Benjamin Tomchik

Ben is an avid theatergoer who has seen over 115 musicals and plays. Some of his most memorable theatrical experiences include: accidentally insulting Andrew Lloyd Webber at a performance of Love Never Dies, attending the last Broadway performance of Elaine Stritch at Liberty and watching George Bizetís opera The Pearl Fishers from the Presidential Box at the Kennedy Center Opera House.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Ben works in public affairs for a Washington, D.C.-based trade association and previously served in The White House. Ben has a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University and a Masterís degree in strategic public relations from The George Washington University.
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BWW Interviews: Studio Theatre's 2ndStage Co-Directors Offer a New and Intimate CARRIE: THE MUSICALBWW Interviews: Studio Theatre's 2ndStage Co-Directors Offer a New and Intimate CARRIE: THE MUSICAL
Posted: Jun. 28, 2014


BWW Reviews: THE HELLO GIRLS at Capital Fringe Excels at StorytellingBWW Reviews: THE HELLO GIRLS at Capital Fringe Excels at Storytelling
Posted: Jul. 21, 2014


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BWW Reviews: Arena Stage's Hysterical and Poignant THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMNReview: Hysterical, Poignant VELOCITY OF AUTUMN
Posted: Sep. 20, 2013


BWW Reviews: Washington National Opera's MOBY-DICK at the Kennedy Center is Stunning!BWW Reviews: Washington National Opera's MOBY-DICK at the Kennedy Center is Stunning!
Posted: Feb. 24, 2014


BWW Reviews: An Energetic WEST SIDE STORY Returns to the National TheatreBWW Reviews: An Energetic WEST SIDE STORY Returns to the National Theatre
Posted: Jun. 4, 2014


BWW Reviews: GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER at Arena Stage - A Story Worth RevisitingBWW Reviews: GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER at Arena Stage - A Story Worth Revisiting
Posted: Dec. 7, 2013


BWW Reviews: MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN' THRU LIFE at Arena Stage, Offers Something for EveryoneBWW Reviews: MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN' THRU LIFE at Arena Stage, Offers Something for Everyone
Posted: Nov. 23, 2013


BWW Reviews: URINETOWN at Act Two at Levine DelightsBWW Reviews: URINETOWN at Act Two at Levine Delights
Posted: Mar. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews: THE HELLO GIRLS at Capital Fringe Excels at StorytellingBWW Reviews: THE HELLO GIRLS at Capital Fringe Excels at Storytelling
July 21, 2014

The Hello Girls: Unknown Heroines of WWI tells the story of 233 women who answered their country's call to service only to have that service questioned because of their gender. While the show may lack the theatrical flair of the Festival's other offerings, the story itself is too important to pass up.
BWW Interviews: Studio Theatre's 2ndStage Co-Directors Offer a New and Intimate CARRIE: THE MUSICALBWW Interviews: Studio Theatre's 2ndStage Co-Directors Offer a New and Intimate CARRIE: THE MUSICAL
June 28, 2014

DC Broadwayworld.com recently sat down with the co-directors of 2ndStage's Carrie: The Musical, Keith Alan Baker and Jacob Janssen, to discuss their vision for this production.
BWW Reviews: Washington National Opera's Emotionally Touching AN AMERICAN SOLDIERBWW Reviews: Washington National Opera's Emotionally Touching AN AMERICAN SOLDIER
June 16, 2014

I love theater that challenges me as an audience member and An American Soldier does just that.
BWW Reviews: No Rules Theatre Company's BOEING BOEING is a First-Class ProductionBWW Reviews: No Rules Theatre Company's BOEING BOEING is a First-Class Production
June 9, 2014

No Rules Theatre Company's revival of Boeing Boeing is a non-stop riotous romp filled with first-class performances.
BWW Reviews: An Energetic WEST SIDE STORY Returns to the National TheatreBWW Reviews: An Energetic WEST SIDE STORY Returns to the National Theatre
June 4, 2014

