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DCMTA 2018 Staff Favorites: Outstanding Overall Productions in Professional Theater

Ahmad Kamal (Malik) and MJ Casey (Bud Abramson) in 4,380 Nights. Photo by C Stanley Photography.

Because the yr attracts to an in depth, we requested DCMTA writers to assume again on the exhibits that left an indelible impression on them in 2018. On this class, Excellent General Manufacturing, we acknowledge:

  • Productions that stood out for his or her complete artistry
  • Theaters that took dangers or pushed boundaries by means of their programming decisions
  • Productions by locally-based playwrights whose work elevated our levels

Listed here are the skilled productions that left the most important impression on our writers in 2018.

Ahmad Kamal (Malik) and MJ Casey (Bud Abramson) in four,380 Nights. Photograph by C Stanley Images.

four,380 Nights, Signature Theatre (Ladies’s Voices Theater Pageant)
four,380 Nights is a uncooked, emotionally charged and simply plain gutsy manufacturing that makes the film Zero Darkish 30 look timid. An unique script by Annalisa Dias and assured, targeted course by Kathleen Akerley make this a compelling “in your face” manufacturing concerning the results of infinite conflict and xenophobia. – David Siegel
David Siegel’s Assessment
Natalie Tucker’s Interview with Playwright Annalisa Dias

Truly, Theater J
Truly, by Anna Ziegler addresses points surrounding sexual consent. It was directed with a caring contact by Johanna Gruenhut so that every “aspect” acquired the chance to make its factors. A terrific two-hander with genuinely nuanced performances by Sylvia Kates and Jaysen Wright that didn’t come off as one other “scorching” polemic theater expertise. – David Siegel
Beatrice Loayza’s Evaluate
John Stoltenberg’s Column

Alabama Story, Washington Stage Guild
Southern humor, mild allure, and the awkward silences of discussions about race—Alabama Story was a reminder that, even in the course of the horrible injustices of Jim Crow, some residents of the South exhibited character and compassion. Alabama Story, by Kenneth Jones, is predicated on an actual incident which occurred in Montgomery, Alabama, by which a state librarian, Emily Wheelock Reed defied a bigoted Senator’s order to take away a e-book which supposedly advocated race-mixing. Julie-Ann Elliott was excellent as librarian Reed. – Sophia Howes
Sophia Howes’ Assessment

Animal Farm, Baltimore Middle Stage
Animal Farm is the perfect present Baltimore Middle Stage has accomplished in a few seasons and an impressive general manufacturing. Baltimore Middle Stage has injected new life into this literary basic. – Cassandra Miller
Gina Jun’s assessment

Breathe: The Musical opening night photo by Kevin Thompson.Breathe: The Musical opening night time photograph by Kevin Thompson.

Breathe: The Musical, SoulFree Enterprises at THEARC
Breathe is a brilliantly conceived and superbly executed gospel musical that celebrates black resilience even because it revisits the traumas endured by the black household in a nation constructed on slavery. At occasions soaringly transcendent in its evocation of hope and religion, at occasions searingly specific in its depiction of anguish and grief, Breathe in efficiency is a rapturous ceremony of shared therapeutic. Breathe evokes and distills the collective trauma of an prolonged black household whose scars reopen nonetheless. But Breathe’s intent to assist heal from that shared historical past is ever current and ever vigilant. Breathe takes a deep breath and strikes the household on. And it’s a gorgeous factor. Cleavon Meabon IV (author, director, composer, music director) —John Stoltenberg
John Stoltenberg’s Evaluate

Daring New Works Collection, Artistic Cauldron
That includes unique musicals by native composer/lyricists/guide writers Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith, the Daring New Works Collection brings fascinating, principally missed subjects to life by way of music and story. Laura Connors Hull, Artistic Cauldron’s producing inventive director, not solely helps unique works however finds the monetary assets to supply them. – David Siegel
David Siegel’s Interview with Inventive Director Laura Connors Hull
David Siegel’s 2017 Interview with the Daring New Works’ Artistic Group

Camelot, Shakespeare Theatre Firm
This Camelot was one of many best productions I’ve seen. An impressed forged, led by Ken Clark as a considerate King Arthur, with help from Alexandra Silber as Guenevere, Nick Fitzer as Lancelot, Patrick Vaill as Mordred, Ted van Griethuysen as Merlyn, and Floyd King as King Pellinore made each second riveting. Director Alan Paul modernized the script and enhanced the inherent magic of the story. – Sophia Howes
Geoffrey Melada’s Evaluate

Dave, Area Stage
The thought to convey again Dave as a musical was past sensible and the artistic workforce assembled is a galaxy of genius: the musical they’ve made far surpasses the unique film: It’s reside and it’s us. We the viewers are in it collectively. We need to consider in a rustic that many people worry doesn’t exist anymore. What Dave does is restore our religion in that nation by restoring our religion in ourselves. Thomas Meehan and Nell Benjamin (e-book and lyrics), Tom Kitt (music), Tina Landau (path), Sam Pinkleton (choreography), and Rob Berman (music path) —John Stoltenberg
David Siegel’s Evaluation
John Stoltenberg’s Column

Declassified: Ben Folds Presents, Nationwide Symphony Orchestra, The Kennedy Middle
Curated by Ben Folds at The Kennedy Middle, this collection is notable for bringing in numerous audiences and making classical music fascinating to a wider viewers. Billed as “half live performance, half social gathering,” in 2018, the Declassified Collection hosted pop singers, classical composers, faucet dancers and extra to carry out with the Nationwide Symphony Orchestra. Oh, and there’s a free karaoke get together after the present. – David Siegel
David Siegel’s Report on the July Declassified Present

Don Cristóbal by Federico García Lorca, Pointless Theatre
Patti Kahil, Rachel Menyuk, and Eric Swartz took considered one of Lorca’s shortest performs, the Punch-and-Judy-inspired Don Cristóbal, and expanded upon the slapstick comedy in an creative method, including a surreal allegorical journey via the backstage toxicity few theater communities need to acknowledge, and the political terrorism that claimed the playwright’s life within the early days of the Spanish Civil Conflict. This new adaptation is a script that different theater corporations ought to think about producing.

Francisco Benavides created a splendidly grotesque forged of huge stick-and-rod puppets for the present, and Mel Bier’s set design: a puppet theater proscenium that transforms into metropolis streets, a surrealist jail, and a rural countryside, accomplishes extra theatrically than many units constructed by corporations with many occasions the finances. – Ian Thal
Beatrice Loayza’s Evaluation

Rebecca A. Herron and John Morogiello in Engaging Shaw. Photo courtesy of Best Medicine Rep.Rebecca A. Herron and John Morogiello in Partaking Shaw. Photograph courtesy of Greatest Drugs Rep.

Partaking Shaw, Greatest Drugs Rep
There is an interesting sub-genre of theater, that one may name the battle of wits or the comedy of mind, that takes a few of the biggest minds in historical past and brings them to life, with all their quirks and quips condensed and their minds and hearts laid naked in two hours. The type consists of fantastic works comparable to Stoppard’s Arcadia and Shakespeare in Love, Shaffer’s Amadeus, Zinn’s Marx in Soho and Gunderson’s Emilie. Partaking Shaw is a worthy addition to this membership.- Jennifer Georgia
Jennifer Georgia’s Evaluate

Acquainted, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Firm (Ladies’s Voices Theater Pageant)
With Acquainted, Playwright Danai Gurira continues her concentrate on ladies of African ancestry, however this time the politically gripping story she tells is tucked inside a gut-bustingly humorous comedy set in a suburb of Minneapolis. It’s Gurira’s nice present to have the ability to regale us with torrents of humor in simply recognizable household squabbles—set within the snow-white American Midwest of all locations—and, on the similar time, anchor her play firmly within the political actuality of her characters’ ancestral residence. Close to the top, she then tops it off with an enormous family-secret reveal. On the face of it, that heart-stopping shock might sound to frame on melodrama. However truly, brilliantly, it brings house and personalizes an ongoing id and liberation wrestle that for every of her characters is exactly her level. The work of Director Adam Immerwahr is exceptionally spectacular. Not a breath is misplaced, not a beat doesn’t take us into the guts of this phenomenal play. Woolly Mammoth’s manufacturing of Acquainted is, fairly merely, a comedic masterpiece. —John Stoltenberg
John Stoltenberg’s Evaluation

Comply with No Strangers to the Enjoyable Locations, Acme Company (Baltimore)
Lola B. Pierson’s script deconstructs the viewers’s expertise of watching theater, in addition to the theater-makers’ perspective of making theater. Acme’s manufacturing is next-level stuff. The complete manufacturing is sensible. – Cassandra Miller
Cassandra Miller’s Evaluation

