Because the 12 months attracts to a detailed, we requested DCMTA writers to assume again on the performances that left an indelible impression on them in 2019. Listed here are the skilled performances that made the most important affect on DCMTA writers this 12 months. Performers are listed in alphabetical order by final identify.

DCMTA 2019 Workers Favorites: Excellent Efficiency in a Skilled Manufacturing

Megan Anderson as Elizabeth I
Mary Stuart at Olney Theatre Middle
Megan Anderson is great as Elizabeth in her battle to retain the throne towards Mary Stuart, her rival and cousin. Striding backwards and forwards throughout the stage, Anderson flaunts her energy, but flinches from its potential abuse. It’s a superb efficiency. – Ravelle Brickman
Ravelle Brickman’s Assessment

Moses Bossenbroek as Billy
Blue Camp at Rainbow Theatre Mission
Billy is probably the most memorable character in Blue Camp – he’s a soldier who wears his queerness like a badge of honor and doubles as a drag entertainer – and an assured Moses Bossenbroek performs him with extraordinary charisma. – John Stoltenberg
John Stoltenberg’s Assessment
David Siegel’s Column

DCMTA 2019 Workers Favorites: Excellent Efficiency in a Skilled ManufacturingLise Bruneau as Iago, Danielle A. Drakes as Othello. Photograph by Teresa Castracane.

Lise Bruneau as Iago
The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice by Riot Grrrls, Taffety Punk
As Iago, Lise Bruneau seethes with resentment from the very starting. She appears to take pleasure in recounting Iago’s good strategic initiatives and she or he shows a consciousness of mental superiority and decrease standing that renders her incandescent with rage. Her final line, “From this time I never will speak more,” is the excessive level of a unprecedented efficiency. – Sophia Howes
Sophia Howes’ Assessment

Michael Burgos as himself
Tiramisù on the DC Arts Middle
Michael Burgos is a component mime, half clown, half zany, half goof-off. And he has perfected a novel comedian persona that invitations viewers participation whilst he himself participates within the viewers’s responses and reactions. At every slight sound from the viewers, some quicksilver smile or look or twitch of his will register that he’s sweetly attuned to us. And that instantaneous comedic reciprocity so fully takes us in and makes us chuckle all of the extra that it’s as if we’re at one together with his wit. – John Stoltenberg
John Stoltenberg’s Assessment

DCMTA 2019 Workers Favorites: Excellent Efficiency in a Skilled ManufacturingTessa Klein (Siobhan) and Harrison Bryan (Christopher) in ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.’ Photograph by C. Stanley Images.

Harrison Bryan as Christopher Boone
The Curious Incident of the Canine within the Evening-Time at Spherical Home Theatre Christopher Boone, in a virtuoso efficiency by Harrison Bryan, is nothing if not curious. Bryan brings this arresting character to life in a beginning-to-end whirlwind of vitality, with fixed, typically speedy, modifications in have an effect on and physicality, together with spot-on comedian timing. The bravery and dedication of his second act quest is satisfying in a manner that Joseph Campbell would certainly applaud. We root for Christopher, and one of many strengths of Bryan’s efficiency is that it exhibits Christopher demanding, often efficiently, to be the focus, exercising energy in an uncommon however efficient manner.
Bob Ashby’s overview
5 causes Christopher Boone preferred ‘Curious Incident’ at Spherical Home higher than on Broadway by John Stoltenberg

Paula Calvo as Carmen Diaz
Fame! at GALA Hispanic Theatre
The rise of Carmen Diaz as an aspiring star and her subsequent crash when demons overcome her is delivered to life by way of the impressed efficiency of Paula Calvo. Calvo’s efficiency is a reminder that expertise alone is just not sufficient. Success additionally requires exhausting work and a lifetime of dedication to 1’s craft. – Nicole Hertvik
Nicole Hertvik’s Assessment

DCMTA 2019 Workers Favorites: Excellent Efficiency in a Skilled ManufacturingAnthony Chisholm (middle) in ‘Jitney’ at Enviornment Stage. Photograph by Joan Marcus.

