Doug Carpenter from Dirty Dancing – he’s having the time of his life

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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.

An appreciation of theatre critic Brad Hathaway upon his retirement

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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 […]

Geeks do theatre: creating She Kills Monsters at Rorschach

From She Kills Monsters: Tori Boutin (Photo: Daniel J. Corey)

“At the core, this is about not just entering into someone else’s life, but entering into someone else’s fun.” So says fight choreographer Casey Kaleba, who, along with director Randy Baker and the whole Rorschach Theatre team producing She Kills Monsters, have certainly been entering into the fun together. This play is the second the […]

GALA’s 39th Season – an interview with Hugo and Rebecca Medrano

GALA founders: Rebecca Read Medrano and Hugo Medrano

The GALA Hispanic Theatre’s founder and producing artistic director, Hugo Medrano, greets me on the steps of the Josephine Butler Parks Center building. This is the Renaissance-revival style mansion, built in 1927 in the Meridian Hill neighborhood that provides offices for many Washington DC community-based organizations.  GALA uses this building as a meeting place, but […]

For Donna Migliaccio, her fourth Sunday in the Park is a new canvas

Claybourne Elder as George and Donna Migliaccio as Old Lady (Photo by Margot Schulman)

DC theater lovers are no strangers to the work of Donna Migliaccio. With a dozen Helen Hayes nominations to her credit, including two wins, and her leadership in helping Signature Theatre become one of the region’s top theatres, she has shined both on the stage and off.

DC playwright Martin Blank’s Pollard play hits Off-Broadway

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The dog days of summer might have some people down but not Martin Blank. The DC-based playwright and Artistic Director of the American Ensemble Theater is seeing one of his plays produced Off-Broadway. After productions in Israel and Maryland and a reading at the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival last September, Blank’s full-length play The Law […]

Being Danny Kaye – Brian Childers on playing the beloved star

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“Danny found me. I didn’t find him. And he keeps finding me.” Brian Childers was talking to me about his current —and, it seems, his on-going —role as Danny Kaye. At The American Century Theater (TACT), Childers is performing the solo play An Evening with Danny Kaye. It was at TACT in 2001 that Childers […]

Nancy Robinette, the Meryl Streep of Washington theatre, grants a rare interview.

Stephen Lorne Williams as Willie and Nancy Robinette as Winnie (Photo: Don Summers, Jr)

“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” Nancy Robinette told me as we sat in a small pie shop down the block from The Atlas Performing Arts Center.  We spoke a couple of hours before she was to do a preview of Happy Days by Samuel Beckett and about an hour after I spoke to […]

It’s been a very good year for actress Erin Driscoll

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The 2013-14 DC theater season has been something of a whirlwind for Erin Driscoll. Theatergoers have been treated to one amazing performance after the next from the beautiful and talented actress, whose operatic soprano and rich vocals have been lighting up area stages.

Finding Ophelia – Kimberly Gilbert and Taffety Punk’s newest revelation

In rehearsal: (l-r) Erin White, Katie Murphy, Kimberly Gilbert, and Eleni Grove. (Photo by Christopher Grady)

Enter Ophelia, distracted opens June 20 at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. The word ‘distracted’ did not originally have the meaning you’re familiar with. “We found these wonderful definitions,” says Kimberly Gilbert, speaking about the preparations for Enter Ophelia, distracted, which she conceptualized and is bringing to life with Taffety Punk Theatre Company.  “What it really […]

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