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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Friday, April 16, 2021

Helen McCrory, gangster matriarch in TV’s ‘Peaky Blinders,’ dies at 52 by Harrison Smith

The British actress also starred onstage as Medea and was married to actor Damian Lewis.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Studio Theatre’s new play is about the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, but feels urgently of the moment by Thomas Floyd

“Until the Flood,” by Dael Orlandersmith, looks at systemic racism from multiple perspectives.

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Dance companies are finding their footing on streaming services by Anying Guo

Diverse offerings are available online from American Ballet Theatre, Jacob’s Pillow, Juilliard, Mark Morris and more.

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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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This D.C.-based choreographer creates dances about trailblazers, hoping you’ll embrace their ideals by Celia Wren

The video series from the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company honors civil rights icons, including Marian Anderson and William Ayers Campbell.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Paul Ritter, British actor in ‘Chernobyl’ and Harry Potter franchise, dies at 54 by News Services and Staff Reports

He also received a Tony nomination in 2009 for “The Norman Conquests.”

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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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Arthur Kopit, playwright of early promise who later found ‘Phantom’ success, dies at 83 by Matt Schudel

He joined with Maury Yeston to write the Tony-winning musical “Nine” and what is known as “the other ‘Phantom.’ ”

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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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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

George Segal, actor of roguish charm and wide dramatic range, dies at 87 by Matt Schudel

He was nominated for an Oscar in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” but was better known for his roles in offbeat comedies and sitcoms.

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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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Friday, March 19, 2021

Signature Theatre’s latest show is a ‘Jam’ to savor by Celia Wren

Actor Daniel J. Watts is serving up a high-energy meditation on his life, and he’s hoping it sticks with you.

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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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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Colman Domingo lets go of his younger self in Round House’s ‘A Boy and His Soul’ by Thomas Floyd

The “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” actor passes the torch to a more age-appropriate actor for this filmed revival of his one-man memoir.

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Broadway shows plan to get back on the road this fall by Peggy McGlone

Performing arts centers are already selling Broadway tour subscriptions, some starting as soon as September.

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Inspired by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, a new play ponders race, gender and inclusion by Celia Wren

Steppenwolf Theatre begins streaming Vivian J.O. Barnes’s “Duchess! Duchess! Duchess!” on March 10.

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Nicola Pagett, British stage and screen actress in ‘Upstairs, Downstairs,’ dies at 75 by Harrison Smith

She played a headstrong daughter in the 1970s TV series and later published a frank memoir about her battle with bipolar disorder.

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Bill C. Davis, whose play ‘Mass Appeal’ lived up to its title, dies at 69 by Harrison Smith

Mr. Davis, who died of complications from covid-19, wrote a two-hander that became a staple of community theater after premiering on Broadway in 1981.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Broadway’s favorite bad guy celebrates Shakespeare’s villains in ‘All the Devils Are Here’ by Thomas Floyd

Actor Patrick Page (‘Hadestown’) performs a streaming version of his one-man show for the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

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‘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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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Arena Stage creates a series of nine snail-mailings for fans for ‘Dear Jack, Dear Louise’ by Celia Wren

Props department will send patrons correspondence evoking the courtship depicted in the 2019 show.

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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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Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
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Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre