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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Prosky, Robards, Huston, Durang, Bernhardt. Stories from Theresa Rebeck and Kristine Nielsen by Christopher Henley

You have until February 11th to see The Way of the World at Folger Theatre. Playwright Theresa Rebeck has rewritten the Restoration classic and directs a cast led by Kristine Nielsen. In par…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Theresa Rebeck wrote Way of the World with Kristine Nielsen in mind. They talk about the play and their professions by Christopher Henley

Theresa Rebeck, Kristine Nielsen, and The Way of the World “Are you twins? Sisters?” Theresa Rebeck and Kristine Nielsen were heading past a guard’s desk at Folger Shakespeare Library …

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Friday, January 19, 2018

The one and only Pamela Reed in The Humans: the one and only play touring the country by Christopher Henley

“Are you kidding? I’d dance in a parking lot to do this play!” Pamela Reed was explaining to me her reaction to the offer of the role of Deirdre in The Humans. The 2016 Tony winner for…

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Friday, January 12, 2018

On Your Feet! The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical (review) by Christopher Henley

“Do you have long knees?” The question came to me from the gentleman of a certain age who had the seat in front of mine at On Your Feet! The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical…

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Mr. Popper’s Penguins pops up at The Kennedy Center (review) by Christopher Henley

’Tis the season when many a pair of tiny eyes are concentrated northward, preoccupied with the denizens of the arctic and their yearly trek. Ears listen to that London-based tale that is t…

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Private Confessions, Liv Ullman’s scintillating tribute to Ingmar Bergman. (review) by Christopher Henley

As part of the Bergman 100 Celebration, an event marking the centenary of the iconic Swedish filmmaker and stage director Ingmar Bergman, The Kennedy Center is presenting a stage version of …

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Me … Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall (review) by Christopher Henley

One of the most poignant moments I’ve recently seen at the theatre occurs (no spoiler alert needed!) at the end of Me…Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall, which opene…

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Charlotte’s Web at Imagination Stage (review) by Christopher Henley

One of the most beloved classics of children’s literature is Charlotte’s Web. E.B. White’s 1952 novel has seen stage and film adaptations over the years. I can’t imagine (pun intende…

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Why you should see Belarus Free Theatre tonight (review) by Christopher Henley

“It’s almost as much a political event as an artistic one,” Al Jirikowic (my companion at Thursday night’s performance of Burning Doors from Belarus Free Theatre) said to me. He al…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review: Blancaflor. At GALA, the wizard is a girl by Christopher Henley

Another top-notch offering for young audiences began this past weekend: Blancaflor, the latest in the GALita series of theatre for children. GAlita is the arm of GALA Hispanic Theatre that c…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

How Michael Kahn plans to exit Shakespeare Theatre Company by Christopher Henley

We were in the closing moments of my talk with Michael Kahn, then in the midst of directing two Pinter one acts. Given his recent announcement that he will leave Shakespeare Theatre Company …

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Michael Kahn directs Pinter one acts The Lover and The Collection by Christopher Henley

“We aren’t playing it for comedy, but you don’t actually play comedy for comedy anyway.” Michael Kahn (who is, as most readers will know, Artistic Director of Shakespeare Theatre…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

How I Became a Pirate review. Adventure Theatre MTC’s most excellent adventure by Christopher Henley

There came a point toward the end of How I Became a Pirate (which opened this weekend at Adventure Theatre MTC) when, during an ensemble musical number, my eyes were darting from one part of…

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Ten Blocks on the Camino Real Review. Tennessee Williams as seen by National Theatre of Ghana by Christopher Henley

Adventurous DC theatre-goers, act now. You have but two more opportunities to see something unique and artistically gratifying: The National Theatre of Ghana performing its version of Tennes…

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

A western for kids: The Legend of Pufferfish Pat: A Tall Tale for Mad Times (review) by Christopher Henley

It’s always satisfying to discover something you weren’t very aware of beforehand. Last weekend, my kids and I had a great time at The Legend of Pufferfish Pat, the latest offering from …

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Circus! at Puppet Co (review of The Greatest Show on Strings) by Christopher Henley

