Sunday, July 25, 2021

What made Mr. Ailey Mr. Ailey? New documentary offers a fuller picture of the modern dance pioneer. by Linda Matchan

“Ailey,” which opens nationwide in theaters Aug. 6, premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:54AM
Saturday, July 24, 2021

With three new musicals this fall, D.C. is reasserting its status as a premier Broadway tryout town by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre Company are teaming up with Broadway producers, with all three shows running during the holiday season.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:36AM
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Elliot Lawrence, 1940s bandleader who conducted Tony Award shows, dies at 96 by Matt Schudel

In a long career in jazz, on Broadway and on television, he won Tony and Emmy awards.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:32PM

The Lincoln Memorial will light up the Mall on eve of 9/11, with a Broadway musical noting an arts rebirth and a solemn anniversary by Peter Marks

“Come From Away” comes back to D.C. in a unique one-night concert version, free to all.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:48AM
Friday, July 16, 2021

Monumental Theatre’s ‘Songs for a New World’ vividly imagines a better tomorrow by Thomas Floyd

The streaming production, shot across various locations in the D.C. area, overcomes some technical mishaps with ambitious staging and a top-notch cast.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:24PM
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Charles Robinson, who played court clerk on long-running ‘Night Court,’ dies at 75 by Staff Reports and News Services

Mr. Robinson was a prolific stage actor and had supporting parts in series such as “Buffalo Bill,” “Love & War,” “Home Improvement,” “The Game” and “Hart of Dixie.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:03PM

Signature Theatre names Matthew Gardiner as new artistic director by Peter Marks

The 37-year-old succeeds founder Eric Schaeffer, who retired in the wake of harassment allegations. He will be the youngest leader of a major Washington-area theater.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:36PM
Sunday, July 11, 2021

Broadway, and the rest of New York’s cultural life, is on the cusp of a vibrant rebound by Peter Marks

With covid cases on the decline, a capital of the arts is finding its mojo again, with a big slate of shows returning in record time.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:18AM
Thursday, July 1, 2021

Ann Dowd, the twisted Aunt Lydia of ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ beguiles in a new take on Ibsen’s ‘Enemy of the People’ by Peter Marks

Newfangled storytelling is the name of the game, as theater emerges from the pandemic shutdown.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:24PM
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Woolly Mammoth’s ‘Where We Belong’ speaks the languages of theater and film with equal elegance by Thomas Floyd

Mohegan playwright Madeline Sayet’s solo performance, finely captured on screen, raises poignant questions about colonialism and cultural genocide.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:36AM
Sunday, June 27, 2021

Bruce Springsteen turns the lights of Broadway back on. And the effect is electric. by Peter Marks

“Springsteen on Broadway,” a master showman’s amalgam of great music and emotional storytelling, is the first show back after the coronavirus shutdown.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:06PM
Saturday, June 26, 2021

Jacob’s Pillow reawakens to a post-pandemic world, with tap dancing among the trees and tick checks by Geoff Edgers

The renowned dance festival in the Berkshires goes all outdoors to stage its first performances in 15 months.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:18AM
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Halo Wines, eminence of Washington-area theater, dies at 81 by Emily Langer

As an actress and director, she brought consummate artistry to dozens of productions at the Arena Stage and Olney Theatre Center.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:36PM
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Olney Theatre looks to the future, with free Shakespeare — and a new focus on greater inclusion by Thomas Floyd

Summer season of 50 performances opens with Afrofuturistic production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:18AM
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Van Gogh’s images move in the cinematic ‘Immersive Van Gogh.’ But will the show move New Yorkers? by Peter Marks

A new way to look at art arrives in the city — and producers hope the concept has legs.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:18AM
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Christopher Jackson, star of TV, stage and screen, talks ‘After Midnight’ and ‘In the Heights’ by Thomas Floyd

Nominated for a Tony in “Hamilton,” the actor appears in Signature Theatre’s ‘After Midnight,” and not for the first time.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:18AM

The tango is back. And it’s never felt more vital. by Peter Marks

Intimacy has been restored to the D.C. stage with GALA Hispanic Theatre’s “Ella Es Tango,” a celebration for post-pandemic times.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:12AM
Sunday, June 13, 2021

Ned Beatty, versatile and prolific actor of stage and screen, dies at 83 by Adam Bernstein

He made a harrowing movie debut in “Deliverance,” received an Oscar nomination for “Network” and was a renowned character actor.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:18PM

Signature Theatre’s ‘After Midnight’ has Christopher Jackson in it, but misses that live, in-person heat by Peter Marks

The production, directed and choreographed by Jared Grimes, is available until Aug. 4.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:54PM
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Washington Ballet concludes its virtual season with a breath of fresh air, captured on film by Kelsey Ables

At Wolf Trap, Silas Farley makes another career leap, choreographing “Werner Sonata” for Marquee TV.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:03AM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ sets an Oct. 5 Broadway return, with original star Jeff Daniels and a new producer replacing Scott Rudin by Peter Marks

Orin Wolf, of the Tony-winning “The Band’s Visit,” takes over from Rudin, who stepped aside amid allegations of abuse.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:42AM
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Native American dramatist explores her roots in the one-woman show ‘Where We Belong’ by Celia Wren

Woolly Mammoth mounts a streaming version of Madeline Sayet’s play, in association with the Folger Shakespeare Library.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:48AM
Monday, June 7, 2021

Clarence Williams III, who starred as Linc on ‘The Mod Squad,’ dies at 81 by News Services and Staff Reports

He also received a Tony nomination and appeared in Lee Daniels’ “The Butler.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:54PM
Sunday, June 6, 2021

This LGBTQ ‘Giselle’ celebrates individuality, putting a spotlight on non-inclusiveness in classical ballet by Celia Wren

For “Giselle of Loneliness,” Ballez founder Katy Pyle cast dancers who have their own complicated relationships with ballet.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Theater on the Nats Park jumbotron? It’s a whole new ballgame in arts presentation. by Peter Marks

Arena Stage will relaunch in-person performances with the story of Toni Stone, the Negro Leagues’ first female player.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:54PM
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Broadway’s relaunch now set for Aug. 4 with the scalding drama ‘Pass Over’ by Peter Marks

Antoinette Nwandu’s play moves into the inaugural slot on theater’s biggest platform, before the big, long-running musicals.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:48PM

What to watch on Tuesday: ‘America’s Got Talent’ on NBC by Anying Guo

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | “Frontline: The Jihadist” airs on PBS.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:48AM
Sunday, May 30, 2021

Carla Fracci, a reigning star of 20th-century ballet, dies at 84 by Emily Langer

The Italian dancer was acclaimed for the drama she conferred on roles such as Giselle and for the ethereal grace she brought to stages around the world.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:42PM
Thursday, May 27, 2021

The park setting of ‘In the Middle of the Fields’ is compelling but can’t make up for the sliver of a plot by Celia Wren

The Solas Nua production of the Deirdre Kinahan play takes place at P Street Beach in Northwest Washington.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:12PM

Britney Spears and . . . Shakespeare Theatre? Built on an unlikely coupling, a musical with her songs might be bound for Broadway. by Peter Marks

The premiere of “Once Upon a One More Time” in November will break the mold for D.C.’s Tony-winning classical theater.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:42AM

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