Anthony Chisholm as Fielding
Jitney at Enviornment Stage
Though your entire ensemble in Jitney was excellent, Anthony Chisolm, as Fielding, the joyful drunk, was a standout. His portrayal of the alcoholic driver with the distinguished previous of getting been a haberdasher to the celebs was sweetly devilish, his efficiency so authentically sot you’d swear this man had a consuming drawback off-stage. – Ramona Harper
Ramona Harper’s Assessment

Ian Coursey as Jean Valjean
Les Miserables at Younger Artists of America (pre-professional teen program)
Coursey approached the function of Jean Valjean with a gravitas that belied his younger years, simply filling the stage together with his presence and commanding the viewers’s consideration and respect. For Les Miserables to work, Jean Valjean must be a determine of ethical authority who instructions our consideration and respect every time he’s onstage. He should even have a stellar voice and a vocal vary that may deal with a number of octaves. Coursey excels in all facets, enthralling the viewers from begin to end. Coursey is a younger performer with an awesome future. – Nicole Hertvik
Nicole Hertvik’s Assessment

Kelley Curran as Clytemnestra
The Oresteia at Shakespeare Theatre Firm
Curran’s Clytemnestra carries the burden of the Oresteia from starting to finish. Her efficiency anchors this magnificent manufacturing and she or he excels on this supremely troublesome function. – Sophia Howes
Sophia Howes’ Assessment

DCMTA 2019 Workers Favorites: Excellent Efficiency in a Skilled ManufacturingFelicia Curry, Nanna Ingvarrson, and Zoe Walpole in ‘Agnes of God.’ Photograph by DJ Corey Images LLC.

Felicia Curry as Physician Martha Livingstone
Nanna Ingvarrson as Mom Miriam Ruth
Zoe Walpole as Agnes
Agnes of God at Manufacturing facility 449
“Zoe Walpole’s singing voice as Agnes is every bit as angelic as the script says. Besides her dulcet voice, what she brings to the role is extraordinary. From her initial timidity through her gathering terror all the way to her excruciating howl and physicalization of pain, Walpole’s performance is that of a young actor who has joined the firmament of stellar talent. Among those top-tier talents are Factory 449 members Nanna Ingvarrson—whose Mother Superior is a portrait in inner torment, determined to present herself as beatific and benign, but whose unraveling is both awesome and fearsome—and Felicia Curry, whose emotional range and raw authenticity would steal the show even if she were not in every scene.” —John Stoltenberg
John Stoltenberg’s overview

DCMTA 2019 Workers Favorites: Excellent Efficiency in a Skilled ManufacturingMike Daisey in ‘A People’s Historical past.’ Photograph by Angela Nickerson.

Mike Daisey as himself
A Folks’s Historical past at Capital Fringe
Over 16 days in July 2019, Mike Daisey gave 18 totally different solo performances, every about an hour and 45 minutes lengthy, of his epic have a look at America’s previous, current, and future. He drew from his highschool American historical past textbook, from Howard Zinn’s A Folks’s Historical past of america, and from his personal life. What Daisey did in A Folks’s Historical past as a politically acutely aware performing artist needed to be seen to be believed. It was a landmark achievement in DC theater—and a dwelling lighthouse of conscience for America’s darkish occasions. – John Stoltenberg
John Stoltenberg’s Assessment
John Stoltenberg’s Q&A with Mike Daisey
John Stoltenberg’s Characteristic about A Folks’s Historical past

Christopher Dinolfo as Edward Kynaston
Nell Gwynn at The Folger Theatre
Christopher Dinolfo is hilarious as Edward Kynaston, a rival diva who resents the intrusion of precise girls onto the stage with their inartistic actual figures and profound cultural ignorance. He throws a match over his motivation throughout an entrance wherein he has a single line. Theatre followers won’t be shocked to be taught that his inspiration derives from a long-ago childhood trauma. – Sophia Howes
Sophia Howes’ Assessment

Shannon Dorsey as Imani and Justin Weaks as Justin
BLKS at Woolly Mammoth Theatre
BLKS is about being black and feminine and is as uncooked, blunt, and brazen because it fuckin needs to be. All the ensemble is of Helen Hayes-award caliber, however an additional shoutout goes to Shannon Dorsey and Justin Weaks, whose presents for bodily comedy simply carry on giving. To observe Dorsey bounce giddily about, and Weaks clamber gangly by way of a window, is to savor two of DC’s preeminent abilities in peak comedic type. – John Stoltenberg
John Stoltenberg’s Assessment

Terrance Fleming as Hamlet
Hamlet at Baltimore Shakespeare Manufacturing facility
Terrance Fleming’s Hamlet is so good that it’s painful when one can’t catch each scrumptious phrase. Fleming is a extra partaking, approachable, humorous, much less melancholy and extra layered Hamlet than one expects, making a well-developed character who occurs to recite a number of the most well-known soliloquies in all of Shakespeare’s works. Fleming’s Hamlet is a complete individual, with quirks and sarcasm, self-amusement and keenness, and an unimaginable capability to maintain the viewers’s sympathy and a spotlight. This younger actor exhibits seasoning past his years. – Mara Bayewitz
Mara Bayewitz’ Assessment

Edward Gero as Falstaff
1 Henry IV at The Folger Theatre
The success of any 1 Henry IV manufacturing rests largely on the character of Falstaff, whose scenes are works of comedian genius. Luckily, in Edward Gero, Folger has discovered a Falstaff whose efficiency is the epitome of nice appearing. In a crimson Lord of Misrule hat, Gero’s Falstaff sits atop a desk, pretending to be Henry IV whereas Whitted’s Prince Hal performs himself. He intones his admonitions to the Prince with scrumptious faux-indignant gusto. His Falstaff is just not solely hilariously humorous, however typically rageful, and typically touching. It’s simple to agree with him when he says wistfully: “Banish plump Jack, and banish all the world.” – Sophia Howes
Sophia Howes’ Assessment

DCMTA 2019 Workers Favorites: Excellent Efficiency in a Skilled ManufacturingKimberly Gilbert as Richard III in Taffety Punk’s manufacturing of ‘Bootleg Shakespeare: Richard III.’ Photograph by Glenn Ricci.

Kimberly Gilbert as Richard III
Bootleg Shakespeare Richard III at Folger Theatre
Central to the attract of Taffety Punk Theatre Firm’s Bootleg Shakespeare Richard III was the luminous efficiency of Kimberly Gilbert because the Duke of Gloucester, later to be King Richard. Gilbert completely killed in a bravura portrayal of a scheming king with a grudge towards the world and never one iota of apology for the horrific deeds performed in his identify. Gilbert was verbally brazen and wantonly ruthless, presenting Richard as a deeply insecure particular person out to bend the world to him. – David Siegel
David Siegel’s Column
Sophia Howes’ Assessment

John Harrell as Ftatateeta
Caesar and Cleopatra on the American Shakespeare Middle
Harrell has an extended, lengthy historical past with the American Shakespeare Middle, going again to its early days because the Shenandoah Shakespeare Categorical. His information of Shakespeare is stable, so it’s an actual deal with to see him do the numbers on George Bernard Shaw and play the (historically feminine) function of Ftatateeta, Cleopatra’s nurse and aide-de-camp (emphasis on camp). He knew methods to uphold his dignity as practically everybody within the solid mispronounced his identify, all the time to hilarious impact; Harrell has a knack for combining grand-dame vainness with the insouciance that comes from privilege, with sufficient absurdity and irony to evoke the good Margaret Dumont of Marx Brothers fame. – Andrew Walker White
Andrew Walker White’s Assessment

DCMTA 2019 Workers Favorites: Excellent Efficiency in a Skilled ManufacturingDiana Huey (Constructed) and Zachary Fall (Marcel) in ‘White Pearl.’ Photograph by Teresa Wooden.

