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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Big changes coming to theatres in 2018 by Lorraine Treanor

The greatest sign of stability in a culture is, paradoxically, its ability to absorb change. There was a collective holding of breath when Joy Zinoman announced her retirement in 2009; could…

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

A New Year’s Eve toast by Lorraine Treanor

“Here’s strength to your elbow Success in your art Here’s pearls in your oyster And me in your heart.” So ends  the toast by poet/lyricist Fran Landesman. Fun, success and l…

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

23 most memorable moments on stage in 2017 by Lorraine Treanor

One last curtain call for these performers whose perfectly crafted moments linger indelibly in our memories. The ensemble of Burning Doors, Belarus Free Theatre There is no word for Burning …

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There’s still time by Lorraine Treanor

This past Sunday in the Washington Post, I read of the pivotal moment in one great writer’s life. It was when he saw the Broadway play, Man of La Mancha. He fell in love, he said, with…

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Our 24 most memorable shows on Washington area stages in 2017 by Lorraine Treanor

We calculate there were 455 shows  on our stages in 2017. After each show closes and the actors move on the the next rehearsal what remains are the ideas and emotions they have left behind…

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

How robust was theatre in our area in 2017? DCTS examines its data by Lorraine Treanor

When we say our region is one of the major theatre hubs in America, what do we really mean? As we did last year, we dove into our own records for 2017 to see how robust our scene has been. T…

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Compass Rose will soon be on the move. Plans announced for a new, state-of-the-art theatre in Annapolis by Lorraine Treanor

One of the big stories of 2018 is already coming into focus: several theatre companies will be moving into new spaces. One of them was announced today. Rumors have been floating about that C…

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Monday, December 11, 2017

What a million means by Lorraine Treanor

During the eleven years that DC Theatre Scene has been online, our theatre community has realized tremendous growth and professionalism. We’re not the cause of it, but we have played a par…

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Goldstar has a gift for you, your friends and family by Lorraine Treanor

Goldstar is giving DC Theatre Scene readers a $5 gift certificate good for any Goldstar event now through January 10, 2018. Because we want to share the fun of a holiday outing with as many …

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Why we could say ‘Yes’ to St. Nicholas by Lorraine Treanor

Happy St. Nicholas Day! Last weekend, I watched a marvelous production of St. Nicholas in Bethesda’s Quotidian Theatre. Quotidian is a fine small theater with special expertise in play…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Guide to Holiday shows 2017 in the DC/Baltimore areas by Lorraine Treanor

There are plenty of shows filled with holiday spirit (and spirits) from the sweet to the scary on our stages this year. Here’s a look. CHRISTMAS CAROLS For those longing for one more r…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Annie inspires Olney’s pajama drive for children in foster care. by Lorraine Treanor

Annie finds a new family in the holiday musical, now onstage at Olney Theatre Center. Olney’s meeting with Bob Scheer of Comfort Cases inspired the company to open a drive to bring new…

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Lakeforest Mall becomes comedy central for Best Medicine Rep by Lorraine Treanor

John Morogiello has had us laughing since his 2009 Irish Authors Held Hostage which Steven McKnight called “inspired silliness.” This year Morogiello moved beyond the cushy con…

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Tricia McCauley killer sentenced to 30 years in prison by Lorraine Treanor

The Christmas day rape and murder of Tricia McCauley, which rocked the DC  theatre community, has resulted in the confession and sentencing of Duane Johnson, the U.S. Attorney’s Offic…

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Capital Fringe Festival moves to the waterfront next July; performer apps open today by Lorraine Treanor

Visitors to DC’s new waterfront area this July will find themselves amidst the 2018 Capital Fringe Festival crowd. Capital Fringe announced today that their upcoming festival (July 7 &…

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Joel Markowitz, longtime theater supporter, has died at the age of 60. by Lorraine Treanor

Joel Markowitz, Founder and Editor Emeritus of DC Metro Theater Arts, died in his home this afternoon after a battle with Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gherig’s Dis…

