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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Three emerging theater artists confront whitewashing of Black stories by Kendall Mostafavi

While our country was taking a collective sigh of relief after the guilty verdicts convicting George Floyd’s murderer last week, systemic racism continued to flaunt itself in our society. …

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

A Chekhov trio from Workhouse Arts is an intellectual tickle by Kendall Mostafavi

Chekhov is not a feel-good story teller. His plays tell a brutal truth about people: their motivations, their weaknesses, and their duplicity.  The Workhouse Arts Center is currently stream…

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

‘A Boy and His Soul,’ heartwarming and buoyant, from Round House by Kendall Mostafavi

Playwright Colman Domingo has no time for stereotypes. A Boy and His Soul, his one-man, autobiographical play, is a living, breathing example of real life, real love, and real Black experien…

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

‘Cry It Out’ at Everyman Theatre airs real-life pressures on new moms by Kendall Mostafavi

Award-winning playwright Molly Smith Metzler’s Cry It Out is a beautiful commentary on real life. The struggles of parenting in an age of never enough. An homage to working parents and sta…

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Imagination Stage strikes gold with ‘Spy Academy & the Lost Treasure of Atlantis’ by Kendall Mostafavi

There are jumping dogs, ninja fights, and double crosses. The story is fast-paced and offers many moments for kids to chime in on how the story should advance (remember Choose Your Own Adven…

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

A great stage flick from AmaZing Theatre rips U.S. racism in ‘Torn’ by Kendall Mostafavi

AmaZing Theatre Company is presenting an original movie/play hybrid that they have dubbed a stage flick: Torn, by local playwright John Becker. The show is based on the momentous event in 19…

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Monday, February 8, 2021

‘Loveday Brooke’ audio play from We Happy Few is an entertaining gem by Kendall Mostafavi

Loveday Brooke is generally referred to as “the female Sherlock Holmes.” Author Catherine Louisa Pirkis first published her lady detective story in 1893 and, aside from having created th…

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

For lovers of sleuthing, a Sherlock Holmes audio drama from We Happy Few by Kendall Mostafavi

In this ever evolving age of the coronavirus, theaters have been experimenting in ways to keep the arts alive and thriving. We Happy Few has recently been producing audio recordings with ext…

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Woolly Mammoth’s ‘JookJOYnt’ was a truly joyous journey by Kendall Mostafavi

Woolly Mammoth Theatre recently released their mixed media streaming production of The JookJOYnt, A Black in Space Powered by Makers Lab Experience. The video is a funky intergalactic collag…

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

Patrons pining for in-person performance are now finding it by the carload by Kendall Mostafavi

We thought the days of drive-in movie theaters, with patrons braving the weather for the sake of a good time, were a thing of the past. But pandemic desperation has brought this back, easing…

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

‘Bandstand’ at the National Theatre is a musical love letter to veterans and their families by Kendall Mostafavi

Bandstand, a heart-wrenching musical about a group of veterans returning home from World War II, with music by Richard Oberacker, and book and lyrics by Rob Taylor and Oberacker, is at The N…

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

Reston Community Players delivers a powerful ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ by Kendall Mostafavi

There are some pieces of theater that elicit such raw emotion that describing the experience properly is next to impossible. Reston Community Players’ production of The Diary of Anne Frank…

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

‘Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth’ returns to Imagination Stage by Kendall Mostafavi

Imagination Stage brings back its Helen Hayes nominated show, Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth, written by Psalmayene 24. With the title character, Zomo, inspired by a Nigerian folkt…

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

‘The Magical Piñata’ at the Keegan Theatre celebrates Mexican culture and teaches valuable lessons about sharing by Kendall Mostafavi

The concept of gratitude and sharing can be one of the hardest things for a child to learn. But in a world full of greed, these principles are vital to maintaining a semblance of peace and p…

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Creative Cauldron presents ‘Madeline’s Christmas’ for some wholesome holiday cheer by Kendall Mostafavi

In what is becoming a delightful Christmas tradition, Creative Cauldron reprises their holiday production of Madeline’s Christmas. The lighthearted musical is based on the beloved books by…

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Friday, November 22, 2019

John Leguizamo takes audiences to school in ‘Latin History for Morons’ at the National Theatre by Kendall Mostafavi