Gem of the Ocean, Spherical Home Theatre
One can’t think about a model of August Wilson’s imaginative and prescient extra worthy, and extra value immersion in, than the majestic manufacturing of Gem of the Ocean at Spherical Home. It stirs the guts with respect and reverence…and bears profound witness to the bottomless sorrow that was slavery. —John Stoltenberg
John Stoltenberg’s Assessment

Cristian Linares in Convergence Theatre’s Guerrilla Theater Works 3: A New Nation at the Anacostia Arts Center. Photo by Ethan Malamud.Cristian Linares in Convergence Theatre’s Guerrilla Theater Works three: A New Nation on the Anacostia Arts Middle. Photograph by Ethan Malamud.

Guerilla Theater Works: A New Nation, Convergence Theatre carried out on the Anacostia Arts Middle
A private shout-out and applause to Elena Velasco, inventive director and co-founder of Convergence Theatre, a house for socially acutely aware artists who want to spark dialogue between numerous communities by means of new theatrical buildings. By way of Guerilla Theater Works: A New Nation, Elena Velasco introduced actual immigration points to the stage. Velasco can also be an affiliated artist with Óyeme at Creativeness Stage, which seeks to offer protected harbor for the world’s unaccompanied minors by means of the artistic and performing arts. – David Siegel
Bob Ashby’s Evaluate of Guerilla Theater Works: A New Nation
Darby DeJarnette’s Numerous Metropolis Column Dialog with Elena Velasco
David Siegel’s Column on Guerilla Theater Works with Elena Velasco

Hamlet, Royal Shakespeare Firm on the Kennedy Middle
The fabled Royal Shakespeare Firm introduced its Hamlet to the Kennedy Middle for one night time, in a manufacturing absolutely worthy of its glittering status. The RSC Hamlet was lavish, bursting with freshness, and starring the younger and gifted Paapa Essiedu because the brooding Prince. As famous by Director Simon Godwin, Denmark was re-conceived as a “trendy state influenced by the ritual, traditions, and great thing about West Africa.” This model, directed by Godwin, was initially seen in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016. Godwin is the incoming Inventive Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Firm; his upcoming tenure guarantees to proceed the custom of excellence. – Sophia Howes
Sophias Howes’ Evaluate of RSC’s Hamlet on the Kennedy Middle

Hamlet, Shakespeare Theatre Firm
Michael Urie’s efficiency as Hamlet, memorable in itself, was a part of a uniquely intriguing manufacturing, directed by Michael Kahn. Hamlet was haunted not solely by the demise of his father however by the oppression and violence of his complete society. Nazi-like emblems have been in all places: on the troopers’ armbands, above the balcony, on the lectern the place Claudius gave his unctuous speech. The police and troopers carried weapons. On this totalitarian world, unbiased considering was punishable by demise. Hamlet’s internal battle and the outward corruption of his universe mirrored each other with breathtaking readability. – Sophia Howes
Learn Sophia Howes’ Assessment

The way to Maintain an Alien, Solas Nua
The hilariously advised true story of a lady in Eire who’s making an attempt to stay in the identical nation with the Australian lady she loves. And simply how humorous is it? (Cue the rimshot.) I laughed my feckin head off. The stand-up comedy roots of this play by Sonya Kelly are evident in each riff, twist, and bit. As directed by Tom Story and as carried out by Tonya Beckman (Sonya) and Nick Fruit (Justin the stage supervisor and others), Tips on how to Maintain an Alien crackles with laughs like a string of firecrackers on a scorching fuse. —John Stoltenberg
Bob Ashby’s Evaluation
John Stoltenberg’s Column

The siblings: Jonathan Goldstein (Michael), Susan Rome (Holly), and Robin Abramson (Sharon) in ‘If I Forget.’ Photo by Carol RoseggThe siblings: Jonathan Goldstein (Michael), Susan Rome (Holly), and Robin Abramson (Sharon) in ‘If I Overlook.’ Photograph by Carol Rosegg.

If I Overlook, Studio Theatre
If I Overlook by Bethesda native Steven Levenson is a recent, fearless, heartfelt pondering over questions typically left unsaid in public for worry of creating we Jews look dangerous to Gentiles. It’s time to carry the gauze, however talking out might be pricey. Matt Torney offered meticulous, scrupulously truthful course and terrific casting. – David Siegel
David Siegel’s Assessment
John Stoltenberg’s Column

Extremely Lifeless, Baltimore Rock Opera Society
From the flying severed heads to the ridiculous assortment of characters, the B-horror unique musical spoof presents a joyride of lunacy and kitsch. Author and Co-Director Michael Ziccardi’s enthusiasm for the B-horror style is palpable in each facet of the manufacturing. Every forged member joyfully embraces their weirdo characters, and even the spewing intestines seem like they’re having a ball. The unique script of a musical by Michael Ziccardi deserves recognition. – Cassandra Miller
Cassandra Miller’s Evaluate

Indecent, Area Stage
In Director Eric Rosen’s wonderful manufacturing of Indecent, all ten actors within the forged play actors; three of them additionally play musical devices. Beneath the musical course of Alexander Sovronsky (who additionally composed some music), the troupe’s harmonies are stirring. And in Erika Chong’s choreography, the ensemble strikes eloquently, as within the rousing clap-and-stomp opener. – David Siegel
John Stoltenberg’s Evaluation
David Siegel’s Column
Ravelle Brickman’s Function on ‘Indecent’ actor Victor Raider-Wexler

It’s the Remainder of the World That Seems So Small: A Theatrical Evaluation of Jonathan Coulton, Flying V
It’s the Remainder of the World that Seems So Small: A Theatrical Revue of Jonathan Coulton, directed and conceived by Jason Schlafstein and Vaughn Irving, is one huge success of a present. Seven forged members, together with Scott Abernethy, Kristin Cardinal, Victoria Meyers, Gianna Rapp, Seth Rosenke, Carl Williams, and Ashley Zielinski contort themselves into the myriad roles offered. Flying V has succeeded in creating one thing really distinctive and fantastic and in doing so has cemented its place as a pacesetter in artistic, recent, and interesting theater. – Darby DeJarnette
Darby DeJarnette’s Recipe for Big, Triumphant Success Evaluation

Constance (Holly Twyford) consoles her son Arthur (Megan Graves). Photo by Teresa Wood.Constance (Holly Twyford) consoles her son Arthur (Megan Graves). Photograph by Teresa Wooden.

King John by William Shakespeare, Folger Theatre
File underneath “excellent revival of a uncared for basic.” Shakespeare’s historical past performs are recognized for warfare, civil conflict, and dynastic treachery. This play, about certainly one of England’s most notorious monarchs, has all these issues but in addition options diplomacy and statecraft to a larger diploma than the opposite historical past performs. In reviving King John, this manufacturing additionally revives three long-neglected dramatic roles for ladies (scarce within the historical past performs) in Constance (Holly Twyford), Eleanor (Kate Goehring), and Blanche (Alina Collins Maldonado). Director Aaron Posner, with assist from Dramaturg Michelle Osherow, delivers a riveting presentation that makes the case that we should always know this play much better than we have now for generations. – Ian Thal
Ian Thal’s Assessment

Logan Pageant of Solo Performances, 1st Stage
The Logan Pageant dispenses with preconceived notions of the facility and pop of solo work and does so from its suburban Northern Virginia venue. The 2018 Pageant spotlighted three distinction performers exploring a wide-range of id points advised by and about underserved populations. – David Siegel

Peerless, Shakespeare Theatre Firm (staged studying)
There was a big “first” on the Shakespeare Theatre Firm this yr. It was a studying of the enthralling, fearless Peerless, written by Silver Spring native, Jiehae Park. For STC, it was the primary time for a mainstage studying of an Asian-American playwright. These attending the free STC studying of Peerless had a deal with. The studying featured actors Teresa Lim, Tiffany Villarin, Keith Royal Smith, Laura C. Harris, Zack Powell, and Lisa Tejero. They “acted” the studying behind music stands with e-book in hand so properly I didn’t miss costumes or a set. – David Siegel
Information Story on Peerless

Pippin, Monumental Theatre Firm
Pippin, directed by Rebecca Wahls, featured extraordinary intimate black-box staging by a really gifted, hustling gaggle of Millennial performers who probably will grow to be names themselves on space levels within the not too distant future. It’s clear from this manufacturing why Monumental acquired this yr’s 2018 Helen Hayes Award because the Rising Theater in our midst. I cannot overstate my utter enjoyment of this manufacturing. It was spunky, buoyant, and interesting from the second the primary notes of “Magic to Do” are performed. – David Siegel
David Siegel’s Evaluate
Nicole Hertvik’s Interview with Director Rebecca Wahls

#poolparty, Ally Theatre Firm
Written by long-time Hyattsville, MD-based actor, Jennifer Mendenhall, #poolparty unpacks the buried historical past of segregated swimming swimming pools throughout america and shares an interesting and painful native connection. Mendenhall’s deeply researched play uncovers the reason why black youngsters are 3 times extra more likely to drown than their white counterparts. America’s unique sin – racism – infiltrates each facet of our present historical past, making swimming whereas black an typically lethal summertime pursuit. Director Angelisa Gillyard maneuvers her six actors throughout time and area and continents with minimal shifts within the easy units and costumes (by Asia-Anansi McCallum).
Lisa Traiger’s Evaluate

Little Shop of Horrors Company. Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.Little Store of Horrors Firm. Photograph credit score: Jeremy Daniel.

Little Store of Horrors, The Kennedy Middle
The Kennedy Middle’s Broadway Middle Stage manufacturing of the legendary off-Broadway extravaganza, masterfully directed by Mark Brokaw, hits all the best notes. Nice forged, music and scenic design. – Amy Kotkin
Amy Kotkin’s Assessment

Macbeth, 4615 Theatre
Why do individuals commit evil, and as soon as they’ve began, why can’t they cease? Macbeth, one among Shakespeare’s biggest performs, is an exploration of this perennial and perplexing question. By specializing in the feelings of the characters, Director Jordan Pal at 4615 Theatre offered a compelling investigation of this very related theme. As an alternative of imposing a high-concept directorial interpretation, Pal opted to let Shakespeare be Shakespeare. It proved to be an intriguing selection. Robust performances by Jared H. Graham as Macbeth and Charlene V. Smith as Woman Macbeth lent further energy to this visually putting manufacturing. – Sophia Howes
Sophia Howes’ Evaluate

New Tips for Peaceable Occasions, Spooky Motion Theater
Spooky Motion Theater produced a season of considerate, distinctive performs and playwrights within the DC space. An instance was Spooky Motion’s US premiere of New Tips for Peaceable Occasions by Brazilian playwright Bosco Brasil. Beneath the fragile, sympathetically toned course of Roberta Alves and nuanced appearing of Michael Kevin Darnall and Carlos Saldana, New Tips was an intimate, uninterrupted provocative dialog about lives after a struggle has ended, however peace not but assured. – David Siegel
David Siegel’s Evaluate

Noura, Shakespeare Theatre Firm (Ladies’s Voices Theatre Pageant)
Playwright Heather Raffo’s Noura, which premiered at Shakespeare Theatre Firm as a part of the Ladies’s Voices Theatre Pageant, options an impressive unique script. Raffo, who each wrote and stars in her tackle Ibsen’s A Doll’s Home, tells the story of an Iraqi-American household that welcomes an Iraqi refugee into their house for Christmas. Raffo’s script bounces effortlessly between humor and strained arguments. It’s one of the reasonable performs I’ve seen in the previous few years: each scene feels attainable. – Elizabeth Ballou
Elizabeth Ballou’s Evaluation
Natalie Tucker’s Interview with Playwright Heather Raffo
Sophia Howes’ Column ‘The Two Nouras’

On the City, Olney Theater Firm
DC–space audiences are infamous for his or her too-free-and-easy awarding of standing ovations. However final night time’s extended, enthusiastic, standing, whooping, hollering, response to Olney Theatre’s presentation of On the City was as absolutely deserved because it could possibly be. Each facet of the exuberant 1944 Leonard Bernstein/Jerome Robbins/Adolph Comden/Betty Inexperienced collaboration was carried out at a degree of near-perfection. – Bob Ashby
Bob Ashby’s Assessment

Our Class, Georgetown College Division of Performing Arts
Based mostly on a real story and set in a classroom in a small city in Poland, Our Class has a forged of ten—half are Jews, half are Catholics—whose story begins when they’re college students. The play dramatizes what occurred to their friendships after Nazis invaded. The story is harrowing, shifting, profoundly cautionary. The unique textual content written in Polish by Tadeusz Słobodzianek has been tailored by Norman Allen, and its idiom is joltingly present. Derek Goldman directs a forged of Georgetown college students, and the depth of conviction of their appearing is as electrifying as you’ll discover on any skilled DC stage. —John Stoltenberg and Ian Thal
Ian Thal’s Evaluation
John Stoltenberg’s Forged Q&A

