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'Our War' Brings Big Names, Historical Themes to Arena Stage

Almost 30 esteemed playwrights, commissioned to write monologues and vignettes. An ensemble of six local actors, joined by nearly 30 ...

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Marie Antoinette—This play by hot playwright David Adjani is part celebrity-conscious send-up, part historical grand guignol, and, thanks to ...

Fresh, Energetic, Seductive ‘Evita’ at Kennedy Center

"Evita" at the Kennedy Center brings a fresh, tango-flavored feel to the story of the Argentinian icon's life.

'Shoplifters': Laughter, Food for Thought at Arena

Arena Stage's production of "The Shoplifters" is a riotously funny play, evoking ripples, riffs and even whoops of laughter from the audience.

Corcoran Alumni Hold 'Funeral' for Shattered Gallery

Former staffers and friends mourned the passing of one of Washington, D.C.'s great art institutions: the Corcoran Gallery of Art, founded in 1869.

'Marie Antoinette': Celebrity Lessons for Today

It is stylish and pulls in many directions, but what makes "Marie Antoinette" is the transcendent performance of Kimberly Gilbert as the queen.

Delaney Williams of 'Shoplifters': Familiar Face at Arena

People seeing Delaney Williams as Otto, a security guard, in the Arena Stage world premiere production of “The Shoplifters (by ...

Soprano Nicole Cabell Saves the Day for Washington Concert Opera

When the lead fell ill, soprano Nicole Cabell stepped into the role of Guiletta in Vincenzo Bellini’s “I Capuleti e I Montecchi."

Nancy Robinette and Her 'Miss Daisy'

The space—a bare room with a table and chairs, no decorations on the wall in the Shakespeare Theatre’s ...

Catan’s “Florencia:” A Magical Quest for Love

Daniel Catan’s “Florencia of the Amazon” throbs with the gorgeous, surging tones of 19th-century romanticism.

WNO's 'Florencia': the Amazon and Magic of Marquez

“Florencia in the Amazon,” the season-opening offering of the Washington National Opera, debuts Saturday, Sept. 20.

Wolf Trap Ball: 'Lifted By The Arts, We Soar'

The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts hosted its annual ball Sept. 13. The soiree was held on the stage of the Filene Center and was presented in partnership with the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates.

Wolf Trap CEO Arvind Manocha Speaks at Cultural Leadership Breakfast

Arvind Manocha, the newly installed President and CEO at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, spoke at the Georgetown Media Group’s second Cultural Leadership Breakfast at the George Town Club Sept. 11.

With 'Little Dancer,' a Sculpture Comes to Life

Lynn Ahrens is getting excited.

After literally years of working to bring the story of the girl who posed for ...

Chicago's Rutter Takes the Helm at the Kennedy Center

Deborah F. Rutter, the new president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, its first female president, and only ...

Now Playing

A number of Washington area theater groups have begun their seasons. Here’s a look at what’s playing now.

'Dirty Dancing': Still Having the Time of Its Life

"Dirty Dancing" never quite left the scene, as its diehard fans can attest and a new production shows.

Who is Lear? Next month at the Folger: Joseph Marcell

The native of St. Lucia, board member of Shakespeare’s Globe, member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and one-time global television star, is on another tour of “King Lear,” the Bard’s grandest, most difficult, most compelling tragedy.

'Dirty Dancing': Edgy, Sharp Moves, Passionate Fans

"Dirty Dancing" is everything you remember -- and the ghost of Patrick Swayze remains -- but a new dancers have brought new energy to the 1980s story at the National Theatre.

Tana Hicken: an Unforgettable Gift to Washington Theater

If you have attended the theater in D.C., it is likely that you were charmed by the transformative acting of Tana Hicken.

Believe It: 25 Years of Signature Theatre

“Sometimes, it’s hard to believe it all,” said Eric Schaeffer, the Artistic Director of Signature Theatre, which has begun ...

A Play, a ‘Bird’ That’s Not So ‘Stupid’

That’s some bird, that stupid f-----g bird.

That would be “Stupid F------g Bird,” the play by director-playwright Aaron Posner ...

'Report to the Academy': Far Beyond 'The Planets of the Apes'

At the Fringe Festival, Scena's production of "Report to the Academy" finds its founder, Robert McNamara, playing the principal role.

'Carrie: the Musical' With Songs, Blood and Shock Enough

You know the story and probably recall the movie. Now, it's a musical at Studio Theatre that is high energy with its special spell.

Fringe Festival Is Back for 18 Days, 15 Venues

There’ll be over a 150 plays and shows to choose from. Here’s a look at a few we ...

A Tribute to the Everly Brothers, June 28

Ruthie and the Wranglers will be at Gypsy Sally's Saturday night in a homage to the Everly Brothers.

'Sideshow' and 'Lion King,' Magical Musicals at Kennedy Center

While they may seem very different, "Sideshow" and "The Lion King" have been embraced by their audiences with similar passion.

Jay Leno: First Late Night Host to Get Twain Prize

For this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor -- to be given Oct. 19 -- the Kennedy Center selected Jay Leno.

‘Side Show’ is Back, Bigger Than Ever

Once upon a time, say, Oct. 16, 1997, a musical opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway.

This is ...

D.C.’s ‘Experimental Orchestral Laboratory’ is Ten Years Old

“We’re radical subversives,” asserts Joe Horowitz, former New York Times music critic and author of eight books, including a ...

Jazz Legend Monty Alexander at the Howard Friday

Monty Alexander will be at the Howard Theatre tomorrow night for a lively jazz jam. His conversation with entertainment writer Gary Tischler was just as lively.

Gero and Keach: Shakespearean Roles of Two Lifetimes

At the Shakespeare Guild, two great actors -- Ed Gero and Stacey Keach -- talked about their various roles in the Bard's plays.

D.C. Becomes Jazz City

Sometimes the rapidly changing landscape of this city resembles an ongoing jazz improvisation, always moving, going here, going there, always ...

'Freud's Last Session': Truths Out of Time

Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis met for dinner and a discussion just as World War II begins.

 Rene Marie: an Inspiration Herself, Inspired by Eartha Kitt

One of the finest—and most original—music albums of any sort came out late last year,  further enlarging the ...

Ten Years for Tetreault at Ford’s Theatre

When Ford’s Theatre’s co-production with Signature Theatre of “Hello Dolly!” won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident ...

'Smokey Joe’s Café' Makes Old New Again

The songs of Leiber and Stoller get the Arena Stage treatment by Randy Johnson and have a fresh exuberance.

Mighty Night for Jazz With Blue Note at Kennedy Center

For jazz lovers, "Blue Note at 75, the Concert" was the place to be at the Kennedy Center Sunday night.

‘Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín’ at Strathmore

“Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín” is never just a concert, a performance, a presentation of a masterpiece. The multimedia concert-drama ...

'Blue Note at 75' Through Sunday at Kennedy Center

Many of the giants of jazz recorded on the Blue Note label, and the Kennedy Center celebrates with an all-star concert this Sunday.

‘The Admission’: Israeli-Palestinian Secrets

For its audience and within its own characters, the thought-provoking "The Admission" stirs up the emotions of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Kaneko's Art Energizes WNO's 'Magic Flute'

Call it the extra magical "Magic Flute." The reviewer and the kids in the audience loved the Washington National Opera production at the Kennedy Center.

'Smokey Joe' and Randy Johnson's Musical Universe

Director Randy Johnson has another song fest at Arena Stage: “Smokey Joe’s Café, the Songs of Leiber and Stoller."

30th Helen Hayes Awards: Spreading the Wealth

No matter how much you change things, core things remain the same.

That was the case with the 30th annual ...

Soloman Howard’s Wizardry in WNO’s ‘Magic Flute’

Here’s a hot tip: “The Magic Flute” is coming.

Mozart’s last opera was a big hit at its ...

D.C.'s Own Passport Event Shows Off 50 Embassies

When "Passport DC" starts in May, visit a range of nations without ever leaving the city.

'Hair': Hippies in the Age of Millennials?

As "Hair" approaches its half-century mark, our critic recalls its early days -- and talks about today's involved production at the Keegan Theatre on Church Street.

'Spelling Bee': Still Small-Town and Seductive

Arts critic Gary Tischler finds “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” as happily small-town, surprising and seductive as ever—and with Broadway verve.

Emotional Premiere: Carter and ‘Camp David’

Only in Washington. You go to see a play, and you’re in the middle of a historic moment about ...

Hal Holbrook

Listening to Hal Holbrook in a phone interview, it’s easy to think that Mark Twain might still be alive ...

Hip-Hop at the Kennedy Center

On the heels of “World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014,” an eclectic festival of new theater, new styles and new ...

'Elixir of Love': You'll Want to Drink This Operatic Potion

In "Elixir of Love," Donizetti’s score is gorgeous, smooth, romantic and soaring. This opera has a little bit of everything in it.

Richard Thomas: Playing the 39th President

The actor Richard Thomas knows a little about icons. He’s pretty close to being one himself.

After all, he ...

Sting, Simon, Ellington Students: Magical Night at Strathmore

It was an extraordinary evening with Sting and Paul Simon -- all to benefit an extraordinary institution, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Director's Cut on 'Richard III' at Folger Will Last

You have less than a week to see "Richard III" at the Folger. It is well worth the stage re-design and drawing the audience closer.

