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Monday, March 30, 2020

What’s next for DC area theatres in the radically changed environment? Olney panel and programs by Lorraine Treanor

Like many area companies, while performances are closed due to the pandemic, Olney Theatre Center (OTC) has developed programs to deepen their connection with audiences through online platfo…

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Life at home: How coronavirus has changed our lives by Lorraine Treanor

Like most Americans, our staff are spending most of their time at home now. Some busy themselves with spouses, children and pets. Some with their art. Some have salaried jobs and easy transi…

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Latest schedule changes from DC area theatres by Lorraine Treanor

Ford’s Theatre: All performances of Guys and Dolls have been canceled and the production will be rescheduled for spring 2021. The musical Man of La Mancha, originally announced as the spri…

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Monday, March 23, 2020

4615 Theatre Company races to produce Britt A Willis’ breakthrough play tonight on Facebook by Lorraine Treanor

4615 Theatre Company, like all theatre companies, has seen its season destroyed, a casualty of the coronavirus. However, this made way, Artistic Director Jordan Friend told DCTS, for a long-…

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

“Everybody rise!” Stephen Sondheim’s greatest roles and the actors who played them by Lorraine Treanor

Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday is today.  While tributes to his great musicals and greatest songs have been written, we are paying tribute to his greatest roles. The fifteen book musica…

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Friday, March 20, 2020

theatreWashington’s new Taking Care fund will offer $500 grants to theatre professionals. Two DC artists are among the first to respond. by Lorraine Treanor

theatreWashington, which produces the Helen Hayes Awards and helps to promote theatre throughout the Washington area, today announced that it will make available $115,000 in assistance to th…

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Summer shows being planned for post-Covid 19 by Lorraine Treanor

While we are keeping track of closing notices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is the potential good news that we’ll hopefully be together again before too long. Check back for …

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

DC Council emergency legislation will bring much-needed relief to DC theatre professionals and theatre companies by Lorraine Treanor

Washington DC’s Council has passed a bill which could provide relief for theatre professionals who have lost work as a result of the COVID-19. The legislation, DC Act 23-247, provides that…

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Stay at home and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Solas Nua’s Irish arts festival by Lorraine Treanor

Time was, on St. Patrick’s Day, Solas Nua company members braved the March chill to hand out free books by Irish authors. Now in its 15th year, and in the season of COVID-19, the company h…

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Catch them while you still can. These shows are closing this weekend. by Lorraine Treanor

The short answer to the question: how many shows are canceled due to coronavirus concerns is “Most of Them.”  You’re stocked up, right – toilet paper, soaps and munchies, GrubHub on…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

DC area theatres announce cancellations due to COVID-19 concerns by Lorraine Treanor

March 12 – Rasheeda Speaking postponed. Ally Theatre at Joe’s Movement Emporium, originally schedule to run through March 22. March 12 – Adventure Theatre MTC Spring Gala, “Step Ou…

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Rasheeda Speaking, first DC area production closing early due to coronavirus concerns. by Lorraine Treanor

This morning, Ally Theatre Company’s production of Rasheeda Speaking became the first production cancelled in our area due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. Rasheeda Speaking has be…

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Monday, March 9, 2020

How Washington area theatres are coping with the coronavirus and how you can help by Lorraine Treanor

As the novel coronavirus (“novel” here means no one has prior immunity) has incurred its way into DC, Maryland and Virginia, area producers of live theatre are taking measures to protect…

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Encore Theater, DC’s newest professional theatre company, announces auditions for Next to Normal by Lorraine Treanor

The upcoming 2020/2021 season will introduce Encore Theater Company, based in the Takoma Park community. Encore’s inaugural season, their press release announced, will feature “two intim…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Review: Anne Washburn’s Shipwreck at Woolly Mammoth by Lorraine Treanor

Shipwreck: A History Play About 2017 is a gas giant of a play, Jovian in proportion, profoundly ambitious, wonderfully weird, beautifully written, Dostoyevskian in scope. It is three hours t…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Special DCTS ticket deal: 35% off Silent Sky at Ford’s Theatre by Lorraine Treanor