Kevin Shen (Chiqui), Jon Norman Schneider (Jiorgio), Ariel Felix (Sally), Rafael Sebastian (Cheska), and Evan D’Angeles (Zhan) in Paper Dolls. Photo by Stan Barouh.Kevin Shen (Chiqui), Jon Norman Schneider (Jiorgio), Ariel Felix (Sally), Rafael Sebastian (Cheska), and Evan D’Angeles (Zhan) in Paper Dolls. Photograph by Stan Barouh.

Paper Dolls, Mosaic Theater Firm
This play with songs by Philip Himberg, directed by Mark Brokaw, is predicated on and impressed by a 2006 Israeli documentary movie named Paper Dolls a few group of Filipinos who work by day as caregivers to aged Orthodox Jews and at night time carry out in drag at dive bars in Tel Aviv, Israel’s LGBTQ mecca. Inside this thriving subculture—counterintuitively for a rustic based on a religion that ritually segregates males from ladies—the divinely ordained gender binary will get an entirely human remix. An astonishment of leisure, a portal to the guts, and a celebration of conciliation. —John Stoltenberg
Sherrita Wilkins’ Evaluation
John Stoltenberg’s Column  

Pramkicker, Taffety Punk Theatre Firm
Think about a pram catapulting down the steps and the candy prompt of satisfaction that the kick initiates. A fraction of a second later, the belief of the tumble hits house. The kick is in any case, far more than a mere swing of the leg. Sadie Hasler’s story of two ladies shifts from current to previous. Not solely do two sensible actors, Tonya Beckman and Esther Williamson, transfer us ahead and again in time, however they assume different characters, each female and male, in a seamless method. The layers are peeled away gently or energetically; with the comedy of bittersweet wit, with painful recollection or with giggle out loud moments of physicality as demonstrated in choreography by Kelly King or in an easy shrugging on or off of a reminiscence made substantial by costume designer Heather C. Jackson’s easy sweaters and vests. – Jane Franklin
Jane Franklin’s Assessment

Roko’s Basilisk, Reliant Theatre, Capital Fringe
Excellent unique script by Matthew Marcus
Matthew Marcus’ Roko’s Basilisk manages to discover concepts of free will, chance, recreation principle, synthetic intelligence, in a wild thought experiment after which deconstructs these ideas towards an intimate private tragedy. Viewers members can be partaking with the concepts lengthy after they depart the efficiency and as with the most effective speculative fiction, marvel how these concepts relate to their very own lives. – Ian Thal
Ian Thal’s Evaluate

One thing Rotten! on the Nationwide Theatre
One thing Rotten! on the Nationwide Theatre was a pleasure from starting to finish. The guide is by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell. Music and lyrics are by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, who conceived the present. The Broadway manufacturing acquired ten Tony nominations, and this nationwide tour was pure pleasure. The forged despatched out into the chilly February night time one of many happiest audiences I’ve ever seen. Director and Choreographer Casey Nicholaw (The Guide of Mormon) mixed the most effective of up to date and Elizabethan theater for a night of gloriously theatrical hilarity. – Sophia Howes
Sophia Howes’ Evaluate 

The Duchess of Malfi and The Changeling (in Rep), Courageous Spirits Theatre
Courageous Spirits produced a rep collection composed of performs about crafty characters written centuries in the past. The collection included The Duchess of Malfi directed by Casey Kaleba and The Changeling directed by Charlene Smith. Beneath the sure-handed course of those two administrators, a big ensemble moved winningly between the 2 performs offering top-notch theater filled with verbal wrath, bodily terror, humor when referred to as for, and compelling characters with cross-gender casting. Courageous Spirits confirmed that phrases can have deadly penalties in unflinching productions. – David Siegel
David Siegel’s Evaluate of The Duchess of Malfi
David Siegel’s Evaluation of The Changeling

Gary Perkins III as Frederick Douglass in The Frederick Douglass Project. Photo by Teresa Castracane.Gary Perkins III as Frederick Douglass in The Frederick Douglass Undertaking. Photograph by Teresa Castracane.

