The Call playwright and TV writer Tanya Barfield: “It’s nearly impossible to make a living in the theatre”

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The Call by Tanya Barfield is one of those rare plays that puts the most intimate of situations into a compelling global context. It’s the story of a white couple in the U.S. who decide to adopt a child from Africa. The intersection of the couple’s personal struggles and the international implications of the transaction […]

It’s the best of times for Alex Mills, starring in Synetic’s Tale of Two Cities

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“People are going to see a full drag transformation on stage. No smoke and mirrors.” Alex Mills considered this for a second, and then qualified: “Well, there will be mirrors.” He was speaking to me during a break from technical rehearsals at Synetic Theatre, where he will play the lead role in A Tale of […]

Censoring history. Lynskey and Russotto team up for provocative The Letters at MetroStage

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An office in 1930’s Soviet Union is the setting for John W. Lowell’s The Letters, a play based on the real life Soviet efforts to edit the sexually frank letters of composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, on stage now at MetroStage in Alexandria, VA.

Jacqueline E. Lawton: adapting Wizard of Oz and what’s next

Playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton (Photo: Jason Hornick)

After a performance of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz that my family attended, my daughter walked into the lobby where the actors were waiting to greet the audience. She walked up to one of them and embraced her. Sure, in my book, that is about the best review the show could get. The actual press […]

Smash favorite Wesley Taylor leads Signature’s Cabaret as The Emcee

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While the TV show Smash may not have lived up to its name in the ratings department, the ambitious NBC show about the trials and tribulations of putting on a Broadway musical captured millions of viewers and brought many theater actors a legion of fans away from the Great White Way.

Janet Langhart Cohen and Anne & Emmett. What we don’t want to talk about

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A new production of Janet Langhart Cohen’s Anne & Emmett will be presented this weekend at MetroStage. I talked to Ms. Cohen recently to find out more about her background and why she chose to write this play about Anne Frank and Emmett Till. Janet Langhart Cohen was at a gathering when a woman questioned […]

Marley star Saycon Sengbloh on playing Rita Marley

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Saycon Sengbloh is a huge Bob Marley fan. As a child, she listened to his music all the time, read books about his life and saw numerous documentaries about the Reggae giant. So, when she heard that there was a Baltimore casting call for a new musical about his life, the New York-based actress knew […]

Like your theatre intense? Rick Hammerly has your ticket to Closet Land

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It was an unusual invitation that I received from a colleague and friend about the final four chances to see her current performance: “Please read the description and warnings about the show. It is rather brutal. That said, I am very proud of the production and believe it is an experience in the theatre unlike […]

What show changed your life? Tony Award nominees respond

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We probably all have an answer to ‘What show changed your life?’  For DCTS editor Lorraine Treanor, her path to being an English teacher changed the day she saw Elaine Stritch perform in Sail Away.

Why one Tony Award nominee won’t give up his day job

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While it’s not hard to find an actor or writer waiting tables or bartending in New York to make ends meet, we found one Tony Award nominee who doesn’t plan to give up his day job. Here’s why.

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