As You Like It star Zoë Waites on Michael Attenborough and Edward Albee

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“He wanted to do something strange and melancholic, but also very joyful.” Zoë Waites was speaking about Michael Attenborough and his choice of As You Like It, which he directed at Shakespeare Theatre Company. When I interviewed STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn at the time he announced his season, he indicated to me that Attenborough […]

Mike Nichols, a master class in living. Recollections from Richard Seff

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When Mike Nichols passed away last Wednesday night at the age of 83, I found myself needing to hit the YouTube buttons to have another look at some of the sketches he and Elaine May performed when they were working together in the late 1950s. Watching two teenagers on their first date in the car […]

There’s something about Mary (Poppins, that is)

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As a young child, Maura Hogan was somewhat obsessed with Mary Poppins, watching the movie over and over the way kids today watch Frozen or The Avengers. “I used to watch it all the time. I knew the whole movie and could recite it backwards and forwards,” she says. “It was a key part of […]

Quotidian’s Hedda Gabler – did the critics get it wrong? The director speaks out

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Michael Avolio, director of Quotidian Theatre Company’s currently running production of Hedda Gabler, spoke with DCTS’s Christopher Henley recently by e-mail about the production and its reception.

A brush with Sondheim at Saturday Night, Musicals in Mufti

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This is a little bonus notice, because it was a rare showing of Stephen Sondheim’s very first musical, written when he was in his early twenties. Twin brothers Julius and Philip Epstein, had delivered a comedy to Broadway, Chicken Every Sunday, in 1944 and had subsequently written “Casablanca” for the screen, for which they’d received […]

Playwright Mickle Maher on Happiness

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“This is the first play I wrote after writing about George Bush and John Kerry [The Strangerer], an unsexy play in which I had to spend time with characters who were unsympathetic. I wanted to flush that out of my system and write about sex – middle aged sex and love and death. Things that […]

At Theater J, a revealing talk with Tony Kushner

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Correction to this original article: The event was a benefit for the Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts at the DCJCC, which includes the literary department, music department, film department and Theater J. More info about the whole center for the arts is here: http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/. —————————— Since the DC area is filled with non-profits, charities, […]

Robert O’Hara reinvents Five Guys Named Moe for Arena Stage

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When director Robert O’Hara (The Mountaintop, resident playwright at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company) was presented with the opportunity to take on Arena Stage’s upcoming production of Five Guys Named Moe, he pondered how he could make the 1992 Tony-nominated musical his own.

Rarely performed John Cage Theatre Piece gets free performance

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It’s funny that, as influential and as storied as the experimental theatre of the 1950s and 1960s is, it remains, for the most part, lore — something you read about, think about, but don’t experience. I don’t know of any theatre company that has tried to revive Dionysus in ’69. Even the pieces that have […]

He’s mad for musicals. Now Charlie Fink is NRTC’s RuleBreaker of the year

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On Monday night, October 27th, the lobby of Woolly Mammoth Theatre was mobbed and moving among the crowd in a blue checked shirt, outstretched hand ready to welcome each person, was the man of the moment. He knew he was there on No Rules Theatre Company’s gala evening to receive an award. Little did he […]

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