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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Ephraim Sykes is back into R&B with Broadway-bound Temptations musical, Ain’t Too Proud by Keith Loria

Ephraim Sykes can’t seem to leave the ’60s. He played Otis Williams in the Broadway show Motown the Musical, was a critical darling as Seaweed in NBC’s Hairspray Live, and now can be s…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Rick Hammerly’s back in heels, fab gowns and boas for Georgia McBride but directing brings out his serious side by Keith Loria

When two-time Helen Hayes winner Rick Hammerly woke up recently, a “morning” after taking the stage as fiercely  funny drag queen Miss Tracy Mills in Round House Theatre’s The Legend…

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Tinker Bell gets her own play. Director Nick Olcott tells the story by Keith Loria

Director Nick Olcott was intrigued when he learned that playwright Patrick Flynn had a different take on the Peter Pan stories, a new play written from Tinker Bell’s point of view. Michae…

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Why the Current Stop On the Hamilton Tour Has Director Thomas Kail the Most Excited by Keith Loria

The Tony-winning director explains the special place D.C.’s Kennedy Center holds in his heart.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Maggie Dransfield gets her big break at Toby’s as Mamma Mia! star by Keith Loria

Thanks to a 14-year run on Broadway and an even longer 19-year run in London’s West End—which continues to this day—Mamma Mia! is one of the most beloved jukebox musicals ever. It’s …

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

From painting to stepping, Step Afrika! closes its season with its acclaimed The Migration by Keith Loria

In 1941, Jacob Lawrence became one of the first black artists to have his work shown in a New York City art gallery, with his powerful Migration Series on display, a sequence of 60 paintings…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Christopher Henley, Prospero in The Tempest, talks of WSC Avant Bard’s dramatic history with Shakespeare’s comedy by Keith Loria

As William Shakespeare’s only comedy set in the new world, The Tempest deals with a major act of betrayal, ill treatment, the development of magic arts and a revenge plot that other playwr…

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

How playwright Bob Bartlett’s personal story became part of Swimming with Whales by Keith Loria

D.C. Playwright Bob Bartlett has always been curious about the ways humans respond to injured or distressed animals, and that theme seems to find its way into his writing again and again. In…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Kander & Ebb’s musical The Scottsboro Boys uses minstrel show to throw harsh light on our light on the justice system then and now by Keith Loria

The Scottsboro Boys were nine African American teenagers who were accused of raping two white American women on a train near Alabama in 1931. The boys were falsely accused of the crim…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

400 Cuban artists at the Kennedy Center for Artes de Cuba by Keith Loria

Cuba is flush with artistic richness but because of travel limitations over the years, few Americans have been able to experience the abundance of great painters and performing artists that …

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Next of Kin theatre festival plays tribute to sci-fi writer Octavia Butler by Keith Loria

Writer Octavia Butler is that rare African American woman who found success in the normally male-dominated science fiction literature genre; her work is beloved by fans of all ages and races…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

UpClose with Sam Shepard’s True West at Rep Stage by Keith Loria

“This season is our 25th anniversary and when I was planning it, I was really committed to representing what I thought was true to the history of the type of work that Rep Stage has produc…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Matthew Gardiner on directing Girlfriend at Signature Theatre by Keith Loria

In 1991, singer/songwriter Matthew Sweet became something of a radio staple after the release of his third album, “Girlfriend,” which was hailed by critics and fans alike, and establishe…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Luzia’s U. S. artistic director guides us through Cirque du Soleil’s latest show now open in Tysons II by Keith Loria

Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia is opening tonight and here through June 17, performing under its familiar big top in Tysons II, McLean, VA.  And just like every Cirque show, this one promises…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Riding the Metro inspired this playwright. The result: Use All Available Doors opening at Dupont Underground by Keith Loria

Brittany Alyse Willis used to commute to work by riding the Red Line from Maryland into Metro Center to work at one of the shops at the Natural History Museum, and although she didn’t know…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Translations: Director Matt Torney on what Brian Friel’s play, set in 1830s Northern Ireland, has to say to us today by Keith Loria

