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Monday, July 17, 2017

P.I.C. : The Prison Industrial Complex (Capital Fringe review) by Marshall Bradshaw

With P.I.C. : The Prison Industrial Complex, the Conciliation Project hits the cruelty of the American criminal justice system hard with just about everything they can throw at it: Scores of…

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Friday, July 14, 2017

A Capital Fringe pub crawl of H Street bars by Marshall Bradshaw

We sent Marshall Bradshaw out to check on what the bars near Fringe headquarter have to offer all you Fringe-goers. Here’s his report. Star & Shamrock Tavern & Deli 1341 H St N…

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Spy in the House of Men (Capital Fringe review) by Marshall Bradshaw

Autobiographical solo performances are a major food group at Capital Fringe. Spy in the House of Men follows the recipe step-by-step, but stands out from the rest as particularly well-writte…

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

8 Bit Circus Sh*t (Capital Fringe review) by Marshall Bradshaw

8 Bit Circus Sh*t’s two acts are almost as different as fire and ice. Both are video game-inspired displays of fire circus tricks, but vary greatly in excitement and accessibility. Act I t…

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Blind (Capital Fringe review) by Marshall Bradshaw

Against a backdrop of trendy dramedies and raunchy musicals, the Wheel Theatre Company’s The Blind leads its audience to a cold, dark forest a century old. Your experience depends on how f…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned, simple, evocative. (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

In a moving memorial, director and co-conceiver Todd Kreidler uses solo actor Eugene Lee to call his friend and mentor’s spirit back to the world. Playwright August Wilson seized the oppor…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nick Olcott sprinkles magic on Oberon from In Series (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

Oberon, king of the fairies, has been challenged by his queen Titania to write a play to rival Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream without resorting to magic. But Oberon, though beau…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

David Ives’s The School for Lies (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

Playwright David Ives’s mastery of rhymed verse builds on Molière’s 17th-century comedy of manners. Together, they will leave your sides aching. The School for Lies is the fourth French…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Synetic’s Hunchback of Notre Dame: thrilling and heartbreaking (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

A wordless production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame makes plenty of sense: Quasimodo has literally gone deaf from ringing the bells of Notre Dame. And on a deeper level, the primal forces a…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Forum brings Schenkkan’s must-see Building the Wall to Arena and Silver Spring (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

Speculative political fiction written six months ago and set a mere two years from today is a bold thing to write and produce. But there was a moral imperative to the subject of this play …

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

In the midst of a fever dream, The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington flips the power dynamic of Mt. Vernon and leaves first First Lady Martha Danbridge Washington …

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Patience pays off in The Late Wedding at Hub Theatre (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

The Late Wedding doesn’t have a traditional plot. Instead, the play is more like a lesson plan: Its central theme is introduced and explained methodically, and then the audience is exposed…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

.d0t: a RotoPlastic Ballet, short and very much on point (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

With puppetry, projection, lighting, and video timed perfectly to a live, original, nerdcore rap score, .d0t:: a RotoPlastic Ballet runs like clockwork, even as it tells the stories of machi…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Nilaja Sun’s Pike St. at Woolly Mammoth (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

Nilaja Sun’s latest solo-performance, Pike St., calls back to her upbringing in the Lower East Side to invoke a rich cast of characters, but is held back by a design choice and brief dur…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Coolatully from Solas Nua (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

Coolatully hits every single trope of a modern Irish story with an impeccable, though taciturn exactitude. Solas Nua is “the only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively t…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Coolatully from Solas Nua (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

Coolatully hits every single trope of a modern Irish story with the impeccable, taciturn exactitude. Solas Nua is “the only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to conte…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

God of Carnage lives up to its rep at Compass Rose (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

There are many different types of laughter in a theater: Chuckles from slapstick, a knowledgeable laugh at word play… God of Carnage reaches into the audience, grabs hard, and drags ou…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Baby Screams Miracle at Woolly Mammoth Theatre (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

Baby Screams Miracle is a wild storm of religion, sexuality, and family that leaves the audience unsure if the rest of the world is still standing. From the first moment that Cody Nickell as…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Falling for As You Like It at Folger (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

Full of song, love, and laughter, As You Like It will sweep you off your feet. If you don’t love it at first sight, wait. Of all the couples in this romantic story, the best chemistry in A…

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Lumina Studio’s adapted LEAR (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

Lumina Studio Theatre packs LEAR with high-concept projections and mute scenes, but does best when they give their actors room to play. Director/Assistant Director David Minton’s adaptatio…

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Tarot Reading experiment – a vision for the future? by Marshall Bradshaw

Something strange happened last Halloween: The Tarot Reading took its first steps. With both inaugural performances sold out, the brainchild of Alan Katz and Quill Nebeker could have a long …

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Straight White Men at Studio Theatre (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

In Straight White Men, playwright Young Jean Lee finds remarkable insight and startling sympathy with our society’s least oppressed identity. Far from a brutal if well-deserved takedown, L…

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Stephen Spotswood’s Girl in the Red Corner (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

The Welders’ latest show, Girl in the Red Corner by Stephen Spotswood, falls short of some expectations, but makes up for it in its many human moments delivered by its talented cast. Aud…

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Year of Magical Thinking at Arena Stage (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

Switching between mediums can be as difficult as telling someone about a dream. If the new version cannot deliver on everything the original does (next to impossible), it better bring some v…

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Staceyann Chin in MotherStruck (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

Staceyann Chin is a memoirist, a spoken-word poet, and a live wire. The best qualities of all three are on display in her autobiographical show, MotherStruck now at Studio Theatre. The show …

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Friday, September 23, 2016

The Diary of Anne Frank at Olney Theatre Center (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

It is a daunting challenge to perform as Anne Frank. Not only is she an historical figure whose face is known worldwide, but she is also one who went through puberty during the events that m…

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

YOU HAVE MADE A STORY ON MY SKIN (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

For a show about scars, YOU HAVE MADE A STORY ON MY SKIN is surprisingly comforting. It embodies a beautiful acceptance and even love for the wounded past and scarred present that make us wh…

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Last Class: a Jazzercize Play (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

The Last Class: a Jazzercize Play makes the most of its setting. The story is told in real time during an actual jazzercize routine. The cast’s hard-earned sweat is corporeal proof of thei…

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Jamie and Duncan’s Glorious Suicide at the End of the World (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

Jamie and Duncan’s Glorious Suicide at the End of the World is like a dream, effortlessly insane and delightful, though light on narrative. Matthew Schott and Alex Garretson wrote the…

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Friday, July 15, 2016

The Elephant in the Room (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

Right Brain Performancelab’s The Elephant in the Room has an ambitious goal: To engage the audience with theatrical epistemology by way of vaudeville, musical theater, ballet, Butoh, clown…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

one half of Waiting for Godot (review) by Marshall Bradshaw

  At first, the MLK Jr. Memorial Library’s Room A-5 dwarfs the audience for Imperial Theatre Live’s production of Waiting for Godot. They come in and sit in clumps of twos or threes…

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