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Saturday, April 27, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘HAIR’ at Signature Theatre by Charlotte Selton

In a different decade for a different war, young people—just as hopeful, naive, and outraged—gathered in parks, city halls, and capitals to protest and plead. The hair may be longer, the…

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Monday, March 25, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Ford’s Theatre by Charlotte Selton

He’s green, he’s mean, he’s an unidentified plant with a thirst for blood! “Little Shop of Horrors,” composer Alan Menken’s 1980s ear-worm, horror-comedy classic, has landed at F…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Avaaz’ at Olney Theatre Center by Charlotte Selton

With a warm smile and welcoming arms, the sparkling hostess Roya invites you into her home for the Persian New Year. As patrons take their seats at Olney Theatre, she makes light small talk.…

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Private Jones’ at Signature Theatre by Charlotte Selton

A ratchet cranks, or a gun cocks. Then, a snare drum cracks, or a bullet fires. A wounded man whimpers, or is it just a dog? The creative soundscape and direction of “Private Jones” echo…

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Next to Normal’ at Round House Theatre by Charlotte Selton

  Like a sharp current through the brain, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical illuminates the rippling impacts of mental illness. Yorkey’s dar…

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Sunday, December 10, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Swept Away’ at Arena Stage by Charlotte Selton

A story for “those who are part way in love with tragedy,” as the anti-hero protagonist self-describes his tale, accurately pegs the new musical, “Swept Away.” The gorgeous folk-rock…

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Monday, September 18, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Evita’ at the Shakespeare Theatre Company by Charlotte Selton

A new production of “Evita,” with rumored Broadway ambitions, has landed at Shakespeare Theatre Company. First conceived for the 2019 New York City Center (NYCC) Gala Presentation, then …

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Friday, July 28, 2023

Concert Review: ‘RENT in Concert’ with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center by Charlotte Selton

This one is for the Rentheads! If you can belt “La Vie Boheme” from memory and recognize “Seasons of Love” from its first piano bars, “RENT in Concert” delivers as you’ve never…

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Friday, May 26, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Sweeney Todd’ at Signature Theatre by Charlotte Selton

Attend the tale! Sweeney is back in DC in all of his pie-eating, throat-slitting glory. Rounding out Signature Theatre’s Season of Sondheim in honor of the late and great composer, this in…

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Sunday, May 21, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Exclusion’ at Arena Stage by Charlotte Selton

While the real-life WGA strike grinds Hollywood to a stop, a new play in DC is ripping into the racist and sexist inner politics of TV writers’ rooms. Highlighting Asian-American experienc…

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Sunday, April 2, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Jungle’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Charlotte Selton

“Great is the hope that makes men cross borders.” In 2015 and 2016, thousands arrived in the Calais “Jungle,” a refugee encampment on the coast of France, 22 miles from England. Flee…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘A Nice Indian Boy’ at Olney Theatre Center by Charlotte Selton

  Reluctantly, Naveen Gavaskar’s parents have reconciled themselves to their son’s sexuality, watching “Milk” for research purposes as they wait to meet his Hindu, Marathi-speaking …

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Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Clyde’s’ at Studio Theatre by Charlotte Selton

What is your ideal sandwich? A nostalgic classic like PB&J or pastrami on rye? An elevated farm-to-table grilled cheese on fresh crusty bread? Artisanal chicken breast with arugula and A…

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Saturday, January 21, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Ride the Cyclone’ at Arena Stage by Charlotte Selton

St. Cassian High School Chamber Choir were dealt an unlucky hand—they came in second place when they were the only team in competition; they hail from the boring small town of Uranium, Sas…

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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Tempest’ at Round House Theatre, produced in collaboration with Folger Theatre by Charlotte Selton

William Shakespeare’s script for “The Tempest” innately contains much magic and music. In Aaron Posner and Teller’s (of Penn & Teller fame) production at Round House Theatre, the…

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Into the Woods’ at Signature Theatre by Charlotte Selton