When Studio Theatre decided to stage Irish master Brian Friel’s Translations this season, the timing seemed like a perfect fit for Studio’s Belfast-born associate artistic director Matt …

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Christopher Michael Richardson on being the Lion in The Wiz by Keith Loria

Christopher Michael Richardson is “easing on down the road,” nightly as the Lion in Ford Theatre’s imaginative production of the Tony-winning, The Wiz, which runs through May 12. “Th…

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Gospel recording artist featured in Avant Bard’s revival of The Gospel at Colonus by Keith Loria

After Avant Bard’s successful Helen Hayes Award-nominated production of The Gospel at Colonus last season (the original cast was nominated for  “Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical …

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Ryun Yu on Hold These Truths at Arena Stage. A 1940’s Japanese American’s protest of government actions speaks to our time by Keith Loria

Although Gordon Kiyoshi Hirabayashi might not be a name people recognize, many know his story and the historic Supreme Court case which bears his name— Hirabayashi v. United States. The so…

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Monday, February 19, 2018

What Naomi Jacobson is uncovering in her first solo show, Becoming Dr. Ruth by Keith Loria

Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a beloved ’80s icon. The tiny, yet big-opinioned sex therapist was a fixture on late night talk shows and the radio throughout the decade, and even fronted several o…

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Noura playwright Heather Raffo, bringing Iraqi women’s stories to the stage by Keith Loria

It was more than a dozen years ago that actor Heather Raffo, whose  family is from Iraq, recognized a void of female Iraqi protagonists in American theater. That propelled her to write and…

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

An off-script love story from Something Rotten! Husband and wife Rob McClure and Maggie Lakis by Keith Loria

Most theater performers don’t get to spend Valentine’s Day with their significant other, but that’s not the case for Rob McClure and Maggie Lakis, who spent the night kissing, embracin…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

“It’s a MUUUSICAL!” Something Rotten! at National Theatre (review) by Keith Loria

You can’t judge a show by its title, and never was that more the case than with Something Rotten!, the musical farce now appearing at the National Theatre, which provides a rip-roaring, la…

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Natsu Onoda Power on her adaptation of Ursula Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven by Keith Loria

In 2007, Richard Henrich adapted the Ursula K. Le Guin book, The Lathe of Heaven, for a production at Spooky Action Theater, which he directed. But the show didn’t completely fulfill his v…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Creating the Wolves all-girls soccer team. How the cast got their game. by Keith Loria

Put a group of high school junior girls together and the conversations could range from anything from boys to movies to selfies, but when those girls are part of a win-now, demanding soccer …

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Washington, D.C. 2018 Spring Preview by Keith Loria

From Ramin Karimloo and Ruthie Ann Miles at the Kennedy Center to new works by Tony winner Robert Schenkkan and Heather Raffo, here’s what to see in the Capitol city.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Toby’s Dinner Theatre meets Mel Brooks in Young Frankenstein musical by Keith Loria

“We have been doing a classical musical in the January/February slot, but it gets dark at 5, it’s winter and cold, and that audience sometimes doesn’t like going out,” director M…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Women’s Voices Theater Festival: 2 months to see 24 plays by women by Keith Loria

In the fall of 2015, the inaugural Women’s Voices Theater Festival, showcased 62 female-penned world premiere plays. The festival was a rousing success, garnering interest in the playwri…

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Robert Joy adds a spymaster Polonius to his stage credits in STC’s Hamlet by Keith Loria

Michael Kahn, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s artistic director, has lured Michael Urie to play the titular Prince for its upcoming production of Hamlet, opening  next week  and has pepper…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

CulturalDC closes Source Festival, opens new programs by Keith Loria

It was back in 2008 that CulturalDC created the three-week Source Festival, a vehicle for launching new plays and fostering the careers of emerging artists. After 10 successful events, the o…

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Curve of Departure director its revisions at Studio Theatre by Keith Loria

The team of playwright Rachel Bonds and director Mike Donahue (The Wolfe Twins) has returned to Studio Theatre to present Curve of Departure, fresh from its world premiere at South Coast Rep…

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