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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Review: ‘The Cherry Orchard’ by Faction of Fools at Gallaudet University’s Eastman Theatre by Ian Thal

Though it has commonly been staged as a tragedy or psychological drama since its Moscow premiere, Anton Chekhov always insisted that The Cherry Orchard was a comedy. A story about an aristoc…

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Review: ‘Use All Available Doors’ by Pinky Swear Productions at Dupont Underground by Ian Thal

Sherry (Lady Davonne), a WMATA train driver, starts her day at Shady Grove in Derwood, MD. She has a word with the lead car of her train, “Forty-Twenty”: a soon to be decommissioned vehi…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Review: ‘Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre)’ at American University’s Greenberg Theatre by Ian Thal

Though he had a wide stylistic range, in America, Federico García Lorca’s fame as a playwright is mostly limited to his rural tragedy, Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre) which was origin…

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Review: ‘Cabaret Noir’ by Happenstance Theater by Ian Thal

The phrase “film noir” evokes both a particular sub-genre of the crime film as well as a particular era. Inspired by the moody expressionist dramas of the silent era that had come to an …

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Theater Review: “Winter Solstice” — The Neo-Nazi Who Came For Christmas by Ian Thal

Schimmelpfennig's Winter Solstice is an important play by a major playwright.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Theater Review: Regicide in the Chapel — Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s “Richard III” by Ian Thal

Steven Barkhimer's mastery of the role's physicality is the key to his expression of its villainy.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Theater Review: “Accidental Death of an Anarchist – The Vexation of Violence by Ian Thal

Dario Fo's dark comedy still deserves its reputation as a classic.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Theater Review: Israeli Stage’s “The Hearing” — Academic Freedom, Under Pressure by Ian Thal

Scripts like The Hearing also provide an optic through which to examine our own nation's problems.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Theater Review: “The Revolutionists” — Comedy During the Reign of Terror by Ian Thal

Director Courtney O'Connor, the Nora Theatre, and its skilled cast do right by this hilarious historical comedy.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Theater Review: “Call Me Ish” – imaginary beasts’ [or, the whale] by Ian Thal

Matthew Woods and his actors do not draw on a faux-naturalist performance style, which is so (unfortunately) fashionable in mainstream theater.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Theater Review: Did You Hear the One About the Lawyer With the Cellphone? – “Kol’s Last Call” by Ian Thal

An entertaining but surprisingly slight monologue from Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Theater Review: Flat Earth Theatre’s “A Bright Room Called Day”: Illuminating These Dark Times by Ian Thal

This staging, in terms of quality, surpasses any previous Flat Earth Theatre production I have attended.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Theater Review: ASP’s “Exit The King” – When Politics Become Absurd by Ian Thal

In Ionesco's play, society no longer makes sense -- even to itself.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Theater Review: Faux-Darkness — New Rep’s “Ideation” by Ian Thal

Playwright Aaron Loeb is spot on when writing about the corporate world where loyalty is maintained through non-disclosure agreements.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Theater Review: Brown Box Theatre Project’s Gothic “Hamlet” by Ian Thal

This exciting look at Shakespeare's tragedy is a decidedly gothic affair.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Theater Review: “But a Forme of Waxe” — Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s “Romeo and Juliet” by Ian Thal

Allegra Libonati has assembled a mostly excellent cast for what at first glance should be an evening of quality Bardic entertainment.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Theater Review: Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s Dream of a Midsummer Night by Ian Thal

Mortals would be foolish to miss the ASP's version of Shakespeare's Dream.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Theater Review: Tennessee Williams Inspires “Desire” by Ian Thal

The source material  -- and the skills of Tennessee Williams’ posthumous collaborators -- provides an evening of compelling theater.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Theater Review: “Homebody” – A Nation in a Reading Nook by Ian Thal

Debra Wise's stellar turn is not only a reflection of her long stage career, but a testament to the breadth of her experience.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Theater Review: “Everyman” — Reinvented With Zest by Ian Thal

Apollinaire Theatre Company has done delightful justice to this zesty rejuvenation of a didactic dramatic chestnut.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Stage Review: “Sinners” — Theater that Matters by Ian Thal

Questioning Joshua Sobol’s right to write about these kinds of intimate atrocities is to suggest that stages should never address these issues.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Music Review: The Rolling Thunder of Kodō’s DADAN by Ian Thal

With each piece, the impressive physicality of Kodō's drummers becomes even more theatrical.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Theater Review: Lincoln in the Shooting Gallery – “Topdog/Underdog” at The Huntington Theatre Company by Ian Thal

This is a wonderful production of an important play that still has a dog in the fight.

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Book Review: Nuff Said? — “What Playwrights Talk About When They Talk About Writing” by Ian Thal

 Jeffrey Sweet has provided a handy oral history of the ways playwriting has changed over three generations.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Theater Review: ASP’s “Edward II” — The Intimacy of Political Violence by Ian Thal

Marlowe's skill in maintaining a high level of complexity put the history play on a sophisticated footing.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Theater Review: “Informed Consent” — When Science and Ethics Collide by Ian Thal

Informed Consent is the smartest play I’ve seen hit Boston area stages since the new year began.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Theater Review: “Hand to God” — Did the Devil Really Do It? by Ian Thal

Askins’ script is an amusing mash-up of sex comedy and supernatural horror parody, drawing on puppetry's subversive potential to externalize the repressed.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Theater Review: “Brilliant Adventures” — Realism Goes Time-Tripping by Ian Thal

Brilliant Adventures is an intriguing combo of realism and fantasy by an obviously talented dramatist.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Theater Review: ASP Conjures Up A Congenial “Tempest” by Ian Thal

All in all, Allyn Burrows has assembled a solidly entertaining production of a perennial Shakespearean favorite for the winter season.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Theater Review: URT’s “Matchless” & “The Happy Prince” — Enchanting Worlds by Ian Thal

The Underground Railway Theater serves up an hour and fifteen minutes of enchantment.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Book Review: A Complicated Story — Noh Theater and Modernism by Ian Thal

Carrie J. Preston refuses to characterize these cultural exchanges in moralistic or narrowly political terms.

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