Most memorable moments on DC area stages in 2016

As this year closes, perhaps you, like we, are thinking back over your own year spent watching the various riches spread before us by Washington area theatres. I asked our staff for their most vivid memories. We hope you will share your own as comments for us all to savor.

Fritz Lang’s silent movie Metropolis gets new Tom Teasley percussive score (review)

In Constellation Theatre Company’s screeningof Metropolis, Tom Teasley’s live music breathes new life into the 89-year-old classic. Every production in Constellation’s 10th season will feature live music, but this production takes that idea and runs with it. A Constellation collaborator since The Arabian Nights in their first season, Tom Teasley provides a live and partially […]

Allison Stockman on directing Constellation’s Urinetown

  When Urinetown first played the New York Fringe Festival in 2001, it became one of the most buzz-worthy musicals to hit the Big Apple in years. With an outrageous original story by Greg Kottis and music by Mark Hollmann, the story details a city in the midst of a dire water shortage and an all-powerful […]

Urinetown: The Musical from Constellation Theatre (review)

It takes a lot of balls but maybe not much brain to call a musical “Urinetown,” and the joke is made several times in the show just what a terrible name it is.  But that’s the point.  This constantly self-referential musical makes fun of the very form while ever stuffing the show with familiar boondoggle […]

My won’t-miss shows for this season

If you’re like me, you’ve already done your Christmas shopping, filled out your budget for the next fiscal year, and made arrangements for your final repose after The Event Which Awaits Us All occurs. Now it’s time for something much more difficult: planning your theater season.

Journey to the West from Constellation Theatre (review)

April turns out to be an “epic” month in the city. This week Washington National Opera opens its much-anticipated full “Ring Cycle” by Richard Wagner, and Constellation Theatre, the company that sails into the theater awards ceremony with more Helen Hayes nominations than any other company this year, has just debuted its production of Mary […]

Constellation’s 10th anniversary season: three plays and a movie

Constellation Theatre Company will celebrate its tenth anniversary season with a wildly successful contemporary musical, a children’s story set on stage and Mary Zimmerman’s reanimation of a classic tale, the Company announced Friday. It will further leaven the season with a four-day showing of the classic Fritz Lang silent film, Metropolis, backed by original music […]

At Source, a cast reunion: Equus 1982 and Equus 2016

“That play and that experience — what’s that lovely word? Seminal.” Actor Kryztov Lindquist was talking about Equus.

Ready to laugh? 8 dog gifs perfectly sum up last night’s Helen Hayes Award nominations

1.  This Chihuahua Who Found Out That There Was No Live Stream of the Nomination Announcements, But Then Remembered That Twitter is a Thing. Notice that she is still real disappointed. I’m sure someone did the calculations on viewership and setup cost and it didn’t work out, but that doesn’t mean that one still can’t […]

Equus from Constellation Theatre (review)

Martin Dysart (Michael Kramer) is a child psychiatrist going through the motions of what he calls “career menopause,” when his good friend Hesther Salomon, (Kathleen Akerley), a court magistrate, brings him the troubling case of a teenage boy who violently blinded six horses.

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