All stories by Celia Wren on BroadwayStars

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.

Linked From Washington Post at 01:36PM
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

Linked From Washington Post at 09:18PM
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.

Linked From Washington Post at 01:33PM
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Vivid ‘Tempest’ at WSC Avant Bard by Celia Wren

Fierce minions shine in uneven production.

Linked From Washington Post at 02:42PM
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.

Linked From Washington Post at 01:36PM
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.

Linked From Washington Post at 01:42PM
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.

Linked From Washington Post at 06:04PM
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.”

Linked From Washington Post at 03:42PM
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.

Linked From Washington Post at 09:12AM

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.

Linked From Washington Post at 09:12AM

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

The pioneering sisters acquired Modernist masters in early 1900s.

Linked From Washington Post at 09:12AM

‘A Selfie Affair’ fizzles at GALA by Celia Wren

The midlife crisis is explored in this flawed comedy.

Linked From Washington Post at 09:12AM

Theater Alliance, 1st Stage sets tensions between historical visionaries by Celia Wren

“The Raid” imagines Frederick Douglass and John Brown arguing about how to end slavery.

Linked From Washington Post at 09:12AM

One actress commands the stage in Scena Theatre’s ‘The Beckett Trio’ by Celia Wren

Nanna Ingvarsson, and her mouth, is a tour de force.

Linked From Washington Post at 09:12AM

An ‘Alabama Story’ that has national relevance by Celia Wren

Washington Stage Guild’s production of Kenneth Jones’s play about segregation feels timely.

Linked From Washington Post at 09:12AM

When the afterlife is digitized in a video game by Celia Wren

Rorschach Theatre’s “410[GONE]” is a sensory-overload Land of the Dead.

Linked From Washington Post at 09:12AM

Hub Theatre’s ‘The Pavilion’ revisits the past by Celia Wren

High school reunion brings couple together after shattered romance

Linked From Washington Post at 09:12AM

Happenstance delivers easygoing ‘Cabaret Noir’ by Celia Wren

It’s a production complete with fedoras, trench coats and an enigmatic dame in red.

Linked From Washington Post at 09:12AM
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Review: An ‘Alabama Story’ that has national relevance by Celia Wren

The topicality of “Alabama Story” infuses a theatrical moment that feels spontaneous yet intriguingly layered.

Linked From Washington Post at 12:14PM
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Mary and Joseph are ‘totally freaked-out’ teens in the new ‘Peekaboo!’ by Celia Wren

Hub Theatre presents a comic holiday premiere from Anne M. McCaw.

Linked From Washington Post at 08:42AM
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Terrific cast in Theater J’s rendering of Uhry comedy by Celia Wren

Play about Jewish elites in 1930s Atlanta depicts social and cultural tensions.

Linked From Washington Post at 04:12PM
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

If you want to steer clear of Scrooge, two stages provide different holiday fare by Celia Wren

MetroStage, Stage Guild offer Christmas variety.

Linked From Washington Post at 01:48PM
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

‘Asher Lev’ at 1st Stage: Choosing to be an artist despite public condemnation by Celia Wren

In Tysons Corner, a sensitive production of the Chaim Potok novel.

Linked From Washington Post at 03:48PM
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Slapstick, mugging, uneven acting in this ‘Dog in the Manager’ by Celia Wren

We Happy Few bring Lope de Vega’s 17th-century comedy to the stage.

Linked From Washington Post at 03:33PM
Monday, October 23, 2017

Avant Bard recalls a French scientific genius by Celia Wren

In the afterlife, our heroine remembers her love affairs and her work.

Linked From Washington Post at 01:36PM
Monday, October 9, 2017

Posner’s puppet-packed ‘Our Town’ is a bit too cutesy by Celia Wren

Olney’s mounting of the landmark Thornton play includes some fine human moments.

Linked From Washington Post at 12:04PM
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Constellation delivers spirited ‘Wild Party’ by Celia Wren

Story centers on two vaudeville performers and a rowdy shindig that ends in violence.

Linked From Washington Post at 01:54PM
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Theater review: ‘I Killed My Mother.’ The audience was an unintended victim. by Celia Wren

Spooky Action’s disjointed take on Hungarian Romanian writer Andras Visky’s play.

Linked From Washington Post at 02:48PM
Monday, September 18, 2017

Two plays, two vulnerable women in grim circumstances by Celia Wren

“Lela & Co.” is at Anacostia Arts Center; “Clover” at Caos on F.

Linked From Washington Post at 03:04PM
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

‘The Wizard of Hip’ has energy to spare in lively MetroStage production by Celia Wren

Writer-director-choreographer Thomas W. Jones II also stars in the well-traveled play-with-music.

Linked From Washington Post at 04:04PM
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

‘Big Fish’ looks for the truth in a father-son relationship by Celia Wren

The musical at Keegan Theatre is a touching portrait of family dynamics.

Linked From Washington Post at 02:36PM