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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Theatre to Film review: August Wilson’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ streaming on Netflix by Andrew White

Just as every premiere of an August Wilson play on Broadway was a major event, every film based on his plays should shake the earth beneath our feet. Especially for those of us who, being wh…

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Traditional Anatolian Shadow Theatre’ by Karagöz Theatre Company at Baltimore Theatre Project by Andrew White

Among the many treasures of world theatre, the tradition of shadow puppets is one of the most fascinating.  From Southeast Asia to the Mediterranean, the deceptively simple spectacle of fla…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

MD Theatre Guide EXCLUSIVE: An Interview with Rick Foucheaux by Andrew White

One of the great pleasures of being part of the Washington, D.C. theatre scene for so long is that I get the chance to kick back and talk shop with former colleagues—especially those whose…

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Theatre Review: ‘The Cherry Orchard’ at Faction of Fools Theatre Company, Inc. by Andrew White

Once upon a time Anton Chekhov, the Russian playwright, had a huge problem: his director, Konstantin Stanislavsky (not his real name, by the way) kept on treating his comedies as if they wer…

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Wolf Pack Theatre Company by Andrew White

Given the plethora of productions this time of year, it’s a struggle to make Charles Dickens’ classic story your own.  The characters of Scrooge, Marley, Cratchit et al. are practically…

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘The Book of Will’ at Round House Theatre by Andrew White

To appreciate what Lauren Gunderson has accomplished with her latest historical play, “The Book of Will,” it pays to leaf through your Norton Facsimile of the First Folio, as the…

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Camping With John Waters and His Band of ‘Filthy Freaks’ by Michael Schulman and Andrew White

The “Pope of Trash” hosts a sleep-away camp in Litchfield County, Conn. Yes, there were marshmallows, polyester and nudity.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘I’ll Get You Back Again’ at Round House Theatre by Andrew White

So when did the 60’s end for you?  When Jimi and Janis died?  When the Beatles broke up?  When Reagan got elected?  Or did it take the election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency, fo…

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘The School for Lies’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Andrew White

Oh, for the days when a snappy prologue got you in the mood for a night of great theatre.  Time was when someone would come out before curtain with a little witty patter, a bit of poetry to…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ at Synetic Theater by Andrew White

The great French novelist Victor Hugo was a notorious provocateur; when he wasn’t writing plays so partisan the government banned them after one night, he was firing up the popular imagina…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Season Preview: Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University, July 7-30, 2017 by Andrew White

Normally when a theatre company rolls out its new season there’s little to do but listen to boring speeches, nosh a little, drink a lot, and pretend to schmooze with Board members you’ll…

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘The Gin Game’ at Metro Stage by Andrew White

Broadway hits have a mixed record when it comes to longevity.  Some capture the zeitgeist but don’t maintain a strong presence in the repertory in later years; others appeal to New Yorker…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Trevor’ at 1st Stage by Andrew White

Deep down we’re all apes, right?  Kissing cousins with the monkeys, gorillas and of course those adorable chimps.  We’ve got the bananas, we’ve got our instincts, our sense of turf a…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘The River’ at Spooky Action Theater by Andrew White

Playwriting being a solitary task, it should come as no surprise that playwrights often enjoy pursuits that are equally solitary.  Take fishing, for example – given the crush of audiences…

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Charm’ at Mosaic Theater Company of DC by Andrew White

Watching President Obama’s farewell address from Chicago this week was an occasion to think of all the progress we have made in this country over the past eight years—as well as the vast…

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Theatre Review: Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company’s ‘Moby Dick’ at Arena Stage by Andrew White

Face it, we’ve all survived a brutal presidential election season; it was especially brutal if you found yourself on the losing side.  You look around at your neighbors, wondering who vot…

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Flying V: Be Awesome: A Theatrical Mixtape of the 90s’ at The Writer’s Center by Andrew White

  ‘Tis the season for nostalgia, it seems; hipsters of a certain age are flocking to the Avalon Theatre to catch the Beatles documentary “Eight Days a Week” coming face-to…

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Blackberry Daze’ at MetroStage by Andrew White

Director/artist Thomas W. Jones II is a theatrical threat on many fronts:  he choreographs, he directs, he writes scripts and lyrics—you name it he does it.  What’s more, he has some o…

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘The Wedding Gift’ at Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University by Andrew White

One of the attractions of the Contemporary American Theater Festival is Artistic Director Ed Herendeen’s willingness to challenge his audiences with audacious work that takes you right up …

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Theatre Review: ‘The Second Girl’ at Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University by Andrew White

Few classics of the American stage loom quite as large as A Long Day’s Journey into Night, Eugene O’Neill’s autobiographical account of a theatrical family, of means, plagued by the da…

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Theatre Review: ‘pen/man/ship’ at Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University by Andrew White

When we last caught Christina Anderson two years ago she was solidly in the present, examining the complex psychology of the neglected and dispossessed in the American Northwest with her pla…

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Theatre Review: ‘Not Medea’ at Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University by Andrew White

Can there be anything in the world more annoying than late arrivals?  You know the ones – harried, apologetic, sitting right in front of you and so-o-o-o-o self-obsessed?  And do they ev…

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Theatre Review: ’20th Century Blues’ at Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University by Andrew White

We’re in a nicely-appointed New York flat, the kind with stairs down to the couch that you never see in real life apartments but I swear I saw everywhere on TV in the 80’s.  There is a …

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Fiona Shaw: Blowing the Heart Open’ at The Kennedy Center by Andrew White

It is a rare gift to see an established performer live onstage – and even rarer to see her making her way through a new piece informally. As odd as it might sound, it can be a thrill to se…

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘The Plough and the Stars’ at Eisenhower Theater at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts by Andrew White

  Just when you thought the Irish were going to get all ‘Danny Boy’ on us with the Centenary of the Easter Rising, that ill-fated but auspicious attempt to occupy the General Post O…

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘War of the Worlds!’ at Scena Theatre by Andrew White

  In an age when we are all held hostage by click-bait and personal algorithms—which, as the news keeps reminding us, distort reality for commercial and political gain—it is a comfo…

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Coming Home’ at Port City Playhouse by Andrew White

In the early years of the new South Africa, with Apartheid buried away and Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela elected President, there was ample room for optimism and hope for the future.  The g…

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Black Pearl Sings!’ at Metro Stage by Andrew White

  For years there has been a vogue for documentary plays and films—typically involving familiar historical figures in their formative years, or retelling a famous historic event. Addi…

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Journey to the West’ at Constellation Theatre Company by Andrew White

For many of us who got our start on the Washington, D.C. theater scene back in the 1980’s, it really is amazing to return to the Source Theater on 14th Street.  The once-gritty, cavernous…

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Theatre Reveiw: ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ at Arlington Players by Andrew White

  If you’re a Jukebox Musical junkie, you know the scenario: take a beloved artist, scan through the back catalogue for a cluster of solid hits, then cook up a paper-thin plot line to…

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Theatre Reveiw: ‘in a word’ presented by Hub Theatre at John Swayze Theatre at the New School by Andrew White

When you first enter the space for Hub Theatre’s latest production, you see what appears to be a typical domestic scene; French doors, some autumn leaves, a comfy couch, a couple of storag…

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