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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Jane Hawkins takes center stage in Synetic’s reimagined ‘Treasure Island’ by Celia Wren

The action-driven troupe adapts Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A little earnest absurdism about bodily functions goes a long way in the Welders’ ‘LadyM’ by Celia Wren

New show implies that the stigmatization of menstruation is part of a broader tradition of oppressing women.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Too much monotone in ‘Bright Colors’ at Studio Theatre by Celia Wren

The one-man rant is admittedly funny, but too often feels like a single overstretched idea.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Anxious men and other world-builders at CATF 2019 by Celia Wren

This year’s edition of the nationally renowned Contemporary American Theater Festival in West Virginia features six works, including four world premieres.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Angst and comedy among the Olympians in ‘Pantheon’ by Celia Wren

Happenstance Theater stages a rewarding, if not entirely flawless, riff on Greek mythology at Joe’s Movement Emporium.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

‘Prufrock’ puts a new dance spin on T.S. Eliot by Celia Wren

A director and a choreographer stage a landmark modernist poem.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

No shoo-in success for two new plays about female artists by Celia Wren

The play “#solestories” is flawed but displays ingenuity and vigor that are lacking in “Gwen & Ida.”

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Greek tragedy continues to have its moment in fierce new keys by Celia Wren

‘Klytmnestra’ and ‘Fragments of Sappho’ riff anew on ancient tales.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

‘Sooner/Later’ weaves rom-com premise into bittersweet family portrait by Celia Wren

Local writer Allyson Currin’s play is often funny, ultimately moving and occasionally slack.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

‘On Display’ movement installation examines body image by Celia Wren

“We make decisions together,” choreographer says of artists with and without disabilities.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

‘On Air’ at Creative Cauldron is a tuneful, engaging tour through little-known history by Celia Wren

The new musical is based on the real-life couple who launched America’s first radio station.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

‘Member of the Wedding’ is Southern Gothic looking for flavor by Celia Wren

1st Stage revives Carson McCullers’s tale of an awkward adolescence.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

‘Fame the Musical’ gets an added Latin accent by Celia Wren

Dreamers will be central to Luis Salgado’s new production at GALA Hispanic Theatre.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Constellation Theatre conjures up a sensory-rich ‘White Snake’ by Celia Wren

But at Faction of Fools, a slapstick murder mystery falls flat.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Monday, April 1, 2019

‘Columbinus,’ re-creating the 1999 Colorado high school shooting, remains disturbingly relevant by Celia Wren

Incisive performances define the play, which was drawn from interviews.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Suzan-Lori Parks’s ‘Topdog/Underdog’ gets a sharp revival by Celia Wren

Two black actors play brothers named Lincoln (for the president) and Booth (the assassin).

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Yiddish classic ‘The Jewish Queen Lear’ gets an English debut at Theater J by Celia Wren

A once-popular adaptation finds its way back to the stage.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

A plot that twists on Rembrandt and a rhino by Celia Wren

Playwright Heather McDonald returns: ‘It’s a lot easier to emerge than reemerge.’

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Two plays set at the intersection of race and violence in America by Celia Wren

‘Blood at the Root’ examines strife at a high school; ‘Twilight’ takes place amid the 1992 L.A. riots.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

New Joe Calarco drama ‘Separate Rooms’ debuts at emerging 4615 Theatre by Celia Wren

Good acting fleshes out a premiere from the author of “Shakespeare’s R&J.”

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hansol Jung’s ‘Among the Dead’ unwinds a strange, time-hopping trip of war by Celia Wren

The audacious phantasmagoria appears at Spooky Action Theater.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Big ideas anchor ‘Reykjavík’ and ‘The Old Man, the Youth, and the Sea’ by Celia Wren

Romantic images and deep themes link new works at Rorschach and GALA.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

A clowning ‘Cyrano’ without words? That’s how Synetic Theater rolls. by Celia Wren

Vato Tsikurishvili makes his directing debut, and at the last minute steps into the lead.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Comedy, romance, satanic menace and a talking cat in Constellation’s ‘The Master and Margarita’ by Celia Wren

Production at the Source is a vivid, often bracingly stylized epic.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

American Ballet Theatre’s ‘Harlequinade’ isn’t anything exciting, but it sure is colorful by Celia Wren

The funny yet garden-variety work is at the Kennedy Center through Feb. 3.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The familial irritation in ‘Gulf View Drive’ is likely to strike a chord with every viewer by Celia Wren

Another play about beleaguered lovers is Pointless Theatre’s new offering, “Visions of Love.”

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Need some laughs? The Second City is in town with two shows. by Celia Wren

“She the People,” at Woolly Mammoth, is fiercely funny; “Love, Factually,” at Kennedy Center, spoofs rom-coms.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

‘A Civil War Christmas’ at 1st Stage is overstuffed, feel-good holiday fare by Celia Wren

Lincoln’s holiday gift predicament is just one of many plotlines in this sentimental offering.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Hollywood in the ’50s is slightly musty in ‘All Save One’ by Celia Wren

There’s amusing repartee in the Washington Stage Guild comedy-drama, but the production smacks of artifice.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

‘In This Hope’ tackles Shakespearean themes well suited for today by Celia Wren

The Welders’ new play by depicts exile, loss, grief.

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