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Monday, November 5, 2018

Review: Apocalypse Soon, buffet is great, political satire’s hard by Alan Katz

Washington DC has quite a rich tradition in political satire, from local legends The Capitol Steps to one-off play commissions at local theaters like Signature to niche private functions onl…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Review: Blueberries for Sal, a new kids musical at Adventure Theatre by Alan Katz

After napping on a long drive to Glen Echo Park on a rainy day, it was time to wake up the Shark. The Shark is my 20 month old daughter who, like her namesake, seems to need constant movemen…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Review: Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate), new romantic comedy at GALA by Alan Katz

Walking into Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) I knew, as you may, that there was a best-selling Spanish language movie of its time, and an equally popular novel/cookbook …

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Review: Akerley’s new Interstellar Ghost Hour a space time puzzler by Alan Katz

Iris is an astronaut. She travels through space. Iris is also a chrononaut. She travels through time. And that’s where her troubles begin as the protagonist of The Interstellar Ghost Hour…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Review: The Pirates of Penzance at Olney Theatre Center by Alan Katz

Theater programming usually doesn’t get any more conservative than Gilbert & Sullivan, late 19th century purveyors of light opera and bad puns. But Chicago’s avant-garde company The …

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Review: 50 Ways… at Capital Fringe by Alan Katz

50 Ways…, a new Fringe show from the mind of Mahayana Landowne, promises to fit 50 scenes into just 70 minutes of runtime. How can he do that? When you see it, the answer will become hilar…

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Review: Coronado at Capital Fringe by Alan Katz

Coronado is a play in disguise. If you read the blurbs or see the black and white promo photo of a couple of White dudes at a bar table with cigarettes hanging from their mouths, you might t…

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Review: Vengeance in my Heart at Capital Fringe by Alan Katz

Titus Andronicus is well-known as several things: as Shakespeare’s first true tragedy, as a foreshadow of the brutal Jacobean revenge dramas that would dominate the first quarter of the 17…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Review: To the Clouds earns claps from The Shark and her daddy critic by Alan Katz

Theater critics, at least good ones, should be grizzled theatergoing veterans and yet be centered and sensitive enough to relive the experience of the newcomer every time they see a show. To…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Review: Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone at Studio Theatre by Alan Katz

There are few topics more horrifying and less funny than one’s parents’ sexuality. But Qui Nguyen, one of the hottest American playwrights of the moment, has embraced the embarrassment o…

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Before they reach The Wall. Experience the desert crossing in convincing virtual reality. Carne y Arena (review) by Alan Katz

If you’re looking for the cutting edge of DC theater, look for the groups who are interrogating the boundaries of what it means to even be a theater. From Forum’s actor-less The State to…

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Review: 410[GONE] from Rorschach Theatre by Alan Katz

Being stuck in the world of 410[GONE] might seem like Hell for most people. After all, it is a trippy video game afterlife full of maddening puzzles based on Dance Dance Revolution and manic…

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Ugly One from Nu Sass (review) by Alan Katz

You would have to be quite the hermit to be missing the current cultural moment of the horrifying and sometimes violent interactions between bodies, sex, and power. With news full of the emp…

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Real Americans at Mosaic Theater Company (review) by Alan Katz

In today’s information age, where significant cultural moments flutter in and out weekly, topical theater may not age well. But sometimes, art speaks to fundamental fault lines in a cultur…

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Deb Sivigny’s Hello, My Name Is … (review) by Alan Katz

Memory is a home we can’t help but live in. Wandering from room to partitioned room, we reflexively replay the moments that define us in our search of what they mean for who we are. Deb Si…

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An Interview With a Revolutionary: Natalia Kaliada of Belarus Free Theatre by Alan Katz

There is still dictatorship in Europe. Protestors are beaten in the streets. Artists and activists are tortured in prison. An iron-fisted strong man rigs elections and crushes all opposition…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Assassins from Pallas Theatre Collective (review) by Alan Katz

In the wake of an historically deadly mass shooting and a historically unpopular president comes a musical comedy of sorts about guns, presidents, and their tragic interplay from Lincoln to …

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced at NextStop Theatre (review) by Alan Katz

Imagine the worst dinner party you could attend. Not the worst for company (everyone here is erudite and cosmopolitan), nor the worst for purpose (a celebration of achievement), nor the wors…

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Spectacle key to Rorschach’s repeat Neverwhere (review) by Alan Katz

This DC theater season, several mid-sized theaters are delving into a trend recently popular among the bigger houses: remounting popular productions of previous years. Usually these shows sp…

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Deep Cuts: a Lesson from Whipping’s Beer Man by Alan Katz

In the past few days, as I’ve let Kathleen Akerley’s play Whipping, or The Football Hamlet (and this review) settle in my mind, I realize that my review perhaps comes off more harshl…

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Whipping, or The Football Hamlet (review) by Alan Katz

Whipping, or the Football Hamlet has rushed into CUA’s Callan Theater with Kathleen Akerley calling this play as writer and director as she does most every humid DC August. As a theatergoe…

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Review: As You Like It plays pastoral Prince George’s parks by Alan Katz

Everyone has an idea of how Shakespeare “should” be performed: from the gorgeous flashiness of Shakespeare Theatre Company to the original practice imitations of American Shakespeare Cen…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Trey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical (Capital Fringe review) by Alan Katz

A man wanders onstage, a mad look above his riotous beard.  Another man comes on, petrified with fear, not seeing the disturbing maniac. With lightning speed, the bearded man pounces and te…

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

One in Four (Capital Fringe review) by Alan Katz

If you’ve ever picked up a roommate from an online ad, you know that living with strangers can be, well, strange. In a world premiere from outer space-oriented Nu Puppis collective, th…

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

MacBheatha (Capital Fringe review) by Alan Katz

Alana Wiljanen made a good choice in calling her group’s co-created Shakespeare adaptation MacBheatha, instead of the more famous Macbeth, Shakespeare’s sordid tale of a Scotsman murderi…

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Mixed Blessings (Capital Fringe review) by Alan Katz

There are certain topics that one avoids on first dates. Like race, politics, religion, Moby Dick, your ex. Mixed Blessings is the story of how these topics can make a first date go spectacu…

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ulysses on Bottles from Mosaic Theater Company (review) by Alan Katz

You might be tempted to dismiss Ulysses on Bottles as a niche-appeal “issue play,” but this first opening for Mosaic Theater since receiving the Outstanding Emerging Theater Company Aw…

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Liesl Tommy’s brilliant take on Macbeth (review) by Alan Katz

It’s rare for traditional, big budget Shakespeare productions to find new angles on the major works of America’s most-produced playwright, and even more rare for those angles to work wel…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

A fresh and creepy Midwestern Gothic at Signature Theatre (review) by Alan Katz

If you get too weirded out by the second song in Signature’s newest world premiere musical, Midwestern Gothic, where out-of-work mechanic Red takes Polaroids of his stepdaughter Stina in …

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Why Intelligence playwright, Jacqueline E. Lawton, was uniquely qualified to write a Valerie Plame-inspired play by Alan Katz

The hottest theater ticket in DC right now isn’t to a blockbuster musical, a star-studded Shakespearean play, or a big-time production already contracted to hit Broadway. The ticket everyo…

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Six Degrees of Separation at Keegan Theatre (review) by Alan Katz

Six Degrees of Separation shares much in common with Catcher in the Rye, the novel at the play’s moral center. Both are full of terribly unlikable characters who can turn our loathing into…

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