Synetic’s Sleeping Beauty a holiday treat for all ages

Since its beginning in 2001, Synetic Theater has included, among its unforgettable visceral offerings, shows targeted for younger audiences including the much ballyhooed Alice in Wonderland and Beauty & The Beast, both with little to no dialogue.

Alan Paul on directing Tom Story in Fully Committed at MetroStage

When MetroStage’s artistic director Carolyn Griffin  pursued staging Becky Mode’s comedy Fully Committed, a huge hit on Broadway this year with Jesse Tyler Ferguson playing a myriad of 40 characters, she knew who she wanted in the Ferguson role: DC fave Tom Story with Alan Paul as the show’s director.

Jennifer Clements works puppets into new Christmas Carol adaptation at Creative Cauldron

Christmastime is officially upon us, heralded by the copious variants of Charles Dickens’ Yuletide classic A Christmas Carol springing up around the Washington, D.C. metro area. Offerings include the “must-see holiday tradition” at Ford’s Theatre, a musical version at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, Md., and an intimate solo rendition of the classic at Olney […]

Giving each other a gift as loving as its inspiration, Helen and Eli Pafumi team up for The Magi at Hub

A few years ago Helen Murray Pafumi, Artistic Director for the Hub Theatre, first started considering doing a stage version of O. Henry’s classic The Gift of the Magi. Then she changed her mind.

The Tarot Reading experiment – a vision for the future?

Something strange happened last Halloween: The Tarot Reading took its first steps. With both inaugural performances sold out, the brainchild of Alan Katz and Quill Nebeker could have a long future ahead. 

Remembering DC actor/director Richard M. Mancini, whose memorial is this Sunday at Keegan

So many of the benchmarks from my almost forty years working in the small professional theatre scene in Washington, DC were shared with my dear friend Richard Mancini.

TAME./Shrew: Three women talk about facing the Bard’s troubling play head on

WSC Avant Bard is presenting a world premiere and critics have lavished praise on its playwright. “Jonelle Walker’s vivid, artfully unnerving TAME. is a retort to Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew,” raved Celia Wren in The Washington Post. (The title of the play, by the way, is all caps and ends with a full-stop.) […]

Actress Andrus Nichols on the importance of A View from the Bridge here and now

“…it’s kind of terrifying how relevant it is all of a sudden.  And I’m hoping … that people are going to hear this play this time around in a way that maybe they have not heard it before.” I was speaking with Andrus Nichols who plays Beatrice in the acclaimed production of Arthur Miller’s A […]

Director David Catlin on staging Moby Dick high in the air

In the annals of American literature, most agree that Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, written by Herman Melville in 1851, is one of the greatest masterpieces of all-time. The classic story follows Ishmael telling the tale of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler the Pequod, seeking revenge on the white whale that bit off his leg at […]

“Laugh so you don’t cry.” Nu Sass opens 43 1/2 to everyone for free this weekend

Why Nu Sass Productions is giving away their closing weekend tickets to 43 1/2: The Greatest Deaths of Shakespeare’s Tragedies. “DC is an amazing city. It is full of some of the hardest working citizens in America. Public Servants keep our cities, states, and country running, and the people of DC serve those servants every day. […]

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