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Benjamin Tomchik

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 Bizet’s 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 Master’s degree in strategic public relations from The George Washington University.
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BWW Reviews: An Adrift FLYING DUTCHMAN Makes Port at Washington National OperaBWW Reviews: FLYING DUTCHMAN at Washington National Opera
Posted: Mar. 9, 2015


BWW Reviews: Lincoln's Words Fill a Spirited FREEDOM'S SONG at Ford's TheatreBWW Reviews: FREEDOM’S SONG at Ford’s Theatre
Posted: Mar. 20, 2015


BWW Reviews: Washington Stage Guild's Captivating BACK TO METHUSELAHBWW Reviews: Washington Stage Guild’s BACK TO METHUSELAH Part 2
Posted: Mar. 2, 2015


BWW Reviews: SIGNATURE TENORS Encompasses a Wide Array of Musical StylesBWW Reviews: SIGNATURE TENORS
Posted: Feb. 27, 2015


BWW Reviews: Kennedy Center's WHAT I HEARD ABOUT THE WORLD Attempts to Provoke ThoughtBWW Reviews: Kennedy Center’s WHAT I HEARD ABOUT THE WORLD
Posted: Mar. 16, 2015


LAST 365 DAYS

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: 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
Posted: Apr. 21, 2014


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
Posted: Apr. 17, 2014


BWW Interviews: EVITA's Caroline Bowman Returns Home to the Kennedy CenterBWW Interviews: EVITA's Caroline Bowman Returns Home to the Kennedy Center
Posted: Sep. 29, 2014


BWW Interviews: Sasha Hollinger's Dream Takes Her From GMU to the Kennedy Center's JOSEPHBWW Interviews: Sasha Hollinger's Dream Takes Her to JOSEPH
Posted: Dec. 15, 2014


BWW Reviews: Lincoln's Words Fill a Spirited FREEDOM'S SONG at Ford's TheatreBWW Reviews: Lincoln's Words Fill a Spirited FREEDOM'S SONG at Ford's Theatre
March 20, 2015

The incomparable Kevin McAllister leads a dream cast of DC artists whose powerhouse performances explore one of the most consequential times in American history.
BWW Reviews: Kennedy Center's WHAT I HEARD ABOUT THE WORLD Attempts to Provoke ThoughtBWW Reviews: Kennedy Center's WHAT I HEARD ABOUT THE WORLD Attempts to Provoke Thought
March 16, 2015

Can three men sitting onstage change the world, or at least how we perceive it?
BWW Reviews: An Adrift FLYING DUTCHMAN Makes Port at Washington National OperaBWW Reviews: An Adrift FLYING DUTCHMAN Makes Port at Washington National Opera
March 9, 2015

Passionate performances by Libor, Morris and Owens are what propel an otherwise adrift Flying Dutchman. Clearer staging and dynamic direction could have made this production of Wagner's classic opera thrilling.
BWW Reviews: Washington Stage Guild's Captivating BACK TO METHUSELAHBWW Reviews: Washington Stage Guild's Captivating BACK TO METHUSELAH
March 2, 2015

Washington Stage Guild's production prudently balances the science fiction nature of Shaw's work with the greater philosophical discussions his plays' raise regarding the consistent need for humanity to keep developing.
BWW Reviews: SIGNATURE TENORS Encompasses a Wide Array of Musical StylesBWW Reviews: SIGNATURE TENORS Encompasses a Wide Array of Musical Styles
February 27, 2015

While the Signature Tenors encompasses a diverse range of artists, ensuring there is something for everyone, the execution is a bit uneven.
BWW Reviews: Constellation Theatre Company's Darkly Comical Political Farce THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMOREBWW Reviews: Constellation Theatre Company's Darkly Comical Political Farce THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE
February 11, 2015

If you abhor political incorrectness, violence or a morbid sense of humor then The Lieutenant of Inishmore isn't for you. McDonagh is out to send a message with this play and Constellation Theatre Company gruesomely delivers it.
BWW Interviews: One Legend Tackles Another in Arena Stage's KING HEDLEY IIBWW Interviews: One Legend Tackles Another in Arena Stage's KING HEDLEY II
January 30, 2015

When Andre De Shields steps onto the stage next week in Arena Stage's revival of August Wilson's King Hedley II, it will mark another in a series of firsts in a remarkable career.
BWW Reviews: Arena Stage's Witty BASKERVILLE is a Thoroughly Enjoyable WhodunitBWW Reviews: Arena Stage's Witty BASKERVILLE is a Thoroughly Enjoyable Whodunit
January 23, 2015

By dispensing with British formality, Ken Ludwig has given us a play that is ingeniously funny and will keep you guessing until the curtain call.
BWW Reviews: Grain of Sand's YOU CAN'T GET A DECENT MARGARITA AT THE NORTH POLE is Good Old-Fashioned Kitschy Christmas FunBWW Reviews: Grain of Sand's YOU CAN'T GET A DECENT MARGARITA AT THE NORTH POLE is Good Old-Fashioned Kitschy Christmas Fun
December 19, 2014