West Side Story returned to the storied National Theatre on Tuesday night with an energetic revival that contains all the elements of what made this show a beloved classic.
BWW Reviews: Court is in Session with Forum Theatre's Provocative Revival of THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOTBWW Reviews: Court is in Session with Forum Theatre's Provocative Revival of THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT
May 28, 2014

Forum Theatre's solid revival of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is sinfully provocative.
BWW Reviews: Theater J's Thought-Provoking FREUD'S LAST SESSIONBWW Reviews: Theater J's Thought-Provoking FREUD'S LAST SESSION
May 20, 2014

Theater J has gained a reputation for producing theatrical works that address society's most contemporary and controversial issues in a manner that is intelligent and inviting. Now Theater J's thought-provoking production of Freud's Last Session seeks to explore humanity's most perplexing question: the existence of God.
BWW Reviews: Keegan Theatre's Deliciously Naughty Comedy THINGS YOU SHOULDN'T SAY PAST MIDNIGHTBWW Reviews: Keegan Theatre's Deliciously Naughty Comedy THINGS YOU SHOULDN'T SAY PAST MIDNIGHT
May 14, 2014

Be prepared for your gut to hurt after watching Keegan Theatre's Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight because you'll have been laughing for the last 85 minutes. This production perfectly matches Keegan Theatre's talented acting ensemble with Ackerman's fresh, modern and sharp script.
BWW Reviews: Synetic Theater's THREE MEN IN A BOAT (TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG) Offers Timeless Insights Into TravelingBWW Reviews: Synetic Theater's THREE MEN IN A BOAT (TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG) Offers Timeless Insights Into Traveling
May 11, 2014

Synetic Theater's Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) is an ingeniously witty exploration of the trials and tribulations of traveling all told through the exploits of three men and their dog cruising the Thames.
BWW Reviews: Shakespeare Theatre Company's HENRY IV, PART 2 is a Fine Production of an Uninspired PlayBWW Reviews: Shakespeare Theatre Company's HENRY IV, PART 2 is a Fine Production of an Uninspired Play
April 21, 2014

The Shakespeare Theatre Company's revival of Henry IV, Part 2 is a fine production filled with terrific acting and some wonderful ensemble moments. Nevertheless, that doesn't stop the play from failing to achieve the dramatic excellence of its prequel.
BWW Reviews: Shakespeare Theatre Company's HENRY IV, PART 1 is Well-Crafted and Magnificently DirectedBWW Reviews: Shakespeare Theatre Company's HENRY IV, PART 1 is Well-Crafted and Magnificently Directed
April 17, 2014

The Shakespeare Theatre Company's well-crafted, well-acted and magnificently directed revival of William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1 is an exciting production perfect for a novice theatergoer or the most seasoned Shakespearean veteran.
BWW Reviews: Theater J's GOLDA'S BALCONY Explores Idealism with the Nuclear OptionBWW Reviews: Theater J's GOLDA'S BALCONY Explores Idealism with the Nuclear Option
April 14, 2014

With continued violence in the Middle East and the possibility of another nuclear state in the region, the questions explored by Tovah Feldshuh as Golda Meir of what happens when idealism meets power continues to have a piercing relevance in Theater J's tremendous production of Golda's Balcony.
BWW Reviews: Woolly Mammoth's ARGUENDO Stumbles in its Attempt to Please the CourtBWW Reviews: Woolly Mammoth's ARGUENDO Stumbles in its Attempt to Please the Court
April 4, 2014

"Mr. Chief Justice, may it please the court," is the opening every lawyer states before presenting oral arguments. When Arguendo at Woolly Mammoth Theatre keeps its focus on the oral arguments of Barnes v. Glen Theatre Inc., the show is praiseworthy on many levels. But when the Arguendo becomes distracted, it not only fails to please the court, it loses on appeal.
BWW Interviews: Molly Smith and Larry Wright on CAMP DAVID's Journey from Summit to StageBWW Interviews: Molly Smith and Larry Wright on CAMP DAVID's Journey from Summit to Stage
March 27, 2014

