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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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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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