Diana Huey as Constructed
White Pearl at Studio Theatre
Constructed is a personality filled with paradoxes. Her rich father renders her financially unbiased. However she has a childlike high quality and a ardour and anger which burns vibrant and makes her character extra fascinating. Huey finds all the colours on this difficult function and commits completely to each emotion. – Sophia Howes
John Stoltenberg’s Column
Cori Dioquino’s op-ed

Ryan Knowles as Chiron, Hades, and Medusa, and so on.
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical on the Kennedy Middle
Ryan Knowles as Chiron, Hades, and Medusa (to call a couple of) was a scene-stealer each time he stepped, wheeled, or galloped on stage. His exceptional vary of intricately layered personas was fascinating to observe unfold and had been all the time completely balanced on the sting of ridiculous and pleasant, for adults and youngsters alike. – Em Skow
Em Skow’s overview

Billie Krishawn as The Nina
Airness at Keegan Theatre and 1st Stage
Billie Krishawn as The Nina has a troublesome problem in Airness: she is the central determine and the character who modifications probably the most because the plot progresses. She is all the time partaking and her emotional honesty as an actress is one thing to see. – Sophia Howes
Sophia Howes’ Assessment

Kenneth Lautz as Frank ‘N’ Furter
Rocky Horror Present by Wolf Pack Theatre Firm
Lautz was astonishing as Frank ‘N’ Furter. He can sing, he can dance and his appearing varies from candy overlord to nasty dictator in numbers like “Sweet Transvestite.” His scenes had been tastefully performed. – Andy Arnold
Andy Arnold’s Assessment

DCMTA 2019 Workers Favorites: Excellent Efficiency in a Skilled ManufacturingAlison Luff as Nell Gwynn. Photograph by Brittany Diliberto.

Alison Luff as Nell Gwynn
Nell Gwynn at Folger Theatre
Alison Luff’s efficiency because the title character in Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn was nothing in need of perfection; watching her remodel from a impolite orange-monger to star was a miracle. Particularly the sequence on the finish of Act I, watching Luff’s Nell endure the agonies of sheer terror backstage and take her first steps, haltingly however then boldly, onto the boards is one thing I can always remember. There’s an intimacy to the Folger Theatre area which allows the really gifted to attraction everybody, seemingly effortlessly. Luff achieved this with grace. – Andrew Walker White
Sophia Howe’s Assessment

Rachel Manu as Ophelia
Hamlet at Baltimore Shakespeare Manufacturing facility
Rachel Manu stood out as the female, longing, romantic Ophelia. Her transformation from sassy love curiosity to cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs is the spotlight of the manufacturing, with Manu’s wild eyes, chilling singing voice, and unruly hair conveying a younger lady tortured by loss and shock. Manu’s mesmerizing portrayal leaves the viewers open-mouthed by the point she makes her last exit. – Mara Bayewitz
Mara Bayewitz’ Assessment

DCMTA 2019 Workers Favorites: Excellent Efficiency in a Skilled ManufacturingAlex Mills as Richard and Maryam Najafzada as Girl Anne in Synetic Theater’s manufacturing of ‘Richard iii.’ Photograph by Brittany Diliberto.

Alex Mills as Richard III
Richard III at Synetic Theater
At one level, we see Richard sitting in—is it a throne or a wheelchair? He’s being operated on by two of his minions, Tyrell (Ana Tsikurishvili) and Ratcliffe (Scean Aaron). He’ll change into, as Director Tsikurishvili describes, “a terrifyingly surreal synergy of the organic and the synthetic.” Mills’ transformation is exceptional; his head actions, want to regulate all the things he sees, and spasmodic physicality completely signify the struggling (for regardless of the horror of who he’s, Richard IS struggling) of this inconceivable being. – Sophia Howes
Sophia Howes’ Assessment

Christian Montgomery as Michael Mell
Be Extra Chill at Monumental Theatre Firm
Christian Montgomery has the important thing function of Michael, Jeremy’s finest buddy. The music “Michael in the Bathroom” as sung by George Salazar, was essential to the evolution of Be Extra Chill into an Web phenomenon. Montgomery is marvelous within the half, and he makes Michael all his personal. His efficiency of “Michael in the Bathroom” is likely one of the highlights of the manufacturing. – Sophia Howes
Sophia Howes’ Assessment

DCMTA 2019 Workers Favorites: Excellent Efficiency in a Skilled ManufacturingIan Merrill Peakes in Peter Shaffer’s ‘Amadeus’ at Folger Theatre. Photograph by C. Stanley Images.

