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Monday, April 19, 2021

In brilliant ‘Children of Medea,’ a Korean American girl hopes to cope by Sophia Howes

Conformity can be difficult for some of us at the best of times. But it is especially difficult in adolescence for a girl. Cynthia, 17, the main character in Sue Jin Song’s brilliant Child…

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

STC’s ‘A Winter’s Tale’ mock trial submits evidence that spring is coming by Sophia Howes

Critic Marjorie Garber suggests that A Winter’s Tale is “a hall of mirrors” and that the main character, King Leontes, lives in a solipsistic universe. The beloved tradition of STC’s…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:50PM
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The relevance of ‘The Mountaintop,’ beautifully played at the Arts Barn by Sophia Howes

Eddie S. Glaude Jr., author of Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own (2020) and a Princeton professor, writes in The New Yorker about an encounter at a fu…

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

O villainy! Patrick Page slays in ‘All the Devils Are Here’ from STC by Sophia Howes

“This rough magic I here abjure.” This phrase, from Prospero’s farewell in The Tempest, is among the most exquisite in Shakespeare. In All the Devils Are Here, Shakespeare Theatre Comp…

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Why Trump has made Shakespeare matter more than ever in DC by Sophia Howes

There is something inherently Shakespearean about DC. It’s easy to picture Lincoln wandering the corridors of the White House reciting his favorite passages. In his journal, John Adams onc…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:11AM
Monday, December 7, 2020

A hauntingly lovely ‘Christmas Carol’ from PG County Shakespeare in the Parks by Sophia Howes

A Christmas Carol, produced by PG County Shakespeare in the Parks and set in Victorian England, is a hauntingly lovely radio drama. It’s free and family-friendly, and a welcome reminder of…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:36AM
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

In two live shows at Keegan Theatre, a transwoman and two Black men get real by Sophia Howes

The Keegan Theatre’s streamed live performances from their stage are the closest thing I’ve seen so far to theater as we remember it avant le deluge. They are presenting two pieces in re…

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Monday, October 26, 2020

E. Faye Butler speaks out on playing Fannie Lou Hamer right now by Sophia Howes

“Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.” —Fannie Lou Hamer Anyone who has ever seen E. Faye Butler perform knows that they are witnessing something truly extraordinary. A two-time …

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

‘Macbeth’ as fast-moving radio drama from PG County Shakespeare in the Parks by Sophia Howes

How, exactly, does one make theater in the middle of a pandemic? People are sitting on the couch streaming The Umbrella Academy. Broadway is closed until January 3, 2021. Much of local theat…

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Pols and players perk up ‘Will on the Hill, Or Won’t They?’ by Sophia Howes

For one brief shining moment, there was bipartisanship in Washington. It occurred with the 2020 online edition of STC’s 18th annual Will on the Hill, broadcast on Monday, September 14, 2…

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

A tribute to Brave Spirits as it calls off Shakespeare’s histories due to COVID by Sophia Howes

There are certain theater experiences that you look forward to with extraordinary excitement. Brave Spirits Theatre’s Shakespeare’s Histories 2020 was one of them. To their credit, Brave…

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Five great films about theater (to help you survive staying home) by Sophia Howes

Karen Richards (Celeste Holm) the playwright’s wife: A part in a play. You’d do all that for a part in a play? Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) conniving actress: I’d do much more for a pa…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

4615 Theatre’s world premiere ‘Museum 2040’: An extraordinary immersive installation by Sophia Howes

Museum 2040, a world premiere written by Playwright Renee Calarco and directed by Artistic Director Jordan Friend, is an extraordinary immersive installation, which confirms 4615 Theater Com…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:54PM
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The room where it happens: ‘Henry IV, Part 2’ at Brave Spirits Theatre by Sophia Howes

The HBO hit Succession centers around a wealthy media family reportedly based on the Rupert Murdoch dynasty. Its central dilemma: who will succeed the ruthless Logan Roy as the head of his w…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

‘Richard the Second’ at Brave Spirits Theatre: a tale of two kings by Sophia Howes

Brave Spirits Theatre (BST), led by Artistic Director Charlene V. Smith, has taken on a spectacular challenge: Shakespeare’s eight history plays. Richard the Second, Henry the Fourth Parts…

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Top Five Theater Ghosts… Before ‘The Woman in Black’ arrived at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Sophia Howes

The Woman in Black, the long-playing London ghost story now perturbing a Shakespeare Theatre Company stage, reminds us that spine-chilling horror can be the most delightful of sensations. T…

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

The (in) discreet charm of Daniel Kitson’s ‘Keep’ at Studio Theatre by Sophia Howes

Stand-up comedian and monologist extraordinaire Daniel Kitson enjoys a devout following in the UK and in Australia. He first made his reputation at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he wo…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:58PM
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

We Happy Few brings ‘Lovers’ Vows’ into the twenty-first century by Sophia Howes

Elizabeth Inchbald’s Lovers’ Vows, first produced in 1798, is every bit as amusing as the unfortunately named Schitt’s Creek, The Good Place, or any other contemporary comedy. Inchbald…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:27PM
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Dangereuse: An Interview with Nigel Rowe, a cabaret star as Ariel in IN Series’ ‘Stormy Weather’ by Sophia Howes

IN Series’ Stormy Weather, inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, features the music of Billie Holiday and a stunning cabaret performance by Nigel Rowe as Ariel. In the new Sybil William…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:17PM
Monday, September 30, 2019

Review: ‘The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice,’ presented by the Taffety Punk Riot Grrrls by Sophia Howes

The all-female production of Othello at Taffety Punk, directed by Kelsey Mesa, is a breath of fresh air. Because all the characters are played by women, you forget that they are female after…

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Review: ‘1 Henry IV’ at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre by Sophia Howes

1 Henry IV at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, directed by Rosa Joshi, is perfectly cast and beautifully executed. Edward Gero is a superb Falstaff, and he is surrounded by gifted actors and …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:28PM
Monday, August 19, 2019

Review: ‘Betrayal’ at 4615 Theatre Company by Sophia Howes

Betrayal, one of Harold Pinter’s finest works, will open on Broadway September 5 after an extended run in London’s West End. Thanks to 4615 Theatre, a young professional company, you can…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:02PM
Sunday, July 28, 2019

Review: ‘Bootleg Shakespeare: Richard III’ by Taffety Punk Theatre Company at the Folger Theatre by Sophia Howes

Taffety Punk’s Bootleg Shakespeare, a beloved DC tradition, is like attending a party with dozens of friends you never knew you had. The lines are long. The audience is enthusiastic. And t…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:21PM
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting Presents Three Plays in Rep by Sophia Howes

Where can you find one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, most passionate “problem plays,” and most famous tragedies, performed with conviction and flair? At the Shakespeare Theatre C…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:35PM
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Review: ‘Hamlet’ at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Free for All by Sophia Howes

Hamlet is the most produced play in the world. It is said that Hamlet is being performed somewhere every single minute of every single day. Now, the Shakespeare Theatre Company is presenting…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:22AM
Sunday, July 14, 2019

Review: ‘Be More Chill’ at Monumental Theatre Company by Sophia Howes

If you can’t get to the Broadway sensation Be More Chill, which closes August 11, there is no need to despair. Monumental Theatre Company is presenting the DMV’s first professional versi…

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2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Beyond These Walls’ by Sophia Howes

Beyond These Walls is a provocative contribution to the Capital Fringe, and well worth seeing. It was originally devised in 2018 under the direction of Matt Bassett, Artistic Director of the…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:26PM
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Interview: Alec Wild, Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company Academy for Classical Acting at the George Washington University by Sophia Howes

Soft, behold! This summer DC offers first-rate Shakespeare everyone can enjoy. The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting (ACA) at the George Washington University, sta…

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Brecht and the History Behind ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ by Sophia Howes

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) left Berlin in February 1933, the day after the Reichstag fire, an attack on the home of the German Parliament. President Paul von Hindenberg had named Hitler Chan…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:47PM
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Review: ‘The Oldest Boy’ at Spooky Action Theater by Sophia Howes

Sarah Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy is a graceful meditation on motherhood: its joys, its sorrows, and its unforeseeable costs. Director Kathryn Chase Bryer offers a visually lovely and emotionall…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:27PM
Monday, June 3, 2019

Post-Play Palaver: ‘Second Body’ at Synetic Theatre by John Stoltenberg and Sophia Howes

Post-Play Palaver is an occasional series of conversations between DC Metro Theater Arts writers who saw the same performance, got really into talking about it, and decided to continue their…

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