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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Magic and comedy power an enchanting ‘Tempest’ at Round House Theatre by Celia Wren

The magic, is as eye-catching as it is suited to Shakespeare’s tale of enchantment and reconciliation.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:03PM
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

At Round House Theatre, a literally magical ‘Tempest’ by Celia Wren

Produced in collaboration with the Folger, Shakespeare’s sorcery-centric play is directed and adapted by Aaron Posner and the magician Teller.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:42PM
Tuesday, November 8, 2022

A haunting portrait of Emmett Till comes full circle in ‘Till Trilogy’ by Celia Wren

Mosaic Theater Company stages all three of Ifa Bayeza’s history-based plays. The most intriguing is the second part, “Benevolence.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:32PM
Saturday, November 5, 2022

Solas Nua mounts an updated ‘Playboy of the Western World’ by Celia Wren

D.C. production of of J.M. Synge’s play is set in a far different Ireland from the 1907 of its premiere: multicultural, modern and urban

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:24PM
Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Sink your teeth into one of these ‘Dracula’ stagings by Celia Wren

Synetic Theater production is far more inventive than Rorschach's heavy-handed staging in a vacant firehouse.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:37PM
Monday, October 24, 2022

Constellation revives ‘Once on This Island’ to joyful effect by Celia Wren

A winning staging of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s 1990 musical runs through Nov. 6 at the Source.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:33PM
Sunday, October 23, 2022

In Olney’s ‘Dance Nation,’ the exuberance and pitfalls of adolescence by Celia Wren

Olney Theatre Center delivers a poignant production of the 2018 off-Broadway hit "Dance Nation," about a troupe of Ohio middle-schoolers.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:33PM
Monday, October 17, 2022

This 1928 drawing-room comedy comes across as a musty museum piece by Celia Wren

“Holiday,” at Arena Stage through Nov. 6, is pleasant enough but tends to lumber along.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:33PM
Friday, October 14, 2022

A play about a werewolf, with the audience in the middle of the woods by Celia Wren

Playwright Bob Bartlett has staged his work in a laundromat. His latest show, ‘Lykos Anthropos,’ is performed outside, by flashlight.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:13AM
Thursday, October 13, 2022

'My Calamitous Affair’ is a long-winded dramatic footnote by Celia Wren

Written by Ari Roth, formerly of Theater J and Mosaic Theater, the play speaks to a narrow audience.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:03AM
Monday, October 3, 2022

‘Trip to Bountiful’ at Ford’s Theatre is a journey too far back in time by Celia Wren

Nostalgia for a bygone America in the 1953 work by Horton Foote lands uneasily today.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:25PM
Thursday, September 22, 2022

In Round House premiere of ‘Nine Night,’ mourning becomes electric by Celia Wren

A terrific cast, led by Lilian Oben, anchors the depiction of grief and tension from Natasha Gordon.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:25PM
Thursday, September 15, 2022

It’s movement, not dialogue, that carries Synetic’s ‘Host and Guest’ by Celia Wren

Based on a 19th-century narrative poem, this revival of the theater’s 2002 production is at its best in wordless scenes of battle and hunting.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:25PM
Monday, September 12, 2022

A tale of love and refuge in Theater J’s ‘Old Stock’ klezmer musical by Celia Wren

Playwright Hannah Moscovitch drew from her grandparents’ story as refugees in the early 20th century.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:25PM
Friday, July 15, 2022

Tony-winning musical ‘Six’ brings girl power to the National Theatre by Celia Wren

The irreverent, cathartic take on history reimagines King Henry VIII’s wives as pop-star queens.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:07PM
Monday, July 11, 2022

In Studio’s ‘The Hot Wing King,’ hanging out is on the menu by Celia Wren

Pulitzer Prize-winning work by Katori Hall runs at Studio Theatre through July 31

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:07PM
Wednesday, July 6, 2022

‘The Band’s Visit’ is back, and so is Sasson Gabay by Celia Wren

Israeli actor Sasson Gabay originated the role of Tewfiq in the 2007 film 'The Band's Visit.' He has been playing the part in the stage musical since 2018.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:03AM
Friday, July 1, 2022

This ‘Music Man’ wins us over in sign language by Celia Wren

Olney Theatre Center production of the classic musical features Deaf and hearing actors

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:54PM
Monday, June 27, 2022

In Mosaic premiere, Benjamin Benne’s ‘In His Hands’ muses on sex, faith by Celia Wren

World premiere runs through July 17 at Atlas Performing Arts Center.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:54PM
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

‘Red Velvet’ spotlights a pioneering Black actor who played Othello by Celia Wren

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production tells the story of Ira Aldridge, an American actor in 1833 London.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:54AM
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

‘Maz & Bricks’ is a sharp, symphonic look at loss and resilience by Celia Wren

Timely staging from Solas Nua of Irish playwright Eva O’Connor’s character-rich two-hander.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:48PM
Monday, May 30, 2022

In ‘A Monster Calls,’ a boy learns the ropes of anguish and change by Celia Wren

British stage adaptation of Patrick Ness's novel features the story of a boy whose daily anxieties lead to spooky nights.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:42AM
Monday, May 16, 2022

Spoken-word poetry buoys ‘The Joy That Carries You’ in Olney premiere by Celia Wren

An uplifting vision is at the heart of new play by local playwrights Awa Sal Secka and Dani Stoller.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:03PM
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Mosaic Theater’s ‘Marys Seacole’ is an ode to mothers of all stripes by Celia Wren

Jackie Sibblies Drury’s historically inspired meditation on caregiving draws on the autobiography of a British Jamaican nurse.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:54PM
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

High marks for Studio Theatre’s ‘John Proctor Is a Villain’ by Celia Wren

A knockout cast anchors Kimberly Belflower’s inspired play, which speaks to Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” and #MeToo

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:54PM
Monday, May 2, 2022

Outdoor setting suits Faction of Fools’ merry ‘Missed Connections’ by Celia Wren

D.C. theater troupe specializes in commedia dell’arte, the centuries-old street-theater form.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:33PM
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

New-play festival at Round House: Travelogue outpaces hostage drama by Celia Wren

Two world premieres, “It’s Not a Trip It’s a Journey” and “We Declare You a Terrorist … ,” are running in rotating repertory in inaugural National Capital New Play Festival.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:07AM
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

At Keegan Theatre, satirical ‘Yoga Play’ strikes a warrior pose by Celia Wren

Katie McManus as CEO Joan is a highlight of Dipika Guha's gleeful skewering of the athleisurewear-meets-enlightenment mind-set.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:37PM
Monday, April 4, 2022

Pointless Theatre’s ‘Rhinoceros,’ while flawed, throws its weight around by Celia Wren

French dramatist Eugène Ionesco’s 1959 absurdist classic provides a shock of connection and recognition in our hyperpartisan era.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:37PM
Friday, April 1, 2022

Sis finds hot-girl soul of Ado Annie in ‘Oklahoma!’ at Kennedy Center by Celia Wren

Q&A with Sis, the trans actress playing Ado Annie in the touring production of 'Oklahoma!'

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:42AM
Thursday, March 10, 2022

Washington Stage Guild’s ‘Mrs. Warren’s Profession’ has a firm grip on comedy and critique by Celia Wren

Production of the 1893 George Bernard Shaw play, at the Undercroft Theatre through March 27, features terrific performances.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:36PM

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