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

A walk around Dog in a Manger with We Happy Few collaborators by Lorraine Treanor

Hey Theatre Fam! Jon Jon back, after seeking out some of the talented and friendly company members of We Happy Few. These frequent collaborators are presenting their latest offering, The Do…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Color’s Garden, a new children’s play, opens this weekend in The National Gallery by Lorraine Treanor

Families wishing to delight children this November have more than the usual choices. Holiday shows, Christmas Carol at Ford’s and Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Warner are…

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

National Theatre announces Mean Girls ticket lottery, $25 by Lorraine Treanor

The hottest ticket in town right now is Tina Fey’s bound-for-Broadway musical Mean Girls, at the National only through December 3. According to the National’s online box office…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Two visions of Sondheim’s Assassins opens as the country recoils from mass shootings by Lorraine Treanor

As the country grieves over yet another mass shooting and grapples with the question of what could drive anyone to contemplate such a hideous act, two productions of the Stephen Sondheim/Jo…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Kwame Kwei-Armah accepts leadership of one of London’s major theatres by Lorraine Treanor

Georgia Snow of The Stage broke the news that Kwame Kwei-Armah, once his tenure as Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage ends this June, will become Artistic Director of The Young Vic …

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Ticket giveaway from Shakespeare Theatre for Harold Pinter’s one acts by Lorraine Treanor

We have 2 free pairs of tickets from Shakespeare Theatre Company to see Harold Pinter’s The Lover and The Collection at the Lansburgh Theatre. STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn (Old T…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

CATF’s Ed Herendeen remembers Sam Shepard by Lorraine Treanor

Tonight at 7:45pm, Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters will dim their lights in honor of Sam Shepard, playwright, actor and director who died of complications of ALS on Thursday, July 27 on h…

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Capital Fringe audiences vote ‘Best of’ awards for 2017 by Lorraine Treanor

The TheaterMania sponsored Capital Fringe winners of the Audience Choice Awards were announced tonight: Winner Best of Show – Fringe Audience Awards  Hexagon 2017: Let Freedom Zing! P…

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Arden Now (Capital Fringe review) by Lorraine Treanor

“My employer is an asshole.” Shakespeare said that. Ok, not exactly. But the Rude Mechanicals somehow fit the line seamlessly into Arden Now, their abbreviated and modified – yet stil…

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Just Like A Woman (Capital Fringe review) by Lorraine Treanor

The tagline for Larry E. Blossom’s latest Capital Fringe offering, Just Like A Woman, is “Will Trans Trump Fear in These Troubled Times?” Unfortunately, neither the issues of transphob…

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Sing out! July 4 flash mob protest at White House. All welcome by Lorraine Treanor

First came Nelson Pressley’s in-depth article on theatre makers as activists in Sunday’s Washington Post. Now comes this call to take theatrical activism to the streets.  Ameri…

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Ticket giveaway for The School for Lies. Enter by July 1 by Lorraine Treanor

We have 2 free pairs of tickets from Shakespeare Theatre Company to see David Ives’ The School for Lies in its closing week at the Lansburgh Theatre. A farce set in 17th century Franc…

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Friday, June 23, 2017

The National Theatre makes $1.5 million investment in a modern fly system by Lorraine Treanor

The National Theatre is giving up its hemp and sand rigging system. Rebecca Cooper, writing for Washington Business Journal, posted the fascinating backstage story today. While The National…

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sounds of Still Life: Matthew Nielson on his soundtrack for Mollye Maxner’s play by Lorraine Treanor

No other play now on area stages has been more enhanced by its soundtrack than Theater Alliance’s Still Life with Rocket.  Nielson’s underscored music, sound effects and songs …

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Capital Fringe tickets on sale starting today by Lorraine Treanor

The box office for Capital Fringe has just opened, and, on this opening day, we begin our Fringe coverage with a preview of John Morogiello’s Blue Over You. Show prices range from $7 (…

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