Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. Golda’s Balcony at Theater J. “Tovah Feldshuh’s carefully-researched, fully-realized embodiment of one of Israel’s most controversial founders is a wonder to behold.” - Andrew White. READ Andrew White’s review. Synopsis: A riveting portrait of one of the great women of our time, Golda Meir,Golda’s Balcony is the final work from Tony® Award-winning playwright William Gibson (The Miracle Worker, Two […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Kate Skinner

Kate Skinner

Kate Skinner is currently playing the role of Mistress Quickly in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s epic rep of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2. Kate’s many appearances at STC include The Alchemist, King Lear (mainstage and Free For All), Peer Gynt, Othello, Henry VI, Measure for Measure, The Misanthrope, Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night. On Broadway she appeared […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Peter Flynn

Peter Flynn. Photo by Gary Erskine.

Peter Flynn is currently the director of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Ford’s Theatre. Peter’s main production debut at Ford’s Theatre was a  big one as he helmed the record-breaking production of 1776 in 2012 . He previously directed the February 2009 Grand Reopening Celebration of Ford’s Theatre featuring James Earl Jones, Audra […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey

Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey

Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey is currently portraying Haikumom (Odessa) in Water by the Spoonful at Studio Theatre after appearing there last season in The Motherf***er with the Hat. Ms. Fernandez-Coffey is a member of Woolly Mammoth’s Company of Artists and received a Helen Hayes Award for her performance in After the Fall at Theater J. Other Washington area credits include Detroit, […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Julie Dixon

Julie Dixon

Julie Dixon is currently playing the title role in Violet at the Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts. Julie’s story is an another example of why Theatre Lab is my favorite arts in education institution in the area. Here is a performer that performed in shows all through school and then left theatre for a […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Ford’s Theatre. “This production is a must-see for everyone and will leave the heart singing.” -  Lynne Menefee. READ Lynne Menefee’s review. Synopsis: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee follows six awkward adolescents through their daunting and hilarious championship quest. As they navigate the tournament’s pressures, the eccentric coterie […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Hallie Foote

Hallie Foote

Hallie Foote is currently making her Arena Stage debut as Rosalynn Carter in the world premiere of Camp David . On Broadway she earned a Tony nomination for her performance as MaryJo in Dividing the Estate. Off-Broadway she was seen in The Orphan’s Home Cycle (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), The Trip to Bountiful (Lucille Lortel Award—Best Supporting Actress), The Last of the Thorntons (Drama […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Sam Edgerly

Sam Edgerly

I see all kinds of theatre and for college level productions, American University ranks as one of the highest. Sam Edgerly went through the theatre program at American University and is now making a name for himself professionally. Recent credits include Gypsy at Signature Theatre, GoodNight Moon at Adventure Theatre, Flora the Red Menace at 1st […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. ‘Hair’ at Keegan Theatre When Hair first came to Washington in 1971, a dead downtown burst into life.  The anti-war counterculture was at its height, hungering for recognition by mainstream America, hankering to become mainstream America. Hair’s integrated cast, its rock/blues/African rhythms, its drug-laced, sex-laced, profanity-laced lyrics, and of course its flash of flesh and dissonant imagery were what […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Sonia Manzano

Sonia Manzano

Sonia Manzano should be a familiar face to all of you, particularly if you or your child have been watching Sesame Street anytime since 1971. Sonia has been portraying the character of Maria on that show for 43 years now.  Your child has probably learned some Spanish from Sonia’s character over the years. But what you might not […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Don Harper

Don Harper

Click on the links in the introduction to hear samples of Don Harper’s music. Don Harper is a Los Angeles based film and TV composer, orchestrator, and conductor whose work is currently being heard on stage in Sight & Sound Theatres latest biblical extravaganza Moses which recently opened in Lancaster County PA. Previously for Sight & Sound […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. Water by the Spoonful at Studio Theatre.  “Water by the Spoonful is just the kind of thing great theater is supposed to do: Shine a light on human conditions that people are often all too willing to ignore, even as it suggests at its end a ray of light and possibility amid the darkness. No wonder the play […]

MD Theatre Guide’s Rising Star: Jake Miller

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Our Rising Star for March is 11-year-old Jake Miller.  I saw him perform in Pumpkin Theatre’s Suessical Jr. last month as the Mayor of Whoville.  As soon as he stepped on the stage and opened his mouth to sing, I knew he would be a wonderful addition to our group of Rising Stars. So far, […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Lynne Shankel

Lynne Shankel

Lynne Shankel is currently the orchestrator for Beaches at Signature Theatre. While being a musical director, conductor and pianist for such Broadway musicals as Beauty and the Beast, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Cry-Baby, she is one of the few females I know working in the male dominated field of orchestration. Her work as […]