Ian Merrill Peakes as Antonio Salieri
Amadeus at Folger Theatre
Ian Merrill Peakes performs the older, staid Salieri, a affluent man with worry and darkness hidden inside. His Salieri is a formidable, assured, no-nonsense gentleman, but he depicts inside self-aware fears in a lot of fourth-wall-breaking conversations with the viewers as if we’re sitting in on a remedy session with him. He says what he really thinks in a most clear method. “Why does God only speak through Mozart’s music and not mine?” Salieri asks of himself and the viewers. – David Siegel
David Siegel’s Assessment
Ravelle Brickman’s Interview with Ian Merrill Peakes

Caroline Neff as Laurel
Byhalia, Mississippi at The Kennedy Middle
The pivotal character on this profoundly transferring comedy is Laurel, a younger lady who has relocated from Jackson to Byhalia, Mississippi, to make a life with the younger man she plans to like for the remainder of her life. She is pregnant and overdue. A snob would possibly assume them “white trash” as a result of they’re broke and that is the South, however they’re wealthy in pleasure and mutual affection. And in Caroline Neff’s incandescent efficiency, Laurel retains us caring about her each on the spot—not least when nobody else does as a result of her child seems to be black. – John Stoltenberg
John Stoltenberg’s Assessment

Matt Newberry as Jerry
Betrayal at 4615 Theatre Firm
Dewberry’s Jerry is a bundle of feelings, very a lot in love with Emma all through. The depth of his ardour regularly threatens to get one of the best of him, and his biting wit fails to avoid wasting him from falling into one entice after one other. – Sophia Howes
Sophia Howes’ Assessment

Andrew Quilpa as Chuck Biggs
She Kills Monsters at Rorschach Theatre
There wasn’t a single weak hyperlink on this ensemble solid, with each actor bringing their very own model of ardour to their typically a number of roles. These gifted actors proved that even characters steeped in stereotype may be refined, distinctive, and fascinating. However Andrew Quilpa as Chuck Biggs was a standout. He was downright masterful in strolling the tightrope between super-knowledgeable (but sometimes-creepy) gamer and dependable, lovable buddy. He was the right gatekeeper to a nerd tradition that our society all of the sudden needs to embrace but fails to totally comprehend. – Julie Janson
Julie Janson’s Assessment

Matthew Rauch as Richard III
Richard III at Shakespeare Theatre Firm
Rauch’s Richard has the chilly aura of a psychopath. His Richard is terrifying not as a result of he enjoys his crimes, as we frequently see in Richards, however as a result of he cares so little; or actually, in no way. – Sophia Howes
Sophia Howes’ Assessment

Nancy Robinette as Lavinia Pennington
The Heiress at Enviornment Stage
From the second she enters—decked out in widow’s weeds and descending a carpeted stairway—Nancy Robinette dominates the stage on this revival of The Heiress, a 1947 Broadway hit based mostly on a guide by Henry James. Though Robinette performs a supporting function – that of Lavinia Pennington, the widowed aunt of the titular “heiress” – she invests it with a unprecedented mix of naivete and craft. She radiates hope, units the plot in movement, after which leaves us to surprise concerning the penalties. – Ramona Harper
Ramona Harper’s overview
Ravelle Brickman’s interview with Nancy Robinette

DCMTA 2019 Workers Favorites: Excellent Efficiency in a Skilled ManufacturingL to R entrance. Imanol Fuentes, Romainson Romain, Kramer Kwalick. L to R again. Patrick Ward, Bryan menjivar, Megumi Shimoda in ‘Fame.’ Photograph by Stan Weinstein.

Romainson Romain as Tyrone Jackson
Fame! at GALA Hispanic Theatre
Romain portrays Tyrone Jackson, the jaded breakdancer whose expertise are so nice that his lecturers work exhausting to make sure he overcomes different limitations. Romaine’s dance strikes awed and contained a combination of conventional road dance and a uniquely offbeat ballet strikes. His sympathetic portrayal of his demons left the viewers rooting for him and hoping from the center that he would overcome. – Nicole Hertvik
Nicole Hertvik’s overview

Susan Rome as Louise Nevelson and Jonathan David Martin as The Man
Edward Albee’s Occupant at Theater J
Susan Rome as legendary sculptor Louise Nevelson instructions the stage with a spontaneity, grandiosity, and luminosity that may make Auntie Mame and Mama Rose contemplate retirement. Jonathan David Martin brings to the function of the inquisitive Man such wry attraction, boyish zest, and tweedy heat we’re gained over instantly and for retains.
– John Stoltenberg
John Stoltenberg’s Assessment
Ravelle Brickman’s Interview with Susan Rome

