All stories by Celia Wren on BroadwayStars

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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‘A Selfie Affair’ fizzles at GALA by Celia Wren

The midlife crisis is explored in this flawed comedy.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

High school reunion brings couple together after shattered romance

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Happenstance delivers easygoing ‘Cabaret Noir’ by Celia Wren

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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