Happenings at MetroStage

Friday, August 26, 2011

Savage in Limbo Opening MetroStage's Season

In spite of earthquakes, hurricane warnings and the like, the show must go on. At least the rehearsals must go on. Savage in Limbo is looking great—great script, the amazing playwright John Patrick Shanley, exciting cast doing great work with terrific director. Postcards are going out today, ahead of the hurricane, so be on the look out.

Pay What You Can (though minimum of $10 requested) is Thursday Sept. 8 at 8 pm. This contemporary classic is a must see. Check out our new website and exciting season of plays and musicals. And we look forward to seeing you at the theatre. I will post news of the season next and some news about what MetroStage has been up to this summer, but wanted to make sure you had Savage in Limbo on your radar screen.


(The photo of Veronica del Cerro, Michael Kevin Darnall, and Natascia Diaz from the cast of Savage in Limbo was taken at the H Street Country Club, a bar on H St. NE that was kind enough to let us set up one afternoon in their upstairs bar.)

Monday, May 16, 2011

WETA's "Around Town" review the play, The Real Inspector Hound

Watch the full episode. See more WETA Around Town.


Thank You to MetroStage Intern, Ellys Abrams

Ellys R. Abrams began work at MetroStage this past season in August and will complete her internship before The Real Inspector Hound closes June 5th.

Ellys is a graduate of Smith College as a theatre major with concentrations in directing and stage management. A newcomer to DC, her previous NYC credits include: The Assistant Company Manager for the Directors, member of Emerging Artists Theatre and intern for Broadway producer, Richard Frankel.

Since coming to MetroStage, Ellys has shown great initiative and ambitious drive. She worked directly with Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin helping with office work and maintaining the phone lines. She also assisted Production Manager Kevin Laughon with whatever he needed to get done and she was on-hand to assist directors during the rehearsal process.

Since her internship has ended, Ellys moves on to become the Assistant to Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. We are grateful for all the work (and odd jobs) she has done here at MetroStage and wish her continued success.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Corpse actors at MetroStage knock 'em dead

(Bryant Centofanti, Devin Shadid, Jim Epstein and Larry Levinson)

"The role of a lifetime, for four men, involves playing dead. That's it, for the whole 75-minute-long play: No lines, no movement, no deep breathing, just 75 minutes of motionlessness, while MetroStage's The Real Inspector Hound happens on the stage around them. And according to the four corpses, it's the best role they've ever played..."

CLICK HERE to read the full article at TBD.com >


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What the Critics are Saying about The Real Inspector Hound

"[Actors Ralph Cosham, Michael Tolaydo, and John Dow with director John Vreeke] are all back at MetroStage this spring with another (and superior) Stoppard work... and they're better than ever."
- TalkinBroadway.com

"[Director John] Vreeke’s production features a number of zesty performances, and most of the cast appears to be having a blast — but it’s Cosham’s brooding Moon who seems to live most fully in Stoppard’s delectably language-drunk, hall-of-mirrors world."
- Washington Post

"...get carried away by the pleasure of the performances, especially Miss Flye’s deadpan double-takes and deliciously demented spins on the hackneyed dialogue. Mr. Cosham’s hound-dog demeanor and high-falutin’ expressions of inferiority perfectly embody Birdboot’s splintered spirit and Mr. Dow has his moments as the speed-racing Magnus, a wheelchair-bound guest at Muldoon Manor."
- DC Theatre Scene

"...the farce immediately tumbles into nonstop, high-octane entertainment."

- Washington Examiner

"It is a delightful show with marvelous performances and if you've seen a few English manor mysteries you'll enjoy it all the more."
- Alexandria Gazette Packet

"With a crack cast and a dizzying plot, it’s another winner for MetroStage."
- Alexandria Times

"This is a great family show particularly since Tom Stoppard is such a wordsmith that he doesn't resort to vulgarisms typically found in current drama."
- AllArtsReview4U

"...it is an entertaining romp that will make both critics and regular patrons laugh."
- WeLoveDC.com

"The play is such unmitigated fun that you are almost certain to sit tingling on the edge of your seat, waiting for the next unexpected twist and unforeseen turn."
- Fairfax Times

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Upcoming Free Showcase

(Artwork by Jim Colwell)

Alliance for New Music-Theatre
in a FREE showcase of its new work

A Woman Changed Into a Fox
a chamber opera

Conceived by Susan Galbraith
Based on a novella by David Garnet
Music by Robert B. Johnson
Libretto by Susan Galbraith
with Musical Direction by George Fulginiti-Shakar

Part detective story part magical fairy tale,
the showcase features
Phil Bender, John Boulanger, Chris Flint,
Cindy Hutchins, Laura Lewis and Kara Morgan

Wednesday, May 18 at 7:30pm
Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30pm

1201 North Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Seating is limited
To reserve a space, call 703-548-9044

Or go online to http://www.newmusictheatre.org/