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Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Monday, April 1, 2019

‘Columbinus,’ re-creating the 1999 Colorado high school shooting, remains disturbingly relevant by Celia Wren

Incisive performances define the play, which was drawn from interviews.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Suzan-Lori Parks’s ‘Topdog/Underdog’ gets a sharp revival by Celia Wren

Two black actors play brothers named Lincoln (for the president) and Booth (the assassin).

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Yiddish classic ‘The Jewish Queen Lear’ gets an English debut at Theater J by Celia Wren

A once-popular adaptation finds its way back to the stage.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

A plot that twists on Rembrandt and a rhino by Celia Wren

Playwright Heather McDonald returns: ‘It’s a lot easier to emerge than reemerge.’

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Two plays set at the intersection of race and violence in America by Celia Wren

‘Blood at the Root’ examines strife at a high school; ‘Twilight’ takes place amid the 1992 L.A. riots.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

New Joe Calarco drama ‘Separate Rooms’ debuts at emerging 4615 Theatre by Celia Wren

Good acting fleshes out a premiere from the author of “Shakespeare’s R&J.”

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hansol Jung’s ‘Among the Dead’ unwinds a strange, time-hopping trip of war by Celia Wren

The audacious phantasmagoria appears at Spooky Action Theater.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Big ideas anchor ‘Reykjavík’ and ‘The Old Man, the Youth, and the Sea’ by Celia Wren

Romantic images and deep themes link new works at Rorschach and GALA.

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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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