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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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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Kiss you’ll not forget at Woolly Mammoth (review) by Alan Katz

American theater has been mucking about in the sandbox and, meanwhile, the playground, the school, and the entire world have been burning down around us. Those were my first thoughts afte…

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

FringePOP: Public (review) by Alan Katz

“Will film kill off the the theater?” This question, often asked in existential anxiety by theatermakers at an undersold performance, may be the wrong one. That seems to be the message f…

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Rorschach’s Bid to Save the World (review) by Alan Katz

Everyone remembers their first contact with death. I don’t mean Death, though I assume that first face to “face” meeting in the no-longer flesh is quite memorable. I mean the f…

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Come From Away shines light on little-known 9/11 story (review) by Alan Katz

There’s a certain somber and sober tone you expect from shows about disasters. Representations of recent genocides or terrorist attacks especially take on an almost religious nature, a hus…

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Seven Windows, Capital Fringe (review) by Alan Katz

In the storytelling cacophony that is the Capital Fringe Festival, it is easy to forget the pure beauty of bodies in space moving with discipline and grace. Seven Windows provides that eye-i…

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Monday, July 18, 2016

TARGET GOLDBERG (HELP! ROGUE GOVERNMENT AGENTS ARE TRYING TO FRAME ME!) Review by Alan Katz

“We all live in stories,” says David J. Goldberg, actor, YouTube enthusiast, and, quite possibly, victim of a vast collusion of intelligence operatives who are conspiring to drive humani…

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We Know How You Die, UCB at Woolly (review) by Alan Katz

I can tell you almost nothing about the content you would see if you went to We Know How You Die at Woolly Mammoth, anymore than I could tell you how you’re going to die. I could say that …

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Song Reader: The Musical (review) by Alan Katz

Where can you experience the world premiere of a musical with songs by a 4-time platinum artist for only $17 a pop? At Capital Fringe, of course, with Song Reader: the Musical, an earnest an…

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Monday, July 11, 2016

POE, TIMES TWO by Alan Katz

Fear is one of the hardest feelings to convey in the emotional panoply of the theater, but POE, TIMES TWO, a solo retelling of two Edgar Allan Poe short stories, grabs the audience by the g…

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Is Chicago’s abuse scandal happening here? by Alan Katz

Allegations of physical and abuse of physical abuse and sexual harassment raised by the Chicago Reader against Darrell Cox, Artistic Director of Profiles Theatre, and accusations of bizarre…

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The Good Devil (in Spite of Himself), commedia from Avant Bard (review) by Alan Katz

Commedia dell’Arte, the old Italian comedic that forms the foundation for new American comedy The Good Devil (in Spite of Himself), is very much like the Looney Toons of old. Not only is i…

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Matt and Ben, the perfect Fringe warmup from Flying V (review) by Alan Katz

With plenty of pop culture candy, quirky magical realism, and a heaping helping of side-splitting silliness, Flying V’s newest show, Matt and Ben, has formulated a raucous recipe for a pre…

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Floyd Collins (review) at 1st Stage by Alan Katz

There are a trio of beautiful moments in Floyd Collins threading through 1st Stage Tysons’ newest musical offering. In the first of these moments, Harrison Smith (who plays a small cameo r…

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Merry Death of Robin Hood (review) played at DC Reynolds bar by Alan Katz

Some of the oldest stories still extant of the adventures of legendary outlaw Robin Hood are songs about his untimely demise, a metaphor-rich ballad about honor and being laid back in Englis…

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Man in the Iron Mask (review): Synetic Theater speaks by Alan Katz

All over the promotional material for Synetic’s Man in the Iron Mask, there is a dire warning: THIS PRODUCTION WILL HAVE DIALOGUE. As if audiences have to be warned of talking actors as mu…

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Transmission from The Welders (review) by Alan Katz

Transmission, the newest and final offering from this iteration of the playwriting collective The Welders, tests my inherent resistance to superlatives. But the problem with resisting the …

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Mystery of Love and Sex at Signature Theatre (review) by Alan Katz

Most people have that friend. You know, that friend.The one you’re so close to that it makes other people uncomfortable or makes them question your sexuality or makes them say “I wish th…

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