Personal tributes to actor Ralph Cosham. Memorial service announced.

Michael Tolaydo and Ralph Cosham in The Real Inspector Hound, MetroStage (2011)

Ralph Cosham, one of the busiest, best regarded, and best loved of local actors, died on September 30th. Anyone who frequents our stages will have seen him numerous times and will be a great admirer of his work. He was 78 years old and had battled heart problems for several years. John Dow, a close […]

Aaron Kubey, directing ASL for musical Visible Language

Aaron Kubey, Visible Language's Director of Artistic Signing (Photo courtesy of WSC Avant Bard)

A musical that incorporates American Sign Language poses some challenges, but when done correctly, makes for a wondrous and memorable production. That’s sure to be the case when the WSC Avant Bard Theatre presents Visible Language, a world premiere musical about the 1890s culture war that changed the life of every deaf person in America.

Up close with Fetch Clay, Make Man stars Roscoe Orman and Eddie Ray Jackson


During the turbulent years of the Civil Rights Era, two men forged an unlikely friendship. Former movie star Lincoln Perry was better known in his heyday as the comical, stereotypical caricature of a black man, Stepin Fetchit. By the mid-1960s, Perry was hardly remembered and if he was, it was with derision or as the […]

Christopher Henley talks Lobster Alice with Flying V


Lobster Alice. No, it’s not a specialty at some upscale Cleveland Park hotspot for foodies. It’s a play running for one more week (through October 12th) at the Writer’s Center in downtown Bethesda, a production by the theatre company Flying V. I saw it on Monday night, and I loved it.

UpClose: Bruce Alan Rauscher talks with John Glass

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- The following is a rare interview with actor Bruce Alan Rauscher by John Glass, editor of Drama Urge, who granted us permission to re-post it here. – Bruce Alan Rauscher first came on my radar in a big way with The American Century Theater’s production of Visit to a Small Planet by Gore Vidal. […]

Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Live Garra brings a bit of Broadway to Silver Spring


Anyone who has ever met Wanda Whiteside will tell you that the theatre lover would produce a play in a gymnasium or a parking lot if it meant getting eyeballs on a performance.

Trust comes easy for Venus in Fur stars Elan Zafir and Kathryn Tkel


“In this play, given the subject matter, you need to be comfortable with your partner, and know they have your back, and Katie is like my partner in crime.”  Elan Zafir Back when they were classmates at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting, Elan Zafir and Kathryn Tkel were friends and locker-neighbors and […]

UpClose with Charlie Pollock in Elmer Gantry


Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to head down to Signature Theatre to have a chat with Charlie Pollock, who plays the title role in Elmer Gantry, (opening October 7th,) recently on Broadway in Violet and on TV’s The Good Wife. James Gardiner, Publicity and Community Relations Manager for Signature, lead me to a conference room […]

Tiny houses host Pinky Swear’s tiny plays


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


“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 […]

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