwrights collective, is not one to shy away from multiple, deeply involved, projects. When we spoke on the phone, she had just returned from London, a…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Review: Dog Sees God from Prologue Theatre by Julian Oquendo

Charlie Brown and the gang is back! Ten years later, the kids are in high school and are ready to address some big questions as they keep on growing up. Linus no longer has his blanket. Marc…

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Review: Andar sin Pensamiento / Walking without Thinking from Teatro de la Luna by Julian Oquendo

The playbill for Andar sin Pensamiento says the play starts with a tango. At the start, the music played to an empty stage is indeed a tango. You get the sense that director Mario Marcel is …

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Home is where the art is. West by God playwright Brandon McCoy by Julian Oquendo

Playwright Brandon McCoy’s world premiere West by God, which he admits is semi-autobiographical, is onstage now at Keegan Theatre through October 20th. We caught up with him to chat about …

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Review: West by God, a love letter to rural life in West Virginia by Julian Oquendo

Brandon McCoy admits that he has written a love letter to his home state of West Virginia. McCoy has created a work that is both personal and heartachingly relatable to anyone who has pulled…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Dining review: Grillfish, Dupont Circle’s well-kept secret, perfect for celebrating National Seafood Month by Julian Oquendo

The first thing you see when you walk into this 20 year old restaurant at 1200 New Hampshire Ave NW is the huge mural looming over the bar. The different servers and managers at Grillfish wi…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Theatre Week: Ticket sales have been through the roof, and there are still more deals left before Sept 29 by Julian Oquendo

After an exciting Kickoff Party, and weeks of active buying from bargain hunters, we checked in with Amy Austin, President and CEO of theatreWashington for an update heading into the last we…

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The 2020 Michelin Bib Award bargain friendly restaurants nearest your favorite DC theatres by Julian Oquendo

The Michelin Guide’s official announcement for 2020 Bib Gourmand awards went live today. The Bib Gourmands are announced, yearly, before the announcement of their coveted star rating award…

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Opening day of The REACH at The Kennedy Center by Julian Oquendo

Under a bright, perfect-weather-for-DC day, crowds, volunteers, donors and celebs gathered to celebrate a new addition to a Washington landmark.  The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing A…

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Solas Nua’s The Smuggler. Rex Daugherty serves up cocktails and stories in Allegory at Eaton DC by Julian Oquendo

Eaton DC goes beyond the typical concept of a hotel. You can expect a hotel to have a restaurant and bar, but the radio station and the library are a unique perk. The yoga studio and the fin…

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Monday, August 26, 2019

After tours and a Tony, Keith Randolph Smith is back in August Wilson’s Jitney. Here’s what he’s learned. by Julian Oquendo

Keith Randolph Smith is a member of the cast of August Wilson’s Jitney, now in rehearsal, and opening this Fall at Arena Stage. He plays Doub, one of the drivers for the eponymous jitney i…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Dining review: BLT Prime by David Burke by Julian Oquendo

This is the first in a new series of spotlights on restaurants offering special dining for theatre lovers.  Earlier this summer, BLT Prime by David Burke launched a three-course prix-fixe P…

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Review: The War Boys, a hard look at vigilantes at the border by Julian Oquendo

Ally Theatre’s production of The War Boys, performing at Joe’s Movement Emporium, tells a story that was written for another time but is very much being lived now as we face a crisis at …

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The toughest skills these BMX competition riders learned for Cirque du Soleil’s Volta by Julian Oquendo

The top of the Cirque du Soleil tent, stretching across one of the parking lots next to the Tyson’s II mall, peaks over the collection of roadways as I drive into the neighborhood. The ten…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Julianne Brienza on Capital Fringe 2019: how did they handle the heatwave, and where to next year? by Julian Oquendo

Today, the Capital Fringe Festival 2019 starts its final week. While audiences are picking out the shows to catch, Julianne Brienza, (CEO and Capitol Fringe Festival Founder) and CF staff ar…

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Monday, July 22, 2019

How LadyM, begun as a look at Macbeth’s witches, became a menstruation comedy by Julian Oquendo

Rachel Hynes is excited. She is a few hours away from the Friday night performance of LadyM, a devised production based on interviews with D.C. women on their experiences with menstruation. …

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