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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Remember Matthew Sweet? The ’90s rock star’s love songs inspired a musical about two gay teenagers by Geoffrey Himes

Singer-songwriter’s alt-rock album “Girlfriend” is now the score to Signature’s “Girlfriend.”

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Monday, April 16, 2018

A play so candid, a D.C. actor returned to the stage for it: A one-man show about suicide by Geoffrey Himes

Alexander Strain found his day job, in social work, reflected in this play about depression, “Every Brilliant Thing.”

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The jukebox that August Wilson owned gets a spin at Arena Stage by Geoffrey Himes

The Rock-Ola from the original staging of “Two Trains Running” lights up the stage again.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Ex-drug dealer wants to say more than he’s sorry by Geoffrey Himes

In ‘Nothing to Lose (but Our Chains),’ standup comic Felonious Munk gives voice to some of his victims.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

‘Four Women’ channels Nina Simone’s protest music by Geoffrey Himes

Christina Ham’s fantasy, opening at Arena Stage, depicts the activist “trying to tell a truth.”

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

D.C. theatrical designer takes on a new role: Making a play about international adoption by Geoffrey Himes

The living-installation “Hello, My Name Is . . .” is staged in a house in the D.C. neighborhood of Takoma Park.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Folger Theatre production bridges the gulfs of Shakespeare’s ‘Antony & Cleopatra’ by Geoffrey Himes

Robert Richmond, the director, went to Rome to brainstorm and prepare for staging the complex play.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

‘Neverwhere’ takes a dark fantasy tour through London’s underworld by Geoffrey Himes

At Rorschach Theatre, the audience shares the space and the experience.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A Bessie Smith ‘dream project’ makes its D.C. debut by Geoffrey Himes

“The Devil’s Music,” taking nearly a decade to make, opens Aug. 24 at Atlas Performing Arts Center.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

‘Big Fish’: The magical movie spawned a musical that’s coming to D.C. by Geoffrey Himes

The composer loved the film and teamed up with the writer for a show premiering at Keegan.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

‘The King and I’ may be from 1951, but this production restored originally stricken lines by Geoffrey Himes

The story set in the colonial era was mostly only updated in its cast and design for the run at Kennedy Center.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Eleanor Roosevelt-Lorena Hickok romance is portrayed in Logan solo-show festival by Geoffrey Himes

“A one-person play allowed me to be more romantic and physical,” says writer Terry Baum.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

August Wilson’s autobiographical ‘How I Learned’ comes to Round House Theatre by Geoffrey Himes

Eugene Lee stars in the one-man show about the revered playwright coming of age in Pittsburgh.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A modern ‘Misanthrope’ in the play ‘School for Lies,’ at Shakespeare Theatre by Geoffrey Himes

A 1666 classic by Molière gets a freshening up but keeps the delightful rhyming verse.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Love ‘Hamilton’? See the seeds from which it sprang: ‘In the Heights’ at GALA by Geoffrey Himes

Director Luis Salgado sees parallels in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s immigrant-centered musicals.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Stars of ‘A Human Being Died That Night’ wrestle with apartheid’s big questions by Geoffrey Himes

The play, at Atlas, explores an interview for South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

‘Midwestern Gothic’ musical: There’s a quite creepy gaze on the meadow by Geoffrey Himes

The world premiere at Signature explores dark corners of life in isolated Middle America.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

How fiery can a play about scientists be? This one’s from the writer of ‘The Affair.’ by Geoffrey Himes

In ‘The How and the Why,” two female evolutionary biologists grapple with life choices.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Transgender, homeless and taking etiquette lessons by Geoffrey Himes

How an unlikely manners class evolved into “Charm” at Mosaic Theatre.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

In ‘Fully Committed,’ one man, 40 roles by Geoffrey Himes

Tom Story describes directing multiple characters, and playing multiple characters himself.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Arena Stage takes a spin on ‘Carousel,’ a Rodgers & Hammerstein masterpiece by Geoffrey Himes

Production will use a scaled-back orchestra and multiethnic cast for the innovative musical.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

This play tells a familiar story, but . . . wait, something’s different by Geoffrey Himes

A young black man dies, yes, but the playwright has a deeper truth in mind.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

‘Sense and Sensibility’ as a comedy? Adaptation at Folger highlights Austen’s humor. by Geoffrey Himes

“You dial up the bizarreness, you magnify the emotions,” says playwright Kate Hamill.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

These ‘Kinky Boots’ were made for gawking by Geoffrey Himes

Show’s costume designer had to come up with sturdy — but sexy! — stilettos.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Coming to the Folger: The Merchant of . . . D.C.? by Geoffrey Himes

Playwright Aaron Posner grapples with the Shylock problem.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

‘Ireland 100’ brings three weeks of performances to Kennedy Center by Geoffrey Himes

Music, plays, poetry — and a very modern, very big version of the Celtic harp.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Dadaist portrait of the man who invented Dada by Geoffrey Himes

At Pointless Theatre, drama meets slapstick meets puppets in “Hugo Ball.”

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Knowing the ending upfront doesn’t spoil this adaptation of a Márquez novella by Geoffrey Himes

Gala Hispanic Theatre sets ‘Chronicle of a Death Foretold’ in a cockfighting ring.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hilarity Ensues by Geoffrey Himes

WILD WITH HAPPY By Colman Domingo through June 29 At Center Stage There’s a scene early in Colman Domingo’s Wild with Happy at Center Stage where the protagonist, a 40-…

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Stage Review: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Geoffrey Himes

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang Directed by Eric Rosen Through May 25 At Center Stage Anton Chekhov thought of his plays as comedies, while Konstantin Stani…

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Will the Circle Be Unbroken? by Geoffrey Himes

Pete Ross says that a survey of printed material in the United States between the 1730s and the 1830s turns up 58 different references to the banjo—and 57 of those citations describe the i…

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