As the theater industry recovers from COVID-19 and considers a social justice reckoning, the 2020 presidential election is high stakes, resulting in “Act Out: Vote 2020,” an online performance livestreamed on Oct. 29 at 9 p.m. According to Chiara Klein (she), the director of artistic producing at Baltimore Center Stage (BCS) who invited theaters to […]
Theatre artists gather Monday, June 8, in vigil to honor black lives lost to police violence. Organizers tell its purpose and how you can be there.
On Monday, June 8, Galvanize DC and Actors Arena will host “Making Space To Breathe/Gathering To Grieve” outside Arena Stage at 7 p.m. The artist-driven vigil is being held to create a safe space to acknowledge what everyone is going through and to honor the lives of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery […]
Live Zoom shows already feel “old school.” One young company’s new show pushes its boundaries
“O that this too solid flesh would melt, / Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!” Hamlet cries out in his first soliloquy of the eponymous Shakespeare play. And as Shoshana Tarkow (she/her, resident director) and Megan Lohne (she/her, resident playwright) of Like Fresh Skin discovered, many young people in the midst of the COVID-19 […]
Quarantine playlist: Daniella’s 6 comfort songs opens with Sondheim
It’s been about six weeks since I came back home to New Jersey after my college moved to online classes for the rest of the semester, and like many students, it’s taken some adjusting. At this point, it’s all about learning to be okay living in a period of waiting and finding the comfort in […]
Olney Theatre’s running Zoom classes for kids and adults. Here’s how it’s going.
At Olney Theater Center, although all performances and the National Players tour are canceled, the artistic staff, education staff and the National Players have found a new way to stay engaged with the community — through eight hours of Zoom classes on Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All classes are free […]
In a world shut in by COVID-19, 3 DMV theaters find innovative uses for Zoom
Zoom is currently a common mode of communication for the world affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools and colleges use it for online classes; companies are using it for meetings; friends and family use it to stay in touch during a time of social distancing. For theatre companies, Zoom has proven to be an innovative […]
How Monumental Theatre honors Head Over Heels’ celebration of acceptance with a young, inclusive cast
Head Over Heels made a splash on Broadway in 2016, notably starring the first transgender actor playing an out nonbinary character in a Broadway musical — Peppermint as Phythio. Now, the DMV is about to experience a whole new “Beat,” as Monumental Theatre Company produces the first regional production of this musical, which is based on […]
Review: Miss You Like Hell at Olney Theatre Center.
Olney Theatre Center’s production of Miss You Like Hell explores issues of immigration policies, parental abandonment and the power of Latinx women. Lisa Portes makes her Olney Theatre directing debut with the musical’s second recent production in our area (the first was at Baltimore Center Stage last fall.) Portes gives us a powerful production that […]
Traditions change. Even for Fiddler on the Roof. Choreographer Christopher Evans on Fiddler’s revised choreography
Professional productions of Fiddler on the Roof traditionally feature the iconic Jerome Robbins choreography from the original production. The 2015 Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof was the first major production to get permission to use new choreography, created by Hofesh Schechter and his company. That revival is now on tour across North America, […]
Review: Mozart’s whimsical The Magic Flute from Washington National Opera
Wild things abound in this production of Washington National Opera’s The Magic Flute, currently playing at the Kennedy Center. With Maurice Sendak’s artwork at its forefront, the opera’s elements of childlike whimsy makes it an entertaining night for audiences of all ages. Conventions of opera are adhered to, with all of the classical training obvious […]
Review: Theory at Mosaic Theater, freedom of speech on a college campus rings true
If you were given free rein to say whatever you want about anything you want…how far would you go? And if you were the moderator of that kind of environment, at what point would you interfere? That’s what Norman Yeung explores in Theory, making its American debut at Mosaic Theater Company. The play was originally […]
How Matthew McGee, Little Shop’s puppet master, created new, more terrifying Audrey IIs
In a season with high profile productions of Little Shop of Horrors on Broadway and across the country, the DMV is getting its own taste of the Alan Menken sci-fi musical theatre classic this October, with a new twist. Little Shop of Horrors at Constellation Theatre Company may be in a small space, but they’re […]
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