Antony Walker of Washington Concert Opera: ‘It’s All About the Music’

Conductor and art director Antony Walker is a busy man, whether in Sydney, Pittsburgh, Foggy Bottom or Georgetown.

Tischler’s Picks

“Richard III” at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre is a never before re-configuration of the Elizabethan Theatre, murder most foul all ...

Keep The Curtain Open!

The spring theater season is off to a strong start, with some venues pushing boundaries with their productions and others ...

WNO's 'Moby-Dick': Inventive American Triumph

Our writer's enthusiastic review makes us want to go to this opera -- and finish reading Herman Melville's "Moby Dick."

'We Are Proud to Present': Daring, Difficult, at Woolly

A play within a play about Namibia and German atrocities makes for a drama that tries the audience at Woolly Mammoth.

LuPone, Patinkin, Cole Porter and ‘Moby Dick’

When you have a large performing arts community, as we are fortunate to have in Washington, diversity—and connections— make ...

Roseanne Cash: `River & Thread' of Memories

The voice on the phone is clear and friendly, not unlike the singing voice. It’s conversational, the voice of ...

With Turner, Arena's Ambitious 'Mother Courage' Is Epic

"Mother Courage and Her Children" is a big, war-weary trip at the Arena and worth the fearsome ride, says art critic Gary Tischler.

After Visiting D.C. Schools, Dinnerstein at the Kennedy Center Feb. 9

The pianist Simone Dinnerstein, the late-blooming star of the classical musical world, is—to put it in Willie Nelson’s ...

Intense 'Richard III' Is in Your Face at Folger

When you watch actor Drew Cortese stalk the stage or stand and scan the audience for approval as the murderous ...

Winter Theater Season Off to Lively Start

Washington’s 2014 theater scene offers an eclectic mix of entertainment. We’ve got Shakespeare, Moliere, Oscar Wilde. We’ve ...

‘Peter Pan’ So Old, Yet So Young

Peter Pan is old. The boy hero—who refused to grow up, who could fly and who lived in Neverland ...

A New Tradition of American Music: Gypsy Sally’s

There was a time—during the 1970s, the 1980s and a little beyond—when Georgetown and its surrounding areas vibrated ...

'Earnest': Wilde at His Best, Delicious Word Play

It is the Shakespeare Theatre's version of "The Importance of Being Earnest,” and arts critic Gary Tischler deemed it delicious on many levels.

'Tallest Tree' at Arena: the Grandeur and Range of Paul Robeson

The full life of Paul Robeson is impressively on full display at Arena Stage's "Tallest Tree in the Forest."

What a Feeling: 'Flashdance' at the Kennedy Center

"Flashdance" had musical cache to begin with -- and gets even more songs in the musical at the Kennedy Center.

At the Olney, Montalban, Morella Tackle Iconic Roles: King of Siam and Scrooge

Actors take on familiar characters with "The King and I" and "A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas,” both at the Olney.

Larry Cahn's Take on Walter Hobbs in 'Elf'

Veteran actor Larry Cahn becomes Walter Hobbs in "Elf" at the Kennedy Center, a role made famous by James Caan.

'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner': Still Fresh in Obama's America

The audience at "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" at Arena made the play's experience even better.

Winning Over the Children With Great Theater

Who says kids won’t sit still for an afternoon or evening at the theater?

Well, maybe not entirely still ...

Baryshnikov Propels 'Man in a Case' at Shakespeare Theatre

I kept thinking, as I watched Mikhail Baryshnikov navigate the stage of the Lansburgh Theatre in “Man in a Case ...

Half-Century-Old Classics, 'Forum' and 'The King and I' Are Acting Frisky

What seemed old is new and fresh again. Check "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (Ancient Rome) and “The King and I” (old Thailand), now playing.

On His Way: Meet Bruce Dow of ‘Forum’

Pseudolus is back in town at long last, and so is Bruce Dow.

Pseudolus can trace his lineage back to ...

'If/Then': Bright, Talent-Laden Production Not Quite Ready

The highly anticipated "If/Then" is at the National Theatre before its Broadway debut next spring. Reviewer Gary Tischler praised the talent involved but added that some changes should be made in the show.

Remarkable 'American Voices' at Kennedy Center, Nov. 22 to 24

Step aside TV and online singing contests, it's gotten real -- and it's at the Kennedy Center this weekend: "American Voices."

Tapping to Maurice Hines

There is perhaps nothing so mysterious in show biz as the sound of tapping feet, or, in one of its ...

Shankar: Life and Sitar Together in Music

With "Traces of You," Anoushka Shankar continues her journey through life and music.

'Sleeping Beauty': a Gothic Take on a Ballet Classic

Everyone knows about three of the most famous ballets in the world—“The Nutcracker,” “Swan Lake” and “Sleeping Beauty,” all ...

Already Here, Already Good: D.C.’s Hot Theater Tickets

R&J are here to stay—for a while—“Romeo and Juliet,” under the inventive direction of Aaron Posner with ...

NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

From South Africa—“Mies Julie,” an adaptation by Yael Farber for the South African State Theatre of Strindberg’s “Miss ...

‘If/Then’ and Steve Traxler

These are heady days for the venerable National Theater. The oldest theater in town is looking better than it has ...

'Love in Afghanistan': a Strong Girl and an American Boy

Our critic found the female characters unforgettable, while the male characters got a little lost in the writing of "Love in Afghanistan."

Ta'Rea Campbell: the Real Deal in 'Sister Act'

Taking the high-energy lead in "Sister Act," Ta'Rea Campbell is blessed -- and having a lot of fun in this classic.

Lou Reed: Pervasive Rock Pioneer

He influenced more rockers than we will ever know. The rock-and-roll original Lou Reed died at 71 over the weekend.

Celebrate Magpie's 40th Anniversary at Wolf Trap, Oct. 26

They’ll be celebrating a 40th anniversary for Magpie—aka Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino—at the Barns at Wolf ...

Old and New: Catching the Wind With Donovan

Writer and art critic Gary Tischler met with Donovan in Georgetown, a place the rock legend knows well.

Fishman Feted

At the D.C. Jazz Festival Annual Trustee Gala Oct. 21 Charles Fishman, founder of the festival, was presented with ...

Gypsy Sally’s: Music Alive & Well in Georgetown

I am a singer-songwriter, and I live in Georgetown. I wrote and performed in Nashville, Tenn., for years, and I ...

'La Forza del Destino': Overwrought, But Worth the Wild Ride

From everything we know, Francesca Zambello—in her first full season as Washington National Opera's artistic director—likes a ...

Sutton Foster: All-Broadway, Yet Intimate, Too, at the Strathmore

Sing, dance, act and strike a pose: Sutton Foster has got a lot to give. See her this weekend.

Jeremy Denk: Taking on the Musical Life and ‘Goldberg’

To tell the truth, when it came time to pick up the phone and call pianist Jeremy Denk, whom the ...

Intimate, Emotive 'Laramie Project' Moved From Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theatre shutdown doesn't shut out season-opener "The Laramie Project."

Tom Clancy: Great Stories With Surprising, True Heroes

Best-selling author Tom Clancy passed away this week, only months before his next book was set to be published.

Legendary Rat Pack Comes Alive at Strathmore

Remembered for performances in 1960, the Rat Pack gets its story told to a new generation of Americans.

Two Tales of Two Losses, at Arena and Woolly

I cannot think of two plays that might be more different than “Detroit” by Lisa D’Amour and “The Velocity ...

'Million Dollar Quarter' Returns to the Kennedy Center With a New Jerry Lee Lewis

John Countryman, who plays Jerry Lee Lewis, explains the excitement, feelings and live rock-n-roll of "Million Dollar Quartet."

'Bell' at NatGeo: the Inventor Is in Town for a Week

Alexander Graham Bell comes to life at the National Geographic with the verve of actor Rick Foucheux. You have one week to see an old Georgetown neighbor.

WNO's 'Tristan and Isolde': the Overpowering Wagner Is in Charge

The power of Wagner's words and music is on dlsplay in WNO's "Tristan and Isolde" with its lead soprano Irene Theorin more than up to the task.

Jane Austen Film Festival at Dumbarton House, Sept. 18

Dumbarton House will host the Jane Austen Film Festival on the lawn of its North Garden on Wednesday, Sept. 18 ...

Kennedy Center Honors: Arroyo, Hancock, Joel, MacLaine and Santana

The Kennedy Center was listening: this year's Honors includes two Hispanic winners.

Jenny Live in D.C. at WPAS

Just being around Jenny Bilfield, the new president and CEO of the Washington Performing Arts Society, you get the sense ...

Posner at Home at Folger

Even though Aaron Posner has directed many plays in many American places, and written some, too. It must seem now ...

McLean Drama Company Presents a 10-minute Play Festival in D.C.

The McLean Drama Company offers its prize-winners' work at the Woolly Mammoth, beginning Sept. 21.

Donna McKechnie Performs 'Same Place, Another Time' at Olney Theatre Center

Look again: Donna McKechnie performs “Same Place, Another Time” on Sept. 1.