The Frederick Douglass Challenge, Solas Nua
Carried out in a tent pitched on a pier overlooking the Anacostia River, The Frederick Douglass Challenge—written by Psalmayene 24 and Deirdre Kinahan—was impressed by a go to that the good antislavery writer and orator made to Eire on a talking tour in 1845, following publication of his autobiography, Narrative of the Lifetime of Frederick Douglass, an American slave. A spoken, sung, and choreographed cross-referencing of cultures. A side-by-side view of the African-American expertise of slavery and the Irish expertise of English colonialism. Gripping theater that will get at stuff concerning the which means of race in America with extraordinary originality, relevance, and perception. —John Stoltenberg
Ramona Harper’s Assessment
John Stoltenberg’s Column

The Invisible Hand, Olney Theatre Middle
The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar and directed by Michael Bloom manages to teach you about world politics and economics whereas holding you on the sting of your seat. Thomas Keegan and Maboud Ebrahimzadeh Shine. Thumbs as much as Scenic Designer Luciana Stecconi, Costume Designer Ivania Stack, Sound Designer Roc Lee, Dialect Coach Zach Campion and Battle Choreographer Robb Hunter for jobs nicely achieved. – Susan Brall
Susan Brall’s Assessment

The Proper of Spring, Pointless Theatre Firm
Pointless Theatre selected to adapt Stravinsky’s rating and story into a decent, surprising, and bodily difficult manufacturing that feels very 2018. The sheer power and emotion that the dancers pour into their actions make the Pointless tackle The Ceremony of Spring a hit. – Elizabeth Ballou
Elizabeth Ballou’s Evaluate

The Method of the World, Folger Theatre
The Means of the World is a deft satire of the mating habits and monetary vicissitudes of the 1%. Theresa Rebeck’s comedy, very loosely based mostly on William Congreve’s The Means of the World, reminds us that dangerous conduct, in Restoration England or 2018 New York, could be fascinating, gasp-inducing, and really, very humorous. The performances are first-rate, and the artistic workforce filled with revolutionary concepts. – Ravelle Brickman
Sophia Howes’ Evaluation
David Siegel’s Column

Chrissy Rose, Katie Kleiger and the cast of The Wolves. Photo by Teresa Wood.Chrissy Rose, Katie Kleiger and the forged of The Wolves. Photograph by Teresa Wooden.

The Wolves, Studio Theatre (Ladies’s Voices Theater Pageant)
If the Ladies’s Voices Theater Pageant existed solely to provide us Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, directed by Marti Lyons, it will be value it. The collective appearing chops among the many forged are a singular pressure to be reckoned with. Lighting (Paul Toben) and sound design (Mikhail Fiksel) are used very successfully to deliver depth to the transitions. – Hilary Sutton
Hilary Sutton’s Evaluation

Urinetown, Stillpointe Theatre
Baltimore-based Stillpointe Theatre’s trademark is taking cult and non-mainstream musicals, and with bare-bones assets and the very best native expertise, delivering productions that make you go, “Wow! I DO love musical theater!” That is true for its summer time present, the purposefully sadly named Urinetown: The Musical. – Cassandra Miller
Cassandra Miller’s Evaluate

VietGone, Studio Theatre
In Vietgone, Vietnamese-American Playwright Qui Nguyen units out to inform how his mother and father fell in love after being resettled in America as refugees after the autumn of Saigon. Scenic Designer Tony Cisek reworked Studio Theatre’s fourth flooring into one thing like a cool storage and Director Natsu Onoda Energy introduced a various set of theatrical experiences to the desk to helm Vietgone’s artistic imaginative and prescient.  – Elizabeth Ballou
John Stoltenberg’s Assessment
Elizabeth Ballou’s Interview with Director Natsu Onoda Energy


DCMTA want to acknowledge the inventive administrators who’re passing the baton this season: Colin Hovde (Theater Alliance), Michael Kahn (Shakespeare Theatre Firm), Helen Murray (The Hub Theatre), and Howard Schalwitz (Woolly Mammoth). Their work helped DC develop into the colourful theater city that it’s at the moment. From Baltimore, we acknowledge the tenure of departed Baltimore Middle Stage Inventive Director Kwame Kwei-Armah. 

We might additionally wish to acknowledge the quite a few DC-area playwrights producing work in our space theaters and past. Their work broadened our understanding of the human situation and elevated our theater scene. Hats off to all of the playwrights producing unique work on our native levels.

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