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Friday, June 8, 2018

Navigating minstrelsy in Kander & Ebb’s ‘The Scottsboro Boys’ by Nelson Pressley

The 2010 musical depicts a painful history in a controversial style, because ‘The truth hurts sometimes.’

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

The new comedy ‘Trayf’ at Theater J is Zalmy and Shmuel’s excellent adventure by Nelson Pressley

Two young Jews drive a mitzvah tank in 1990s Brooklyn.

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How ‘Hamilton’ went from ‘Mixtape’ to Broadway juggernaut: A timeline by Nelson Pressley

Great moments in the life of a Broadway rocket.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Sex, politics and art hit the front burner in ‘Botticelli in the Fire’ by Nelson Pressley

Jordan Tannahill’s culture-wars play marks Howard Shalwitz’s Woolly Mammoth exit.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

So you can’t afford ‘Hamilton’ tickets? There’s lots of other summer theater. by Nelson Pressley

Capital Fringe Festival and other choices won’t break the bank.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Knockout acting in Studio’s play of a marriage on the rocks by Nelson Pressley

Disappointment and secrets sour relationship in “The Remains.”

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Solas Nua stages ‘The Frederick Douglass Project’ on an Anacostia River pier by Nelson Pressley

‘Flood City’ rises at Theater Alliance, and a ‘Cherry Orchard’ crashes on its own pratfalls.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Easy as pie, ‘Waitress’ serves up laughs and heartbreak with Sara Bareilles songs by Nelson Pressley

The 2016 Broadway hit makes a tour stop at the National Theatre.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

‘Invisible Hand’ a taut political thriller worthy of ‘Homeland’ watchers by Nelson Pressley

Akhtar’s play centers on investment banker caught in Pakistan.

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‘Soul: The Stax Musical’ sings from the 1960s jukebox by Nelson Pressley

In Laura Eason’s ‘The Undeniable Sound of Right Now,’ rock is dead. Long live rock!

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Two different ‘In the Heights’ earn top honors at Hayes Awards by Nelson Pressley

Shakespeare Theatre and Theater Alliance also win big.

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The 2018 Helen Hayes Awards recipients by Nelson Pressley

A full list of winners of the D.C. theater scene’s annual awards.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

‘The most welcoming safe space on the planet’: How Sara Bareilles returned to her roots in theater by Nelson Pressley

The pop star and “Waitress” songwriter is brave enough to co-host the Tonys.

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In the heights: Broadway prices by Nelson Pressley

Demand that’s “Hamilton”-level and Springsteen-style makes supplies seem ultra-tight.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

‘Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies’ repeats its lesson at Mosaic by Nelson Pressley

Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm’s play takes the Trayvon Martin case to unexpected places.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Spreading out uptown, Pointless Theatre revives ‘Rite of Spring’ by Nelson Pressley

Stravinsky’s ballet gets an eco-conscious staging.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Hamlet’ doesn’t sizzle, but its star does by Nelson Pressley

A charismatic Paapa Essiedu stars in a modern version set in West Africa.

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Why is Washington theater so predictable? by Nelson Pressley

D.C. stage companies follow a formula when programming plays and musicals.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Monday, April 23, 2018

Total witch hunt! ‘The Crucible’ gets a blazing revival at Olney by Nelson Pressley

“Witch,” a new musical, debuts at Creative Cauldron.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Ingmar Bergman’s close-ups are now spectacular stage vistas by Nelson Pressley

Ivo van Hove adapts ‘After the Rehearsal’ and ‘Persona’ with mixed results.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Athol Fugard’s apartheid chronicle ‘Master Harold’ still glows by Nelson Pressley

Craig Wallace gives a forceful performance in the landmark play.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Deb Filler’s modest solo show at MetroStage tells true tales of Leonards by Nelson Pressley

Cohen, Kravitz and Bernstein figure in her comic memoir, “I Did It My Way in Yiddish (in English”).

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Watching Cirque du Soleil can be complicated when you’re reminded the danger is real by Nelson Pressley

But the pretty “Luzia” at Tysons II tempers the risks and is blessedly earthbound.

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Women’s Voices festival 2.0 launches with Caleen Sinnette Jennings’s memoir by Nelson Pressley

New chapter of “Queens Girl” recalls the 1960s in the United States and Nigeria.

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‘Smash’ writer Rebeck brings a new ‘The Way of the World’ to D.C. by Nelson Pressley

Backstage musicals, Restoration comedies, Weinstein: It’s all sex, money, power.

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Second Women’s Voices Theater Festival arrives as #MeToo is in the spotlight by Nelson Pressley

Female playwrights talk about leveling the stage amid a changing landscape.

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DC Theater Friday: Women’s Voices Theater Festival 2.0 gears up by Nelson Pressley

At the Kennedy Center, ‘The Humans’ and ‘On Your Feet!’

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New ‘Queens Girl’ memoir revisits 1960s U.S. and Nigeria by Nelson Pressley

The solo show with Erika Rose begins D.C.’s second Women’s Voices Theater Festival

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DC Theater Friday: Tony winner ‘The Humans’ arrives at Kennedy Center by Nelson Pressley

‘Sovereignty,’ ‘The Way of the World’ and ‘The Wolves’ swell Women’s Voices.

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