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Monday, May 4, 2020

‘Hamilton’ and other shows postponed as Kennedy Center delays re-opening through August 9 by Nicole Hertvik

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced today the postponement of all scheduled ticketed performances through August 9, 2020, due to the ongoing effects of COVID–19. T…

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Artists Who Inspire!: Patrick Flynn by Nicole Hertvik

Playwright Patrick Flynn was on a roll before Coronavirus brought American theater to a standstill. His adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit, produced by Adventure Theatre MTC, earned him a 20…

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Fade to black: Coronavirus closures force local theaters to rethink their futures by Nicole Hertvik

This article originally appeared in the April issue of District Fray Magazine. It is reprinted here with permission.  The paint was still drying on the set of Signature Theatre’s world-pr…

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Artists Who Inspire!: Jordan Friend by Nicole Hertvik

He takes requests at his online concerts. If he doesn’t know a song, he’ll learn it. And if you want to send him a few bucks through Venmo? Well, that would be cool. Jordan Friend, the 2…

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

20th annual WATCH Award winners by Nicole Hertvik

Announcement of Awards: 20th Annual Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (THE WATCH AWARDS) The 2019 WATCH Award winners were announced on April 4th, 2020. The ceremony was canceled due …

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Arena Stage temporarily furloughs a majority of its staff by Nicole Hertvik

Arena Stage announced on Saturday, March 28th that it will temporarily furlough the majority of its staff starting on April 13th. 88 employees will be furloughed at that time. Furloughed emp…

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Artists Who Inspire! #2: Deb Sivigny by Nicole Hertvik

Welcome to the second installment of Artists Who Inspire! During this unprecedented shutdown of live theater, DCMTA will use this space to lift up local theater artists who are finding ways …

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Artists Who Inspire #1: Tia Shearer Bassett by Nicole Hertvik

Welcome to the first installment of Artists Who Inspire! During this unprecedented shutdown of live theater, DCMTA will use this space to lift up local theater artists who are finding ways t…

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Online offerings from theaters during Coronavirus closures by Nicole Hertvik

One by one, theaters announced late last week that they would be closed for the foreseeable future in compliance with Coronavirus recommendations. It is a stunning and unprecedented time in …

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Olney Theatre Center’s ‘The Amateurs’ is a comedy of ‘epidemic’ proportions by Nicole Hertvik

There is nothing like a good old-fashioned plague to get you pondering life’s big questions: the Bubonic Plague, the AIDS Crisis, COVID-19, really any epidemic will do. Of course, Jordan H…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz discusses his new play ‘Exquisite Agony,’ now playing at GALA Hispanic Theatre by Nicole Hertvik

In a particularly poignant scene in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz’s Exquisite Agony, a heart transplant recipient named Amer has an intimate conversation with Romy, the pregn…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Megan Hilty on her upcoming Kennedy Center concert, ‘Smash,’ and love by Nicole Hertvik

Football and musicals rarely overlap, but it was eight years ago this month – in the coveted slot right after the 2012 Super Bowl – that Smash, the NBC series about developing a Broadway…

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Rorschach’s ‘The Toxic Avenger’ is the campy musical you didn’t know you needed in your life by Nicole Hertvik

Poor Melvin Ferd the Third just can’t catch a break. The ladies shun him, the jocks harass him, and the pretty blind librarian he has a crush on? Well, she thinks he’s a scrawny dweeb. B…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

‘The Royale’ Director Paige Hernandez talks boxing, hip hop, and the virtue of politeness by Nicole Hertvik

Multidisciplinary artist Paige Hernandez is not a fan of boundaries. Whether performing, directing or teaching, the Baltimore native has made a career out of blending artistic forms and reac…

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

For actor Justin Weaks, the diverse content produced in DC theaters was reason enough to move here by Nicole Hertvik

In his five years on DC stages, actor Justin Weaks has played an impressive array of characters written by contemporary African-American playwrights. It is a dream he feared would never beco…

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!’ Pigeon and Driver tell us why! by Nicole Hertvik

Oh, that pigeon! Always causing trouble. He never wants to take a bath. He stays up past his bedtime. And now he wants to drive… a bus?! Children’s author Mo Willems continues his tenure…

