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A Conversation With Award Winning Playwright DAVID HENRY HWANG

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By Amanda Andrei In case you haven’t noticed, it’s been David Henry Hwang season in the D.C. metro area. Pinky Swear just pulled off a successful run of Bondage this November, Theater J is staging the regional premiere of Yellow Face this January and February, and the legendary playwright himself delivered an insightful and thought-provoking lecture at the Reston’s CenterStage …

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Signature’s Miss Saigon is Moving But Lacks Depth [Theater Review]

Miss Saigon

By Jenny Chen It is the 1970s and Ho Chi Minh city is in shambles. American boots thunder throughout the city; the streets are crawling with the poor and destitute. This is the setting for Signature Theatre’s production of Miss Saigon – a play based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, and the eleventh longest running Broadway show in musical …

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Korean Film Festival brings treasures of Korean cinema to DC

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By: Yi Chen Washington, DC – ParkChan Wook, an internationally acclaimed Korean filmmaker has won awards from Cannes, Berlin, and Vienna. One of his biggest fans in Quentin Tarantino. He recently made his Hollywood debut with a film called Stoker, a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Shadow of Doubt. In short, Wook’s films were a perfect way to open the …

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Anime Momotaro: A Modern Magical Rendition

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By Amanda L. Andrei PEACH POWER! Scurry scurry scurry! Banzai! Banzai! Banzai banzai BANZAI! Such exclamations are only a handful of the delights in Anime Momotaro, a punchy, cartoon-and-kabuki, fantastically sensory adaptation of the traditional Japanese folktale of Momotaro (“Peach Boy”), showing at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD until March 10. As the tale goes, an old woman found a giant …

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The Power That Will Be

Above: (l to r) Betsy Rosen, Clark Young, Lee Liebeskind, and JB Tadena in Astro Boy and the God of Comics. Photo: Carol Pratt

Director, Writer and Illustrator Natsu Onada Power Gives D.C. Theater a New Look By Stan Kang The buzz about Natsu Onada Power is overwhelming. A uniquely creative “theater maker,” as she describes it, the petite Japanese American is rapidly building a following which seems destined to propel her into the top ranks of directors, writers and illustrators. Washington Post theater …

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Vietnamese American Thespian Christopher Mueller

New York and D.C. actor Christopher Mueller, right, greets Signature Theatre co-founder and artistic director Eric Schaeffer. The occasion was a Kennedy Center celebration for Schaeffer’s 50th birthday November 19. Mueller has performed at Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and in other D.C. and New York theaters. Schaeffer directs musicals around the world, including Broadway and London’s West …

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North and South Korea: On Stage, On Topic,and On the Wall at Woolly Mammoth

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By Daphne Domingo Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company put the Koreas, North and South, under their spotlight during November. The world premiere of the play You for Me for You(see review, page 23) by Mia Chung took audiences into the lives of two sisters torn between North Korea and the U.S. The play has been accompanied by a series of events including …

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You For Me For You at Woolly Mammoth Offers Unique Look at North Korea & U.S.

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By Stan Kang As I grew up Korean-American, thoroughly assimilated into American life, South Korea seemed strange and unfamiliar to me. So, when I was sixteen, my parents sent me to a summer camp in Seoul, Korea to learn about my heritage. One of my most vivid memories was visiting Panmunjom, the abandoned village on the border between North and …

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