Fall Arts Preview 2013

NOW PLAYING Miss Saigon—Here’s a way to kick off a 24th-anniversary season: remount and re-imagine a full-blown production ...

The Kennedy Center’s Change Agent, Michael Kaiser

For Michael Kaiser, this is a time of change.

He is in the home stretch of his long—and very ...

Josh Groban Sells Out Aug. 16 Wolf Trap Show

John Groban is at Wolf Trap Aug. 16, and it's a sold-out show.

Olney's 'Chorus Line': '70s Musical As Fresh As Today

Broadway's musical classic about itself, "A Chorus Line," gets an enthusiastic re-staging at the Olney Theater Center—extended to Sept. 8.

'A Chorus Line' Continues Its History at the Olney

You don’t see “ A Chorus Line ” too often anymore, certainly not in many regional theaters.

“It’s not that ...

Scena Theatre Revives "Salome" for an American Audience

In their 25th anniversary season, Scena Theatre revives a troubled, misunderstood classic by Oscar Wilde, proving once again their importance to Washington's cultural fabric.

National Archives Host Shirley Jones

Movie and television star Shirley Jones steals the stage, once again, in an interview with Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday in the National Archives William McGowan Theater.

Fringe Fest: Baum's 'Impossible to Translate' Easily Entertains

You don't have to be Jewish to laugh at the lines of Noa Baum's "Impossible to Translate."

Culture Tricksters: 'Book of Mormon' and 'Rocky Horror'

What? The cravin', crazed Frank N. Furter and the gleeful me-boy Mormon Elder Price in the same sentence?

What again ...

Signature's 'Spin': a Fresh Musical of Family, Fame and Fortune

"Spin" at Signature Theatre offers a hip, understanding look at reluctant parenthood.

'Rabbit Hole': Grief Without Solace at Keegan

Keegan's "Rabbit Hole" is an emotionally gripping story of a four-old boy's death and its effect on his family.

What to See: a Preview of Fringe Festival Favorites

The Capital Fringe Festival offers a wide offering of all things theatrical. Arts & entertainment editor Gary Tischler gives his preview of some of the shows.

The Man Behind 'One Night With Janis': Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson is often described as a director, but this is something like calling a chef a cook. Creator isn ...

With Liberty and Festivals for All: Folklife and Fringe

While most know and love the nation’s capital for its politics and monuments, Washington, D.C., offers both locals ...

Nothing But 'Pale with Love' for 'Much Ado About Nothing'

The black-and-white film, "Much Ado About Nothing," using the bard's own words, nevertheless, attains a contemporary feel.

Mackenzie Warren: Her All-American Big Break

As the understudy in "Anything Goes," Mackenzie Warren is having the time of her life during the national tour of this all-American musical.

It Sounds Cool, Too: 'Frozen Planet' at Wolf Trap

At Wolf Trap June 28, "Frozen Planet" is a unique musical and visual experience from composer George Fenton.

This Summer, Warner’s Got the Laughs

Seth Meyers, Tracy Morgan, Daniel Tosh and Russell Brand: Warner Theatre downtown is a comedy central itself in the upcoming weeks.

'Anything Goes': Broadway Babe Rachel York Runs the Show

Cole Porter's sassy, salty musical, now at the Kennedy Center, is see-worthy.

See and Know Leroy Justice at DC9

Leroy Justice returns to D.C. June 20 to play DC9 and get wider exposure.

'Stupid F#*@ing Bird': Chekhov's 'Seagull' Worked Over

O.K., so Chekhov's "Seagull" gets a silly name change. It's not quite the same anyway.

Brubeck Bros. Quartet: a Tribute to Dad at the Hamilton

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, preforming at the Hamilton on June 14.

A Look at What's Left : D.C. Jazz Festival

The DC Jazz Festival is roaring to a big close this weekend, with some big concerts still remaining on tap. Here is a look of whats left.

Singer-Citizen Joan Baez: A Conversation of Past and Present

One of America's great singers -- Joan Baez -- will perform at Wolf Trap June 12.

'Approaching Ali': Soloman Howard's Challenge

The Washington National Opera’s world premiere of "Approaching Ali" tells a unique story with local talent Soloman Howard in the lead role.

‘The Guardsmen’: Fitting in Our Times

There was some head scratching in the seats when the Kennedy Center made Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnar’s “The Guardsman ...

Paquito D’Rivera’s ‘Sax Life’ Perfect for Jazz

When we think about the 2013 D.C. Jazz Festival, we can think about a lot of things—the essence ...

Roy Haynes Kicks Off D.C. Jazz Fest at the Hamilton

Feeling jazzy? Get ready: the D.C. Jazz Festival begins Wednesday with drummer Roy Haynes.

Latin-flavored D.C. Jazz Fest Begins June 5

Get ready for a healthy helping of all things jazz, starting June 5, thanks to the D.C. Jazz Festival.

D.C. Jazz Fest: Nationwide, Worldwide Reputation

Back in 2009, when the D.C. Jazz Festival was celebrating its fifth anniversary with a New Orleans-themed festival and ...

Celebrating the Arts 2013

On May 14, The Georgetowner, Culture Capital, and the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington celebrated the Arts of D.C. at ...

'Desert Cities' Is Right at Home at Arena

“Other Desert Cities”, Directed by Kyle Donnnelly, runs through May 26 at Arena Stage

A Rare 'Sun Also Rises' Sets Too Soon

The Washington Ballet's Septime Webre created a masterful and dazzling work in "The Sun Also Rises." We just wish that had been more time to see it.

'Other Desert Cities': Family Secrets in Palm Springs

Arena's "Other Desert Cities" display family members' biting comments about their lives -- with a strong cast that keeps it real.

Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

Walk into the contemporary Prospect Street home of Jack Davies, and you are struck by a impressive bachelor pad which ...

Ute Lemper Sings It All

The German-born singer Ute Lemper is making one of her frequent jaunts to Washington, this time at the Sixth and ...

A Return to Hemingway and Fitzgerald

The boys are back.

We’re talking Ernie and F. Scott, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, the American chroniclers ...

'Show Boat': True American Entertainment

"Show Boat" is a wowser, as our reviewer notes and finds soprano Andriana Chuchman "the heart and soul of the show."

Washington Ballet Presents Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises"

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Kahn's Take on 'Wallenstein' and 'Coriolanus'

A talk with Shakespeare Theatre Company director Michael Kahn reveals the rise and fall of great men in two plays.

Word Dance's 'Once Wild: Isadora in Russia' Premieres May 3

An unique debut and unique opportunity: "Once Wild: Isadora in Russia" at Georgetown University May 3, 4 and 5.

The 'Freedom' and Heart of Richie Havens

Singer Richie Havens -- more than a performer at Woodstock -- was also a teacher for the environment.

Franceesa Zambello Joins Washington National Opera

Francesca Zambello, on the phone, at a table, in print, from a distance, and just from reading her resume, feels ...

Wright: at His 'Mountaintop,' Playing MLK

What is it like to play Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Ask actor Bowman Wright in Arena Stage's "The Mountaintop."

Dvorak and Burleigh at Ellington

“Harry T. Burleigh meets Antonin Dvorak” will be performed at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts April 19.

'Hello, Dolly!' Now at Ford’s Theatre

So nice to see "Hello, Dolly!" at Ford's Theatre -- with its different story lines to sing and tell.

Bowen McCauley Dance at the Kennedy Center (photos)

Bowen McCauley Dance enchanted at the Kennedy Center with such works as “Le Sacre du Printemps."

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell at Strathmore

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell have enough fans between them to support their own tours, but the two singers brought ...

'Knave of Hearts' from the Mind and Life of John Carter

Writer John Carter's “I, Jack, am the Knave of Hearts" reveals a Washingtonian's enduring creativity.

'Mary T. and Lizzy K.': an Intimate Lincoln Story

At Arena Stage, “Mary T. and Lizzy K.” continues America's fascination with the Lincolns.

Joy Zinoman Returns to Studio Theatre for ‘4000 Miles’

Joy Zinoman, looking very cool in various shades of black and gray, was sitting on a couch on the second ...

Studio's '4000 Miles': at Home with Vera and Leo

"4000 Miles," directed by Joy Zinoman, takes us to a Greenwich Village apartment and gives us "a soothing appraisal of sad laughter."

Last Chance to See 'Nordic Cool' at the Kennedy Center

Your other weekend assignment: go to the Kennedy Center and see "Nordic Cool." It's way cool and closing in a few days.

Irish Flautist James Galway Comes to the Kennedy Center

James Galway is a world traveler and a world citizen. He’s been all over and played and taught and ...

'Norma': Meade and Zajick Lead a Druidic Triumph

The Washington National Opera's "Norma" runs through March 24 at the Kennedy Center.

WNO's 'Manon Lescaut': a Heroine We Believe In

Washington National Opera’s spring-season opener, "Manon Lescaut," matched with soprano Patricia Racette, tells the tale of ill-matched lovers.

Your Childhood Circus Has Returned Revamped

Who can resist high flying feats and extreme tests of courage, strength and ability?! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® present ...

Helen Reddy: 'Strong, Invincible Woman' at Wolf Trap

The singer who roared, "I am woman," Helen Reddy will perform at the Barns at Wolf Trap, March 7 and 8.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Hamilton Live

Dirty Dozen Brass Band brought its New Orleans's flavor to the stage at the Hamilton March 3.

