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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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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Comic Michael Harris plays Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof by Keith Loria

Michael Harris remembers fondly the first time he watched the 1971 film of Fiddler on the Roof and seeing that “big happy guy going nuts.” That, of course, was Topol as Tevye, the poor …

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Cameron Folmar on playing David Sedaris’ elf by Keith Loria

In a comical nod to Christmas, the Drafthouse Comedy Theater is staging best-selling humorist David Sedaris’ one-man show, The SantaLand Diaries, from Dec. 7-23, starring Cameron Folmar (S…

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Annie at Olney Theatre Center (review) by Keith Loria

Forty years ago, I was introduced to the world of musical theater with my first visit to Broadway, where I was lucky enough to see Andrea McArdle play the title role in the original producti…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Natural comic Bhavesh Patel gets the romantic lead in STC’s Twelfth Night by Keith Loria

Bhavesh Patel has had a busy year, appearing on Broadway, performing in Shakespeare in the Park and now taking on the role of Orsino in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of Twelfth …

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Paata Tsikurishvili on creating Synetic’s Peter Pan by Keith Loria

When he was 12 years old, Paata Tsikurishvili was introduced to the story of Peter Pan on stage. “My dad took me and I just loved the story; the little conflicts with their parents, you wa…

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Mean Girls fan lands Damian role in pre-Broadway run of Tina Fey musical by Keith Loria

“Raise your hand if you have ever been personally victimized by Regina George?” If this line resonates with you, there’s a good chance you are among the many anxiously awaiting the mus…

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

John de Lancie takes on Trump-inspired satire at Mosaic Theater by Keith Loria

John de Lancie is set to star in Mosaic Theater Company’s production of Pulitzer Prize finalist Jon Robin Baitz’ Vicuña & The American Epilogue as Kurt Seaman, a Donald Trump-inspi…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

In Mystery School, Nora Achrati plays 5 people in crisis by Keith Loria

Nora Achrati considers herself “very much a character actor.” “I was very intrigued by the premise of Mystery School and the opportunity to play these very different characters,” she…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tom Story plays God in Signature Theatre’s An Act of God by Keith Loria

It isn’t every day that you’re asked to play God, so when 7-time Helen Hayes-nominated actor Tom Story was offered the chance to take on the titular role in Signature Theatre’s product…

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Langston Hughes, Joseph McCarthy hearings. Why Are You Now … is a timely play by Keith Loria

Langston Hughes was a noted poet, social activist, novelist, playwright and one of the earliest innovators of jazz poetry. It’s no wonder that the literary giant got a “shout out” in R…

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WAPAVA’s Richard Bauer Award honors Rick Foucheux and Amber Paige McGinnis by Keith Loria

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, the DC theater community is invited to the Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive’s (WAPAVA) Richard Bauer Award celebration at the Woolly Mammoth Theater, in a…

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew brings actress Carolyn Stefanie Clay back home to DC. by Keith Loria

In theater circles, Dominique Morisseau is regarded as one of the most significant and talented African-American playwrights working today. Last year, she made the list of Top 20 Most Produc…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Married couple Craig Wallace and Kimberly Schraf on playing Death of a Salesman’s Willy and Linda Loman by Keith Loria

The chemistry between the characters of long-time husband and wife Willy and Linda Loman in Ford’s Theatre’s Death of a Salesman may seem stronger than most other productions of Arth…

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Real life understudy goes on in Toby’s dream production of Dreamgirls (review) by Keith Loria

Dreamgirls is Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen’s loose interpretation of the rise of Diana Ross and the Supremes, the challenges they had and the breakthrough of R&B groups to the mainst…

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A DC dinner party inspired Karen Zacarías’ new comedy Native Gardens by Keith Loria

“I was at a dinner party and someone brought up a fight they were having with their neighbors and someone else brought up a fight their parents were having with their neighbors, and we all…

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