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Playwright Lauren Gunderson had one stipulation when reworking ‘Peter Pan.’ The sexism and racism had to go. by Nicole Hertvik

When Gunderson agreed to rework 'Peter Pan' for Shakespeare Theatre Company, she had one stipulation: the sexism and racism had to go. The post Playwright Lauren Gunderson had one stipulatio…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ at Adventure Theatre is charming holiday fare by Nicole Hertvik

We all want to feel loved, right? And there are times we feel forgotten. Unseen. Disposable. The classic children’s story The Velveteen Rabbit is a sentimental reminder that a child’s lo…

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

21 best bets for holiday entertainment in and around DC! by Nicole Hertvik

The winter holidays are a great time to see a show with someone you love, so here is our list of best bets in holiday entertainment in and around DC. Whether you are looking for a show to en…

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

‘Little Red’s Most Unusual Day’ entertains at Kentlands Arts Barn by Nicole Hertvik

Offenbach and Rossini are not names that roll easily off most children’s tongues. Luckily for parents who are looking for a fun way to introduce their children to classical music, the work…

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Theater and Policy Salon’s 2019-2020 Season Kicks Off This Weekend by Nicole Hertvik

The 2019-2020 Theater and Policy Salon season will start on October 18 at 3 pm with a Salon at New York University’s Washington DC campus at 1307 L Street, NW in downtown DC. The conversat…

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Friday, September 20, 2019

First Look at the Fierce Performers of ‘School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play’… and Their Fabulous Dresses by Nicole Hertvik

DC Metro Theater Arts spent a day at rehearsal with the cast of Round House Theatre Company’s season opener: School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play. Not only is this play a fabulous…

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Flying V Theatre: Pushing the Boundaries of Theater One Podcast Episode at a Time by Nicole Hertvik

Imagine a world where pop culture and high culture intersect. A world in which wrestling, comics, and gaming meld seamlessly with the performing arts, allowing people of all backgrounds to e…

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Round House Theatre Unveils Major Renovation by Nicole Hertvik

Round House Theatre reopened this week after an eight-month renovation that revamped nearly every aspect of the Bethesda, MD theater space. What began as a desire to improve the acoustics in…

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

In ‘Aladdin,’ Iago Is The Perfect Sidekick: And No, He’s Not a Parrot Anymore by Nicole Hertvik

LA-based character actor Reggie De Leon brings comedic flair to the beloved Disney character Iago. 'Aladdin' is playing at the Kennedy Center through September 7th. The post In ‘Aladdin,…

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Mara Bayewitz On Playing ‘Dolley Madison, Presidentress’ by Nicole Hertvik

How does an actor prepare to embody of of the United States’ most famous first ladies? We spoke to Mara Bayewitz about her upcoming solo turn as Dolley Madison playing at Best Medicine Rep…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

DC Metro Theater Arts and DC Theatre Scene Announce Joint Coverage of 2019 Capital Fringe Festival by Nicole Hertvik

DC Metro Theater Arts and DC Theatre Scene are pleased to announce that they are joining forces to cover the 2019 Capital Fringe Festival. Each online publication will review half of the 89 …

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Got Plans for the Tony Awards? Now You Do! by Nicole Hertvik

I am through being a lonely theater geek, locking myself in my bedroom and shushing non-interested family members throughout the Tony Awards broadcast! This year, I’ve decided to throw mys…

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Broadway’s Michael Urie To Return to Shakespeare Theatre Company for Free For All Hamlet by Nicole Hertvik

Free For All, one of the capital’s cherished annual traditions, will return for its 29th annual summer to Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC), offering two weeks of free performances of the …

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Photo Highlights from the 2019 Helen Hayes Ceremony! by Nicole Hertvik

Visual highlights from the 35th Annual Helen Hayes Awards Ceremony. A complete list of recipients can be found here. All photos by Mukul Ranjan. Check out Mukul’s work at or at Mukul Ranja…

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Review: ‘Fame’ Is Full of Heart at GALA Hispanic Theatre by Nicole Hertvik

There is something very “meta” about Gala Hispanic Theatre’s production of Fame. See, you’ve got this group of scrappy young artists with talent, so much talent. And they are determi…

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