Van Cliburn: Musical Ambassador Extraordinary

At a time when the new teen music sounds of rock and roll had emerged with its own king in Elvis Presley, the classical music world produced the equivalent of a rock star in the person of pianist Van Cliburn.

Simone Dinnerstein: Precise Aim at Bach's 'Variations'

Listening to Simone Dinnerstein talk about her life and her music-- as well as Johann Sebastian Bach, her relationship with ...

Wooly Mammoth's 'The Convert': Culture Clash and Mixed Loyalties

A powerful, thoughtful drama on colonization in Africa during the time of the British Empire is now at Woolly Mammoth Theatre.

"The Bayou: Last Call" Rocks the Hamilton

The Hamilton hosted benefit for the documentary "The Bayou: DC's Killer Joint" this Sunday night. The Feb. 17 event featured performances from a revue of musicians who graced the legendary stage in Georgetown.

“Metamorphoses”: Splashing Humor, Drama, Love Into Our Oldest Tales at Arena

Mary Zimmerman's "Metamorphoses" arrives at Arena Stage with a big splash of Greco-Roman myths.

John Eaton: Pianist of the Great American Songbook

To hear timeless music of America, see John Eaton at the Barns at Wolf Trap on Saturday, Feb. 16, or Saturday, March 30.

Hilary Hahn: Our Valentine for the Violin

Unsurprisingly, the phone rings right on time. I have some mixed expectations about the sound of Hilary Hahn’s voice ...

'The MoFo With the Hat': Profane Characters We Secretly Care About

Studio Theatre's "The Motherf**cker With the Hat" may be obscene, but it is a play worth seeing, says Gary Tischler.

Bayou Documentary Premieres at Georgetown's AMC Loews

It has been a long time comin'. The documentary on the Bayou celebrates the music and life of a night spot gone since 1999.

'Our Town': 75 Years on, Still Yours and Mine

Thorton Wilder's American classic continues to tell us more about ourselves. It is at Ford's Theatre through Feb. 24.

Helen Hayes Nominations: Some Surprising Omissions

The nominations for the Helen Hayes Awards reveal some recurring favorites -- and some left off the stage.

The Universal ‘Our Town’

On Feb. 4, Ford’s Theatre, the city’s singular historical theater, will hold a 75th Anniversary celebration for Thornton ...

Patti Page, Harry Carey, Jr.: Entertainers of Another Age

The deaths of Patti Page and Harry Carey, Jr., reflect the passing of an era in American arts and entertainment.

'Django,' a No-No

Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" shows cinematic prowess in parts, but it lacks size and greatness.

Cajun, Jazz, and DJs. Concert Calendar, Jan. 3 - 19

Cajun music at Wolf Trap, Gerald Albright at Blues Alley and a tribute at the Hamilton to Robert Egger of D.C. Central Kitchen are some of the musical highlights this week and next.

Our Unconquerable Memory of the Trojan War

Homer's epic -- told by one actor at Studio Theatre -- retains its power over our imagination.

Caroling in the National Gallery of Art Rotunda -- and a Surprise Marriage Proposal (photos)

The traditional caroling in the National Gallery Art included a surprise interruption: a surprise marriage proposal by an Iraq War veteran in front of everyone there.

Cody Slaughter as a Fresh Elvis: Keeping It Real

In “Million Dollar Quartet.” the young man with the very rock-and-roll name of Cody Slaughter is asked to portray Elvis ...

A Musical Education: 'Les Mis' and 'White Christmas'

If you want to get an idea of the diversity enshrined in what is loosely called "The Musical," past, present ...

'Million Dollar Quartet': Present at the Creation of Rock-n-Roll

Goodness gracious, I don’t know how much nostalgia an old body can handle.

These past few months have seen ...

Gingerbread Witch in 'Hansel and Gretel': O.K. for Kids

In his role for the opera, "Hansel and Gretel," Corey Evan Rotz plays a different kind of role: a witch.

E. Faye Butler Comes on Strong in 'Pullman Porter Blues'

In "Pullman Porter Blues" at Arena Stage, E. Faye Butler leads the band on the train out of Chicago and takes the audience on a musical ride.

Wanda Jackson at the Hamilton

At the Hamilton Dec. 11, the Queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson, ambles down memory lane while proving why she’s a living legend.

Adam Green Takes Puck for A Spin in ‘Midsummer’

This is another in a series of profiles and stories about actors who are performing iconic roles in and around ...

A Chat With Fantine As 25th Anniversary Tour of 'Les Miserables' Hits National Theatre

It seems even the cast members of the U.S. national tour of the 25th Anniversary production of “Les Miserables ...

A Grand Duchy Christmas and Amb. Jean-Louis Wolzfeld

Ambassador Jean-Louis Wolzfeld sat down with Gary Tischler to talk about Luxembourg, Europe and Christmases past.

Gero’s Take: Saving E. Scrooge Each and Every Christmas

I think it’s getting into my DNA,” said Ed Gero, as we talked on the phone.

Gero, who’s ...

The Mythopoetic Show Business of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

"A Midsummer Night's Dream," directed by Ethan McSweeny, presents a rush of images and dialogue from the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Nichols and Campbell: A Shared Triumph as Eliza and Henry in ‘My Fair Lady’

Watching Manna Nichols, her black hair in a pony tail, feet tucked under, purple top and blue jeans, and Bene- ...

Actor Larry Hagman: Adored by a Genie, Shot by a Mistress -- and Loved by All

He played one of TV's great villains, but Larry Hagman died an admired actor, beloved friend and family man.

"Jekyll and Hyde", a Dull Kind of Madness

This staged rendition of the classic book pulls from too many other influences to have a life of its own.

S&R Foundation hosts DC Jazz Festival Annual Trustee Reception at Evermay

The S&R Foundation hosted the DC Jazz Festival Annual Trustee Reception at the Evermay Estate in Georgetown, featuring Grammy-winner Paquito D'Rivera.

"The Aliens" at Studio Theatre

Review of Annie Baker's "The Aliens", now at the Milton Theatre at the Studio.

Linda Lavin, TV's Alice, Sings Barbara Cook at Kennedy Center

Still busy, still moving, Linda Lavin stops at the Kennedy Center Friday, Nov. 16, to sing Barbara Cook songs.

'Tis the Season for Holiday Arts Previews

Every year the holiday season seems to stretch a little further and longer. In these pages, we will celebrate the ...

Michael Pink’s ‘Dracula’ Bites With Primal Passion

Vlad the Impaler, the original real his- torical figure from which sprung Bram Stoker’s fictional , blood-sucking anti- hero and ...

Washington Savoyards present The Rocky Horror Show (photo gallery)

In time for Halloween, "The Rocky Horrow Show" is performed by the Washington Savoyards.

Mavis Staples Rocks the Hamilton

Mavis Staples gets the Hamilton on their feet for the second time this year.

Mezzo-Soprano Laurie Rubin: Hear Her Colors, Feel Her Voice

Hear the unique singing talent of Laurie Rubin at the Millennium Stage in the Kennedy Center Oct. 22.

Epic 'DruidMurphy' by Top Dramatist Explores Irish Emigres

Accents, the way words or dozens of them are said, can carry across the ocean in our times, and so ...

Violinist Joshua Bell Reflects on Career and Performing in Washington

Violinist Joshua Bell is no longer the boyish phenomenon of the classical musical world. Now 44 – and still boyishly handsome ...

Donovan Mellows Out at the Hamiton

British singer-songwriter Donovan appeared at the Hamilton this Saturday, Oct. 6. The "Sunshine Superman" took the packed house on a trip down memory lane.

Authentic, Emotional Davies Becomes Janis Joplin for the Night at Arena

The opening night performance had an electric feel to it and an almost total willingness on the part of the audience to join in. Mary Bridget Davies delivered an uncannily authentic performance as singer Janis Joplin.

Songs of the Vilna Ghetto at the Lithuanian Embassy

A special commemoration of Holocaust victims in Nazi-occupied Lithuania offered a beautiful, bittersweet salve of music and song at the Lithuanian Embassy.

Mary Bridget Davies at Arena . . . With Janis Joplin

The voice on the phone didn’t give many clues. I expected to hear Janis Joplin’s growly, smoky voice ...

'Don Giovanni': Mozart's World in Full at the Opera

Give yourself the time to take in Washington National Opera's production of "Don Giovanni," Mozart's long work that goes to the next level -- it's on the must-attend list.

Pat McGee at Strathmore, Sept. 28: a Homecoming of Sorts

Pat McGee will be here performing Friday, Sept. 28, at the Music Center at Strathmore.

'Invisible Man': Still With Us

Studio Theatre's drama, "Invisible Man," continues to haunt in its African-American tales of presence.

Actor Floyd King Bids Farewell to the Bard

Washington theater fans think they know Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Floyd King. This makes sense. After all, hundreds, maybe thousands ...

'Anna Bolena': Experiencing Henry VIII's World

Donizetti's 'Anna Bolena' explores familiar history with powerful singing.

Kennedy Center Honors 2012: An Eclectic Collection

This year, the Kennedy Center Honors tap an actor, a bluesman, British rockers, a ballerina and a comedian.

