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Thursday, February 14, 2019

A clowning ‘Cyrano’ without words? That’s how Synetic Theater rolls. by Celia Wren

Vato Tsikurishvili makes his directing debut, and at the last minute steps into the lead.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Comedy, romance, satanic menace and a talking cat in Constellation’s ‘The Master and Margarita’ by Celia Wren

Production at the Source is a vivid, often bracingly stylized epic.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

American Ballet Theatre’s ‘Harlequinade’ isn’t anything exciting, but it sure is colorful by Celia Wren

The funny yet garden-variety work is at the Kennedy Center through Feb. 3.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The familial irritation in ‘Gulf View Drive’ is likely to strike a chord with every viewer by Celia Wren

Another play about beleaguered lovers is Pointless Theatre’s new offering, “Visions of Love.”

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Need some laughs? The Second City is in town with two shows. by Celia Wren

“She the People,” at Woolly Mammoth, is fiercely funny; “Love, Factually,” at Kennedy Center, spoofs rom-coms.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

‘A Civil War Christmas’ at 1st Stage is overstuffed, feel-good holiday fare by Celia Wren

Lincoln’s holiday gift predicament is just one of many plotlines in this sentimental offering.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Hollywood in the ’50s is slightly musty in ‘All Save One’ by Celia Wren

There’s amusing repartee in the Washington Stage Guild comedy-drama, but the production smacks of artifice.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

‘In This Hope’ tackles Shakespearean themes well suited for today by Celia Wren

The Welders’ new play by depicts exile, loss, grief.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Actor’s performance only highlight of ‘Things That Are Round’ by Celia Wren

Quirky dialogue, narrative never evolve.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Dance company Ragamala elevates Snakes and Ladders to spiritual heights by Celia Wren

A weekend performance at Kennedy Center reflects the Indian version of the board game.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Faction of Fools and WSC Avant Bard offer zany Shakespeare by Celia Wren

Robust interpretations of “Henry V,” “Illyria, or What You Will.”

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Despite fine cast, Constellation’s ‘Aida’ slumps by Celia Wren

Production is a stilted, scaled-down version of the Broadway musical.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

‘Sleepy Hollow’ isn’t Synetic’s very best work, but it will certainly quicken your pulse by Celia Wren

Another pre-Halloween offering: Creative Cauldron’s “Nevermore.”

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

‘Heisenberg’ turns an odd-couple love into faith in humanity by Celia Wren

Simon Stephens’s play takes the quantum- mechanics principle beyond literary cliche.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Telling her mother’s war story on stage with a piano by Celia Wren

Theater J presents a powerful story of a teenager who escaped the Nazi regime.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Despite some first-rate performances, ‘Hero’s Welcome’ is a slog by Celia Wren

1st Stage’s production of Alan Ayckbourn’s dark comedy is creaky.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

GALA’s uneven ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ offers sweet moments by Celia Wren

The performances are mixed in this production of the epic love story.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Dynamic production of ‘Painted Rocks,’ a mediocre Fugard play at MetroStage by Celia Wren

Work based on true story of outsider artist in South Africa

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Pointless Theatre’s slapdash ‘Don Cristóbal’ by Celia Wren

The puppet play leaves a critic exasperated.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Sarah Ruhl’s quirky take on depression at Constellation by Celia Wren

“Melancholy Play” finds the comedy in sadness.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Shepherdstown theater festival features world premieres and top notch acting by Celia Wren

New plays dominate at West Virginia’s CATF.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Ally Theatre revisits pool racism in world premiere by Celia Wren

Jennifer Mendenhall based play on legal action to integrate swimming pool

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Monday, June 11, 2018

GALA’s ‘Dancing in My Cockroach Killers’ is gritty and lyrical by Celia Wren

The bilingual musical showcases six confident actors.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Vivid ‘Tempest’ at WSC Avant Bard by Celia Wren

Fierce minions shine in uneven production.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

‘Swimming With Whales’ explores deep feelings at 1st Stage by Celia Wren

The world premiere run in Tysons Corner features compelling performances.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Spooky Action Theatre’s ‘Small Room’ for patient fans of the offbeat by Celia Wren

A handsome production of a maddening play.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Part rock opera, part Holocast memoir, ‘Iron & Coal’ ultimately disappoints by Celia Wren

World premiere at Strathmore heartfelt, but lyrics tend toward cliche.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Brecht saga from Constellation and a historical play from GALA by Celia Wren

Female courage is on display in “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” and “In the Time of the Butterflies.”

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Two plays tackle American history, from police brutality to the presidency by Celia Wren

“Rabbit Summer” focuses on a trio grappling with systemic racism while “45 Plays for 45 Presidents” gives a chronological spoof of U.S. leaders.

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The Ceausescus as vampires on the fringe of the Women’s Voices festival by Celia Wren

And, from another emerging troupe, an earnest script on autism.

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Bringing Baltimore’s fiercely independent Cone sisters to the stage by Celia Wren

The pioneering sisters acquired Modernist masters in early 1900s.

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