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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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Friday, September 8, 2017

theatreWeek’s free season kickoff party, September 16 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre by Keith Loria

The summer is winding down and families are seeing their schedules filling up with soccer games, school events and other commitments, but theatreWashington has planned a day that allows peop…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Will Gartshore among DC all star cast in A Little Night Music by Keith Loria

When Will Gartshore had the opportunity to be in Signature Theatre’s upcoming production of A Little Night Music, there wasn’t much need to think about it. “You just say ‘yes’ to a…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cast of The King and I set for Aug 14 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit in DC by Keith Loria

The National Tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I is currently wowing audiences at the Kennedy Center, and many of its cast will be …

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Thurgood at Olney Theatre: Doing Thurgood Marshall justice by Keith Loria

As the first African-American to sit on the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall is one of the most important judges in U.S. history. He remained on the Court from 1967 until 1991. His leadershi…

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Signature’s annual Open House, a free day-long festival in Shirlington Village this Sunday by Keith Loria

It was in the spring of 2007 when the Signature Theatre decided to hold its first-ever Open House event, a chance to introduce itself to those in the community who weren’t familiar with th…

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The King speaks. Jose Llana on what King and I has to teach us now by Keith Loria

“Any story about a world leader who realizes the only way to protect the country is not by extending walls but extending a hand of friendship to a foreigner—I find that very profound,”…

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Friday, June 30, 2017

1st Stage welcomes acclaimed performers for Tysons solo play festival by Keith Loria

For their inaugural Logan Festival of Solo Performance, 1st Stage will welcome acclaimed artists from San Francisco, Portland, Chicago, and New York for two-weeks of performances and communi…

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Toby Orenstein’s twist to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Keith Loria

Before opening to wide acclaim on Broadway in 1982, and before Donny Osmond began a decade-long run as the title character in film and on stage, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat …

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Aaron Harrington as Tom Collins in Rent, coming to the National by Keith Loria

On January 25, 1996, a new musical by an unknown writer who had tragically died the night before, opened Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop, and the landscape of theater changed f…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Havel’s underground play, Protest, set to open in Dupont Underground by Keith Loria

Audiences for Václav Havel’s Protest will be seeing it underground less than a mile from the White House in a performance space virtually unknown to theatregoers until this week. They wil…

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