The Greatest Show on Strings! This is how our Ringmaster describes Circus! at The Puppet Co. after he has entered the stage’s single ring. What follows is thirty-five minutes of engaging b…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Kinsey Sicks in Things You Shouldn’t Say (review) by Christopher Henley

I’ve just spent a most unexpectedly engaging evening at the theatre, seeing the “dragapella beautyshop quartet” known as The Kinsey Sicks in their return to Theater J, whereat they’v…

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Chris Henley’s night out at the Helen Hayes Awards by Christopher Henley

Awards shows are their own animal. Each iteration has its distinctive aspects, but, no matter how much they try to fight the basic formula, it’s hard to avoid similarities: acceptance spee…

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Views of the Helen Hayes Awards from Laura Giannarelli, who’s attended all 33. by Christopher Henley

Laura Giannarelli has been to each Helen Hayes Awards ceremony since the inception of the awards. As this is the 33rd annual, she’s heard “and the award goes to” many, many times. As i…

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Her life in theatre: casting director Naomi Robin reflects back as she ends her career at Theater J by Christopher Henley

“Thirteen wonderful years.” As this theatre season comes to its end, an era will come to an end as Naomi Robin leaves her job at Theater J as its long-time Casting Director. Naomi is a …

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Fun Home justifies its Tonys at The National Theatre (review) by Christopher Henley

About halfway through Fun Home, which opened Wednesday night at the National Theatre, ten year-old Alison is in a coffee shoppe with her Dad. It’s the second time during the show that fath…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Joseph Ritsch gives us a close look into Dorian’s Closet, Rep Stage’s new musical by Christopher Henley

Dorian’s Closet is a musical about the life of the drag performer Dorian Corey, mainstay of the Harlem ball scene and “Mother” of the House of Corey. She died in 1993, just a few years…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Life after Studio: Joy Zinoman, A free, fierce spirit for 35 years and counting by Christopher Henley

“Since it was my decision and my timing and my will, it was easy, on that level,” Joy Zinoman said when I asked her if it had been easy to stop leading The Studio Theatre, the compan…

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Shakespeare isn’t the only Bard: Charlene V Smith, talking about Brave Spirits’ Incest Rep by Christopher Henley

“A King and No King has never been professionally staged in the DC metropolitan area before, and it’s our fifth play from the early modern era that we can say that about, in just six yea…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The uncompromising Ms Zinoman, legendary Studio founder, on directing Blood Knot for Mosaic Theater Company by Christopher Henley

“It’s like rehearsals are on fire.” Say “Joy” to anyone at all involved with theatre in DC — as practitioner or as audience — and that person will know immediately that you …

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Human actors get trapped in the Disney techno-spell cast over Beauty and the Beast (review) by Christopher Henley

The idea seemed promising: take a classic, well-loved, mega-popular animated Disney film and remake it as a live-action movie; hire an accomplished, imaginative director; cast it with good a…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Paper Dreams, dance theatre for the very young, at Imagination Stage (review) by Christopher Henley

A charming Continental vibe pervades Paper Dreams, the latest offering at Imagination Stage in its series (called “My First Imagination Stage”) that is specifically designed for very you…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Elevator Repair Service’s The Select (The Sun Also Rises) at STC (review) by Christopher Henley

Three hours and ten minutes breeze by in The Select, Elevator Repair Service’s delightfully inventive riff on Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel The Sun Also Rises. I thoroughly enjoyed it…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Robert Joy puts TV and film career on hold for role of a lifetime in King Charles III by Christopher Henley

“This role — and this play — lifts off the Earth. It flies in a certain way. It’s such a great role and a great play.” Robert Joy, who has had a remarkable career in theatre, film,…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Holly Twyford on being Edward Albee’s Martha at Ford’s Theatre by Christopher Henley

“When I leave here, I will try not to talk for the rest of the day.” It was 9:30am when I met Holly Twyford for a chat about the rigors of playing Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wo…

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Friday, January 13, 2017

An actor’s life: Remembering Steve Wilhite by Christopher Henley

The last of many plays I worked on with Steve Wilhite was Richard II at WSC Avant Bard (then called Washington Shakespeare Company). I played the title role; Steve played Thomas Mowbray, Duk…

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