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Monday, June 12, 2023

The Tony Awards show was unscripted. Who knew it would be incomparable? by Peter Marks

The writers strike turned out to be a boon to the Tony Awards' energy and enjoyability

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:13PM
Sunday, June 11, 2023

Tony Awards 2023: Ariana DeBose opens unscripted show with ode to dance by Peter Marks

Brandon Uranowitz and Bonnie Milligan are among early winners in writers strike-altered ceremony.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:25PM
Friday, June 9, 2023

‘Incendiary’ world premiere is a satirical misfire at Woolly Mammoth by Peter Marks

‘The Bluest Eye’ and ‘The Humours of Bandon’ add to the artistically diverse offerings at Washington theaters

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:43PM
Thursday, June 8, 2023

The last thing Broadway needs is a weird Tonys. It’s what might occur. by Peter Marks

A writers strike and an off-year financially have made this a season of nervous hits for Broadway and the Tony Awards.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:37AM
Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Even in this play’s fantastical setting, HIV is a cold, hard fact by Peter Marks

Mosaic Theater Company’s “One in Two,” by Donja R. Love, is directed with cleverness by Raymond O. Caldwell.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:19PM
Monday, June 5, 2023

Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James soar in ‘Days of Wine and Roses’ by Peter Marks

Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas’s "Days of Wine and Roses," an off-Broadway musical adaptation of the midcentury teleplay and movie is vibrantly emotional.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:24PM
Friday, June 2, 2023

These Broadway actors are finally getting the spotlight they deserve by Peter Marks

Four performers nominated in the Tonys featured actor categories reveal the depth of talent on Broadway, and the career impact of the nomination can be seismic.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM
Thursday, June 1, 2023

This play aims to scare you out of your wits. But your wits remain intact. by Peter Marks

Levi Holloway’s thriller ‘Grey House,’ on Broadway starring Laurie Metcalf and directed by Joe Mantello, is a near-miss.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:32PM
Friday, May 26, 2023

How Schmicago made this critic a ‘Schmigadoon!’ schmuperfan by Peter Marks

The series hit its stride in a season that embraces musicals of the 1960s and 1970s.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:12AM
Thursday, May 25, 2023

This version of ‘Sweeney Todd’ commits a cardinal sin: It’s bloodless by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre’s revival of "Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street" tiptoes around the horror of the peerless Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:54PM
Monday, May 22, 2023

‘Monsoon Wedding’ the musical is not quite yet a happy marriage by Peter Marks

Director Mira Nair has transformed her beloved 2001 film about Delhi-arranged matrimony into a song-and-dance rom-com.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:48PM

In a new play, a writer tackles a touchy topic: Black class conflict by Peter Marks

“Good Bones,” James Ijames’s seriocomedy about the tensions gentrification can set off in the Black community, gets a world premiere at Studio Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:18PM
Thursday, May 18, 2023

Discarded photos of Nazis relaxing at Auschwitz led to this riveting play by Peter Marks

“Here There Are Blueberries,” a documentary drama about a real photo album sent to the Holocaust museum, gives wrenching context to genocide.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:42PM

An audacious season coming for D.C.'s small but mighty Mosaic Theater by Peter Marks

Mosaic Theater Company Artistic Director Reginald L. Douglas unveils a 2023-24 roster of new plays for a theater making a name for itself on D.C.'s H Street NE.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:48AM
Monday, May 15, 2023

‘Spamalot’ might be retro, but it’s still a riot by Peter Marks

Josh Rhodes directs a top-flight cast of Broadway clowns in the Kennedy Center's revival of the hit "Monty Python's Spamalot"

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:12PM
Friday, May 12, 2023

A zany team gets ‘Spamalot’ up on its funny feet — at breakneck speed by Peter Marks

It takes nerves of steel and a village of deft theater people to whip up a full-fledged Kennedy Center musical like "Spamalot" in the space of two weeks.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:48AM
Saturday, May 6, 2023

Gospel singers and a son’s kiss were the theater the coronation needed by Peter Marks

As the coronation revealed once again, pageantry is as natural on British shores as the White Cliffs of Dover.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:24PM
Tuesday, May 2, 2023

‘Some Like It Hot’ leads the 2023 Tony nominations, with 13 nods by Peter Marks

"Some Like it Hot" garners the most nods, 13, for the 2023 Tony Awards, including best musical; "Leopoldstadt," "Ain't No Mo' " lead for best play

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:32AM
Friday, April 28, 2023

Jodie Comer knows how to slay. She had to learn how to bow. by Peter Marks

Jodie Comer, star of "Killer Eve" and Broadway’s “Prima Facie,” talks about the challenges and epiphanies of a theater debut.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:18AM
Thursday, April 27, 2023

If you must see a Kander and Ebb show, this is the one to see by Peter Marks

"The World Goes 'Round" gets a joyful, spirited revival at Olney Theatre Center

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:02PM
Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Start spreading the news: Broadway’s ‘New York, New York’ is a snooze by Peter Marks

A lyrical assessment of Broadway’s sappy new stage version of Martin Scorsese’s 1977 film, “New York, New York.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:24PM
Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Hana S. Sharif is named as Arena Stage’s next artistic director by Peter Marks

Molly Smith will pass the torch to Sharif, artistic head of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and now the first person of color to run Arena Stage.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:32AM
Sunday, April 23, 2023

Jodie Comer comes to Broadway and turns the heat up full blast by Peter Marks

“Killing Eve's” Jodie Comer delivers a Broadway solo turn for the ages, in “Prima Facie,” Suzie Miller’s monodrama about sexual assault

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:18PM
Thursday, April 20, 2023

‘Make ’em laugh’ is the upbeat mantra on New York stages this spring by Peter Marks

With productions of “Shucked,” “Fat Ham” and “White Girl in Danger,” comedy is suddenly king, on Broadway and off

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:12PM

‘The Great British Bake Off’ as a musical? Now that takes the cake. by Peter Marks

A British songwriting team adapts a global TV hit, "The Great British Bake Off," for London’s West End.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:18AM
Tuesday, April 18, 2023

‘Guys and Dolls,’ ‘Medea’ and more: Classics in London feel new again by Peter Marks

The plays and musicals on London stages may be from days gone by, but the theaters putting them on reverberate with a 2023 freshness and ingenuity.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54AM
Thursday, April 13, 2023

‘Camelot’ gets the Aaron Sorkin treatment, with no happily-ever-aftering by Peter Marks

The 1960 musical "Camelot," starring Phillipa Soo and Andrew Burnap, opens on Broadway with a new book by Aaron Sorkin, but lacks the exuberant spirit that it needs.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:18PM
Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Shakespeare Theatre trimmed ‘King Lear’ — and made it a box-office champ by Peter Marks

The sleek, streamlined “Lear” starring Patrick Page is something of a sensation.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:23PM

Shakespeare Theatre trimmed ‘King Lear’ — and made it a box-office champ by Peter Marks

Actor Patrick Page and director Simon Godwin discuss the success of their record-breaking “King Lear” at Shakespeare Theatre Company.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:12AM
Sunday, April 2, 2023

‘Angels in America’ is back in freshly provocative, exhilarating form by Peter Marks

At Arena Stage, director Janos Szasz finds dazzling visual metaphors for Tony Kushner’s monumental play "Angels in America," about the AIDS crisis.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:18PM
Thursday, March 30, 2023

‘Life of Pi’ is a feast for the eyes, but don’t expect much drama by Peter Marks

"Life of Pi," a 2001 novel that became a 2012 movie, has now come to Broadway.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:36PM

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