The 2015-2016 DC area theatre season opens this week

With 286 shows already announced, and 24 companies still to be revealed, the new season, which begins this week, can already be predicted to surpass the busy 2014-2015 season.

Falling Slowly and totally for Once at The Kennedy Center (review)


Once has been more than once a phenomenon, first as a runaway independent film then as an unlikely Broadway hit winning eight of eleven nominated Tony Awards, including Best Musical. I’ll say it’s a show worth seeing more than once, and I, for one, am going back for more!

Singer/songwriter Ryan Link at home on the national tour of Once

Ryan Link

If one were to have asked Ryan Link what he envisioned for his life while in his early 20s, he would have never answered anything to do with Broadway or the theater, but here he is at an age he describes as “young enough to do it, but old enough to do it right” and […]

Stage Briefs by Keith Loria

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A roundup of some of this week’s theatrical news and notes from Capital Fringe Festival, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Kennedy Center, The Welders, Molotov Theatre, DC Hip-Hop Festival, Wolf Trap, and National Theatre.

Review: TETRISplus, Netherland’s dance troupe perform at The Kennedy Center


I yelled “bravo” during a round of applause yesterday. I’ve never done that before. And it wasn’t even at the end of a show. It was during the act break. Of a children’s dance piece. Color me delightfully surprised.

Entremeses at Iberian Suite festivel


A lone tree trunk, with spiky, bare branches, is the minimalist set. Immediately, I felt thrust into a landscape for Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, uninviting for Spanish hospitality. Yet that tree serves as a perfect symbol for what we see.

Kennedy Center’s Iberian Suite festival debuts performers from around the world


Continuing its acclaimed winter celebrations of international arts, (recently World Stages in 2014 and Nordic Cool in 2013), the Kennedy Center is presenting “Iberian Suite: Global Arts Remix,” which opened March 3rd and closes March 24.

An opulent production of Broadway-bound Gigi, reviewed


Vanessa Hudgens is a brief breath of spring amid this harsh winter as the spirited gamine Gigi in a new, Broadway-bound production of the Lerner and Loewe musical Gigi now underway at the Kennedy Center under the direction of Eric Schaeffer.

The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible


I have to admit I am something of a magic geek. I love seeing the impossible and having magicians do things that my mind just can’t fathom. It’s one of the reasons I was so excited about seeing The Illusionists at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House; after all, the stage was going to be shared […]

Megan Hilty spreads holiday cheer at The Kennedy Center

Megan Hilty

Holiday concerts…what do we want? My expectations for a holiday gig are certainly quite different than the usual fare in the Barbara Cook Spotlight Series. If a Broadway star is going to be singing “Jingle Bells”, I don’t guess I’ll be commenting, “wow, look at that emotional connection” or “S/he really landed all the jokes […]

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