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For almost all of the last fifteen years, during the dog days of August, the devoted and discerning DC theatergoer knew that a stimulating experience would be in store at the Callan Theater on the Catholic University of America campus. In residence for its one-show-a-year season would be Longacre Lea Productions (LaL). Maybe it’s doing [...]
Six year old theatre critic Iain Armitage is getting plenty of attention on YouTube. His beat is covering DC and Broadway shows. Five months ago, Iain saw Hairspray at Signature, his parents posted his comments on YouTube, and a career was born. He has posted 21 reviews since then, including Bullets Over Broadway and Waiting [...]
Penn Quarter is D.C.’s neighborhood for entertainment. From the Verizon Center to the National Portrait Gallery, the fluid parameters of Penn Quarter house a spectrum of art, culture and performance that draws and enthralls D.C.’s crowds of fanny-pack tourists and bespoke lobbyists. Not to mention, a stroll down 7th street will captivate any casual people [...]
Irish playwright Conor McPherson’s Shining City raises a question about our demons: do we make them up to punish ourselves, or do they exist outside us in the world? For most of the play, the answer seems to be that we are haunted by our actions and their repercussions, the gravest of which may come [...]
When he was 12, Doug Carpenter attended his first-ever professional show at the National Theatre, watching awestruck over the powerful music and story of Rent. Now, almost two decades later, the actor is making his National debut in the touring production of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage.
I expected Doug Wright’s play I Am My Own Wife to be a different kind of Anne Frank story, one in which the heroine survives by hiding in plain sight. Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, the play’s historical center, was a German transvestite who lived in east Berlin from the 1930s through the 1980s, a time when [...]
“D&D is not therapy.” That’s what Tilly, a charismatic tomboy played by Rebecca Hausman, tells her older sister Agnes in the hilarious and fluid Rorschach production of She Kills Monsters. To this sage advice, the comically skeptic Agnes, played by Maggie Erwin, gives a look like “No Shit” as she exchanges sword blade blows with [...]
People do crazy things for charity. If you haven’t been living under a social media blackout, you’ve probably seen people dumping buckets of ice water on their heads for a charity fighting ALS. theatreWashington’s Summer Hummer does essentially the opposite thing for their charity Taking Care of Our Own: instead of cooling their donors down [...]
It is 2004. As the lights dim in the auditorium, a tall, powerfully-built man of late middle years slips unobtrusively into a seat in a back row. He is a critic. The week previous, he had reviewed shows at Signature, Arena Stage, and the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Now he is watching a community theater perform [...]
Stephen Sondheim’s incandescent 1984 musical Sunday in the Park with George inspires like a great work of art. You never tire of looking at it and you see new things, feel new things every time you take it in.
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