Atlas Performing Arts Center

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Atlas Performing Arts Center

Atlas Performing Arts Center
4.5
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The Atlas Performing Arts Center is a non-profit performing arts venue in a historic theater. We’re the cultural anchor of the H Street, Northeast community in Washington, DC. The Atlas fosters and presents stellar art in film, dance, music, theater, vocal and choral work, spoken word, and beyond.
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4.5
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jaseaton
Silver Spring, MD2,312 contributions
Alas, Mosaic Theater Losing Its Way
Jan 2020 • Friends
We've been ling-time subscribers to Misaic's presentations at the various theater spaces in Atlas, and we have lived about 70% of the shows on Israeli/Palestinian racial justice, African-American and similar topical & public issues/themes that we've seen there over the years. But yesterday's final performance of "Eureka Day," a play about pro- and anti-vaccination parents at a progressive day school, was the last nail in the coffin for us. The theater space is still wonderful, but we've been seriously disappointed in ALL the plays produced this season by the new artistic team. So, we're not renewing for the next season, and our group of friends will switch our theater-going to Woolly Mammoth, Studio, or somewhere else. Please, Mosaic, get your act together, because we love coming down for plays and a meal in the H Street corridor!
Written 7 January 2020
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jaseaton
Silver Spring, MD2,312 contributions
Refreshing to See Such A Well-Integrated Audience!
Sep 2019
As part of their series on African-American playwrights, we went to see Lynne Nottage's Fabulation or the Re-Education of Undine. I hadn't seen anything by her and had high expectations. However, this particular play was written years before she got her act together: WAY roo much of Undine's character's lines are asides to the audience designed to tell you what Nottage hadn't yet learned to show. But the minor characters were well-drawn and well-acted. Anyway...the Lang Theater on the upstairs level of the Atlas Center is an intimate theatre space: comfortable seats, good angle so your view isn't blocked by the person in front of you. Excellent acoustics, dubbing, lighting and set design. We don't always love the plays (they hit about 65% in my experience), but we LOVE seeing theatre in a place where the racial balance averages about 35-45% African-American.
Written 21 September 2019
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AvisM
Washington DC, DC6 contributions
Great Time
Jun 2019
In a section of the city that's been painfully gentrified, the Atlas group has revived this theater and, by my observation, has made an effort to reflect and incorporate the cultural interests of the whole city, including the H Street district where some longtime residents/families have felt/have been pushed out and ignored. Parking for consumers, however, is utterly insurmountable. The district seems to flaunt their power to regulate and license parking spaces. We paid for a space we could never even find.
Written 7 August 2019
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jaseaton
Silver Spring, MD2,312 contributions
Opera in the Lang Theater!
Jun 2019 • Couples
After reading about Serses in the Post we bought last minute tickets and went to see Serses, an opera based on a mashup of Handel and Rumi. The story of the Persian king, his brother and three women who, together, form a live pentangle, is ridiculous, as was the Rumi-an commentary, but the si Gingrich and music were wonderful, and the Atlas theater's venues are as well: a terrific place to take in small, e experimental opera and performances of all kinds.
Written 2 June 2019
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HBW
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Native Son production
Apr 2019 • Friends
Excellent production. Staging, acting, costumes were all first rate and the venue was perfect. We were out of town visitors who unwittingly bought tickets for next week’s show but the box office obligingly honored them for last night’s performance. Highly recommend.
Written 7 April 2019
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jaseaton
Silver Spring, MD2,312 contributions
A Fine Venue for Theater
Jan 2019 • Couples
The Atlas has three stages, each devoted to various themed series. We've been going to several in the Mosaic series of Middle Eastern plays (and/or plays by Middle Eastern playwrights). Today's was "Oh God" about a troubled God seeking help from an Israeli therapist (excellent!). The upstairs stage holds about 300 people (estimate) and yet is truly intimate. Excellent lighting, acoustics and casts. He H street corridor, which the Atlas anchors, is up and coming. Parking is the only significant challenge. But they have a free trolley that shuttles you from Union Station.
Written 20 January 2019
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Douglas T
Los Altos, CA1,754 contributions
Great Space for Theatre in DC Off the Beaten Track
Oct 2018 • Couples
We went to a production by the 4-5 year old Mosaic Theatre Company. This space has 3-4 performance spaces carved out of an old famous Art Deco theatre. The largest is a great place to see plays, steeply set and close in to a very large stage. The production of The Agitators was excellent. When in Washington DC we will always check to see what is going on here.
Written 4 November 2018
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jaseaton
Silver Spring, MD2,312 contributions
Great Musical
Sep 2018 • Friends
We went to see Rosetta & Marie, the season opener at the Mosaic Theater in the Lang stage at Atlas Performing Arts...a truly wonderful musical about the life of Rosetta Tharpe, the largely forgotten grandmother of rock & roll...truly inspiring and rollicking fun. It was good to see an audience that was over half African-American. The theater itself is a delightful small venue.
Written 23 September 2018
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jaseaton
Silver Spring, MD2,312 contributions
Being Black for Dummies
May 2018 • Couples
Normally, we've gone to the Atlas for Sunday matinee performances, but this Sunday we went to see the 7:30pm performance of Being Black for Dummies in the Center's Strenger Theater. It's a modest-sized place. Set, lighting, sound and A/V effects are all nicely handled. The two African-American leads in the show -- a preppy kid adopted by a white family and a kid of the street who meet in a holding cell -- are strong and delightful; the other parts are unevenly drawn, and the play takes its time getting to the inevitable end which is nonetheless a powerful end. But we enjoyed the show and met good friends who were attending the same performance as we hung out in the lobby afterwards. A lovely evening of theater.
Written 20 May 2018
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jaseaton
Silver Spring, MD2,312 contributions
"Real Americans"... A Great One-Man Show at the Atlas
Dec 2017 • Friends
We've batted about 250 at the Atlas. The theaters (Labs I and II) are small and semi-circular around small stages at floor level. The seats are less than comfortable. About 3/4 of the time, shows I've been to have been less than sublime, and sometimes have been real dogs (an opera about Frank Lloyd Wright, for instance). But 1/4 of the time, you get a tiny jewel of theater. Today was Real Americans, a one-man tour of Donald Trump's base in the style of a millennial Anne Deveaux Smith.
Written 28 January 2018
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