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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The ‘Legally Blonde’ musical snaps the movie’s charm by Nelson Pressley

Elle Woods isn’t framed as stylishly in the bustling stage adaptation now at Keegan Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:24PM
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

‘Tiger Style!’ roars about stereotypes in Mike Lew’s comedy by Nelson Pressley

Satire flies high as two Chinese American siblings try pursuing happiness.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:36PM
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Sunday, July 21, 2019

The whiz-bang ‘Aladdin’ at the Kennedy Center still has problems to solve by Nelson Pressley

The high-octane show delivers the spectacle, at least.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:42PM
Saturday, July 20, 2019

‘Be More Chill’: The rare new musical you can see now on Broadway or on a small stage by Nelson Pressley

“It was not an easy choice,” composer Joe Iconis says of bucking the usual licensing route.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:32AM
Thursday, July 11, 2019

‘The Band’s Visit’ settles in at the Kennedy Center by Nelson Pressley

The national tour of the laid-back Tony winner is on pitch.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:18PM
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Mike Daisey scores big in an uneven ‘curated’ series at Capital Fringe Festival by Nelson Pressley

Booking a genuine headliner is a twist for the grab-bag of acts staged around the city every July.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:42PM
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

How Christopher Youstra helped tune up Olney Theatre Center’s musicals by Nelson Pressley

‘I’m not a musicals fanboy. I’m a musician first,’ says the troupe’s associate artistic director of music theater.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:03AM
Thursday, July 4, 2019

A Q&A with Michael Urie, who seems to be everywhere in D.C. this month by Nelson Pressley

The busy actor is playing Hamlet in STC’s Free for All and is also directing a play at Studio Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:06AM
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

‘The Band’s Visit’ plays on, taking a star from screen to stage by Nelson Pressley

Israeli actor Sasson Gabay on the “small miracle” that swept him to America.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:32PM
Monday, July 1, 2019

The revolting children have comic bite in ‘Matilda the Musical’ by Nelson Pressley

Savvy actors help the show cruise at the Olney Theatre Center.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:03PM
Thursday, June 27, 2019

The new musical ‘Blackbeard’ swashbuckles into rough waters by Nelson Pressley

The writers of “The Fix” and “The Witches of Eastwick” turn to high seas adventure.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:03PM
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Second City’s latest sketch comedy show takes on Trump, tourists and trolls by Nelson Pressley

The Chicago-based improv troupe steers to the middle for laughs at the Kennedy Center.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:12PM
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Solo actors capture dark and light in ‘Twisted Melodies’ and ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ by Nelson Pressley

Kelvin Roston Jr. and Alexander Strain shine in shows about depression.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:54PM
Friday, June 21, 2019

How ‘Hamilton’ is paving the way for Broadway’s surging success on the road by Nelson Pressley

Driven by the hip-hop hit, touring figures reach new highs.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:48PM
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Arena Stage will host a marathon reading of the Mueller report, Volume 2 by Nelson Pressley

The free event features readers from Washington’s political and arts scenes.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:33PM

‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ is coming to the Kennedy Center, with its star by Nelson Pressley

Direct from Broadway, the New York cast will briefly bring the hit show to Washington.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:36AM
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Lindsay-Abaire’s ‘Ripcord’ pulls the rug out from under senior-living pranksters by Nelson Pressley

A return to early antic style from the author of “Good People” and “Rabbit Hole.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:06PM

Studio Theatre’s new Showroom series courts ‘the summertime vibe’ by Nelson Pressley

Offbeat acts — including spoken karaoke and “Mortified” — occupy a cabaret space.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:54AM
Thursday, June 13, 2019

‘Falsettos’ revival brings back an era of liberation and fear by Nelson Pressley

The William Finn-James Lapine musical weaves its way toward heartbreak.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:36PM
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

D.C. sniper case is the frame for ‘Forest Treás,’ an experimental show about media by Nelson Pressley

Sarah Ruhl’s “The Oldest Boy” gets an area premiere at Spooky Action.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:06PM
Monday, June 10, 2019

Tony Awards 2019: Seven things to know, from bathroom humor to Elaine May’s first win at 87 by Nelson Pressley

James Corden was a cheerleader on Broadway’s biggest night, but the show was uninspiring.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:48AM

Tony Awards 2019: Seven things to know, from bathroom humor to Elaine May’s first win at 87 by Nelson Pressley

On Sunday night at the Tony Awards, James Corden hosted for the second time and “Hadestown” dominated a hard-working but unsurprising ceremony. Laura Linney and Audra McDonald fake-fough…

SOURCE: at 06:32AM
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

‘A Misanthrope’ brings Molière’s fabulous fakes into the 21st century by Nelson Pressley

The art of the takedown gets updated rhyming verse.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:36PM
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

‘We’re Gonna Die’ makes you feel okay about it by Nelson Pressley

Young Jean Lee’s play with songs is a rock-and-roll reflection on mortality.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:48PM
Monday, June 3, 2019

This Putin learns the power of lies in ‘Describe the Night’ by Nelson Pressley

Rajiv Joseph’s epic grapples with fiction as it spans decades of Russian history.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:42PM
Friday, May 31, 2019
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

My kingdom for a robot: Synetic Theater creates a dystopian, cyberpunk ‘Richard III’ by Nelson Pressley

It’s the latest in the troupe’s “Wordless Shakespeare” series.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:36PM
Monday, May 20, 2019

‘Jubilee’ makes a star of the chorus at Arena Stage by Nelson Pressley

Tazewell Thompson’s new show at Arena Stage recalls the historic Fisk Jubilee Singers.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:36PM
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

‘Mary Stuart’ gets a powerhouse cast at Olney by Nelson Pressley

A new adaptation streamlines the classic play, but doesn’t overhaul it.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:03PM
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

‘God of Carnage’ hasn’t lost its satirical bite, but at Keegan, it needs more laughs by Nelson Pressley

The production of the Yasmina Reza play never really finds its comic stride.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:24PM

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