TACT says a musical goodbye with its own Broadway Hit Parade

The cast of American Century Theater's production of Lady in the Dark

On a cool April evening in 1996, a professional production of the musical Lady In the Dark lit up a darkened theater and thrilled audiences for the first time since the show’s 1941 run. That 1941 production starred Gertrude Lawrence, introduced Danny Kaye to the entertainment world, and ran for 2½ years in three different […]

Greg Pierce on creating Kid Victory with John Kander


“The impetus was from both of us,” Greg Pierce said about the new musical Kid Victory, currently in previews at Signature Theatre. Pierce wrote the book and lyrics, to music by John Kander. Kander is the Kander of Kander and Ebb, the prolific and successful team responsible for Chicago, the longest-running American musical in Broadway […]

Last of the Whyos director goes big on Spooky Action’s small stage

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When Richard Henrich, Spooky Action Theater’s Artistic Director,  was looking for a new play by a woman playwright to run this season, he reached out to one of his favorite directors, Rebecca Holderness, to see if she had anything in mind.

Chris Henley talks with the two queens of Mary Stuart, Holly Twyford and Kate Eastwood Norris


A funny thing happened on the way to the Folger. Outside the front door, I saw a poster for its production of Mary Stuart. I was there to interview the actors playing Mary, Queen of Scots, and her rival monarch, Elizabeth I of England. I had assumed that Holly Twyford was playing Mary and that […]

Chris Henley shares laughs with political humorist Mark Russell


“When I retired, I was telling people that I would dedicate the rest of my life to being an amusing dinner guest. The problem with that was, when I would start to say something, at that moment the waiter would arrive with the list of specials.”

Chicago’s John O’Hurley is back playing his favorite role, slickster Billy Flynn


John O’Hurley is one of those actors who everyone seems to recognize. The veteran character actor has been a fixture on TV for more than three decades, finding his breakout role as J. Peterman on Seinfeld.

Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith: creating the new musical Turn of the Screw at Creative Cauldron


The latest in our area’s world premiere productions takes us back to a literary classic. The Turn of the Screw, now onstage at ArtSpace Falls Church, is the inaugural production in Creative Cauldron’s initiative to create new plays for smaller venues.

Acclaimed English playwright Doug Lucie, rarely produced in the states. Until now.


LOUISE: I’m writing a book, you know. I’ve nearly finished. Self-help. A loser’s handbook. It’s dreadfully down-market, I’m afraid, but that’s where the money is, and that’s why I’m writing it. I already have an American publisher. So I shall probably amass tons of money and buy myself an island, or a piece of one, […]

What shade Sherlock? Jess Goldstein, master of Baskerville’s quick change costumes


Arena Stage’s newest world premiere by Ken Ludwig, Baskerville, is a rollicking comedy where 3 actors play 30+ characters in a jam-packed 2 hours of farcical fun. Heading to the back offices of Arena, I met with Jess Goldstein, whose role as Costume Designer for Baskerville tasked him with creating literally dozens of designs for […]

Jessica Frances Dukes: Booty Candy, The Good Wife and now King Hedley II


When King Hedley II opens at Arena Stage on February 6, Jessica Frances Dukes will appear in the role of Tonya. It’s a special moment in time for the native Washingtonian: her six-year-old self first sat in the audience of that hallowed regional theater. “It’s almost like graduation year for me,” she says as we […]

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