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Monday, February 20, 2017

Rehearsing Dead Man Walking: Week 3, focus on Sister Helen’s Journey by Lorraine Treanor

How will Director Francesca Zambello accompany her singer’s journey on the dark and lonely path of playing the nun who befriended a convicted killer and witnessed his execution?  This i…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Pallas and Infinity theatre companies announce their 2017 seasons by Lorraine Treanor

Two announcements from companies who produce in a single calendar year, rather than on the traditional theatre schedule of fall to summer. Pallas Theatre Collective, the small company with…

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Free original Valentine e-cards from DC Theatre Scene by Lorraine Treanor

We took suggested lines spoken or sung on our area stages in 2016 or upcoming in 2017 and paired them with images to create this year’s Love Lines for Valentines. Along with them com…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

2017 Helen Hayes Awards. And the nominees are … by Lorraine Treanor

Straight from tonight’s announcement at the Helen Hayes Gallery of the National Theatre. Here are the nominees for the Helen Hayes Awards. The 33rd Helen Hayes Awards ceremony will be …

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The Helen Hayes Awards will be announced tonight. Here’s a look behind the scene by Lorraine Treanor

Those involved in producing theatre in our area in 2016 will be holding their collective breath as nominees for the 2017 Helen Hayes Awards are announced tonight.  On what is conceivab…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

At 5:30 tonight, theatres nationally signal committment to inclusion and compassion by Lorraine Treanor

As hundreds of thousands of visitors descend on the Nation’s Capital for the Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, over 500 theatres here and around the country will…

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DC theatres step up for The Women’s March, January 21st by Lorraine Treanor

The Women’s March on January 21st is expected to draw hundreds of thousands to the Mall area for a demonstration which begins with activities at 8am, followed by the official rally at…

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Friends and family of Tricia McCauley set up memorial fund: Health Insurance for Theatre Professionals by Lorraine Treanor

As close friends and family of Tricia McCauley, who was viciously murdered on Christmas Day, prepare for her private funeral this week, public celebrations of her life are being planned arou…

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Dawn Ursula played in 7 productions in 2016. How did she manage it? by Lorraine Treanor

In our look back at 2016, we tallied the number of roles played by area actors. One of the surprises was that 68 actors were cast in between 4 and 6 shows. Dawn Ursula, however, surpasse…

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Friday, December 30, 2016

We support DC theatre all year round. Now we ask for your support by Lorraine Treanor

In the waning days of 2016, I’m remembering the lesson learned by George Bailey, and in particular that horrifying scene when he saw what Bedford Falls would have been like if he had neve…

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Your favorite articles from 2016 by Lorraine Treanor

We’ve looked back at some fun facts from 2016. We’ve announced the best theatre videos, and revealed our most memorable plays and stage moments. But enough about us. DCTS re…

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Vote for William Shakespeare’s greatest speech by Lorraine Treanor

It has been six years since we have challenged our panel of experts – Jenn Larsen, Chris Henley, Gail Kearn Paster, Akiva Fox, Cam Magee in Tim Treanor – to name the best Shakes…

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Most memorable moments on DC area stages in 2016 by Lorraine Treanor

As this year closes, perhaps you, like we, are thinking back over your own year spent watching the various riches spread before us by Washington area theatres. I asked our staff for their mo…

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Search for Tricia McCauley ends in tragedy by Lorraine Treanor

“Tricia is gone. They have found her body,” her brother, Brian McCauley, wrote in a Facebook post this morning. “Thank you for all your work, support and love. To all of he…

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Monday, December 26, 2016

If you have seen actress Tricia McCauley this week, please respond to this by Lorraine Treanor

Actress Tricia McCauley, who is also a yoga teacher, herbalist, and farmer, has been missing since Christmas day. DC police are investigating and were able to get access to her apartment …

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Ring Cycle director Francesca Zambello has a gift for DC Theatre Scene readers by Lorraine Treanor

