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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

At Keegan Theatre, ‘Boy’ gracefully ponders gender identity by Celia Wren

Director Susan Marie Rhea’s staging brings out the heart and urgency in Anna Ziegler’s 2016 play.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Constellation’s ‘39 Steps’ is a comic thriller without thrills by Celia Wren

Gags are the soul of the production, but pulling off this kind of funny business is tricky.

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‘Mother Road’ is often a slog despite burnished production at Arena Stage by Celia Wren

The play, like its namesake route, is ambitious, unwieldy, conspicuously significant and uncomfortably long.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

GALA’s ‘Exquisita Agonia’ pours its heart out by Celia Wren

2018 play written and directed by Nilo Cruz brims with poetry and oversize emotion.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

‘Silent Sky’ tells the story of pioneering female astronomers with humor and warmth by Celia Wren

Sleek production of Lauren Gunderson play is now at Ford’s Theatre.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Acting warms Washington Stage Guild’s too-tidy ‘Bloomsday’ by Celia Wren

The Steven Dietz play ponders time, love, regret and the fragility of human connection.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

At the Kennedy Center, a reimagined ‘Boléro,’ through a South African lens by Celia Wren

Choreographer Gregory Maqoma sees positivity in ‘Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro’ — a piece about mourning.

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Distinctive characters energize Mosaic Theater’s ‘Pilgrims Musa & Sheri’ by Celia Wren

Yussef El Guindi’s play thoughtfully ponders the issues of migration, assimilation and barriers to understanding.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

The drama of saving refugee children in 1939, and a journey that’s just as moving and meaningful today by Celia Wren

Theater J’s “Sheltered” benefits from powerful themes and pivotal performances.

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

No winter wonderland in slushy ‘Snow Queen’ by Celia Wren

Synetic Theater’s production does boast some gripping sequences, but there’s a general deficit in tension.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

‘Peter Pan and Wendy’ adapter takes science on an awfully big adventure by Celia Wren

In production at Shakespeare Theatre, playwright Lauren Gunderson has found another female heroine in Wendy Darling.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

In ‘Airness,’ the axes are invisible but the play is loud by Celia Wren

Chelsea Marcantel’s underdog tale about air-guitar aficionados gets an exuberant run at the Keegan Theatre.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

At Theater J, Albee’s ‘Occupant’ takes a lifeless look at the life of Louise Nevelson by Celia Wren

The late sculptor looks back on her career in this contrived and starchy portrait of the artist.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Bravo for reviving the play that scandalized Jane Austen’s world by Celia Wren

Elizabeth Inchbald’s “Lovers’ Vows” features a hilarious performance — the butler did it.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

‘Occupant’ at Theater J celebrates sculptor Louise Nevelson and her art — without actually using any of it by Celia Wren

The set design and costuming for the play about the late sculptor are meant to evoke the feeling of the artist without replicating her sculptures or clothes.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Everything but the continental breakfast at ‘Crystal Creek Motel’ by Celia Wren

A Flying V Theatre world premiere serves up a dozen vignettes, with mixed results.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Daring idea, but flawed e xecution, in ‘Day of Absence’ by Celia Wren

Douglas Turner Ward’s award-winning satirical fantasy is the central component of the Theater Alliance production.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Timely ‘The Royale’ comes out swinging by Celia Wren

With a 1910 boxing match at its center, this Marco Ramirez play contemplates entrenched racism in America.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Synetic’s ‘Tempest’ is splashy but brooding by Celia Wren

The pool of water covering the stage makes for some exciting scenes, but it also detracts from the show’s spell.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

A giddy poet lights up ‘Candida’ by Celia Wren

George Bernard Shaw’s eloquent rom-com muses and amuses at Undercroft Theatre.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Good grammar is essential to the D.C. judicial history lesson that is ‘Trying’ by Celia Wren

Joanna McClelland Glass’s 2004 play gets an intimate, workmanlike production from 1st Stage.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

In this Kit Kat Klub, there’s a little less sleaze but just enough sizzle by Celia Wren

“Cabaret” at Olney Theatre Center captures a society’s disastrous and willful moral myopia.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Lynn Nottage’s comic ‘Fabulation’ maps a slide down the social ladder by Celia Wren

As a fallen P.R. star, actress Felicia Curry drives the satire.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

In ‘Volta,’ Cirque du Soleil riffs on street sports by Celia Wren

Great visual beauty trumps mysterious wispy narrative.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Jane Hawkins takes center stage in Synetic’s reimagined ‘Treasure Island’ by Celia Wren

The action-driven troupe adapts Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A little earnest absurdism about bodily functions goes a long way in the Welders’ ‘LadyM’ by Celia Wren

New show implies that the stigmatization of menstruation is part of a broader tradition of oppressing women.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Too much monotone in ‘Bright Colors’ at Studio Theatre by Celia Wren

The one-man rant is admittedly funny, but too often feels like a single overstretched idea.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Anxious men and other world-builders at CATF 2019 by Celia Wren

This year’s edition of the nationally renowned Contemporary American Theater Festival in West Virginia features six works, including four world premieres.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Angst and comedy among the Olympians in ‘Pantheon’ by Celia Wren

Happenstance Theater stages a rewarding, if not entirely flawless, riff on Greek mythology at Joe’s Movement Emporium.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

‘Prufrock’ puts a new dance spin on T.S. Eliot by Celia Wren

A director and a choreographer stage a landmark modernist poem.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

No shoo-in success for two new plays about female artists by Celia Wren

The play “#solestories” is flawed but displays ingenuity and vigor that are lacking in “Gwen & Ida.”

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