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Saturday, April 17, 2021

As hopes rise for a return to the stage later this year, D.C.-area theaters sing: We’re still here! by Peter Marks

Surviving the shutdown with loans and donations, theater leaders look to the future and how to bring people back to shows.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Kennedy Center plans massive season of in-person theater, including ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Hadestown’ by Peter Marks

Beginning in October, the lineup features 12 musicals playing to theaters at full capacity. Fingers crossed.

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Friday, April 9, 2021

At 63, she enrolled at the university that sold her enslaved ancestors. Now she’s starring in a play about them. by Peter Marks

“Here I Am” is Mélisande Short-Colomb’s story, written at Georgetown University and premiering Tuesday.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

I wondered what it would be like to be vaccinated and back in a theater. My panic lifted as soon as the lights went down. by Peter Marks

In New York, performance spaces are slowly opening up with severe restrictions and safety protocols.

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Enter Nathan Lane and Savion Glover, as Broadway opens its doors for the first time in almost 13 months by Peter Marks

A pilot program tests theater safety protocols as part of the ongoing NY PopsUp festival.

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Friday, April 2, 2021

As live stages await their big comeback, theater on camera is getting better and better by Peter Marks

Three Washington companies are experimenting with more visually complex work online.

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Friday, March 26, 2021

‘A Boy and His Soul’ is an actor’s valentine to Aretha, Marvin Gaye, and Earth, Wind & Fire by Peter Marks

Round House Theatre brings Colman Domingo’s memory play online. It’s streaming through April 18.

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Ethan Hawke and John Leguizamo take on ‘Godot,’ hoping it’s a powerhouse online by Peter Marks

Off-Broadway company the New Group launches an innovative digital era with its Off Stage programming.

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Desperate for cash, strapped arts venues wait out delays in federal covid relief by Peter Marks

The Small Business Administration has $16 billion to give in Shuttered Venue grants, but applications don’t open until April.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Give this folk rock duo 27 minutes. They’ll give you a musically heartbreaking world. by Peter Marks

The Bengsons’ “My Joy Is Heavy!” debuts online as the first in Arena Stage’s series of filmed musicals.

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There’s no stopping Twyla Tharp, even as she approaches 80 by Peter Marks

“Twyla Moves,” premiering March 26 on PBS, offers a look at the legendary choreographer’s creative process.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

‘Six’ seemed bound for Broadway glory. Then a pandemic shut it down on opening night. by Peter Marks

The story of one show’s highs — and a devastating low — is also a story of resilience.

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Other nations have reopened theaters — why not us? With ‘The Comeback Project,’ two stage directors scour the globe for answers. by Peter Marks

“Reopening Theaters: Lessons From Countries Who’ve Done It” is the kickoff discussion on Thursday.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

For Patrick Page, it’s Shakespeare’s bad guys who steal the show by Peter Marks

He superbly plays the Bard’s greatest villains in his one-man “All the Devils Are Here,” a Shakespeare Theatre Company production running online through July 28.

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Ethan McSweeny resigns as head of American Shakespeare Center amid financial peril and staff complaints by Peter Marks

“It turns out that part of what became necessary to give the company a truly blank slate was to erase myself as well,” the artistic director says.

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Missing Broadway? In Sydney, the lights are still on for ‘Hamilton,’ ‘Frozen’ and more. by Peter Marks

Vigilance and negligible coronavirus transmission rates have allowed theaters to reopen Down Under.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Arena Stage stretching in new directions online with a film by Indigenous artists and 3 original musicals by Peter Marks

Artistic Director Molly Smith continues her original films with “Indigenous Earth Voices” as part of the theater’s virtual spring lineup.

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Friday, February 12, 2021

An innovative Georgetown lab looks to theater to quell political fires by Peter Marks

The nine-year-old Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics specializes in empathy.

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Monday, February 8, 2021

Arts in New York to get shot in the arm with celebrity-filled pop-up shows by Peter Marks

“NY PopsUp” will begin at the Javits Center on Feb. 20 and spread statewide over six months.

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

In ‘Hi, Are You Single?,’ Ryan Haddad plays himself: A gay man with cerebral palsy seeking love by Peter Marks

Woolly Mammoth Theatre is streaming the wryly poignant one-man show until Feb. 28.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

From Twain to Deep Throat, Hal Holbrook left an indelible mark on American entertainment by Peter Marks

The actor, who worked in theater, film and television, was an old-school gentleman and a consummate performer.

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Monday, February 1, 2021

A new Sondheim revue provides exhilarating warmth in cold, trying times by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre unveils its “Simply Sondheim” online with 12 delightful performers.

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Friday, January 29, 2021

‘Our Town’ debuted in 1938, but it’s still staged everywhere. A new book explains why it’s so timeless. by Peter Marks

“Another Day’s Begun,” an oral history by Howard Sherman, features more than 100 actors and directors involved in productions of the classic Thornton Wilder play.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Folger Theatre’s Janet Griffin announces her retirement after decades of devotion to Shakespeare by Peter Marks

The company’s artistic producer had a taste for classical productions with innovative twists.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

America yearns for an era of good feeling. The inaugural ceremony launched one. by Peter Marks

Lady Gaga, Garth Brooks, J.Lo and a young poet all supply breakout supporting moments.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Adrienne Kennedy’s new play, ‘Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side,’ is utterly unique by Peter Marks

Online festival of Kennedy works concludes with this mesmerizing world premiere.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Vowing to bring live entertainment back, Gov. Cuomo announces a ‘New York Arts Revival’ by Peter Marks

Hugh Jackman, Amy Schumer, Chris Rock and Wynton Marsalis are among the major stars signing on to perform.

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Friday, January 8, 2021

Arts workers are building a labor movement to save a creative economy in peril by Peter Marks

New groups such as Be an #ArtsHero take their agendas for aid and recognition to Congress.

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Judy and Mickey would have loved the TikTok ‘Ratatouille’ — 2021’s answer to ‘Let’s put on a show!’ by Peter Marks

The crowdsourced online musical, about a rat with culinary dreams, is a promising first course.

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Theaters are shut, but ‘A Christmas Carol’ is forever. The endless variety online proves it. by Peter Marks

Companies coast to coast and beyond are revving up their own adaptations for Web consumption.

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