Opera director Francesca Zambello is as comfortable on the world’s largest stages as she is in a myriad of home kitchens around the world. The famed Washington National Opera Artistic …

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Trailers that sell the live theatre sizzle. DC Theatre Scene’s picks for best video trailers by Lorraine Treanor

Turning a stage show into an enticing video is an art. There are three trailers which I think are among this year’s most outstanding. And, best of all, if they happen to convince yo…

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DC Theatre Scene’s most memorable plays of 2016 by Lorraine Treanor

We asked our staff and some friends, which three plays still resonate with them at year’s end. While a few took slight liberty with the number limit, we’re exceedingly pleased wi…

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

476 shows and other fascinating facts from the 2016 DC theatre scene by Lorraine Treanor

When we say our region is one of the busiest theatre hubs in America, what does that really mean? We dove into our own records for 2016 to find out. We were amazed with the results, and pre…

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

In Transit Review: Broadway’s First All-Voice Orchestra by Lorraine Treanor

In Transit is the first a cappella musical on Broadway, and the rich harmonies and rhythmic beatboxing of a cappella evangelist Deke Sharon’s arrangements reveal the human voice as the mos…

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Goldstar becomes the first to offer a gift to a DCTS contributor by Lorraine Treanor

Dear readers, We are incredibly grateful to the thousands of people who visit DC Theatre Scene every day to read our reviews, check out the show listings and take advantage of our special ti…

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Florrie Bagel comes home with a new cabaret at Signature Theatre by Lorraine Treanor

Florrie Bagel is starring in a special cabaret Warm and Toasty at Signature Theatre, Monday, December 5. For her many DC area fans, that means a big welcome home party and the start of the h…

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Friday, December 2, 2016

A giddy holiday distraction, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Round House Theatre (review) by Lorraine Treanor

Does your heart go pitter-pat at the very mention of the name Mr. Darcy? Is Yuletide your favorite season? Jane Austen fans and lovers of holiday cheer will clink their tea cups to Round Hou…

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Now more than ever. by Lorraine Treanor

In 2017, we will head into a social and political time unlike any other in our modern history. Theater, far from being superfluous, will be essential to helping all of us understand our liv…

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday theatre deals for the DC area by Lorraine Treanor

Our inbox is filling up with Black Friday deals, including these from our local theatres. If you know of more, add them to our comments section. We’ll keep updating this list til 1pm t…

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Yummy holiday dessert idea: Lillian Hellman’s peach cobbler (video recipe) by Lorraine Treanor

For all of you not excited about serving a traditional pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, we suggest playwright Lillian Hellman’s peach cobbler, seen here being prepared by Executive C…

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Fritz Lang’s silent movie Metropolis gets new Tom Teasley percussive score (review) by Lorraine Treanor

In Constellation Theatre Company’s screeningof Metropolis, Tom Teasley’s live music breathes new life into the 89-year-old classic. Every production in Constellation’s 10th season will…

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Broadway video urges everyone to vote by Lorraine Treanor

Jordan Roth, President of Jujamcyn Theaters, compiled more than 200 messages from Broadway theatre makers to help get out the vote today. Watch and share.  The post Broadway video urges eve…

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Monday, October 10, 2016

The Kennedy Center reveals plans for major HARMAN gift of audio and light equipment by Lorraine Treanor

HARMAN, recently named the official sound partner of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will be making a generous donation of high-performance audio and lighting equipment …

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Marsha Norman’s ‘Night Mother at Highwood Theatre (review) by Lorraine Treanor

It has been 31 years since this reviewer previously saw a live production of Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama ‘NIGHT, MOTHER, yet it remains an indelible theatre experience.…

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Blackberry Daze creators on turning a popular murder mystery into a jazzy musical by Lorraine Treanor

In 2012, Ruth P. Watson’s novel Blackberry Days of Summer became a critical darling. The story is an exciting historical whodunit, where a young black man is murdered at the beginning of t…

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