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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Review: ‘Everything Is Illuminated’ at Theater J by John Stoltenberg

A young Jewish American writer named Jonathan arrives by train in the Ukraine on a quest to find a woman named Augustine who helped his grandfather Safran escape the Nazis. He has only a fad…

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’ at Constellation Theatre Company by John Stoltenberg

Thornton Wilder’s allegorical paean to humanity’s survival “by the skin of our teeth” has itself become a marvel of endurance. First staged in 1942, when times were d…

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Magic Time!: ‘Guilt’ at Scena Theatre by John Stoltenberg

Sex and guilt were linked in superstition before institutional Christianity came on the scene, but thanks to the medieval Catholic Church they got hooked up with theology too. It was in the …

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Magic Time!: “Claim All of Your Selves”: Caleen Sinnette Jennings on Her ‘Queens Girl’ Plays (Womens’ Voices Theater Festival Productions) by John Stoltenberg

Erika Rose’s performance in Queens Girl in Africa is awesome to behold. She plays the playwright’s teenage self, named Jackie, plus her parents, school friends, and others, with an inca…

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Magic Time!: Inside ‘Amazing Grace’ at the Museum of the Bible: A Q&A with Performer Joshua Simon by John Stoltenberg

When I saw the musical Amazing Grace I praised it to the skies. A blurb being used to promote the show is lifted from my review: “A gorgeous production of a glorious musical! Heart-stoppi…

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Magic Time!: ‘The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged’ at Mosaic Theater Company by John Stoltenberg

“Let’s rethink sex” has suddenly become a thing. Well, not suddenly maybe. But it certainly has new pertinence in this era of full-frontal disclosure. Which made the  them…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Magic Time!: Life Lessons of ‘The Real Americans’: A Q&A with Playwright-Performer Dan Hoyle by John Stoltenberg

Dan Hoyle’s extraordinary solo show The Real Americans is based on his travels through small-town America and the folks he met, many of them part of Trump’s so-called base. When I review…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Magic Time!: ‘The Last Night at Ballyhoo’ at Theater J by John Stoltenberg

The production is lushly beautiful; the pacing, impeccable; the music between scenes, splendid; the acting, a delight in every detail. And the warm, piquant humor in this Jewish family drama…

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Magic Time!: “My Job Is to Crack Open My Soul”: A Q&A with Justin Weaks, Now Appearing in ‘Curve of Departure’ at Studio Theatre by John Stoltenberg

Justin Weaks was recently named by the Washington Post one of DMV’s 12 “stage dynamos,” one of “the best of an emerging cadre of younger regional talent.” He would have been on…

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Review: ‘Draw the Circle’ at Mosaic Theater Company by John Stoltenberg

Draw the Circle is no ordinary one-man show. Nor is it an ordinary autobiographical play. Because Mashuq Mushtaq Deen—its transgender playwright and solo performer—has a singularly fasci…

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Review: ‘Amazing Grace’ at the Museum of the Bible by John Stoltenberg

A gorgeous production of a glorious musical in a grand new DC theater. What’s not to love? The new hall for performing arts is the 472-seat World Stage Theater, high up on the fifth fl…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Post-Play Palaver: ‘The State’ by Forum Theatre at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company by John Stoltenberg

By David Siegel and John Stoltenberg Post-Play Palaver is an occasional series of conversations between DC Metro Theater Arts writers who saw the same performance, got really into talking ab…

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Review: ‘Misterman’ at Solas Nua by John Stoltenberg

A tour de force performance by Thomas Keegan and masterful stage arts combine to make Solas Nua’s Misterman a jaw-droppingly good show. Directed and choreographed by Artistic Director …

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Review: ‘The Ugly One’ at Nu Sass Productions by John Stoltenberg

The gutsy woman-centric theater company Nu Sass is notable for producing works that feature women in major roles, onstage and off, typically in a tiny second-floor space on F Street that sea…

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Review: ‘The Love of the Nightingale’ at The Catholic University of America by John Stoltenberg

A play from the 1980s about revenge for a rape, based on an ancient story from Greek mythology, comes alive in a student production as though it was about now. As though everything in it abo…