Nigel Rowe as Ariel
Stormy Climate at The IN Collection
IN Collection’ Stormy Climate, impressed by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, options the music of Billie Vacation and a surprising cabaret efficiency by Nigel Rowe as Ariel. Rowe’s musical expertise shines all through and his each quantity is fantastically sung and emotionally interesting. – Sophia Howes
David Siegel’s Assessment
Sophia Howes’ Interview with Nigel Rowe

DCMTA 2019 Workers Favorites: Excellent Efficiency in a Skilled ManufacturingKimberly Schraf, and Mitchell Hébert in ‘Oh, God.’ Photograph by Stan Barouh

Kimberly Schraf as an Israeli therapist and Mitchell Hebert because the Hebrew God
Oh, God at Mosaic Theater Firm
The play, by the late Anat Gov – an Israeli playwright identified for comedy with political undertones – is a couple of as soon as all-powerful God in want of assist. Kimberly Schraf delivers a effective efficiency because the therapist who tries to reassure her affected person, and Mitchell Hebert is sensational because the macho deity who feels rejected. The 2 actually circle one another, arguing about life and loss of life, in a efficiency that could be a pleasure to observe. – Ravelle Brickman
John Stoltenberg’s Assessment

Bobby Smith as Charles Guiteau
Assassins at Signature Theatre
Signature Theatre’s unimaginable manufacturing of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins was distinguished by many effective performances. But for sheer, manic nuttiness, it’s exhausting to beat Bobby Smith’s portrayal of the delusional Charles Guiteau, an all-around loser who shoots James Garfield when the president refuses to call him Ambassador to France. “The Ballad of Guiteau,” a frantic and really humorous quantity that this failed preacher and author sings whereas mounting the gallows, is a excessive level of the present. – Amy Kotkin
Amy Kotkin’s Assessment

Zoe Speas as Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra on the American Shakespeare Middle
Any journey to Staunton, Virginia, and the Blackfriars Playhouse is an inventive quest that borders on pilgrimage; you must see Shakespeare carried out as initially meant no less than as soon as in your life—and ideally a helluva lot extra typically than that. Zoe Speas, one of many American Shakespeare Middle’s firm members, is likely one of the finest causes to go there. Her Cleopatra balanced sexiness and cattiness with uncooked political calculation; this was a monarch who knew completely effectively what she was doing, who knew methods to have enjoyable—however critical enjoyable, nothing frivolous. The depth of the character turns into a lot clearer when carried out by somebody as achieved as Speas. The play itself is likely one of the most chaotic of Shakespeare’s canon, and Speas achieved the just about inconceivable feat of rendering it cohesive and transferring. – Andrew Walker White
Andrew Walker White’s Assessment

Constance Swain as Cleopatra
Caesar and Cleopatra on the American Shakespeare Middle
One of many biggest issues about seeing a repertory firm carry out interrelated performs is the best way roles are typically shared from one manufacturing to the following. So though it’s uncommon to appoint two Cleopatras from the identical rep, it factors to the constantly prime quality of appearing on faucet at Staunton, Virginia’s American Shakespeare Middle, and the liberty with which actors can assume broadly divergent approaches to the identical persona.  Swain’s vary and physique of labor is so spectacular, I’m tempted to say she ought to get an award for nearly all the things she does. Her ardour, her timing, her physicality, her fearlessness is all exceptional to observe, no matter whether or not it’s her comedian, girlish tackle Cleopatra (on this Shaw manufacturing) or earlier this 12 months within the title function of Sophocles’ Antigone, which touched down briefly on the Alden Theatre in McLean Virginia. – Andrew Walker White
Andrew Walker White’s Assessment

