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Friday, June 7, 2019

Review: Hello, Dolly! starring Betty Buckley, a Golden Age musical high by Christopher Henley

I expect that, if you’ve found your way to this review, you will love the national tour of the recent Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!, newly ensconced at Kennedy Center’s Opera House. …

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Director Vivienne Benesch on Folger’s Love’s Labor’s Lost, a brisk waltz tempo chat by Christopher Henley

“What’s wonderful about this play is: it really should appeal to any lover out there.” Vivienne Benesch was speaking with me as her production of Love’s Labor’s Lost was nearing it…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Author Michael Hollinger on creating the world of Ghost-Writer by Christopher Henley

Michael Hollinger doesn’t want you to be misled by a thumbnail description of Ghost-Writer, his three-character play about an Edwardian-era writer, his wife, and his secretary, the latter …

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Review: Beep Beep! from Arts on the Horizon trucking over to Atlas by Christopher Henley

You’re never too young to be taken to the theatre. And you’re never so young that you shouldn’t expect a lot from the theatre that is aimed toward you. That seems to be the proposition…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Review: The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Henley

I had a wonderful time at The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963, a Theater for Young Audience’s world premiere Kennedy Center commission, on stage at the Center’s Eisenhower Theater thro…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

We Three Queens of Richard the Third: Robynn Rodriguez, Lizan Mitchell and Sandra Shipley give insights into history’s lesson by Christopher Henley

  I asked three actors, all playing female royalty in Richard the Third at Shakespeare Theatre Company, to talk about what might convince wavering potential audiences to see this production…

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Separate Rooms is Joe Calarco’s Big Chill. Why he entrusted its debut to a young company by Christopher Henley

“I hope it is funny and sexy — and moving, too.” I had asked playwright Joe Calarco about Separate Rooms, his newest work; in particular, what about it would pique the interest of …

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Review: She a Gem, Double Dutch lessons at The Kennedy Center by Christopher Henley

Double Dutch equals freedom. A character in She A Gem, on-stage at The Kennedy Center’s Family Theater through Feb. 24th, says that, or something to that effect, early in the hour-long sho…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Remembering Carol Channing by Christopher Henley

What I remember most vividly about Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly!, some forty years after I saw her performance, are her eyes, and the surprising vulnerability, even neediness, that they ex…

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Review: The Play That Goes Wrong by Christopher Henley

I don’t care if The Play That Goes Wrong has won prestigious theatre awards named Olivier and Tony. I don’t care how much the ticket costs, and that there is an intermission, and that it…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

6 days to learn lines, music and blocking? Check. How Paul Scanlan, popular DC actor, made the leap to the Beautiful: The Carole King Story national t by Christopher Henley

“In mid-August, I did the audition and, the very next day, I got the call from my agent that I had booked it; and then, six days after that, I started rehearsal; and then, six days after t…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Review: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical by Christopher Henley

The jukebox musical is the red-headed step-child of contemporary theatre. The worst reviews you could ever read in, say, The New York Times will be of jukebox musicals. (Okay; maybe King Kon…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas review by Christopher Henley

The ever dependable Adventure Theatre MTC has unveiled its Christmas show for this year, Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas. Based on a book (part of a series) by Jane O’Connor an…

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Review: An Inspector Calls. Magnificent production by Christopher Henley

I once saw Edward Albee speak on a panel with Robert Wilson. Albee described his disappointment when he re-watched the Werner Herzog film Aguirre, Wrath of God. There was a particular sequen…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

In his first play, Parts of a Night, retired actor Rick Foucheux writes about the comedy and drama of life backstage by Christopher Henley

When Rick Foucheux retired from acting, he did so as one of the most popular, award-winning,  one might even say beloved performers in town. Many bemoaned the prospect of no more Foucheux o…

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

How actor Jeff Wincott manages his busy TV and film career from DC by Christopher Henley

Editor’s note:  Carrie Coon was an unknown Chicago actor before landing the role of Honey, the “pliant and sweetly sozzled soul” in Steppenwolf’s Whose Afraid of Vir…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Worst mistake made at casting calls and other audition tips from longtime casting director Naomi Robin by Christopher Henley

Last year, I spoke with Naomi Robin (as she was leaving her longtime gig as Casting Director at Theater J) about her time there and about her career more broadly. I also asked her about the …

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Neil Simon. A high-brow’s tribute to the last of the red hot comedy playwrights by Christopher Henley

Neil Simon has died. As a playwright, a book-writer of musicals, a gag-writer for the golden age of television, a screenwriter, and a legendary “play doctor” (his ability to fix problems…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Chris Henley’s notebook: 7 smashing NYC summer shows and the stars and understudies who earned those Standing O’s by Christopher Henley

School was out. Daddy had some days off. Seemed like a good time to take the kids up to New York City — and then to go back again the following week to see some theatre not suitable for (t…

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Remembering Elizabeth Kitsos-Kang, who “made people into artists and artists into people” by Christopher Henley

The DC theatre community lost one of its most admired, respected, and beloved members on June 9th. Elizabeth Kitsos-Kang was only 53 years old when she succumbed to cancer. The outpouring of…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

DC’s beloved Floyd King, now in the cast of Camelot, talks about an actor’s life by Christopher Henley

“I mean, actors — it’s hard for us to judge whether we’re good in something or not, because we’re probably not a good judge of it. We go by how it feels.  “If you discover somet…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Review: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant by Christopher Henley

Let’s begin with Fernando Hechavarría, who plays Petra in the Teatro El Público production of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, which opened last night, the first of a mere two perform…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Review: Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet: Fresh Prince of Elsinore by Christopher Henley

The RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) has breezed into town (for a few days only) with its fresh, strikingly handsome, and wonderfully creative production of Hamlet. Simon Godwin, the play’s…

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Ivo van Hove directs two Bergman stage adaptations: After the Rehearsal and Persona (review) by Christopher Henley

Kennedy Center’s “Bergman 100 Celebration” continues with (through Sunday only!) a Toneelgroep Amsterdam production: stage versions of two screenplays by the great man whose centenary …

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Review: Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert by Christopher Henley

If this was the concert version, what on earth will they add to a fully-staged version? Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert was the latest in the string of musicals being broadcast live o…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Waves, all that Glows Sees at The Kennedy Center (review) by Christopher Henley

Everybody loves a day at the beach, especially kids. In these DC days of a snowy Spring, Kennedy Center is providing an opportunity for seashore fun (no airfare needed) by hosting, in its Fa…

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Banno’s Porno Pygmalion: Award-winning director back in town for Adult Education by Christopher Henley

Elaine May’s play Adult Education, currently in previews in a production by The Klunch, “is pretty delightful. It’s kind of a porno Pygmalion sort of play, in terms of porn stars sudde…

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Taylor Mac-Nificent. Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: Abridged (review) by Christopher Henley

It was a divinely beautiful sequence. Down the aisles of the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater strode the Bowie State University Pep Band. They spread out in front of and on the stage an…

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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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