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Aisle View: Modern Masterwork

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.04.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen Photo: Matthew Murphy "Don't ask questions, just go see Dear Evan Hansen" began my review of last May's Second Stag...

Thoughts on Preteen Theater: 'Wimpy Kid' Sans Iconis, 'Akeelah and the Bee', 'Woodsman' and More

Cara Joy David | Posted 01.28.2017 | Arts
Cara Joy David

As of late, I get a lot of questions on what to take a preteen to from adults who want something they see as slightly more mature than a Disney show b...

National Women's History Museum

Connie Lawn | Posted 05.15.2016 | DC
Connie Lawn

There may be a women's history museum on the Washington Mall, if some powerful and generous people have their way.

Janis Joplin Rocks D.C.

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.24.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- With a voice shot through with Southern Comfort and cigarettes, Janis Joplin sounded like no one else in music during her too-brief care...

Tony-Nominated Play Opens In D.C.

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 05.06.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The action has barely begun during Other Desert Cities when the family unit at the center of the show starts to unravel in one brief mot...

Yelp-Reading Actor Live In D.C.

Posted 03.12.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- If you've enjoyed the first "Real Actors Read Yelp" video -- and you probably have since the video has been viewed over 669,000 times --...

And Then Narcissus Leaned Towards the Water

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.10.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I hope this Metamorphoses comes back to New York, but, if it doesn't, I am happy audiences can see it now at Arena.

Phil Donahue At Lutheran Church Of Reformation: HuffPost DC Top 5 For July 23

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 07.23.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR MONDAY, JULY 23 1. A Conversation With Phil Donahue And Screening Of "Body Of War" At Lutheran Church Of Reformation Journalist and talk...

The Music Man Marches Into D.C. And Fills Arena Stage With Charm

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 08.10.2012 | Home
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

When I read that Molly Smith, artistic director of Arena Stage, was going to produce The Music Man, I picked a date and bought advance tickets. I was not disappointed.

Al Scorch At Black Cat: HuffPost DC Top 5 For May 30, 2012

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 05.30.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 1. Al Scorch Country Soul Ensemble At Black Cat The finest country-punk-folk-bluegrass banjo player in the country, Al...

Weekend To-Do: Naked Hippies, Manischewitz Reduction Sangria, Fireworks!

Posted 04.06.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON-- It's going to be a fun weekend, if you're staying in town. We've got a Mexican Passover feast and Easter brunch in in a mansion with ...

Rachel Tepper

Absurdist Magicians Kick Off Series At Arena Stage | Rachel Tepper | Posted 01.20.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Magic shows tend to evoke images of sequined jumpsuits and rabbits in hats, but that's not exactly the sort of thing magicians (or, as t...

'You, Nero': Pay What You Will Toga Party At Arena Stage

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.21.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Not everyone has an emperor's riches. Arena Stage is holding a pay-what-you-will toga party for "You, Nero," a play by Pulitzer-finalist...

Too Much Transparency?

Carey Perloff | Posted 01.07.2012 | Arts
Carey Perloff

I would hate to think that the more "transparent" we become, the more our artistic works-in-progress are manipulated to provide a good show for a viewing public. The most important thing, surely, is that the work itself have some magic, some mystery, some beauty, come opening night.

Happy 110th, Duke!

Jane Levere | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jane Levere

To celebrate the 110th birthday of Duke Ellington last week, his namesake orchestra played in a subway station in Harlem and, even more appropriately, on a 1930's-vintage, green A train.