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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

‘God of Carnage’ hasn’t lost its satirical bite, but at Keegan, it needs more laughs by Nelson Pressley

The production of the Yasmina Reza play never really finds its comic stride.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:24PM
Monday, May 13, 2019

Arena Stage wins seven Hayes Awards, with ‘Anything Goes’ on top by Nelson Pressley

The folk-pop musical “Fly by Night” at 1st Stage also picks up four wins at the “drama prom.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:06PM

Studio Theatre’s former acting school finds a new home in Columbia Heights by Nelson Pressley

“Now it’s just about execution,” founder Joy Zinoman said of the Studio Acting Conservatory.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:33PM
Sunday, May 12, 2019

‘Fame the Musical’ dances up a storm in a new bilingual production by Nelson Pressley

After a successful “In the Heights,” director-choreographer Luis Salgado returns to GALA Hispanic Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:24PM
Friday, May 10, 2019

Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘Spunk’ gets revived with flair, and all of it has heart by Nelson Pressley

Timothy Douglas puts tall tales on a small stage at Signature Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:18PM
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Jennings’s solo ‘Queens Girl’ plays get revived in Baltimore by Nelson Pressley

Dawn Ursula and Erika Rose reprise their roles while a last chapter gets written.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:24AM
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

‘Nobody wants this story told’: Nigeria’s Renegade Theatre makes U.S. debut with ‘Chibok Girls’ by Nelson Pressley

The testimonial drama anchors Georgetown University’s international theater and politics festival.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:48PM
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Arena Stage cancels performances of ‘Jubilee’ this week due to actor’s illness by Nelson Pressley

Performances of the ensemble show will resume May 14.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:42PM

‘Love’s Labor’s Lost’ is tricky, but the Folger makes it winsome by Nelson Pressley

The show gets meta as the famed Shakespearean library inspires the set.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:18PM
Monday, May 6, 2019
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

‘The Burn’ channels ‘The Crucible’ for a social media age by Nelson Pressley

Two plays set in schools get mixed results.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:06PM
Thursday, April 25, 2019

5 things to know to know about the ‘The Oresteia,’ the seldom-seen fountainhead of drama by Nelson Pressley

The only surviving Greek trilogy is coming to Sidney Harman Hall as Michael Kahn’s final production as STC artistic director.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:00AM
Friday, April 19, 2019

Calling Marie Kondo! The archives at the Kennedy Center and the National Theatre are a mess. by Nelson Pressley

The theaters are aiming to get their old programs, photos and other archival material in order, perhaps for public access.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:00AM
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Jay-Z and Kanye set the tone in premiere of ‘Les Deux Noirs’ at Mosaic Theater by Nelson Pressley

The James Baldwin-Richard Wright flap goes hip-hop in the new Psalmayene 24 play.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:45PM
Monday, April 15, 2019

Can Beppo the bellhop sing? Olney’s ‘A Comedy of Tenors’ is more frenzy than finesse. by Nelson Pressley

Ken Ludwig’s 1980s hit “Lend Me a Tenor” gets a sequel, but the backstage farce doesn’t quite hit its mark.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:30PM
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

‘Pygmalion’ meets hip-hop in a satire on race at Studio Theatre by Nelson Pressley

A Bieber figure gets the reality-TV treatment in “P.Y.G., or the Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:19PM

‘I don’t want to write a slave’: A Q&A with playwrights Psalmayene 24 and Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm by Nelson Pressley

A discussion that touches on the “Hamilton” effect, directing and white patronage, August Wilson and more.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:00PM
Monday, April 8, 2019

This galvanizing new play tries to humanize lives lived behind bars by Nelson Pressley

‘The Peculiar Patriot,’ Liza Jessie Peterson’s solo show at Woolly Mammoth, is a personable take on our prison system.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:16PM
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Wole Soyinka, Nigerian ‘Chibok Girls’ slated for Georgetown’s international CrossCurrents by Nelson Pressley

At the Kennedy Center, the Fukushima-set “Falling Out” opens the festival.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:00AM
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.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:56PM
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.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:25PM
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.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:54PM
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.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:28PM
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.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:57PM
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.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:20PM
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.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:21PM
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.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:29PM
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.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:47PM
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.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:23PM
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.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:24PM

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.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:24PM

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