DC fans of theatrical horror, the often grisly Grand Guignol-style, will remember Molotov Theatre Group and its co-founder, actor/director Alex Zavistovich, who got them hooked. Molotov’s 2014 production of Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe by Eric Coble proved to be its most successful. While producing Molotov stage plays in DC, Zavistovich was also one of […]
Denied a stage, Academy of Classical Acting 2020 grads perform Shakespeare and Shaw as live radio plays
Due to the coronavirus, the intensive one-year MFA in Acting, Academy for Classical Acting, a joint venture between Shakespeare Theatre Company and George Washington University, was unable to hold final live performances for its students, but that doesn’t mean the class won’t perform. Under the guidance of ACA Program Director Alec Wild, the school’s 20th […]
DC Freshman becomes youngest ever winner of ESU National Shakespeare Competition
Ava Blum, a 14-year-old freshman at Georgetown Day High School, recently took home first place in the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. A resident of Washington D.C.’s The Palisades neighborhood, Blum was first exposed to William Shakespeare when she read Julius Caesar in school and soon after entered her first Shakespeare monologue completion. “I decided […]
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company holds free live-streamed Progressive Party April 20
With its planned fundraising spring gala impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is basking in a “show must go on” mentality and will host its live-streamed Progressive Party on Monday, April 20. Originally planned as a progressive dinner in partnership with José Andrés’ Oyamel and China Chilcano, the now free online […]
DC area theatres share their love for Victor Shargai on Valentine’s Day.
From dimming a marquee, to moments of silence, to toasts and notes and thanks, this Valentine’s Day, the DC area theater community will express its love for Victor Shargai, philanthropist, long-time Board Chair of theatreWashington and champion of theaters big and small, who passed away on Dec. 24, 2019. A few companies shared their thoughts […]
The Simon & Garfunkel Story. Fitting for our times, ‘The Sound of Silence’ and other S&G hits coming soon to DC.
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel met in elementary school back in the ’50s, and had their first taste of musical success as teens, performing as the duo, Tom & Jerry. They were signed to their first recording contact in 1963, singing folk and utilizing their real names—Simon & Garfunkel. Both have said they never imagined […]
Tonya Beckman on Spring Awakening at Round House and the relevance of the 2006 musical to teens and parents today
Bethesda-based Round House Theatre will be staging the groundbreaking musical Spring Awakening under the direction of Alan Paul. Previews begin January 22nd. Set in the late 19th century Germany, the musical follows a repressed group of teenagers dealing with their emerging sexuality. With book & lyrics by Steven Sater and music by pop star Duncan Sheik, […]
A fight breaks out in Bethesda’s Harp and Fiddle Pub. It’s Joe Calarco’s play, A Measure of Cruelty
In 2009, a 15-year-boy was doused with rubbing alcohol by four middle school classmates, who lit him on fire in a heinous tragedy that rocked a South Florida community. A few years later, playwright Joe Calarco was commissioned by the Mosaic Theatre in Plantation, Fla., to pen a play about the events, though he wasn’t […]
Surprise hit show of 2019
This year, as we’ve already reported, 26 productions were so popular at the box office they earned extensions and 5 productions were co-produced and played or will play in each company’s theatres. But for one, the response was so overwhelming, the producing company not only found another location, but sees demand to produce it in 2020. […]
Adam Grupper plays a radicalized Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady
When director Bartlett Sher mounted an acclaimed production of the classic Lerner and Loewe musical My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center last year, it reminded many theater lovers why – with songs like “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly – this musical remains so dear to […]
Review: A Christmas Story, The Musical at Toby’s Dinner Theatre, a sweet treat for the holidays
It’s always a risky proposition to transform a beloved film into a musical, and for every Beetlejuice or Mean Girls success story, there’s a Ghost or Pretty Woman that just couldn’t muster the same passionate fan base as their movie counterparts. A musical version of A Christmas Story, based on the cult holiday classic movie […]
“Young people are rising up to shape the world they want to live in.” Joe Montoya, Crutchie in Newsies
Newsies, the movie, established a cult following in 1992, with a pre-Dark Knight Christian Bale playing Jack Kelly, a 17-year-old newspaper hawker in New York City who leads the 1899 newsboys strike, protesting two of the country’s most powerful men, Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. Theater lovers came to appreciate Disney’s story and music […]
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