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Magic Time!: ‘Republic For Which We Stand’ at United States Capitol Visitor Center by John Stoltenberg

For anyone who is more than a little unnerved that President Trump might go off half-cocked and trigger a war—which he could do with as little thought as he puts into a tweet—this civic-…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Review: ‘The Real Americans’ at Mosaic Theater Company by John Stoltenberg

“Why am I a stranger in my own land?” the preternaturally talented actor-writer Dan Hoyle asks during his solo excursion into the heartland of America. Having set forth several y…

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Magic Time!: ‘A Short Series of Disagreements Presented Here in Chronological Order’ at Studio Theatre by John Stoltenberg

He might have had an interesting idea for a solo show. He hadn’t written it yet. but he told Studio Theatre, which had booked him, that its title would be A Short Series of Disagreeme…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Magic Time!: ‘Vicuña & The American Epilogue’ at Mosaic Theater Company by John Stoltenberg

“Even monsters need clothing,” says the bespoke tailor Anselm, an Arab Jew and immigrant, defending why he will sew a vicuña suit for a Republican presidential candidate whom hi…

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Review: ‘In the Red and Brown Water’ at Howard University by John Stoltenberg

The wonder-filled stories that wend their way through In the Red and Brown Water were located by the playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney in “the distant present” in a fictional town…

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Magic Time!: ‘Hello, My Name Is…’ at The Welders by John Stoltenberg

Having heralded five* Welders productions, I approached Debra Kim Sivigny’s Hello, My Name Is… with both eagerness and wariness. Knowing that Sivigny had chosen as her subject a …

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Review: ‘God of Carnage’ at George Washington University by John Stoltenberg

The big laughs in Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage come from watching grownups behaving badly, and the big joke is that four parents end up acting more like petulant, belligerent children…

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Magic Time!: ‘Judge Me Not’ at DC Arts Center by John Stoltenberg

Strong writing, passionate acting, and a meaningful purpose combined to make Judge Me Not a gem of a show. An assemblage of monologues around a common theme, the show came with a message: D…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Magic Time!: ‘Sotto Voce’ at Theater J by John Stoltenberg

Among the revelatory dimensions of this lyrical play is one that caught my attention by surprise. I knew going in that Sotto Voce, by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Nilo Cruz, would re…

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Magic Time!: ‘An Act of God’ at Signature Theatre by John Stoltenberg

Rarely have I enjoyed such a perfect union of comic writing, acting, and staging with such non-stop hilarity. Just opened in the intimate Ark theater at Signature. An Act of God, had me dou…

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Review: ‘The Effect’ at Studio Theatre by John Stoltenberg

When two lovers in life or on stage display an intense interaction of attraction, they are said to have “chemistry.” That elusive feeling may be more than a metaphor, according t…

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Review: ‘Assassins’ at Pallas Theatre Collective by John Stoltenberg

This season for whatever reason—and far be it from me to speculate—three theater companies in the nation’s capital are presenting Stephen Sondheim’s tunefully insolent tribut…

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Review: ‘Blood at the Root’ at Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts by John Stoltenberg

Hard to imagine a dramatic work more perfect for undergraduate actors or more pertinent to the racial tensions of our times than Dominique Morisseau’s trenchant Blood at the Root, now…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Magic Time!: ‘The Lover’ and ‘The Collection’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by John Stoltenberg

The great Irish actor Lisa Dwan is in town doing something with the playwright Harold Pinter right now at the Lansburgh Theatre that is utterly amazing. She is both doing Pinter and undoing …

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Magic Time!: ‘Love and Information’ at Forum Theatre by John Stoltenberg

This is a most peculiar play, but in a very good way. It’s more about its form than its content. And that’s what makes it one of Forum Theatre’s most fascinating offerings.…

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Post-Play Palaver: ‘Lela & Co.’ by Factory 449 at The Anacostia Arts Center by John Stoltenberg

Post-Play Palaver is an occasional series of conversations between DC Metro Theater Arts writers who saw the same performance, got really into talking about it, and decided to continue their…

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