Tiny houses host Pinky Swear’s tiny plays

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A tiny revolution has been going on for a couple of years in the Northeast DC’s Stronghold neighborhood. A patch of alley space was transformed into a thoughtful, self-contained community of minimal proportions, with three tiny houses. With the help of architects and others, Brian Levy, Lee Pera, Jay Austin reformed the Evarts Street alleyway […]

Henry Strozier remembers Tana Hicken. Tribute is Monday Sept 29 at Studio Theatre

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“She was fun to be onstage with. She was always there, and giving and generous.” I was talking to the actor Henry Strozier, long-time member of the Arena Stage acting company, about his friend and colleague Tana Hicken. They acted in dozens of plays together over the years at Arena. When news came last month […]

Barbara Bear, theatre patron, 2014 outstanding audience member

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One of the most recognizable faces in Washington D.C.’s theater scene isn’t an actor, isn’t a high-profile writer or even an artistic director—it’s fan and patron Barbara Bear, who regularly sees more than 100 productions a year and has totaled over 5,000 theater performances since moving from Newport News to Arlington in 1961.

Kimberly Gilbert on Marie Antoinette and the power of Yes

Promotional photo of Kimberly Gilbert for Marie Antoinette (Photo courtesy of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company)

Kimberly Gilbert is starring in David Adjimi’s Marie Antoinette, running through October 12th at Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Alan Katz had a chance to talk with her a few days before opening night. AK: I’m going to start this off the way I start off all of these interviews; who are you and what have you […]

Colossal’s leading men: Michael Patrick Thornton and Joseph Carlson

As Mike (Michael Patrick Thornton) works with his physical therapist Jerry (James Whalen) his football past and Young Mike (Joseph Carlson) rush forward. (Photo: Stan Barouh)

The triumph and courage seen in Colossal, now onstage at Olney Theatre Center, is played out in a manner unlike most well-made plays. It’s not only centered on a former college football player; the guts and glory of the gridiron also serves as the basis for the play’s structure. According to actor Joseph Carlson, “It’s […]

Memphis stars open up about race, love and friendship

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It had been more than three years since Greg Twomey last took to a stage—a much acclaimed performance as Xanadu’s Sonny in Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Baltimore location—so the actor admits, he was somewhat off his game when he was cast as Huey in Toby’s current production of Memphis, playing at Toby’s Columbia location.

Kafka’s bug gets music-theatre treatment in Metamorphosis

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Nearly every generation and geographical region interprets the plight of the outsider in its own way. The end result is a literary canon of outliers and misfits, counting in their ranks Holden Caulfield, Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, Ralph Ellison’s unnamed narrator, and–perhaps most notably–Gregor Samsa, the traveling salesman who woke one morning in his family home […]

Marcus Kyd, chasing the Devil for Taffety Punk’s revival

Marcus Kyd in The Devil In His Own Words (Photo: Scott Suchman)

Despite growing up in what he called a “big time catholic family,” Marcus Kyd had lots of questions about what was being taught to him, especially about the Devil. “The Devil was always confusing to me. My big question was, ‘Why would a creature like this exist?’ It’s scary when you are a kid,” he […]

UpClose: Jayne Houdyshell and Delaney Williams from The Shoplifters

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Last week, in the Molly Smith Library, a high-ceilinged first-floor room at Arena Stage looking out onto Maine Avenue, Jayne Houdyshell and Delaney Williams spent their lunch break talking to me during a day of rehearsal for the world premiere of The Shoplifters. Williams is familiar to DC audiences, having performed at nearly every major […]

UpClose: Actress Caroline Clay in Gidion’s Knot

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As an actor, Caroline Stefanie Clay seeks out opportunities to tackle challenging roles in complex plays and she found a big one playing Corryn Fell. 

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