Brent Barrett, bringing his razzle-dazzle to Signature’s La Cage

“I have a long history with the show,” Brent Barrett told me. The extremely busy musical theatre actor, with an impressive (and international) resumé, begins previews next week playing Georges in La Cage aux Folles at Signature Theatre.

Elliott Bales, dramatic actor, turns song and dance man in 60s musical

We know Elliott Bales from his leadership at Theater Alliance and from his stage roles. The name Elliott Bales on a casting list usually signifies a drama – the retired Army Colonel mentioned in our interview his satisfaction in playing the bad guy – and in a remarkable turn as a romantic lead in Romeo and Juliet: […]

Honoring the Helen Hayes nominees: Kerri Rambow, actor, teacher and already a winner

It is an extraordinary thing to commit yourself to work in theater despite the long hours and low pay. Why do people do it? This is the last in our series highlighting this year’s Helen Hayes nominees: their work, their life, their art, their passion.

Honoring the Helen Hayes nominees: Craig Wallace, actor and director

It is an extraordinary thing to commit yourself to work in theater despite the long hours and low pay. Why do people do it? This is the third in our series highlighting this year’s Helen Hayes nominees: their work, their life, their art, their passion.

Honoring the Helen Hayes nominees: Anu Yadav, playmaker and performer

DCTS covers the 2016 Helen Hayes Awards It is an extraordinary thing to commit yourself to work in theater despite the long hours and low pay. Why do people do it? This is the second in our series highlighting this year’s Helen Hayes nominees: their work, their life, their art, their passion. It is fall, and […]

Honoring the Helen Hayes nominees: Matthew M. Nielson, Sound Design

It is an extraordinary thing to commit yourself to work in theater despite the long hours and low pay. Why do people do it? This is the first in a series highlighting this year’s Helen Hayes nominees: their work, their life, their art, their passion. Matthew M. Nielson has received four Helen Hayes awards for […]

There’s new action at Spooky Action Theater – a live video game

Escape rooms have been all the rage recently, and Spooky Action Theater is getting in on the trend with Happy Hour, a production created by German theater collective machina eX, which offers a live-action twist on the escape room video game genre.

New company, Perisphere Theater, leads off with Mamet’s Oleanna

What does it take to start a professional theatre company in our area, which already has a large number of companies vying for performance space and audiences? One person who knows firsthand is Heather Benjamin, a familiar face in our region for the past 15 years, first as an actor and, starting in 2012, as a director.

Katie Keyser on her two roles in City of Angels at NextStop Theatre

Even though City of Angels was a Broadway smash in 1990, taking home Tony’s for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score, here it is 26 years later and it’s still yet to be performed by a D.C.-area professional theater company. That is, until now.

Watch Broadway stars talk about which show made them say “I want to do that!”

Do you remember which play or musical made you fall in love with theatre? Yesterday, Jonathan Mandell attended the Drama Desk Awards reception and asked this year’s nominees  – most of whom have also been nominated for Tony Awards  – which show made them realize they wanted to be a performer.

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