Gerrad Alex Taylor
Henry IV, Half I at Chesapeake Shakespeare Firm
In a stunningly entertaining show of stagecraft, Chesapeake Shakespeare Firm’s Henry IV, Half I options a number of the finest performances you’ll see this 12 months, together with the swaggering and rebellious Gerrad Alex Taylor as Harry “Hotspur” Percy. Taylor (who directed CSC’s A Midsummer Evening’s Dream) as Hotspur, raised each the stakes and his voice excessive within the scene with Girl Kate Percy (Elana Michelle) Act II, Scene 3: “Away, away, you trifler! Love? I love thee not; I care not for thee, Kate!” – William Powell
William Powell’s Assessment

DCMTA 2019 Workers Favorites: Excellent Efficiency in a Skilled ManufacturingHolly Twyford in ‘A Doll’s Home, Half 2 at Spherical Home Theatre.’ Photograph by Lily King.

Holly Twyford as Nora
A Doll Home, Half 2 at Spherical Home Theatre
Holly Twyford is an area treasure and dazzles as Nora in Spherical Home’s ‘A Doll’s Home, Half 2.’ Not simply with huge moments delivering her views about matrimony, parenthood and selfhood. No, it’s the smaller moments, when she is taking in what others assume. She is completely within the second. She is in actual discomfort. Her eyes present ache. Her fingers and fingers are like wilted flowers looking for out water and solar. She doesn’t simply step ahead defensively to take prisoners with shouts. She as soon as cared for these individuals, she beloved them in her personal manner. Twyford exhibits that. – David Siegel
David Siegel’s Assessment
John Stoltenberg’s Column

Zoe Walpole as Frankie and Deidra LaWan Starnes as Berenice
The Member of the Wedding ceremony at 1st Stage
With To Kill a Mockingbird now a smash hit on Broadway in Aaron Sorkin’s controversial adaptation, the warmhearted manufacturing at 1st Stage of its literary precursor, Carson McCullers’s adaption of her beloved novel The Member of the Wedding ceremony, takes on a sheen of well timed theatrical curiosity. And that anticipation is abundantly rewarded—for Zoe Walpole, whose flighty fancifulness lights up the stage as Frankie, and Deidra LaWan Starnes, whose empathy and dignity anchor the drama as Berenice, give two of the must-see performances of the season. – John Stoltenberg
John Stoltenberg’s Assessment

Roz White as Alberta “Pearl” Johnson
Black Pearl Sings by Alliance for New Music-Theatre
After we first see Pearl, she is incarcerated in a Texas jail. But her expertise and queenly demeanor mark her out as distinctive. The great thing about White’s voice, as she sings “Little Sally Walker,” “Blackberries,” and “Kum Ba Yah” is simple. Her singing turns into a metaphor for the magnetism of Pearl herself, a lady whose expertise shines like a diamond amid the painful realities of her life. – Sophia Howes
Sophia Howes’ Assessment

DCMTA 2019 Workers Favorites: Excellent Efficiency in a Skilled ManufacturingEmily Whitworth (Althea), Vanessa Chapoy (Annie), and Aron Spellane (KJ) in Rorschach Theatre’s manufacturing of ‘Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven.’ Photograph by Ryan Maxwell Images.

Emily Whitworth as Althea
Annie Soar and the Library of Heaven at Rorschach Theatre
Enjoying an intergalactic supercomputer, knower of all, and one who “is just feeling her look” was the sharp Emily Whitworth as Althea in ‘Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven’ by Rorschach Theatre. An entertaining mix of imply lady and robotic sprinkled with some critical stardust angle, Whitworth’s Althea was a spotlight of the manufacturing. With numerous flatly delivered digs and judgmentally swiveling appears to be like, Althea pushed Annie in the direction of the celebs. – Em Skow
Em Skow’s Assessment

Elan Zafir as Juror # 10
Twelve Offended Males at Ford’s Theatre
Elan Zafir was the embodiment of the working-class white man. His thoughts was made up concerning the case lengthy earlier than he entered the courtroom, having sentenced the defendant solely on the grounds of the person’s race. His efficiency was stable and nuanced and a grave reminder that racism skewed individuals’s imaginative and prescient when Twelve Offended Males was written, because it continues to do as we speak. – Nicole Hertvik
David Siegel’s Assessment
John Stoltenberg’s Column

DCMTA 2019 Workers Favorites: Excellent Efficiency in a Skilled Manufacturing
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