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Monday, June 10, 2019

Review: The Oldest Boy, motherhood and letting go, at Spooky Action Theater by John Bavoso

Plenty of pop culture real estate—from The Omen to We Need to Talk About Kevin, to name a few—has been devoted to parents coming to terms with the possibility that their child may be pur…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Review: Rajiv Joseph’s Describe the Night at Woolly Mammoth Theatre by John Bavoso

“Fiction carries a greater amount of truth in solution than the volume which purports to be all true,” wrote British novelist William Makepeace Thackery, author of Vanity Fair. This simp…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Review: Young Jean Lee’s We’re Gonna Die from Flying V by John Bavoso

When asked about how she comes up with ideas for her plays (which, let me tell you from personal experience, is every writer’s favorite interview question), playwright, director, and filmm…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Review: God of Carnage at Keegan Theatre by John Bavoso

“In the end, we’re all just taller children,” croons Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Elizabeth Ziman on her band, Elizabeth & The Catapult’s, aptly title 2009 song, “Taller Ch…

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Review: Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven. Show runners take note. by John Bavoso

There’s a notion these days in theatrical circles that the hallmark of a great play is that it can only be a play; that the story being told wouldn’t work in any other medium. As I was w…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Review: Clothes for a Summer Hotel. Zelda and Scott and Tennessee by John Bavoso

In his note in the program of Rainbow Theatre Project’s new production of Tennessee Williams’ lesser-known play Clothes for a Summer Hotel—his last to be produced on Broadway in his li…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Review: Resolving Hedda, whip-smart and hilarious by John Bavoso

“We’re in a strange relationship with our fiction, you see,” Warren Ellis, the English comic-book writer, novelist, and screenwriter, once wrote. “Sometimes we fear it’s taking us …

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Monday, March 18, 2019

The Seagull review from The Wheel by John Bavoso

Was Anton Chekhov touched with the gift of prophecy when he wrote the first of his four major plays, The Seagull? Or, even rarer, with self-awareness? The piece, which begins with a disastro…

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Review: Joe Calarco’s Separate Rooms. From a young man’s death come the two biggest questions of life by John Bavoso

Morrie Schwartz, the sociology professor and subject of Mitch Albom’s bestselling book, Tuesdays with Morrie, once said, “Death ends a life, not a relationship. All the love you created …

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Review: John Cameron Mitchell’s Origin of Love Tour by John Bavoso

They say you should never meet your heroes, but what about crowd-surfing them? That was what I was thinking the night of February 8, as I helped keep John Cameron Mitchell aloft as he made h…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Ouroboros: Dawn of the Cabaret review, choose-your-own IBD adventure in a DC mansion by John Bavoso

Few words strike fear into the hearts of wide swaths of the theatre-going population than ‘Audience Participation.’ But when said participation involves sipping champagne, swanning aroun…

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Admissions review. White liberals defend their privileges in Joshua Harmon’s scathing comedy by John Bavoso

A couple of weeks ago, the satire site McSweeney’s published an article entitled, “How Can I Help to Promote Diversity Without Relinquishing Any of My Power?” This title alone could se…

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Jeffrey review. Paul Rudnick’s comedy of love in the time of AIDS by John Bavoso

There’s no such thing as love without risk. Risk of rejection. Risk of your partner finding someone else. But for gay men in the ‘80s and ‘90s, at the height of the AIDS crisis, love a…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Review: How to Keep an Alien, a comedy about love and red tape by John Bavoso

Several years ago, a good friend of mine married a Swiss citizen. Over many glasses of wine, she detailed to me having to provide emails, OkCupid messages, photos, a dn receipts to prove the…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Review: In This Hope: A Pericles Project by John Bavoso

In fraught times, where do you go to find hope? Assuming the answer is not “within yourself,” might I suggest the basement of a church where, seated in a circle with a group of strangers…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Review: Sing to Me Now. Overworked muse seeks intern by John Bavoso

In the promotional materials for their production of Iris Dauterman’s Sing To Me Now, Rorschach Theatre has been highlighting one particular quote from the script: “Every second you hesi…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Review: The Fall. Members of a student uprising in Cape Town here at Studio. by John Bavoso

Imagine a large group of college students, surrounded by the international media, anxiously awaiting the moment when a statue depicting a key figure from their country’s racist past is top…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Review: How to Win a Race War, a 3 hour white supremacy lit class by John Bavoso

Before you read this review, I’d like to ask a favor of you: open a new browser tab and navigate to your favorite news/politics site and spend five minutes browsing the stories there. Seri…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Review: Gloria, violence in the workplace, “sometimes shocking, frequently hilarious” by John Bavoso

While a very popular musical currently running at the Kennedy Center is asking audiences, “Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?” across town at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Bran…

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Review: Rainbow Theatre debuts In the Closet, touching, hilarious, thought-provoking by John Bavoso

It’s become a truism in the queer community that coming out of the closet isn’t a singular event. And yet, the very expression “coming out” conjures up images of individuals in their…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Review: The Story of the Gun by Mike Daisey by John Bavoso

What do you get when you take one of America’s most controversial theatre artists and its most divisive political issue and put them in a room together in our nation’s capital? In the ca…

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Review: Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex & My Mother at Capital Fringe by John Bavoso

At this point, theatrical works about gay men and their over-the-top, overbearing mothers practically comprise an entire genre unto themselves—think Torch Song Trilogy and Mothers and Sons…

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Review: Lesbians and the Men Who Love Them at Capital Fringe by John Bavoso

Sometimes the identities we construct for ourselves become our prisons. This is the scenario playwright M. Cristina Garcia uses as the central conceit of her play, Lesbians and the Men Who L…

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Review: The Body of a Woman as a Battlefield in the Bosnian War at Capital Fringe by John Bavoso

Some of the best theatre presents you with an impossible choice and asks what decision you would make in each character’s place. In the case of 2000FeetUp Theatre Company’s The Body of a…

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Review: 50 Ways to Date Your Aubrey at Capital Fringe by John Bavoso

Dating. Dating in DC. A play about dating in DC. “This must be dystopian,” I thought as I entered Caos on F to take in the latest world premiere by Nu Sass Productions. To my delight, wh…

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Review: Andromeda Breaks at Capital Fringe by John Bavoso

There are certain individuals who haunt the Capital Fringe festival (and I’m not talking about the reviewers). Antigone and Medea always seem to make an appearance. And, of course, every c…

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Review: Brett Abelman’s Switch, fantastical body exchanges during Pride night by John Bavoso

Many theatrical experiences are perfect for Pride Month, but few are devised specifically for the celebration. Enter Brett Abelman’s Switch, a new play set on the night of DC Pride, during…

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Review: Botticelli in the Fire, an explosive queer comedy set in 15th century Italy by John Bavoso

Fans of Jordan Tannahill’s work, including his 2015 book Theatre of the Unimpressed: In Search of Vital Drama—a screed against the ubiquity of the well-made play and the modern theatre…

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Review: The Undeniable Sound of Right Now at Keegan Theatre by John Bavoso

Montagues and Capulets. Vampires and werewolves. Rock musicians and DJs? The conflict between the latter is the proxy war at the center of Laura Eason’s The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, …

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Gay comedy Top and Bottom (review) by John Bavoso

Rainbow Theatre Project’s production of Kevin Michael West’s comedy Top and Bottom contains total male nudity—of both the physical and emotional varieties. What begins as a bondage-fi…

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Review: Paper Dolls from Mosaic Theater by John Bavoso

“My drag isn’t a costume I use to hide in,” famed performance artists and playwright Taylor Mac says, “it’s exposing what I look like on the inside.” And the same…

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