Grain of Sand's You Can't Get a Decent Margarita at the North Pole is the perfect present for anyone looking for good old-fashioned kitschy Christmas fun this holiday season.
BWW Interviews: Sasha Hollinger's Dream Takes Her From GMU to the Kennedy Center's JOSEPHBWW Interviews: Sasha Hollinger's Dream Takes Her From GMU to the Kennedy Center's JOSEPH
December 15, 2014

DC BroadwayWorld recently spoke with Sasha Hollinger where she talked about how George Mason University prepared her for a career in the performing arts, the advice she would give to current students hoping to follow in her footsteps, what audiences can expect from the Kennedy Center's upcoming tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat .
BWW Reviews: The Kennedy Center's THE GIFT OF NOTHING is the Perfect Holiday Treat for FamiliesBWW Reviews: The Kennedy Center's THE GIFT OF NOTHING is the Perfect Holiday Treat for Families
November 25, 2014

The Gift of Nothing is the perfect outing for families with young children hoping to see a meaningful show this holiday season.
BWW Interviews: Arena Stage Gives FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE the Boy Band TreatmentBWW Interviews: Arena Stage Gives FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE the Boy Band Treatment
November 17, 2014

Boy bands have long been a staple of American pop culture. They're also a staple of Arena Stage's re-imagined production of Five Guys Named Moe which opens this Thursday and is being billed as "big band meets boy band."
BWW Reviews: Scena's Complicated HANDBAG Seeks to Channel Wilde and Explore the Notion of ParenthoodBWW Reviews: Scena's Complicated HANDBAG Seeks to Channel Wilde and Explore the Notion of Parenthood
November 10, 2014

Handbag is rich with dramatic moments but ultimately never settles on whether it wants to be a prequel to The Importance of Being Earnest or a statement on parenthood in the twentieth century.
BWW Reviews: An Uneven SWEENEY TODD Opens Virginia Opera Company's 40th SeasonBWW Reviews: An Uneven SWEENEY TODD Opens Virginia Opera Company's 40th Season
October 15, 2014

When Stephen Powell's Sweeney Todd lunges at the audience in vengeful anger declaring, "No ones in the chair, come on! Come on! Sweeney's waiting, I want you bleeders," It's hard to think of anything more thrilling. And yet, Powell's performance along with a glorious 28 piece orchestra only partially makes-up for the Virginia Opera Company's rather uneven production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
BWW Interviews: Erin Baltsar Chats about GIRLS NIGHT and Bonding with the AudienceBWW Interviews: Erin Baltsar Chats about GIRLS NIGHT and Bonding with the Audience
October 13, 2014

Erin Baltsar chats with DC BroadwayWorld about how she got involved with Girls Night, the audience reaction to the show and how a back flipping orphan in a community theatre production of Oliver inspired her to be an actress.
BWW Reviews: Creative Cauldron's JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS Hits the Right NotesBWW Reviews: Creative Cauldron's JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS Hits the Right Notes
October 7, 2014

Creative Cauldron's 2014-15 season is entitled, Oh the places we will go And it's hard not to feel transported back to 1950's Paris with their charming production of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.
BWW Interviews: EVITA's Caroline Bowman Returns Home to the Kennedy CenterBWW Interviews: EVITA's Caroline Bowman Returns Home to the Kennedy Center
September 29, 2014

DC BroadwayWorld recently spoke with Bowman about why she's eager to perform at the Kennedy Center, how research and jumping rope helped prepare her to play iconic Argentine First Lady Eva Peron, what life is like on the Evita national tour and the advice she would give to other DC-area actresses hoping to follow in her footsteps.
BWW Reviews: Indulge in the Fantasy with Washington National Opera's Beautiful FLORENCIA IN THE AMAZONBWW Reviews: Indulge in the Fantasy with Washington National Opera's Beautiful FLORENCIA IN THE AMAZON
September 23, 2014

The enchanted journey we embark upon with Washington National Opera's season opener Florencia in the Amazon is a production filled with beauty and a timeless truth.
BWW Reviews: Studio Theatre's Intense BELLEVILLE Features Strong PerformancesBWW Reviews: Studio Theatre's Intense BELLEVILLE Features Strong Performances
September 9, 2014

Belleville may be a challenging play to sit through, but that doesn't stop Studio Theatre from staging an exceptionally solid production.
BWW Interviews: THE SHOPLIFTERS at Arena Stage Raises Questions and Forms Connections through ComedyBWW Interviews: THE SHOPLIFTERS at Arena Stage Raises Questions and Forms Connections through Comedy
September 2, 2014

Arena Stage, D.C.'s venerable theatrical institution along the Potomac River, has established a reputation over its last 64 seasons for presenting works that challenge, engage and entertain audiences. The world-premiere production of Morris Panych's comedy The Shoplifters, which opens its season, seems poised to continue that tradition, all thanks to a shoplifter named Alma and a security guard named Otto.


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