“Do you know what you wish? And are you certain what you wish is what you want?” Classic fairy tales collide in “Into The Woods,” where wishes come true, but happily ever after misle…

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Sunday, October 30, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘ Sanctuary City’ at Arena Stage by Charlotte Selton

In mid-2000s Newark, there were few good options for the young people we today know as “DREAMers.” DACA would not begin accepting applications for years, NYC was over a decade out from p…

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Monday, September 26, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Nine Night’ at Round House Theatre by Charlotte Selton

When family matriarch Gloria dies, a raucous multi-day wake begins, testing her family’s stamina and composure. Depicting the Caribbean tradition called Nine Nights, Natasha Gordon’s pla…

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story’ at Theater J by Charlotte Selton

A dark, wonderful, and unusual musical graces Theater J at the Edlavitch DCJCC this month. “Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story” threads the relationship of two refugee Romanian Jews in Cana…

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Monday, August 29, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Color Purple’ at Signature Theatre by Charlotte Selton

Alice Walker’s pulitzer-prize-winning epistolary novel, The Color Purple, has touched millions since its 1983 publication. Furthered by Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film adaptation, which sta…

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Sunday, July 10, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Red Velvet’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Charlotte Selton

Ira Aldridge, a Black American-born actor from the 19th century, was the highest paid artist in Russia of his time, knighted in Britain, and received the Pour le Mérite award from the King …

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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Hot Wing King’ at Studio Theatre by Charlotte Selton

It’s time for the annual Memphis Hot Wings Festival, and this year a team of queer Black men—“New Wing Order”—is going to win it all. But as friends and family reunite to prep hund…

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘In His Hands’ at Mosaic Theater by Charlotte Selton

Clichés of butterflies or fireworks might be cute, but a kiss that spills golden light out from the heavens, accompanied by the “Hallelujah” chorus is on an entirely different level. Be…

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Shakespeare in Love’ at Keegan Theatre by Charlotte Selton

With four centuries passed, it seems likely there will be new versions of “Romeo And Juliet” for at least several centuries more. One example, “Shakespeare in Love,” imagines a Willi…

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Sunday, June 5, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Drumfolk’ at Arena Stage by Charlotte Selton

“Drumfolk” is a triumph, plain and simple. A showcase of dance and history, this production is the first of a multi-year partnership between Step Afrika!, the first professional stepping…

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Monday, May 30, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘A Monster Calls’ at the Kennedy Center by Charlotte Selton

Tall branches stretch skyward, a thick twisted trunk sways, and the coiled roots of an old Yew tree come walking—a monster called forth by a 13-year-old boy’s inner turmoil. Centering on…

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘On Your Feet!’ at GALA Hispanic Theatre by Charlotte Selton

Even if you are too young or out of the loop to know the name Gloria Estefan, you almost certainly know some of her earworm hits like “Conga” and “1-2-3.” The musical depicting her r…

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

News: Signature Theatre Celebrates Sondheim Award Gala 2022 by Charlotte Selton

On May 17, 2022, friends and supporters of Signature Theatre gathered at Capital One Hall in Tyson, VA for the 11th Sondheim Award Gala. The evening celebrated Signature’s reopening season…

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Upstairs Department’ at Signature Theatre by Charlotte Selton

When Chelsea Marcantel was commissioned by Signature Theatre in February 2020 for a new play, she had no way to know the profound changes and losses soon coming to her industry and world. He…

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘John Proctor is the Villain’ at Studio Theatre by Charlotte Selton

Move over Arthur Miller, there’s a fresh playwright in town with a steaming hot take on “witch hunts.” Unlike the witches in Miller’s staple of American canon, “The Crucible,” th…

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Opera Review: Octavia E. Butler’s ‘Parable of the Sower’ at Strathmore Music Center by Charlotte Selton

In 1993, Octavia E. Butler imagined what awaited 30 years in the future, setting her novel, Parable of the Sower, in 2024. Many of Butler’s predictions have proven accurate: fires and drou…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards