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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Motherhood isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in ‘Pramkicker’ by Nelson Pressley

Sadie Hasler’s bruising comedy takes an irreverent point of view.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Putin for laughs and a random shooting for tears in two topical shows by Nelson Pressley

The Putin piece is absurd, while a mass violence incident sends a playwright toward ancient Greek models.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ writer Levenson’s new epic probes Jewish identity by Nelson Pressley

Middle East politics and deep secrets strain a D.C. family.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

‘Turn Me Loose’ pays homage to Dick Gregory by Nelson Pressley

Arena Stage revives the late comic’s style.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

I’ve been covering D.C. theater for roughly 20 years. Here’s why Signature is my favorite. by Nelson Pressley

Shirlington troupe gets extra points for being user-friendly and producing musicals better than the rest.

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Never been to the Shakespeare Theatre? This is the season you can’t miss. by Nelson Pressley

Retiring artistic director Michael Kahn is going big, then going home, with “Inspector Calls” and “The Oresteia,” among others.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Hotshot teacher-writer Paula Vogel is again at the head of the class by Nelson Pressley

Thanks, Broadway: The Pulitzer Prize winner’s stock rises at age 66.

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The radical new ‘Macbeth’ at the Folger Theatre is actually 350 years old by Nelson Pressley

An adaptation from the 1660s is revived, with singing witches and less-archaic language.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Shakespeare Theatre Company names U.K.’s Simon Godwin to succeed Kahn by Nelson Pressley

An Englishman with a showman’s flair is coming to Washington.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

‘Marie and Rosetta’ offers a handshake intro to an early rock icon by Nelson Pressley

The bio of gospel-blues singer-guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe misses its chances.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

These ‘Hamilton’ performers have to be ready to go onstage at a moment’s notice by Nelson Pressley

The life of a “swing”: You must be good under pressure, and “can’t go on and be frantic.”

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Susan Derry brings polish to Keegan’s ‘Bridges of Madison County’ by Nelson Pressley

“Handbagged” playwright Moira Buffini bites the rich in “Dinner.”

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Friday, August 3, 2018

The original ‘Hamilton’ stars aren’t throwing away their shots by Nelson Pressley

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Co. have gone Hollywood with movies, TV shows and commercials.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

This ‘Color Purple’ may have won a Tony, but it’s cut to the bone by Nelson Pressley

Director John Doyle has toned down the musical’s sweep.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Little wonder in Synetic Theater’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ by Nelson Pressley

The show goes on in smaller Georgetown space after leak in troupe’s Crystal City theater.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Chicago’s Hypocrites bring ‘Pinafore’ to D.C. in their jammies by Nelson Pressley

In Alexandria, ‘Pippin’ doesn’t get juice from giving the cast cellphones.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Upright Citizens Brigade is making it up every night at Woolly Mammoth by Nelson Pressley

The improv comedy team’s “Damned If You Do” takes its skits from a life in the crowd.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

A world-class physicist and a history-making singer walk into a play by Nelson Pressley

“Secrets of the Universe” at Hub Theatre reveals the Albert Einstein-Marian Anderson friendship.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

What you need to know about this summer’s Capital Fringe Festival by Nelson Pressley

New neighborhood in Southwest D.C. is at the top of the list of changes to the annual fest.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The message from Second City’s “Generation Gap”: Lite laffs by Nelson Pressley

The comedy troupe dials up jokes on rotary phones and emojis.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Swipe right on the dating comedy ‘Other Life Forms’ by Nelson Pressley

Actor Brandon McCoy switches gears and writes a play.

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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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