First look at Yentl at Theater J with director Shirley Serotsky


Barbra Streisand, her hair cropped boyishly close, singing “Papa, can you hear me?” It’s a memory that takes people back to the early 1980s. As we watch her character now, disguising as a man in order to avail herself of religious studies from which women were precluded, it provokes thoughts about gender that resonate differently […]

The Globe’s Joseph Marcell: why Lear, why now.


“A performance just ended. We just finished a matinee —in the sunshine.” Joseph Marcell had stepped off the stage after playing what is certainly one of the most demanding roles in the Shakespearean canon. He wasn’t being treated to a little rest or to some down time. He was being rewarded for his efforts by […]

Kathleen Akerley on Pol Pot & Associates and stretching her wings

Kathleen Akerley, Artistic Director of Longacre Lea

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 […]

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


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 on his retirement

brad hathaway2

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

(l-r) Ben Mehl as Jonathan Pollard and Joel Rooks as Rafi Eitan

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

Brian Childers as Danny Kaye and Danny Kaye

“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 […]

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