Hamlet at the Folger Features Georgetown Grad Michael Benz (photos)

"Hamlet" at the Folger shows off the acting chops of Michael Benz, a Georgetown alumnus.

New Poet Laureate Writes by the Power and Pain of Memory

Over the phone, Natasha Trethewey’s voice sounds warm. It’s a voice inviting you to talk, as opposed to ...

'Chad Deity' Reflects Perfectly on Our Own Phoniness

Woolly Mammoth's "Chad Deity" uses the world of wrestling to show the rest of us the ways we can act for good or bad.

Dance, Dance, Dance

Washington Ballet: A Vampire Arrives for Halloween Septime Webre, artistic director of the Washington Ballet, decided to call the company ...

Music, Music, Music and More Music

THE KENNEDY CENTER

THE NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The season starts officially in grand style for the 82nd year with the ...

Readings and Conversations, from Strathmore to Folger

Sometimes, we embrace culture in more forms than music, singing, dancing, the stories of plays and operas.

Sometimes, all we ...

Theater J's 'Body Awareness': P.C. Fun With Phyllis and Joyce

Annie Baker's "Body Awareness" plays with your assumptions and keeps you guessing about the characters.

Radvanovsky Takes on the Star-crossed ‘Anna Bolena’

The great American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky admits she likes a challenge.

She’s taking one on now as she prepares ...

2012 Fall Performance Preview Part II

The performing arts—all of them-are all about music, movements and moments that add up to magic. In our second ...

A Diva and a Don Start Things Off in a Rich Washington Opera Season

Opera singers are identified by voice—as in soprano, mezzo-soprano, bass, tenor and so on, as if it’s part ...

D.C. Arts Preview: Fall 2012

Fall—inevitably, surprisingly—is coming. Do you want to know how we can tell?

No, it is not all the ...

Turner and Ivins, ‘Red Hot Patriot,’ a Perfect Match

It’s hard to doubt that somewhere in the course of a long career of jabbing Texas politicians and officials ...

Free For All: the Bard's 'All's Well That Ends Well'

One way to tell that the 2012-2013 theater season is just around the corner, if not upon us, is the ...

Perfectly Timed 'Whorehouse': Hypocrisy, Media and Politicians

At Signature Theater, pretty much from the beginning and for the last 22 years, everything old has found a way ...

AFI's Tribute to Marilyn Monroe, 50 Years After Her Death

Fifty years after her death, the American Film Institute in Silver Spring offer films that illuminate the persona and talent of Marilyn Monroe.

Emmylou Harris: All She Intended to Be

Well, we’ll be doing the songs I’ve done over the years, from the beginning until now. We’ll ...

Jerry Seinfeld at the Kennedy Center

At the Kennedy Center and at age 58, Jerry Seinfeld brings his polished humor about "nothing."

Studio’s ‘Bloody Jackson’ Rocks at 2nd Stage

There is always one sure sign of summer in Washington. Besides the four horsemen of the weather apocalypse we are ...

Fringe Festival: 2 Last-Minute Favorites

There is still time to catch a show at the Seventh Annual Capital Fringe Festival, which continues until July 29. With more than 140 productions, the vast selection has performances for all age groups.

The Addams Family

As a Broadway musical, “The Addams Family” has had its share of tumult, upheaval and critical sneers before it ever went on the road, including the replacement of stars Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth in mid-run.

Singin' in the Rain Celebrates 60th Anniversary at the Smithsonian

Gene was all about dance as an American art form. He was muscular, confident. He embodied in dance what it was to be an American .

The Nation’s Capital Goes on the Fringe

It’s July, it’s summer, it’s Washington, D.C., and we’re right where we belong again.

On ...

A HISTORY OF AIDS: THE PAST AND PRESENT

In Washington, D.C., people talk about HIV-AIDS frequently, given the city’s notoriously high rate of infections — one higher ...

THE LOW-DOWN ON WASHINGTON DRAMA

Comings And Goings

All the world’s a stage. And when it comes to Washington’s world of performance, as ...

'Normal Heart': Gripping Passion at Arena

People forget. Larry Kramer won’t let you.

There was a time in the early 1980s when gay men all ...

Amid AFI Silverdocs Festival This Week, a Look at George Plimpton

For the last ten years, the AFI Silverdocs Festival has helped transform the quiet genre of documentary films into blockbuster movie events. This year, among the abundant festival features, George Plimpton steps into the limelight once more, with a wide-eyed documentary chronicling the life and times of this one-of-a-kind man. And The Georgetowner has its own unique connection to the film...

'Music of Kander and Ebb' Belts Out Familiar and Unexpected Songs

First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb runs in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater June 8 to July 1, 2012.

D'oh: Excellent 'Mr. Burns' in a Post-Electric World

Ever wonder why Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and artistic director Howard Schalwitz refuse to lose their edge, get stale, play ...

D.C. Jazz Fest Keeps Cookin': Check Your Schedule

D.C. Jazz Festival: Sound and site selections for the week ahead.

Theater Round-up: Great Summer Re-Mixes

Juke joints and cabaret. Kander and Ebb show tunes. Bachelorettes and Falstaff. Artful comedy and noir fatales. Think Tony Kushner ...

Revived 'Music Man' Finds True Love at Arena

There’s a certain air of expectation that hangs over artistic director Molly Smith’s production of “The Music Man” at Arena Stage, which is now running through July 22, 2012.

Familiar ‘Music Man’ As Fresh As Today at Arena

You got trouble, right here in River City, Harold Hill, Marian the Librarian Paroo and 76 trombones. Sound familiar?

You ...

The Sorrows and the Triumphs of 'Werther'

The Washington National Opera production of Jules Massenet's "Werther" may seem over the top, but it is well worth it, says reviewer Gary Tischler.

Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" at Folger Theatre (photos)

View our photos of the Folger Theatre's current production of "The Taming of the Shrew" running through June 10th The Folger Shakespeare Library.

Embassy Series Brings Iraqi Music to D.C. Audiences

With music as ambassador, Jerome Barry's Embassy Series brings us the music of Iraq and instruments from ancient Mesopotamia at the Iraqi Cultural Center on Dupont Circle.

Preppy Pink Party Benefits Komen Race for the Cure

Running and walking enthusiasts, supporters of breast health and breast cancer research and generally fun individuals gathered at Hudson Restaurant on M Street May 2 to support the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

D.C. Theater Gets Nod from Broadway; Shakespeare Theatre to Receive Tony Award

There is wider notice of Washington theater now that plays which began here are up for Tonys. Add to that a Regional Theater Tony for the Washington Shakespeare Theatre Company. Its artistic director Michael Kahn will accept the award in New York on June 10.

Heads Up: 'Street Art Across America' From the Kennedy Center

If you're out and about in the city between May 6 and 12, whether you're walking, reading a newspaper or texting on the Metro or bus, or on a bench or eating at your favorite restaurant across the city, check it out. Look up! Look out!

'Nabucco,' Thou Shalt Be Known by Thy Lavish Costumes

For the Washington National Opera, it's a first-time production of the epic opera, directed by the electrifying young American Thaddeus Strassberger and conducted by Philippe Auguin, running April 28 through May 21 at the Kennedy Center's Opera House. For costume designer Mattie Ullrich, making her WNO debut, "Nabucco" is "a dream assignment."

The Exuberance of the Helen Hayes Awards

At this annual bash and awards show for the Washington theater community, actors, designers, directors and entire companies become winners but somehow never losers.

“It’s a Grand Night for Singing” with Rodgers and Hammerstein, and the Washington Savoyards (photos)

The Washington Savoyards, the professional light opera company, begin its 40th season, performing the music of the celebrated team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II to positive reviews at the Atlas Theater. Performances continue through May 6.

Celebrating Washington Theater and More, Tonight Through April 29

Everybody in Washington's theater community will show up tonight for the 28th annual Helen Hayes Awards at the Warner Theatre, but that's only the beginning for what this year is theatreWeek in Washington, which would be April 23-29.

Norman Scribner, a D.C. Musical Giant in His Right

When Norman Scribner picks up the baton to conduct the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the National Symphony Orchestra ...

Kahn Tackles O'Neill's Daunting 'Strange Interlude'

In theater, as in other endeavors, there are plays and roles that sit like slumbering challenges, just daring for artist ...

Performance: Twist Pulls Off His Own Twist on Puppetry

Everywhere you read or hear about Basil Twist—the New Yorker, the Post, YouTube (highly recommended) — he’s described as ...

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents "Fully Charged" (photos)

The circus was in town. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents "Fully Charged" at the Verizon Center in ...

Flemenco Festival 2012 at Lisner Auditorium featuring Rafaela Carrasco (photos)

Seville's Rafaela Carrasco is a breathtaking dancer and one of the most important flamenco choreographers of the younger generation. She and her troupe performed at GWU's Lisner Auditorium in Washinton DC on March 7 during Flemenco Festival 2012.

'1776,' the Musical, Still Tugs at America's Heart

The latest production of “1776,” at the Ford’s Theatre, is playing right during the longest-running reality show in the nation, the Republican Party race for the presidential nomination. How 36 seconds ago.

Arts and Culture, the Spanish Way

What do people outside of Spain think of when they think of Spanish culture?

For certain, Don Quixote, the gallant ...

'Sucker Punch' Packs Quite a Wallop

Packs a wallop. Packs a punch. A one-round, one-act knockout. "Sucker Punch,” currently running at the Studio’s Theatre through April 8.

20 Years of Environmental Films

After 20 years, Flo Stone still sounds like a kid at a party, albeit a serious kid at a serious ...

The End of 'Civilization' as We Know Us

In Jason Grote’s new play “Civilization (All You Can Eat),” now getting a sharp and haunting staging at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, everybody’s hungry all of the time. Hungry, not so much for food, as for the top-heavy buffet of life and stuff that’s out there like a sparkling city-as-a-mall, but now beyond the reach of our burdensome absurdly high-interest credit cards

Bowen McCauley Dance Aims High (photos)

Bowen McCauley Dance performed the ambitious “Le Sacre du Printemps” ("Rite of Spring") to glowing reviews on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

"Cosi fan tutte"

A review of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte”. "Cosi fan tutte" will be running till March 15,2012 at The Kennedy Center.

The Enduring Influence of Eugene O'Neill

“He was America’s greatest playwright. He was the writer who influenced everyone who came after. He plumbed the deepest ...

BEST THEATER BETS -- COMING SOON

In addition to current offerings as well as the O’Neill Festival with all of its main attractions and special ...

Up Close and Behind the Scenes with the Kennedy Center's Mickey Berra

Now in its 41st year, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents itself in a rush of ...

Opera Star, But No Diva, Elizabeth Futral

Outside of the mad scene in “Lucia Di Lammermoor” or climbing Mount Everest every year to sing your favorite aria ...

Washington National Opera's Spring Season

Cosi Fan Tutte — Mozart’s dense, stylish, comic opera called by one critic a “mix of comedy and psychological pain ...

How to Be Mark Rothko

Actor Edward Gero has spent the better part of the last year playing American Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko, in the intensely thoughtful play “Red.” Gero spoke with The Georgetowner about becoming an iconic American figure.

Passings: Don Cornelius and Ben Gazzara

Over the last week, we lost two American icons. One brought African American culture from into our living rooms, the other was a lauded contemporary of such actors as Paul Newman and James Dean.

The Voice and Roles of Holly Twyford

If you’ve seen Holly Twyford on stage, talked with her on the phone or during an interview at a coffee shop on 14th Street, or listened to her accept yet another Helen Hayes award for acting, there’s one constant. It’s her voice. 

Paparelli Brings Out the Youth in ‘Gentlemen’

Director P.J. Paparelli often refers to the title of his new gig at the Shakespeare Theatre Company as “the two gents.” That would be “The Two Gentleman of Verona,” one of Shakespeare’s earliest works, and to Paparelli’s way of thinking, his most youthful. One way or another, you can expect that youth will be served in his production of the play.

Theater Shorts 1.11.12

A rundown of what's what on the horizon of Washington's theater scene. From Hedda Gabbler and Mark Rothko, to photojournalists from the Iraq war and mystic magicians, it's all happening onstage in DC.

Theater Briefs: What’s on Stage this Season

‘Ann’: An Original Played by an Original

I thought I knew Holland Taylor.

She was a lawyer, a judge, a ...

The Good Dr. Hall

I got a confession to make.

I’m a huge fan of the long-running CBS crime show “CSI” (for “Crime ...

An Interview with Kevin Kline

Near the end of his “Classic Conversations” visit with Shakespeare Theatre Company Artistic Director Michael Kahn, actor and sometime movie star Kevin Kline noted that he loved the big parts, the scary parts.

George Stevens Jr.: the Man behind the Kennedy Center Honors

Talking with George Stevens, Jr. in his wonderland office at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on a mid-November ...

The Maternal Side of Robert Aubry Davis

Culturally speaking, Robert Aubry Davis is big.

If this city ever appointed a minister of culture, someone who represents what ...

Holiday Performance Preview

In Washington, we already have a year-round treasure trove of performance venues and offerings.

But you ain’t seen nothing ...

"Jersey Boys" Deliver

There’s a whole bunch of reasons why “Jersey Boys,” the show biz bio-musical of one of the most successful pop-rock groups ever, is still running strong on the road after opening on Broadway in 2005.

Septime Webre on the grace of ‘Gatsby’

Septime Webre is fresh.

Celebrated, influential and exceptionally charismatic, Webre has been the Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet since ...

D.C. Theater Gears up for the Holidays

Take a sneak peek at what the District’s theaters have in store for this holiday season with festive productions new and old.

'Les Mis' Celebrates 25 Years

Twenty five years ago, an unlikely phenomenon and juggernaut burst on the Broadway musical scene. It had a huge set including a giant barricade from which young revolutionaries battled the powers that be in a sort of Occupy Paris spectacle.

'A Bright New Boise'

For sophisticates, the very hip, cool and urban trendy, there are so many targets in Samuel Hunter’s “A Bright New Boise” (now at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre through November 13) to feel smug, snarky and snide about that it could have been a buffet of satire, enough material for a lifetime of Bill Maher monologues.

Karen Zacarias on the Drama of ‘Book Clubs’

I took the Green Line Metro to meet with Karen Zacarias for an interview at Arena Stage, where her play ...

The Performing Arts Column

THESE OUR ACTORS

We’re always talking about the richness of theater talent in Washington, but sometimes even we veteran ...

‘Parade’ Shows Our Past and Present Dark Sides

“Parade” (now at Ford’s Theatre through Oct. 30) sounds like a musical, it pretends to be a musical, it ...

"Oklahoma" Takes a Final Bow this Weekend

The extended run of "Oklahoma" at Arena Stage is finally coming to a close. Two of the show's stars speak about thier experience with the production.

Till Fellner: Past, Present and Future of Classical Music

There are certain images that come to mind when you think of classical music, and pianist Till Fellner, a rising ...

Looking for a Good Time? 'The Heir Apparent' Puts on a Show

The Shakespeare Theatre Company's "The Heir Apparent" opens to riotous reviews.

2011 Fall Opera Preview

Washington experienced a wrenching and rare one-two weather punch in one week — an unprecedented earthquake followed by a hurricane. The ...

Tribute to a Rock N' Roll Icon

August may be the dog days of summer, but it also has every year now for the past seven years ...

Summer Show Stopper

Who would have thought that fur—event thinking about it, let alone wearing it—would be so popular in town ...

Michael Danek, Rock of Ages

"Rock of Ages stage manager Michael Danek talks about his lengthy career and his experiences on the road.

"The Merchant of Venice"--Ethan McSweeny

Even at 40, Ethan McSweeny looks too young to have done everything he’s done, to be, well, Ethan McSweeny. He’s casually dressed, has a thin beard which still can’t prevent him from looking boyish, looks nonchalantly handsome, and is finishing up some salad after winding down a rehearsal for his production of “The Merchant of Venice” at the Washington Shakespeare Company in the Harman Center, which will open officially three days later.

PERFORMANCES ALL OVER

Here’s something perfect: Shakespeare, music, The Castleton Festival Orchestra, and renowned Castleton director and conductor Lorin Maazel, all together at the Music Center at Strathmore June 30 to perform “Music Inspired by Shakespeare”.

Venus in Furs

Who knew that S & M, named after the very same Sacher-Masoch without the von, could be so much fun? Readers are not required to answer the last question for the usual reasons, but really, folks, go check out Venus in Furs at the Studio Theatre.

Review: Follies" at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Follies”, Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical, is one of those great white whales that lurk in the American musical lists ...

DC Jazz Festival Kicks into Gear

It's that time of year again! We took some time to speak with Charles Fishman, executive producer of DC Jazz Festival, who talked about the DC's heart for Jazz. This year's festival is bigger and better, featuring artists like Bobby McFerrin at the Warner Theater.

WNO Welcomes Francesca Zambello, Artistic Advisor

The WNO announced that the dynamic and gifted opera and theater director Francesca Zambello will become its Artistic Advisor. Zambello comes with a varied resume, with work ranging from Disney to the English National Opera.

Follies Comes to the Kennedy Center

Believe it. “Follies” is no folly. It’s a big deal. A ground-up, full-blown revival of the groundbreaking Stephen Sondheim musical is now on stage at the Kennedy Center Opera House through June 19. It is the culmination of four years of planning, effort and work.

Theater Shorts

A John Grisham adaptation and an interesting take on American history in this week's shorts.

Sam Forman Returns to Theater J

Sam Forman is a quintessential New York type in some ways. He is young, hip, very smart and a knowing young playwright and actor who has brought something to the theater that goes back to Chekhov, Neil Simon, even Woody Allen. Mostly, though, he’s brought himself.

"Oklahoma," "Candide" Clean up at 27th Annual Helen Hayes Awards

What makes the Helen Hayes Awards unique is its celebration of this city’s theater community. It has blossomed into a kind of tribe and built a national reputation that is no longer a secret. For my money, we are right up there with Chicago, New York and San Francisco.

“King Lear” at Synetic Theater

Can you get the full measure of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” without hearing Lear’s verbal rage against the Gods? You bet you can—and without any of the words for that matter—in Synetic Theater’s “silent Shakespeare” series, now through April 24 at the Lansburgh and April 29 – May 9 at Synetic’s home base in Rosslyn.

Enda Walsh and “The Walworth Farce”

New and fresh Irish playwright Enda Walsh is currently getting a full-blown festival exposure at the Studio Theater, with “Penelope,” his contemporary version of the story of Ulysses and his wife, having already been performed. Now its “The Walworth Face” and “The New Electric Ballroom,” starring some of DC’s finest veteran actors and actresses, being performed simultaneously in the Milton and at the Mead theaters, respectively.

“The Color Purple” at the National Theater

This Oprah Winfrey-backed musical theater version of Alice Walker’s powerful novel packs more emotional punch than your everyday Broadway musical.

Shakespeare Turns 447 at The Folger Library

Say happy 447 thbirthday, Master Shakespeare. It was a day in April when “the spirit of youth was in everything.”

Fragments of Genius: Peter Brooks on the Duality of Samuel Beckett

A collection of Samuel Beckett's one-acts, directed by Peter Brook, will be at the Kennedy Center for One Weekend Only, April 14-17. In an interview with this iconic director, Brooks talks about producing the work of his old friend, as well as Beckett's humor, genius, current relevancy, and the public's perceptions.

"An Ideal Husband" makes good on the work; flaws may be in Wilde himself

The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband” has a lot going for it. It ...

FIlmfest DC turns 25

This is the 25th anniversary for Filmfest DC, which opened April 7 and closes April 17 at locations and venues throughout the city, and it’s also the same for Filmfest DC Director Tony Gittens, the festival’s first and only director over the years. “We didn’t used to have all these new delivery systems and ways of looking at films,” he said. “There was no digital film, no Internet, no Youtube, nothing like that. Sundance didn’t exist as a major marketplace for independent films.”

Liberty Smith at Ford’s Theater

“Liberty Smith,” a kind of tongue-in-cheek, young-hero retelling of some major events of the Revolutionary War, has a number of things going on for it. “We think this is going to be great entertainment,” says Paul Tetreault, Ford’s executive artistic director. “We have a big, Broadway-style musical here, which will appeal to the whole family.”

Elizabeth Taylor's Washingtonian Legacy

The recent death of Elizabeth Taylor and its coverage around Washington highlighted the nurture-torture nature of the relationship between Washington and Hollywood, like an electric wire was connecting the two cities. People remember her here; just ask the senator, the gossip writers, theatergoers and the folks at the Whitman Walker Clinic.

Prodding the Masses: Mike Daisey at Woolly Mammoth

It’s hard to pin Mike Daisey down. You’d kind of like to know what he is – is he ...

All About Helen Hayes Awards Nominations

If you want to know a little bit about what’s going on in the vibrant Washington area theatre scene, as well as a little bit about its history, check out the Helen Hayes Awards nominations. They’ve always provided clues about what’s hot and what’s not, trends and directions.

Butterfly Soars at the WNO

Giacomo Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” is probably the most performed opera in America. The Washington National Opera, with two different ...

Be Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Sitting in the balcony seats at Arena Stage’s Kreeger Theatre overlooking the stage, I had a disquieting thought as ...

Spring Performance Arts Preview 2011

The Kennedy Center

Maximum India Festival
March 1-20

New York City Ballet Three mixed Repertoire Programs: April 5, 8 and ...

Edward Albee & Tennessee Williams

In the annals of 20th-Century American theater history, there are few playwrights more influential, more continually fascinating to theatergoers and theater makers, than Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee. And both playwrights are getting their full due in two ambitious, wide-reaching, far-flung local festivals. Arena stage will be hosting a two-month long Edward Albee festival. And “The Glass Menagerie Project” at Georgetown University is part of a nationwide Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival...

Explore "Maximum India"

Here is India, according to stats provided by the embassy: 1.2 billion people, 24 languages, 1,600 dialects, 28 ...

Madama Butterfly Comes to the Washington National Opera

Spring is on its way to Washington. And if we need a sign of spring—and a beautiful, highly anticipated ...

The Kennedy Center

Maximum India Festival
March 1-20

New York City Ballet Three mixed Repertoire Programs: April 5, 8 and 10; April 6 ...

The Washington National Opera

“Madame Butterfly”
February 26 – March 19

“Iphigenie en Tauride”
May 6 – May 26
Placido Domingo himself, departing as head of ...

The Music Center at Strathmore

Among many offerings, there are:

Hilary Hahn performs this Sunday at 4 p.m.
February 27

Itzhak Perlman comes to ...

Ford’s Theater

“Liberty Smith”
March 23 – May 21
Geoff Packard, who wowed audiences in the title role of “Candide,” takes on another ...

The Shakespeare Theater

Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband”
March 8 – April 10
Oscar Wilde will get the full treatment by the Shakespeare ...

The Studio Theater

“New Ireland: The Enda Walsh Festival”
March 15 – April 25
Featuring the works of acclaimed Irish playwright Enda Walsh, the ...

Arena Stage

“The Edward Albee Festival”
March 5 – April 24
With lots of events, plays, talks and side activities, and it’s ...

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”
March 21 – April 10
Most intriguing prospect and title goes to this ...

Joyce DiDonato at the Kennedy Center

Unless you’re a classical music and opera fanatic, you may not have heard of Joyce DiDonato. But take my ...

"Tynan" at Studio Theatre

Theater Critics love “Tynan,” the one-man show about the acerbic, outrageous, revolutionary British drama critic-as-hedonistic celebrity now at the Studio ...

Martin McDonagh and the Druids come to Studio Theatre

Forget what you thought you knew about Irish lit, Irish mores and Irish culture; the stuff you learned by way ...

"The Carpetbagger's Children" at Ford's Theatre

When Kimberly Schraf, Holly Twyford and Nancy Robinette come back onto the set to take their final bows for their ...

The Women of Washington Theater

Holly Twyford, Nancy Robinette and Kimberly Schraf are the matrons of the Washington theater scene, now performing together for the first time in Horton Foote's "The Carpetbagger's Daughters" at Ford's Theater.

There's Something About Mary Zimmerman

Zimmerman has managed, over a couple of decades of directing and writing, to create a whole new kind of play, as yet difficult to fit into a descriptive category. And yet you come back to it: children, fairytales, storytelling, tales told around a campfire, the first writings of man. It’s that kind of thing, but made complicated, and made deep.

“Black Watch” Brings War to the Stage with Grit, Style, and Wonder

War plays are tough, and not just because war is hell.

With perhaps the exception of Shakespeare’s “Henry V ...

Joshua Bell at the Strathmore

At the outset, it needs to be said that I am not an expert or aficionado. I can’t even ...

Arabian Nights at Arena Stage

Mary Zimmerman is back. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Zimmerman’s "Arabian Nights" comes to Arena Stage fresh ...

"Return to Haifa" at Theater J

When is a theater company more than a theater company? When does a play become something more than a play ...

“Candide” at the Harman Center

Washington’s theater season ended in an embarrassment of riches, especially for anyone who loves full-bodied productions of musicals.

We ...

Anna Deavere Smith Does Not "Let Down"

At the end of “Let Me Down Easy,” Anna Deavere Smith’s provocative, shattering play about health care in America ...

Carmen Cusack Brings it Home In 'South Pacific'

Cusack stars as the brimming-with-optimism Army nurse Nellie Forbush in 'South Pacific,' the role originated by the legendary Mary Martin in the 1940s original. Singing some iconic Rogers & Hammerstein songs like “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair” and “Wonderful Guy,” this national tour has brought her home in a big way.

A Not-So-Holiday Theater Roundup

Just because it’s the Christmas season, not everyone wants to be entertained by all things Christmas.

That’s true ...

Septime Webre's "Nutcracker"

In a November 14 New York Times Arts and Leisure article by Alastair Macaulay, entitled “The Sugarplum Diet,” it was ...

Kris Kristofferson: The Rye and Rueful Man’s Man

You’d have to be damn near blind not to see what Kris Kristofferson looked like, even from a distance ...

Twisting Corridors of a Deranged Suburbia, in Woolly Mammoth’s “House of Gold”

“House of Gold” has closed its doors, shutters, and weird basement entrance down at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre, but I ...

Holiday Performance Preview

You know the drill. It’s time to celebrate the holidays. Not Thanksgiving. That’s practically yesterday. We’re talking about THE HOLIDAYS, when families reunite, and the grandparents will inevitably come bearing sweaters for everybody.

"Oklahoma!" a Historical Perspective

The 60 year old Arena Stage and its Artistic Director Molly Smith have recently opened the doors to its architecturally majestic new Mead Center for American Theater to rave reviews with a revival of the great American classic, Rodger‘s and Hammersteins‘s “Oklahoma!” This has prompted my look back to the inception of an important milestone in the history and development of the American theater.

Ravi Coltrane On Jazz, Legend and Progression

One thing you can say about jazz, even if you don’t know a heck of a lot about jazz ...

Talkin' "Hair" in the 21st Century

Steel Burkhardt and Paris Remillard, two of the stars of the musical revival of "Hair," at the Kennedy Center through November 21st, talk about what it means to star in a counter-revolutionary musical from the 1960s in 21st Century .

Tammy Grimes: Some Kind of Genius

Even if she hadn’t announced herself, the voice on the phone, a little whispery, a little dramatic, not as ...

"Oklahoma!" Rings in a New Era for Arena Stage

Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith has accomplished quite a bold and remarkable thing here, picking and staging the great ...

"The Odd Couple": All the Laughs, and a Bit More

Oscar Madison and Felix Unger. The slob and the neatnik. We know these guys, since, like forever. They’re Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. They’re Walter Matthau and Art Carney and or Jack Lemmon. They’re “The Odd Couple.”

Aquarius Reawakened: “Hair” at the Kennedy Center

Remember those old, tinted granny glasses worn by hippies in the sixties, along with their bellbottoms, fringed jackets, tie-dyed blouses and long hair or afros? You don’t?

Till Fellner at the Embassy Series: A Resounding Climax

Most worthwhile efforts have small beginnings, and this is also true for the Embassy Series, the unique musical events put together every year by its director, Jerome Barry, now in its 17th season.

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE photo gallery

The Washington Savoyards present THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at the Atlas Performing Arts Center ( 1333 H Street, NE Washington DC ...

Ken Ludwig Returns the Love

The eminently successful playwright Ken Ludwig insists that no one has ever called him a dinosaur.

“My kids maybe sometimes,” he said. “But as far as I remember, no one has said that to my face or in print.”

Well, there’s always a first time. Ken Ludwig is something of a dinosaur. And I mean that entirely as a compliment.

Washington National Opera

Major change is coming to the Washington National Opera. Placido Domingo, the world-renowned tenor, who has been general director of the company since 1996, helping to launch it to another level of respect, stature and accomplishment, will be leaving his post as of June, 2011.

Arena Opens Up

That mother-ship construction project people have been noting at the site of the old Arena Stage near the Southwest waterfront is finally set to open its pearly gates to the public. After two and a half years of construction, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will have a ribbon cutting ceremony and Homecoming Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, October 23, lasting almost all day long from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

'VelocityDC Dance' Returns

After a sold out run of performances last fall, the VelocityDC Dance Festival is coming back for a second season. This vibrant performance experience presented by the Washington dance community will hopefully continue to be a seasonal offering in the DC Area.

Opera in the Outfield

Hundreds of bare feet grazed the Nationals’ field as families and couples picnicked for “Opera in the Outfield” last Sunday ...

Jewish Literary Festival Approaching

The 12th Annual Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will run from October 17 to the 27 throughout DC ...

Future of Music Policy Summit

Musicians are invited to discuss with professionals about how to be successful in the music industry and answer the big ...

A Modern, Muddled History of Afghanistan In Three Acts

Nicholas Kent and The Tricycle Theater, a UK based theater company, is touring a landmark project, "the Great Game: Afghanistan", across the United States: a near full-day marathon of theater dealing with the past century's conflicts in Afghanistan, from the British Empires efforts in the first half of the 20th century and the Soviet Union invasion, to the modern ongoing turmoil with America. A revelatory must-see for all defense contractors, state department and federal employees, national security officers, and international advisers – in other words, anyone working in and around the DC Metro area.

All’s well with “All’s Well”

Almost any production of William Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well” is bound to be problematic. That’s because the play is, well, one of those problem plays in the Shakespeare canon — plays which are difficult to stage, about which there are critical misgivings, to say the least. To that category you could probably lend the title “lesser Shakespeare”. They don’t go down well with their after-taste and often don’t play as well as they should because lesser characters sometimes take over the play. Put “Cymbeline” on that list alongside “Pericles”. Perhaps add “Troilus and Cressida,” “Henry VIII,” and even “The Winter’s Tale,” — let alone “Timon of Athens” to which we can only say, when’s the last time you’ve seen that?

‘Circle Mirror’ Shows Promise for Direction of Studio Theatre

David Muse makes his official debut as the new artistic director of the Studio Theater (he succeeds founder and long-time A-D Joy Zinoman) by directing “Circle Mirror Transformation.”

Good Vibrations

With Sarah Ruhl, who penned "The Vibrator Play" at Woolly Mammoth, you’re going to get ambushed at every turn with reveries, lyrical side trips, and unexpected behavior by almost all of the characters. And you'll love it.

A Trio of One-of-a-kinds

The Washington performing arts world runs the gamut. But we also have institutions, organizations and individuals that are beyond category.

Fall 2010 Performing Arts Preview

This fall in Washington, everything from vibrators to Verdi is taking the stage. Arts writer Gary Tischler picks the top performances you shouldn't miss.

All's Well for Marsha Mason

Marsha Mason, four-time Oscar nominee, farmer and classic actress, returns to the stage this fall in Shakespeare Theatre's production of "All's Well That Ends Well."

Arena's New Look

As Artistic Director Molly Smith puts it, “We are finally home again.” But Arena's home isn't exactly what it used to be — in fact, it's about to complete a colossal renovation that will soon light up Washington's theater scene once more.

At Kennedy Center, 'Poppins' Cleans Up House

Gary Tischler is not in the least embarrassed to admit that he really, really enjoyed myself at a recent performance of “Mary Poppins,” now at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House.

The British Invade (Sort Of) at Strathmore

In August, The Music Center at Strathmore hosts its annual tribute gig, this year devoted to the turbulent '60s and the British Invasion.

Musical Magnate Anthony Lyn tackles ‘Mary Poppins’

“Mary Poppins” is a way of life for Welsh tour director Anthony Lyn. A life a long way off from his homeland's famous Swansea Grand Theatre.

No Stranger to 'Passing Strange'

"Passing Strange," now performing at the Studio Theatre's 2nd Stage, taps into a long tradition of growing-pain and coming-of-age tales. But it also feels and plays as if the whole couple of hours had been lived and imagined right on the spot.

Capital Fringe Festival Has its Act Together

Capital Fringe festival largely showcases lesser-known artists and avant-garde work to the public, often new works, highlighting some of the local D.C. talent.

Fringe Festival In Review

Jenna DeWitt reviews "Florida Days" and "No Gentlemen of Verona," two productions now playing in this month's Capital Fringe Festival.

What is Mrs. Warren's Profession?

The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” is gorgeous to look at, often out-loud funny, even more often sharp and witty and wonderfully acted.

'Legends!'

Lypsinka's Studio Theatre performance of “Legends!”, if not legendary, is still a hoot.

Justice is Served in Stevens’ ‘Thurgood’

Laurence Fishburne shines in George Stevens' "Thurgood." Gary Tischler sits down with Stevens to discuss the making of the acclaimed play, and what's next.

Ms. Ashley's Profession

The Tony-winning Liz Ashley, writes Gary Tischler, is as brash, direct, self-deprecating, emotive and blunt as ever.

Reality TV craze strikes Washington Post

No Slowing Down for Denyce Graves

A week ago Tuesday, Denyce Graves was in a car, heading toward Dulles International Airport to catch a plane that would take her to Turkey. The opera star is moving up and around the world.

WNO's Princely 'Hamlet'

For a while, “to be or not to be” could have been the slogan for Washington National Opera's adaptation of "Hamlet" — it almost didn’t happen.

All That Jazz

Gary Tischler visits Charles Fishman, the founder of the DC Jazz Festival, to talk Dizzy Gillespie, Paquito D'Rivera and, of course, the Duke.

Studio's 'American Buffalo'

Studio Theatre's departing Artistic Director Joy Zinoman shows again that she get the essentials of familiar material.

Theater Shorts

If you know about and love the loosely bordered Great American Songbook, you probably know about her.

If you like ...

'[title of show]'

With music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell, “[title of show]” follows characters named Jeff and Hunter in their quest to write an original musical.

Spring 2010 Performance Preview

What does Washington's performing arts scene have in store for the first spring of the decade? Robert Sacheli and Gary Tischler weigh in with their top picks.

The Two Sides of Rich Bloch

Rich Bloch is a labor arbitration attorney, serving as a neutral arbitrator for the National Football League. He is also a professional magician and a performer.

The Duke Comes Home

There’s a lot of serendipity going on in and around “Sophisticated Ladies,” a big, splashy, stylish love letter to and about Duke Ellington.

'American Buffalo': A Slice of Chicago Style

For Director Joy Zinoman, Studio Theatre’s upcoming production of “American Buffalo” has elements of both a homecoming and a leave-taking.

Kennedy Center Enters Its "Golden Age"

Actor Marc Kudisch is part of the cast of “The Golden Age” by Terence McNally, which kicks off “Nights at the Opera,” a three-part, five-week presentation by the Kennedy Center.

John Mauceri

Almost from the moment I entered the room to meet conductor John Mauceri, having heard that I was a musician ...

DC Goes Green

As global warming has clearly been a hot topic (no pun intended) in recent news, this year D.C.’s ...

The Kings and I

The Shakespeare Theatre Company calls its productions of “Richard II” and “Henry V” now being performed at Sidney Harman Hall’s “The Leadership Repertory.” I call it two of the most outstanding Shakespeare productions I’ve ever encountered, period.

Q&A with Michael Kahn

We recently talked with Shakespeare Theatre Company's Michael Kahn, who directed “Richard II” and "Henry V," about the plays and the process.

Show Boat

In “Make Believe,” one of the classic songs from Show Boat, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II celebrate the power of imagination.

Holiday Cheer

The Christmas holidays are upon us and its not even Thanksgiving yet. Everywhere you look — in malls, in television ads ...

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