In Washington, it is not unusual to see Marine One fly the first family to the presidential retreat - Naval Support Facility Thurmont, more commonly known as Camp David. A trip to the wooded retreat located 62 miles north of the nation's capital in Thurmont, Maryland, is usually intended to be a relaxing weekend for the nation's chief executive. However, 36 years ago it became the crux of American foreign policy in the Middle East and home to a summit that was anything but tranquil. After five wars in less than three decades, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin were brought together by President Jimmy Carter to broker peace between the two nations. The resulting Camp David Accords would be a highpoint of American foreign policy in the twentieth century. The story behind the Accords is the focus of Arena's Stage's world premiere production of Camp David.
BWW Reviews: Theater J's THE ADMISSION is CaptivatingBWW Reviews: Theater J's THE ADMISSION is Captivating
March 27, 2014

Theater J has established a reputation for presenting works with solid acting, and thought-provoking questions that force audiences to challenge their beliefs. The Admission is no exception.
BWW Reviews: Signature's Sexually Charged TENDER NAPALM Runs the Emotional GamutBWW Reviews: Signature's Sexually Charged TENDER NAPALM Runs the Emotional Gamut
March 25, 2014

BWW Reviews: The Kennedy Center's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM is an Innovative Retelling of a Timeless ClassicBWW Reviews: The Kennedy Center's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM is an Innovative Retelling of a Timeless Classic
March 23, 2014

Helena's Act II lamentation in A Midsummer Night's Dream, 'O weary night, O long and tedious night, abate thy hours,' is not something anyone will ever say watching the Kennedy Center's current revival. This innovative production uses a synergy of human and puppet interaction to bring alive Shakespeare's timeless classic in a splendid production.
BWW Reviews: URINETOWN at Act Two at Levine DelightsBWW Reviews: URINETOWN at Act Two at Levine Delights
March 10, 2014

Broadway has often been called the 'Fabulous Invalid' and those who fear its demise can be reassured. After watching Act Two @ Levine's riotously funny production of Urinetown, it's clear that the American theater has a long, healthy and talented life ahead of it. Urinetown is not an easy musical to perform. It's made harder still when the staging timeline is a mere four weeks. The ability of this young cast to create a production in such a short time while comprehending the nuance, satire and humor of Urinetown bodes well for the future of Washington, DC's regional theater and musicals at large.
BWW Reviews: THE COLE PORTER PROJECT at the In Series is Delightful, Delicious and De-LovelyBWW Reviews: THE COLE PORTER PROJECT at the In Series is Delightful, Delicious and De-Lovely
March 4, 2014

It's delightful, it's delicious it's clich to use the lyrics from It's De-Lovely when describing a Cole Porter production, I know. But when it comes to a production which not only tells his story, but seeks to educate the audience about why Porter was one of the geniuses of American musical theater, it only seems appropriate. The Cole Porter Project at the In Series is a charming tribute to Porter and one that shouldn't be missed by theater enthusiasts or anyone who appreciates well-composed songs with intelligent, witty, sophisticated, proactive and timeless lyrics.
BWW Reviews: Washington National Opera's MOBY-DICK at the Kennedy Center is Stunning!BWW Reviews: Washington National Opera's MOBY-DICK at the Kennedy Center is Stunning!
February 24, 2014

Much like the ocean waters in which the show's title character resides, Washington National Opera's production of Moby-Dick is a bit choppy at times but is nevertheless an imaginative and soaring production. Transferring Herman Melville's 1851 novel into an opera is not an enviable task by any means. Yet, by reframing the story and having it be told in an active voice, rather than the novel's narrative tone, composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer have created a solid work, complete with a gorgeous score, stunning vocals and an eye catching visual design.


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