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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Gwen & Ida: The Object is of No Importance fails to connect art worlds by Kate Colwell

The title Gwen & Ida: The Object is of No Importance comes from a painter’s refrain to a film director that the subject of your art doesn’t matter, only that you make it. To this end…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Review: Klytemnestra: An Epic Slam Poem, a courageous act of revolution in the Trump era by Kate Colwell

Dane Figueroa Edidi is many things. She is a playwright, poet, choreographer, performance artist, priestess, and advocate. She is also a Nigerian, Cuban, Indigenous transgender woman. To und…

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Review: Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity asks when the earth becomes chaos, what is worth saving by Kate Colwell

You have one shoe box and twenty minutes until your house burns to the ground. What do you save? In Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, Signature Theatre asks not o…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Among the Dead review: a war crimes survivor and a playful Korean ghost story at Spooky Action Theater by Kate Colwell

Despite its premiere date of February 14, Among the Dead is not a Valentine’s Day play. Written by Hansol Jung, a world-traveling playwright and director from South Korea, Among the Dead i…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Review: BLKS, poet Aziza Barnes’ breakout play, is cracking them up at Woolly by Kate Colwell

BLKS at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company starts and ends with a scream, for reasons you cannot guess. Despite unexpected turns in the plot, you can count on BLKS to consistently provide a fron…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Review: Heidi Schreck’s Grand Concourse marks the promising debut of Prologue Theatre by Kate Colwell

A line delivered by Frog, a homeless man, encapsulates the dilemma of Heidi Shreck’s play, Grand Concourse. Speaking in a soup kitchen filled with raw vegetables for chopping, he tells the…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Performing The Fever in DC, its co-creators hope to repair “something that feels a bit broken.” by Kate Colwell

We can’t tell you much about 600 Highwaymen’s new show, The Fever, without spoiling the experience. Woolly Mammoth Theatre cryptically calls it a “spellbinding examination of how we as…

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

How to Win a Race War: How The Klunch will take on white supremacy fiction by Kate Colwell

How can liberal activists diminish the power of the Alt Right, a rebranded digital army of white supremacists whose influence manifests in real domestic terrorism? For starters, they can plu…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Happy Ending, a 1965 comedy, marks the beginning for promising black actors and writers in DC by Kate Colwell

Is Washington, D.C. ready to support Black theatre produced by a new Black theatre company? I recently had the opportunity to speak with Ella Davis, co-founder of All About the Drama Theatre…

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Review: Brahman/i at Logan Festival plays on the threshold of theatre itself by Kate Colwell

It’s rare to see a performance so original that you can’t quite find your footing. Brahman/i, the story of an intersex Indian comic, purposefully moves all the boundaries of what you thi…

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Review: Damned If You Do. The women of UCB prove there’s hope for DC after all. by Kate Colwell

To put on a fresh show every night, Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) must know its audience down to the core of their prides and insecurities. The New York- and Los Angeles-based improv comedy…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Review: Guerilla Theatre Works’ A New Nation by Kate Colwell

A New Nation has found the right city, the right moment and the right place at the Anacostia Arts Center this month. As national headlines bear down on this administration’s Muslim travel …

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Review: Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations by Kate Colwell

On press night of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations, an impassioned cry pierced a moment between flaming montages of the 1967 Detroit riot and Dr. Martin Luther K…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Frederick Douglass Project sails but never stops to weigh anchor by Kate Colwell

On opening night of The Frederick Douglass Project, lightning cracked the sky over the Anacostia River and wind-blown rain snapped the flaps of the stage tent at The Yards Marina. Solas Nua,…

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Review: Hooded, or Bring Black for Dummies unsheaths grim realities through comedy by Kate Colwell

Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies is a challenging play. Having read every review from Mosaic Theater ‘s Helen-Hayes-nominated premiere in 2017, I thought I knew what to expect. I wa…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Meet the puppets and their creators from Snow Child at Arena Stage by Kate Colwell

As we speak, Emily DeCola (Puppet Designer) is in New York City, directing a puppet, bookcases, and fish for a new Puppet Kitchen production, The Little Red Fish, with New York City Children…

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Review: Against a backdrop of a medical scandal, Theater J’s Roz and Ray is surprisingly uplifting by Kate Colwell

With a bare set and only two seen characters, Roz and Ray draws your focus to the weight of words between people. This intimate production, directed by Adam Immerwahr, Artistic Director of T…

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Monday, March 26, 2018

6 minutes, 20 seconds ignited a student revolution. March for our Lives brought it to Washington, DC. This is just the beginning. by Kate Colwell

The opposite of screaming is silence. That silence can contain a multitude of meanings. If you see something wrong, and you do not speak up, silence is complicit. If you represent the dead, …

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

No Word in Guyanese For Me from Rainbow Theatre Project (review) by Kate Colwell

Much like the photo album that plays a pivotal role in numerous scenes of the play,  No Word in Guyanese For Me leaves the audience with poignant images: a pair of Guyanese feet gratefully…

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Groundbreaking Sovereignty educates on Native American history(review) by Kate Colwell

Whether or not you will enjoy Sovereignty at Arena Stage depends on why you value theatre. If you attend this show with the intent to learn, you will find it an incredibly enriching experien…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Director Nataki Garrett on Jefferson’s Garden “when slavery flourished in the garden of America” by Kate Colwell

When Nataki Garrett was 9 or 10 years old, her aunt took Garrett, her sister, and two cousins to visit Thomas Jefferson’s home of Monticello. Garrett remembers walking through the gardens …

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Readings with chutzpah: Theater J’s new Yiddish Theater Lab by Kate Colwell

DC Theatre Scene sat down with Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr to discuss Theater J’s newest venture, the Yiddish Theater Lab, which will revive nearly-forgotten Yiddish classics and reim…

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Kid-empowering Madeline’s Christmas enchants at Creative Cauldron (review) by Kate Colwell

From the moment you step into the lobby of Creative Cauldron, Madeline’s Christmas will teach your kids to be the protagonists of their own stories. Much like a Wonder Woman or Captain…

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