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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Jon Kalbfleisch tunes up ‘A Little Night Music’ by Nelson Pressley

The production’s music director has kept Signature Theatre shows sharp since 1991.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

‘Whipping, or the Football Hamlet’ scores political points by Nelson Pressley

An absurdist show blends sports and Shakespeare, stage and screen.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

By chance, meeting the disgraced ‘M. Butterfly’ diplomat whose lover misled him by Nelson Pressley

A funny thing happened on the way to the Riviera.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

DC Theater Friday: ‘Night Music’ and Summer Hummer by Nelson Pressley

Sondheim and the annual fundraiser at Signature highlight the month.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

DC Theater Friday: ‘King and I’ cruises at Kennedy Center by Nelson Pressley

Closing this weekend: ‘An Octoroon’ and ‘Cabaret.’

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

DC Theater Friday: Scalia v. ‘Thurgood’ in two Supreme Court dramas by Nelson Pressley

Deluxe ‘King and I’ is an eyeful at Kennedy Center.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Finding theater at the city’s edges: Three shows off the beaten path of D.C. stages by Nelson Pressley

From “Lady Day” to a Carly Mensch play, troupes nest where they can.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

‘Thurgood’ serves Justice Marshall in George Stevens Jr. tribute drama by Nelson Pressley

Brian Anthony Wilson plays Marshall in a show that distills the legend.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

DC Theater Friday: ‘Bon Voyage!,’ ‘King and I,’ et cetera by Nelson Pressley

The Capital Fringe and Shepherdstown festivals continue.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2008’s ‘Wig Out!,’ from one of the writers of ‘Moonlight,’ sashays into Studio Theatre by Nelson Pressley

The show directed by Kent Gash puts you up close to the high drama of the drag balls.

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A winsome road to Paris in ‘Bon Voyage! A Happenstance Escapade’ by Nelson Pressley

The local clown troupe in La Belle Epoque.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Gero still rules as Scalia in ‘The Originalist’ by Nelson Pressley

John Strand’s hit comic drama returns to Arena Stage.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sam Mendes’s ‘Cabaret’ icy and not much fun at the Kennedy Center by Nelson Pressley

Hell freezes over in Roundabout Theatre’s in-your-face staging.

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DC Theater Friday: The old ‘Cabaret’ and new plays up the river by Nelson Pressley

Six fresh scripts in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

‘Happiest Place’ sadly ponders Disneyland by Nelson Pressley

A grieving 1950s family seeks solace at the amusement park.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Fringe Festival’s early returns: Politics in the lead by Nelson Pressley

Anything goes in the festival. So far, that goes double for topical issues.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

What we hate about intermissions by Nelson Pressley

Washington Post critics and writers on why these 20 minutes can be a test of endurance.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

The young guns of ‘The Sound of Music’ by Nelson Pressley

Meet the magnificent seven playing the von Trapp kids.

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DC Theater Friday: Capital Fringe time by Nelson Pressley

The annual summer festival kicks in downtown.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Why artists become activists: It’s not only the election by Nelson Pressley

Black Lives Matter, Occupy, gun control and more are all fodder for directors, musicians and choreographers.

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DC Theater Friday: Second City satire and Olney’s ‘My Fair Lady’ by Nelson Pressley

The Sizzlin’ Summer Nights cabaret series returns to Signature Theatre.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Second City satire returns to the Kennedy Center, quick hitting but less biting by Nelson Pressley

The jokes are kindler and gentler (but still good) in this “Almost Accurate Guide to America.”

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

DC Theater Friday: ‘The Sound of Music’ and other favorite things by Nelson Pressley

‘My Fair Lady’ starts at Olney; ‘School for Wives’ continues at Shakespeare

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

‘Broken Glass’: Arthur Miller’s hotline from Germany to Brooklyn by Nelson Pressley

Aaron Posner gives the medical-political mystery a high-energy examination at Theater J.

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Treem drama details domestic violence in the era of women’s liberation by Nelson Pressley

TV writer of ‘The Affair’ shows a knack for nuanced women.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Touring ‘Sound of Music’ is as fundamental as do-re-mi by Nelson Pressley

The traditional staging is a Rodgers and Hammerstein shrine.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Morton sings the hot pants off ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ songs by Nelson Pressley

The 1998 punk rock musical still wigs out.

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DC Theater Friday: August Wilson’s flame still burns by Nelson Pressley

Two Wilson shows open, and the annual Source Festival rolls along.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How August Wilson learned about life and writing by Nelson Pressley

As Eugene Lee portrays the playwright at Round House, his “Ma Rainey” is revived at 1st Stage.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

An unsettled Israeli-Palestinian relationship in ‘The Return’ by Nelson Pressley

Two-character drama is the latest in Mosaic’s Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival.

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