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Monday, June 13, 2022

Jocelyn Bioh on what’s so funny about ‘Nollywood Dreams’ at Round House by Nicole Hertvik

The playwright calls the rom-com a 'love letter' to the 'scrappy' West African film industry.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:30PM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

As Spooky Action Theater digs in, artists and staff members quit by Nicole Hertvik

The Board of Spooky Action Theater has placed Artistic Director Richard Henrich on leave of absence, the theater announced last week. The news came ten days after DC Theater Arts published a…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:02PM
Friday, May 20, 2022

Under a cloud: Artists describe toxic work conditions at Spooky Action Theater by Nicole Hertvik

Problems at the DC company are rooted in the harmful leadership practices of Artistic Director Richard Henrich and a board that fails to stop his abuses of power, say multiple artists who ha…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:44AM
Saturday, May 7, 2022

Gloria Estefan talks ‘On Your Feet! en español’: A story of love, family, and the American dream by Nicole Hertvik

Gloria and Emilio Estefan aren’t afraid of the word “no.” They have heard the word a lot through their 44 years of marriage and professional collaborations that began with the band The…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:04PM
Thursday, May 5, 2022

‘Die, Mr. Darcy, Die!’ is witty and winning at Best Medicine Rep by Nicole Hertvik

John Morogiello's new rom-com looks at the idealized hero of Jane Austin's 'Pride and Prejudice' and takes him down a comic notch.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:38PM
Thursday, April 28, 2022

Broadway Belle Susan Egan dishes on ‘Disney Princess: The Concert’ by Nicole Hertvik

She and three other former princesses will perform Disney hits with the National Symphony Orchestra for two days only at the Kennedy Center.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:15PM
Friday, March 18, 2022

CulturalDC disputes how WIT lost its lease at Source Theatre by Nicole Hertvik

Washington Improv Theater and the owner of Source give different accounts of who understood what when.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:08AM
Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Sandy Spring Theatre Group’s ‘Godspell’ is a holy good time by Nicole Hertvik

Featuring an ensemble cast that is clearly having a good time, fun choreography, and Stephen Schwartz's iconic songs, this 'Godspell' is one fun ride.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:42PM
Saturday, March 5, 2022

On PBS, Luke Frazier and his APO are DC’s musical ambassadors by Nicole Hertvik

Concerts by the locally-based American Pops Orchestra are appealing to audiences across the nation. Here's why.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:30AM
Saturday, February 26, 2022

In the 50th year of our ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ praises be by Nicole Hertvik

The national tour now rocking the Kennedy Center feels both extremely current and deeply rooted in the 1970s musical zeitgeist.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:39AM
Sunday, February 13, 2022

Broadway royalty salute ’50 Years of Broadway at Kennedy Center’ by Nicole Hertvik

A musical retrospective featuring performers singing the songs that made them stars — and a night to send any Broadway fan into spasms of delight.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:11PM
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Brandon Victor Dixon, locally grown Broadway superstar and arts booster by Nicole Hertvik

His name is on a new theater award for high schoolers, and he'll be featured Friday on PBS.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:36PM
Friday, January 14, 2022

How omicron is wreaking havoc on local theaters by Nicole Hertvik

Unexpected costs, performance cancellations, and staff shortages stress a field just beginning to operate again.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:53PM
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Director Marcia Milgrom Dodge on the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ buzz at Olney by Nicole Hertvik

'I want to create theater for people to see themselves on stage...a world where diversity thrives.'

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:12PM
Sunday, December 19, 2021

‘Once Upon a One More Time’ is wacky but it works by Nicole Hertvik

The show at STC inspired by the music of Britney Spears is as thought-provoking as it is toe-tapping, as clever as it is hilarious, and a bona fide success.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:33AM
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Nostalgia makes for a winning ‘A Christmas Story’ at Silver Spring Stage by Nicole Hertvik

Nostalgia is on the menu at Silver Spring Stage this holiday season with A Christmas Story. As a Cleveland, Ohio native, I can’t get enough of this iconic holiday classic in which Ralphie …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:09PM
Monday, December 13, 2021

‘The Wizard of Oz: A British Pantomime’ is a delightful holiday romp by Nicole Hertvik

True confession time: Until this weekend, I had never seen a British Panto. Of course, I was familiar with the theater form. Pantos (short for pantomimes) are theatrical events that pair pop…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:51PM
Thursday, November 18, 2021

‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ at Theater J touches us with joy and sadness by Nicole Hertvik

Based on the wildly popular memoir, a tender exploration of mortality and friendship.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:28PM
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

A charming story underserved in ‘Waitress’ at Capitol One Hall by Nicole Hertvik

Sara Bareilles’ engaging and emotional score remains a source of joy, but this non-Equity tour is a pale shadow of its Broadway counterpart.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:31PM
Monday, October 4, 2021

The comedy in Olney’s ‘Thanksgiving Play’ comes with a side of snark by Nicole Hertvik

Playwright Larissa FastHorse's satire about white "wokeness" is a brilliant middle finger.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:27PM
Sunday, September 26, 2021

Neil Simon’s ‘Rumors’ at Rockville Little Theatre is a delightful romp by Nicole Hertvik

For anyone with a funny bone yearning for a few hours of frothy fun. 

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:51PM
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Round House Theatre’s ‘Quixote Nuevo’ is a comedic quest at its best by Nicole Hertvik

A man who imagines he's Don Quixote runs after adventure and tilts the world.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:57AM
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…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:36PM
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…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:52PM
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…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:17AM
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…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:33AM
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 …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:39PM
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…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:00AM
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 …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:34AM
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…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:06PM