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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The musical ‘A Bronx Tale’ sings of growing up on mean streets by Nelson Pressley

Chazz Palminteri’s signature fable gets another incarnation.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

In the comic ‘Resolving Hedda,’ the protagonist tries to actually live through the end of the play by Nelson Pressley

Washington Stage Guild presents the area debut, and Nu Sass stages the whimsical “Dead Dog’s Bone.”

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

One of Ibsen’s most unforgettable characters fires back in the play ‘Resolving Hedda’ by Nelson Pressley

A classic work gets a modern rewrite at D.C.’s Undercroft Theatre.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Does ‘The Jewish Queen Lear’ rage? In the Yiddish classic, she suffers. by Nelson Pressley

Theater J offers an English-language debut from the Yiddish canon.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

The hit comedy ‘Admissions’ has been laughing at college cheaters for months by Nelson Pressley

The news catches up to a play that questions privilege.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

D.C. debut of the musical ‘Hands on a Hardbody’ stalls by Nelson Pressley

The Keegan Theatre show needs more horsepower to drive the Trey Anastasio score.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Irish actor Pat Kinevane offers a solo tour de force with his award-winning ‘Silent’ by Nelson Pressley

D.C.’s Solas Nua has imported the show from Dublin’s Fishamble troupe.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Cirque du Soleil, it’s not. Cirkus Cirkor is less about spectacle and more about mission. by Nelson Pressley

The troupe’s “Limits” arrives at the Kennedy Center from Sweden.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Becky Sharp returns with razzmatazz in Kate Hamill’s stripped-down ‘Vanity Fair’ by Nelson Pressley

The ‘novel without a hero’ takes a shine to its durable antiheroine.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

The British hit ‘Oil’ strikes a vein in its U.S. debut at Olney by Nelson Pressley

And at the D.C. Arts Center, John Feffer offers a solo travelogue of North Korea.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

How playwright Kate Hamill brought a modern sensibility to a 19th-century novel by Nelson Pressley

“Nothing’s too sacred to re-examine,” says the adapter of “Vanity Fair.”

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Rich acting pays off in ‘The Heiress,’ a surprisingly timely classic at Arena Stage by Nelson Pressley

Director Seema Sueko has cast her production splendidly, with Laura C. Harris holding the spotlight as a whip-smart but paralyzingly anxious Catherine.

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Are jukebox musicals like ‘The Cher Show’ dumbing down Broadway, or just giving us what we want? by Nelson Pressley

The bio shows elbow aside plot, character and narrative for a different set of showbiz goals.

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‘Finding Neverland’ musical at National Theatre needs a better hook by Nelson Pressley

A non-Equity tour alights in D.C., but production isn’t the best look.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

There will be blood in the STC’s gross-out ‘Richard the Third’ by Nelson Pressley

The violent concept has power, but some human drama gets cut away.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The musical ‘Once’ sounds fit as a fiddle at Olney Theatre by Nelson Pressley

The sleeper indie film enjoys a different life onstage.

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This documentary play about Israeli artists is a raw, uneasy 80 minutes by Nelson Pressley

Mosaic’s “Shame 2.0” chronicles battles with the government, and the public.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Women are dominating hilariously raunchy comedy. Need more proof? See “BLKS.” by Nelson Pressley

The action-packed comedy at Woolly Mammoth follows young women through one wild and crazy night.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

‘The Wiz’ leads Helen Hayes nominations with 13 nods, including outstanding musical by Nelson Pressley

Woolly Mammoth dominates the play category, with three shows in a top slot.

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‘Moonlight’ writer McCraney’s writing still glows in ‘The Brothers Size’ by Nelson Pressley

1st Stage revisits one of the MacArthur “genius” grant winner’s early triumphs.

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

With Amazon arrival, D.C.’s booming real estate market will get only tighter. Will small theaters be pushed out? by Nelson Pressley

Facing the loss of its Crystal City venue to the retail giant, Synetic Theater searches for an affordable space.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Signature’s ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ ’ takes its time heating up by Nelson Pressley

This revival of the Fats Waller show is disjointed.

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‘A little chaotic and scary’: Behind the scenes as the Kennedy Center’s ‘Music Man’ comes together in two weeks by Nelson Pressley

This semi-staged version features cast members that might be holding scripts but loses none of the Broadway talent.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Paula Vogel’s AIDS-era ‘Baltimore Waltz’ sings a slightly different tune by Nelson Pressley

The memorializing play is still personal and political in Keegan Theatre revival.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

The comic ‘Admissions’ tests white privilege and getting into college by Nelson Pressley

More dyspeptic social laughs from the writer of “Bad Jews.”

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Friday, January 18, 2019

The kids steal the show in ‘School of Rock’ at the National Theatre by Nelson Pressley

Genuinely catchy numbers keep Andrew Lloyd Webber musical rocking.

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Washington theaters shine a spotlight on Vladimir Putin by Nelson Pressley

The Russian president as a trending topic in the American imagination.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

How Trayvon Martin inspired a racially divided ‘Twelve Angry Men’ at Ford’s by Nelson Pressley

“I wanted that six-to-six moment,” says director Sheldon Epps.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

With ‘American Moor,’ you may not see Shakespeare — and a lot of roles played by black actors — quite the same way by Nelson Pressley

The play by Keith Hamilton Cobb, who plays the lead part, is a diagnosis on race and theater.

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