John Leguizamo is a famously Latino, American, Tony and Emmy Award-winning comedian, known for numerous roles that defy pigeonholing on the character-genre spectrum. Yet despite the vast ran…

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theater shines a fresh light on ‘The Jungle Book’ by Kendall Mostafavi

Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theater presents its own adaptation of the popular tale, The Jungle Book. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s book of the same name, the show centers around the man-c…

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Expect the unexpected in Washington Improv Theater’s ‘Life and Death with WIT: Hellcat and iMusical’ by Kendall Mostafavi

Improvisational theater is comprised of different aspects of live performance genres, like stand-up comedy or fully scripted plays. But what defines improv, is how the actors use comments fr…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Prince William Little Theatre brings difficult history and ethical questions to the stage in ‘Judgment at Nuremberg’ by Kendall Mostafavi

Prince William Little Theatre has chosen some heavy material for their recent show. Judgment at Nuremberg, directed by Harry Kantrovich, focuses on the international military tribunals that …

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Local kids learn to “Let it Go” onstage in Disney’s ‘Frozen Jr.’ by Kendall Mostafavi

Encore Stage & Studio has been working with local youth “to build lifelong appreciation for live theatre by involving young people in all aspects of theatre arts — onstage, backstage…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Review: ‘Carrie, The Musical’ at Workhouse Arts Center by Kendall Mostafavi

It’s that time of year again, when there’s a bit of Pumpkin Spice in everything and Halloween themes are taking over. The Workhouse Arts Center is doing its part to add a bit of horror i…

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Review: ‘Murder on the Nile’ at Castaways Rep by Kendall Mostafavi

Murder on the Nile is Agatha Christie’s staging of her popular novel, Death on the Nile, published in 1937. Castaways Repertory Theatre has chosen this definitive whodunit for their Fall p…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Review: ‘Ephemeral Fatale’ by Area Woman by Kendall Mostafavi

Area Woman is a group of four local DC artists who came together to premiere their “comedydramadance,” Holon!, for the 2018 Capital Fringe Festival. This August at various venues through…

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Review: ‘Disney’s Newsies’ by Encore Stage & Studio at Kenmore Middle School Theatre by Kendall Mostafavi

Encore Stage & Studio’s “Theatre by Kids, for Kids!” is currently showing the Disney musical, Newsies. Based on the 1992 movie, and inspired by the real-life newsboy strike in 1899…

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Review: ‘Mary Poppins’ at Upper Room Theatre Ministry by Kendall Mostafavi

Since 2002, Upper Room Theatre Ministry has presented one musical every summer. This year, they bring the stage adaptation of the Disney classic, Mary Poppins, to Manassas. The story of the …

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Review: ‘Seussical’ by McLean Community Players at Alden Theatre by Kendall Mostafavi

Based on the fantastical imaginings of Dr. Seuss, Seussical is a light-hearted musical packed with color, magic, and mischief. McLean Community Players is running their production of this fa…

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Review: ‘The Ballad of Mu Lan’ at Imagination Stage by Kendall Mostafavi

Imagination Stage’s The Ballad of Mu Lan is the funny and poignant tale of a Chinese woman warrior who defies tradition in order to protect her father and be the person she feels she was …

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Review: ‘Forest Treás’ by Pointless Theatre Company by Kendall Mostafavi

Pointless Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Forest Treás (pronounced ‘Triage’). Written by Navid Azeez, the play is based around the 2002 Beltway Sniper attacks and the eff…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Review: ‘Hand to God’ by Fredericksburg Theatre Ensemble by Kendall Mostafavi

Fredericksburg Theatre Ensemble (fte) was established in the Spring of 2011. They’re a nonprofit organization, focusing on guilty pleasures and “celebrating the art of the uncomfortable …

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Review: ‘The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence’ by City of Fairfax Theatre Company by Kendall Mostafavi

In this age of devices, the continuing evolution of man’s relationship with technology has been the subject of many studies and stories. Madeleine George’s play, The (curious case of the…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Review: ‘The Full Monty’ at Workhouse Arts Center by Kendall Mostafavi

The Full Monty, a musical about a group of unemployed, average Joes who decide to put on a one-night-only strip show to make big money fast, is currently playing at the Workhouse Arts Center…

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All that Chat

2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Sep 14, 2021: BROADWAY REOPENS
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre