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Signature Theatre’s THE COLOR PURPLE Draws on the Musical’s Rich History

The production is currently running through October 9 at the D.C.-area theatre.

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October 4, 2022

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GUYS AND DOLLS Cast Explain the Musical in 10 Seconds or Less 

Check out James Monroe Iglehart, Jessie Mueller, Phillipa Soo, Steven Pasquale, and more try to explain the musical in a VERY short amount of time below.

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Dan Meyer

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September 29, 2022

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Woolly Mammoth’s AIN’T NO MO’ is a Brilliant Satire of Post-Obama Black America — REVIEW

Jordan E. Cooper's play, coming to Broadway in November, is in performance at the regional theatre through October 9.

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Nathan Pugh

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September 19, 2022

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Arena Stage’s AMERICAN PROPHET is a Stiff Portrait of Frederick Douglass — Review

‍The musical from Charles Randolph-Wright and Marcus Hummon is playing in Washington, D.C. through August 28.

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Nathan Pugh

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August 5, 2022

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James Monroe Iglehart, Jessie Mueller, More Will Star in GUYS AND DOLLS at Kennedy Center

The musical also features Broadway power couple Steven Pasquale and Phillipa Soo. 

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Dan Meyer

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August 2, 2022

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Queer Black Men Forge Spaces of Care in THE HOT WING KING – REVIEW

Katori Hall’s Pulitzer Prize–winning play is now running at Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., through July 31.

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Nathan Pugh

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July 6, 2022

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Mosaic Theatre’s IN HIS HANDS Stages Tender (and Religious) Queer Intimacy — Review

Theatrely's review of In His Hands by Benjamin Benne now in performance at Mosaic Theatre in Washington DC.

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Nathan Pugh

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July 5, 2022

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Othello Speaks to and Undermines Reality in RED VELVET – Review

Lolita Chakrabarti's play is now running at D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company through July 17.

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Nathan Pugh

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June 28, 2022

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Signature Theatre’s THE UPSTAIRS DEPARTMENT Unpacks the Grief of COVID-19 — Review

Theatrely's review of The Upstairs Department, the world premiere of Chelsea Marcantel now at Signature Theatre.

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Nathan Pugh

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June 11, 2022

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Heroes are Toppled and Reborn in Studio Theatre’s JOHN PROCTOR IS THE VILLAIN — Review

Theatrely's review of John Proctor is the Villain by Kimberly Belflower now playing at Washington D.C.'s Studio Theatre.

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Nathan Pugh

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June 11, 2022

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Shakespeare Theatre Company’s OUR TOWN is a Transfixing Production of a Well-Worn Classic — Review

Theatrely's review of Shakespeare Theatre Company's Our Town by Thornton Wilder in Washington D.C.

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Nathan Pugh

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June 10, 2022

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In Woolly Mammoth’s THERE’S ALWAYS THE HUDSON, Two Survivors Ruthlessly Confront their Pasts — Review

Theatrely's review of There’s Always the Hudson which performance at Washington, D.C.’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre through June 5.

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Nathan Pugh

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June 3, 2022

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Eric Ruffin, Tina Fabrique, and Kim Bey on Mosaic's MARYS SEACOLE and Black Women Care Work

Eric Ruffin, Tina Fabrique, and Kim Bey chat Marys Seacole at Mosaic Theatre with Theatrely.

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Nathan Pugh

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May 27, 2022

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In IT’S NOT A TRIP IT’S A JOURNEY, Black Femmes Wander into New Worlds — Review

Theatrely's review of it's not a trip it's a journey by Charly Evon Simpson and directed by Nicole A. Watson at Round House Theatre in Bethesda MD.

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Nathan Pugh

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May 8, 2022

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WE DECLARE YOU A TERRORIST… Makes the Case for Creativity During War — Review

Theatrely's review of We Declare You a Terrorist by Tim J. Lord at Round House Theatre in Bethesda.

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Nathan Pugh

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May 4, 2022

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Parker Esse Choreographs A New CATCH ME IF YOU CAN at Arena Stage

Catch Me If You Can is playing through April 17 at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Theatrely chatted with choreographer Parker Esse about the new perspective this production brings to the beloved musical.

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Amanda Marie Miller

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April 7, 2022

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In Signature Theatre’s DAPHNE’S DIVE, Brokenness is a Gift and a Curse — Review

Theatrely's review of Daphne's Dive at Signature Theatre in Washington DC by Quiara Alegria Hudes.

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Nathan Pugh

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March 20, 2022

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In Arena Stage’s CHANGE AGENT, Women Shape the Past (and Future) of America — Review

Theatrely's review of Change Agent by Craig Lucas now in performance at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. The performance includes Andrea Abello, Luis Vega, Jeffrey Omura, Kathryn Tkel, and Regan Linton.

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Nathan Pugh

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March 6, 2022

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Studio Theatre’s WHITE NOISE is a Blunt Tragedy for Our Times — Review

Theatrely's review of Suzan-Lori Parks' White Noise, which is now in performance at Studio Theatre in Washington DC.

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Nathan Pugh

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February 19, 2022

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Studio Theatre’s FLIGHT Traces a Refugee Odyssey in Miniature

This past August, the fall of Afghanistan was witnessed by people across the globe, many of us watching news coverage on our phone screens. We could hold those illuminating rectangles in the palm of our hand, watching horrors unfold. With one click, we could also make the horrors disappear. The conversion of refugees from living people to just pixels on a screen can impact how Afghan refugees are characterized in the news. During September of this year, one AP News report described “two tiny dots dropping from [a] plane,” at the Kabul airport. For journalists and storytellers, it’s an impossible task to narrate asylum seekers in real time. But weren’t those “two dots” real people? Doesn’t an abstract representation of an atrocity hide the reality of the people experiencing it?Studio Theatre’s new show Flight doesn’t resolve these questions as much as it dives deeper into them with immersive storytelling and incredible detail. Instead of running away from the small images that often dominate refugee news coverage, the show embraces them, creating countless dioramas of refugees in miniature. Flight proves that small images aren’t necessarily diminutive in their impact. In fact, the small images in Flight conjure a different sort of power, one uniquely theatrical and purposefully abstract. 

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Nathan Pugh

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January 7, 2022

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Michael Anthony Williams and David Emerson Toney on Arena Stage’s Urgent Production of SEVEN GUITARS, and the Legacy of August Wilson

We sat down to chat with Michael Anthony Williams and David Emerson Toney, two actors in Arena Stage’s production of August Wilson Seven Guitars.

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Nathan Pugh

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December 23, 2021

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A STRANGE LOOP Stages an Endless Spiral of Identity, and the Rupture my Hometown Needs — Review

This production of Michael R. Jackson's A Strange Loop Woolly Mammoth comes after the show’s much-lauded off-Broadway production in the summer of 2019, produced by Playwrights Horizons and Page 73 Productions. The D.C. production of A Strange Loop was announced in March of 2020, right before the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered theatre across America, and right before Jackson’s won 2020’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the show. Woolly Mammoth isn’t known for producing musicals, yet it makes sense for A Strange Loop to be staged here. The musical has more in common with Woolly Mammoth’s past productions of experimental Black plays (like Fairview or An Octoroon) than the reworkings of classic musicals typically seen in D.C. theatre.

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Nathan Pugh

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December 7, 2021

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Round House Theatre’s THE GREAT LEAP Offers a Thoughtful Fable for Chinese-American Life — Review

Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap, now at Bethesda’s Round House Theatre and streaming online, offers one potent exploration of these questions. Yee’s answer—which is vividly brought to life in this production—is to reconfigure Chinese history into a story between parents and children, mapping painful histories of nations onto the painful histories of family. In this so-called “socio-political fable,” allegory and memory are intertwined to both delightful and calamitous effect.

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Nathan Pugh

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December 3, 2021

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In Mosaic Theater’s BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA, A Father and Daughter Yearn to Connect — Review

Birds of North America is now in performance at the Mosaic Theater Company through November 21, 2021.

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Nathan Pugh

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October 29, 2021

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Briga Heelan, Justin Guarani, John Glover, Emily Skinner, Aisha Jackson, and More to Star in ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME in Washington D.C.

Shakespeare Theatre Company is excited to share the complete cast for the eagerly awaited Broadway-bound musical ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME playing November 30 – January 2 at Sidney Harman Hall.

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Zack Reiser

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October 18, 2021

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At the Lincoln Memorial, COME FROM AWAY Commemorates the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 with Triumph and Tears

The hit musical Come From Away recently honored the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

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Nathan Pugh

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September 13, 2021

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Casting For Pre-Broadway Run of A STRANGE LOOP At DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre

The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Strange Loop from writer Michael R. Jackson is headed down to Washington DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company this November. Last seen at Playwrights Horizons in May of 2019, this production will reunite original cast members Antwayn Hopper (Thought 6), L Morgan Lee (Thought 1), John-Michael Lyles (Thought 3), James Jackson, Jr. (Thought 2), John-Andrew Morrison (Thought 4), Jason Veasey (Thought 5) and will also introduce Jaquel Spivey as “Usher.”

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Kobi Kassal

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September 21, 2021

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Lydia R. Diamond on Arena Stage’s TONI STONE and Contradictions in Black Performance

Playwright Lydia R. Diamond sits down with Theatrely's Nathan Pugh to chat about her play Toni Stone at Arena Stage.

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Nathan Pugh

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September 16, 2021

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COME FROM AWAY: CONCERT AT LINCOLN MEMORIAL To Honor 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Ford’s Theatre Society today announced a one-night concert version of the Tony-nominated musical Come From Away on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, September 10, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. Members of the Come From Away company will star in this free, 100-minute concert in honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Come From Away: Concert at the Lincoln Memorial features modified concert staging with minimal props and costumes and is presented rain or shine.

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Zack Reiser

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July 21, 2021

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Woolly Mammoth Announces 2021-22 Season

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is back...to the future, back to welcoming patrons into its home in Penn Quarter, and back to the magic of live performance, while acknowledging a new future must be built for a more equitable and sustainable industry. The 2021-2022 season will start to build that future in the here and now by programming previously announced projects, producing a live version of a hit streaming show, and launching a national tour.

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Zack Reiser

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July 19, 2021

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ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME Sets World Premiere in Washington D.C.

The Nederlander Organization is pleased to announce the world premiere engagement of the new Broadway-bound musical Once Upon A One More Time, inspired by the music performed and recorded by Grammy Award-winning pop icon Britney Spears. Set to debut this fall at the Tony Award-winning Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC), in Washington, D.C, Once Upon A One More Time begins performances at STC’s Sidney Harman Hall on Monday, November 29, 2021, for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 2, 2022.

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Zack Reiser

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May 27, 2021

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Arena Stage to Host High-Capacity COVID-19 Vaccination Site

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater has partnered with DC Health and MedStar Health to announce the opening of an additional high-capacity vaccination site in an effort to vaccinate as many residents as possible against COVID-19.

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Zack Reiser

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April 5, 2021

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