Up Close look at Our War at Arena Stage

The cast of Our War (Photo: Teresa Wood)

When I first found out about Our War at Arena Stage, I was fascinated. The production is massive in scale, a conglomeration of monologues about and reacting to the Civil War, spanning more than 100 years over 25 monologues, each written by a different playwright.

Close Up of Sex with Strangers stars Holly Twyford and Luigi Sottile

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“Intimate and intelligent” is how Laura Eason’s Sex with Strangers has been described. And, yes, it’s about sex. But according to actors Luigi Sottile and Holly Twyford, that only scratches the surface.

Tom Story talks with Chris Henley about Wolfe Twins

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“I fell in love with it instantly when I read it. There is something about it that I connected to emotionally.” Tom Story has a sister. Not only in real life, but also in The Wolfe Twins, the world premiere of which had its official opening yesterday at Studio Theatre. Story and I spoke a […]

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

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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

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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

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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

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“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 […]

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