All stories by Celia Wren on BroadwayStars

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
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Brittany Campbell as Eliza carries a strong, slightly racy ‘My Fair Lady’ by Celia Wren

In Olney production, the power struggle with Higgins occasionally displays a startling erotic edge.

Linked From Washington Post at 02:48PM
Monday, June 19, 2017

Brace for fun in Source Festival’s new plays by Celia Wren

Its 10th year offers plays in 10 minutes.

Linked From Washington Post at 01:33PM
Monday, June 12, 2017

Get ready for a fight in these productions by Theater Alliance, Flying V by Celia Wren

Combat is a central theme in “Still Life With Rocket” and “Secret History of the Unknown World.”

Linked From Washington Post at 03:48PM
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Two feminist plays ponder modern lives by Celia Wren

Mermaids, paranormal in Venus, 10th Muse productions.

Linked From Washington Post at 05:36PM
Monday, May 22, 2017

Seamless cast in a gripping ‘Proof’ at Olney by Celia Wren

Dawn Ursula shines as Catherine in David Auburn’s Pulitzer-winning play.

Linked From Washington Post at 03:12PM
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Spooky Action Theater’s ‘The Man Who’ marvels at the complexities of the brain by Celia Wren

The adaptation of ‘The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat’ explores unusual neurological conditions.

Linked From Washington Post at 01:48PM
Thursday, May 11, 2017

A first lady and a diva show their vulnerability in two productions by Celia Wren

Laura Bush, Maria Callas brought to life on area stages.

Linked From Washington Post at 04:24PM
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

You won’t soon forget ‘Forgotten Kingdoms’ by Celia Wren

The distinctive play by Randy Baker is receiving its world premiere from Rorschach Theatre.

Linked From Washington Post at 08:06PM
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The drag queens carry the show in a methodical ‘Dorian’s Closet’ by Celia Wren

Rep Stage musical loosely based on life and death of female impersonator Dorian Corey.

Linked From Washington Post at 03:18PM
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hub Theatre’s ‘The Late Wedding’ is daring, but tends toward tedious by Celia Wren

Play takes inspiration from the shape-shifting fiction of Italian writer Italo Calvino.

Linked From Washington Post at 02:18PM
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Young local actors impress in ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ at Theater J by Celia Wren

Production of semi-autobiographical Neil Simon play stocked with funny, engaging moments.

Linked From Washington Post at 02:48PM
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Two 400-year-old soap operas rip along in stagings by Brave Spirits Theatre by Celia Wren

“A King and No King” and “ ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore” are full of passion, humor and suspense.

Linked From Washington Post at 01:03PM
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Women and age-old struggles take center stage in two local productions by Celia Wren

Suffrage playlets at Venus Theatre, and Lisa Kron’s “Well” at 1st Stage.

Linked From Washington Post at 03:06PM
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Theater Alliance’s ‘Mnemonic’ not all that memorable by Celia Wren

Production at Anacostia Playhouse is ambitious but makes it difficult for audience to connect.

Linked From Washington Post at 07:18PM
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

‘Nasty Women Rep’ grapples with sexuality, society by Celia Wren

Two timely Forum Theatre productions address abortion and Planned Parenthood.

Linked From Washington Post at 03:24PM
Friday, March 17, 2017

Kennedy Center launches international directors series by Celia Wren

Lepage brings visually breathtaking tale of love and addiction

Linked From Washington Post at 02:36PM
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A video-game plumber loses his bounce in ‘Brother Mario’ by Celia Wren

Flying V production finds the Nintendo mainstay transported to a world of Chekhovian angst.

Linked From Washington Post at 07:48PM
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

From Sarah Treem, an exploration of women who are fighting for recognition by Celia Wren

“The How and the Why” and Jane Martin’s “H2O” are two powerful two-person plays.

Linked From Washington Post at 02:03PM
Friday, February 17, 2017

‘Peter Pan’ prequel a gravity-defying delight to the senses by Celia Wren

The Constellation Theater Company delivers a funny, rollicking fantasy-adventure tale.

Linked From Washington Post at 04:36PM
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Woman and her chimp make for an odd couple in ‘Trevor’ by Celia Wren

Only the audience can understand what the animal is saying in 1st Stage’s dark comedy.

Linked From Washington Post at 01:48PM
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Gala’s ‘Yo También Hablo de la Rosa’ punctuates its social commentary with humor by Celia Wren

A riddle about a flower is in some ways the key to this Mexican play from the 1960s.

Linked From Washington Post at 02:48PM
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Washington Stage Guild’s ‘Last Train to Nibroc’ is grounded in reality by Celia Wren

A relationship develops as the world goes to war in play at Undercroft Theatre.

Linked From Washington Post at 02:18PM
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pinky Swear takes a musical whack at murder with ‘Lizzie’ by Celia Wren

Elsewhere, “Cymbeline” gets rewritten as a lesbian love story by Theatre Prometheus.

Linked From Washington Post at 07:04PM
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Theater J’s ‘Oy Vey’ gets political by Celia Wren

Show tackles anti-Semitism, racism, sexuality, and pretty much everything else.

Linked From Washington Post at 12:48PM
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Only Second City would give you Dickens and Austen playing poker in the afterlife by Celia Wren

The comedy troupe’s “Twist Your Dickens” is a delightful spoof of the holiday season.

Linked From Washington Post at 02:33PM
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

‘King Ubu’ plays to Pointless Theatre’s homespun, quirky strengths by Celia Wren

Troupe stages a smart and playful adaptation of 1896 French play.

Linked From Washington Post at 02:12PM
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Life finds a way to thrive in character-rich play ‘Soft Revolution’ at Venus Theatre by Celia Wren

Two-hander by Alana Valentine explores the relationship between two Afghan-born Australians.

Linked From Washington Post at 07:06PM

‘Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley’: Comic play is a gift for Jane Austen fans by Celia Wren

Round House is part of the rolling premiere of the holiday sequel to “Pride and Prejudice.”

Linked From Washington Post at 04:02PM
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A comedy without the shadows by Celia Wren

Bubbly ‘Merchant of Venice’ ignores darker themes.

Linked From Washington Post at 06:02PM
Sunday, November 20, 2016

A fever dream come to life in ‘Poor People’s TV Room’ by Celia Wren

The performance at the American Dance Institute in Rockville featured dance, spoken word and more.

Linked From Washington Post at 04:42PM