From Ford’s Theatre – Save on tickets to Silent Sky at Ford’s Theatre—a captivating play by Lauren Gunderson about trail-blazing astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt. A decade before w…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Theater J announces two new Jewish Play Prizes. Submissions close April 1, 2020. by Lorraine Treanor

Theater J, which in addition to its season of fully produced plays helps re-discover Yiddish plays through readings in its Yiddish Theater Lab, today announced the formation of two national …

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2020 Visions. Theatre leaders tell us what lies ahead. by Lorraine Treanor

We asked area theatre companies to tell us what they were most looking forward to in 2020. Their answers surprised us! Contributors: 4615 Theatre Company . American Ensemble Theater . Ameri…

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Friday, December 27, 2019

Make a difference today with your 2019 donation to DC Theatre Scene by Lorraine Treanor

Dear readers, We know you’re busy, so we’ll be brief. Here’s why we hope you will make a 2019 tax deductible donation to DC Theatre Scene. In 2019, we wrote 643 articles: reviews, inte…

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Our 23 most memorable performances of 2019 by Lorraine Treanor

One last standing ovation for these performers whose work quite simply blew us away this year. Ian Merill Peakes, Amadeus, Folger Theatre In Amadeus, Ian Merill Peakes brought Peter Shaffer…

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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Our Most Memorable Operas and Dance Performances of 2019 by Lorraine Treanor

Prufrock, Chamber Dance Project Leading my most memorable performances for 2019 would have to be the Chamber Dance Project’s premiere of “Prufrock” in June at Sidney Harman Hall. Chore…

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Our 20 most memorable shows of 2019 by Lorraine Treanor

What matters most, when all the theatrical offerings for 2019 have been made, is what lingers in the minds and hearts of the audience. We asked our writers and the Gary Maker Audience Award …

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Monday, December 16, 2019

DC area theatre in 2019. Fun trivia we bet you don’t already know. by Lorraine Treanor

The Washington, DC area is one of the major theatre hubs in America. How did we do this year? As we have done for the past three years, we dove into our records for 2019 to see how robust ou…

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

DCTS holiday giveaway: two Goldstar $50 gift certificates. Closes Dec 20 by Lorraine Treanor

In the spirit of the holidays, Goldstar has donated two $50 Goldstar gift certificates for readers of DC Theatre Scene. These are good for any already discounted tickets listed on Goldstar a…

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

If you read only one thing today … by Lorraine Treanor

Soon, someone will be caught by surprise. Someone will remember how it feels to fall in love. Someone will imagine themselves on a Broadway kick line. Someone will wipe away tears. Someone w…

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Our favorite Black Friday ticket deals by Lorraine Treanor

Goldstar Black Friday deals: Tickets for under $20?  Yes!  Goldstar, our ticketing partner, has 22 Black Friday deals: Theatre, dance, opera, jazz … at these prices it’s easy to try so…

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Review: Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit from Live Garra Theatre by Lorraine Treanor

Though written over 75 years ago, Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit endures as a staple in Existentialist thought. Set in hell, the play focuses on three damned souls set to share the same room f…

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre renamed for Michael R. Klein by Lorraine Treanor

The Lansburgh Theatre is now the Michael R. Klein Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company announced at its Gala on November 4, 2019. The new name recognizes local philanthropist Michael R. Klei…

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Signature Theatre will produce Mamma Mia! at The Anthem this summer. by Lorraine Treanor

The Arlington-based Signature Theatre announced today that it will add a brand new production of Mamma Mia! to its season, and produce the show The Anthem, one of the major concert venues in…

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Brian Feldman wants you to know the MLB rules for tonight’s World Series game at Nationals Park so he’s reading them to you by Lorraine Treanor

There are plenty of shows performing tonight in DC, and most patrons will undoubtedly be on their phones during intermission (PLEASE wait till then!) to check on one historic event. That is,…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Show-Score New Jersey launched today with a contest to give away $1,000 worth of theatre tickets by Lorraine Treanor

Show-Score New Jersey is the first extension of, the popular fan site for New York City shows. Under the leadership of newly-appointed CEO, Deeksha Gaur, Show-Score has partne…

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