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Monday, January 21, 2019

The comic ‘Admissions’ tests white privilege and getting into college by Nelson Pressley

More dyspeptic social laughs from the writer of “Bad Jews.”

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Friday, January 18, 2019

The kids steal the show in ‘School of Rock’ at the National Theatre by Nelson Pressley

Genuinely catchy numbers keep Andrew Lloyd Webber musical rocking.

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Washington theaters shine a spotlight on Vladimir Putin by Nelson Pressley

The Russian president as a trending topic in the American imagination.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

How Trayvon Martin inspired a racially divided ‘Twelve Angry Men’ at Ford’s by Nelson Pressley

“I wanted that six-to-six moment,” says director Sheldon Epps.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

With ‘American Moor,’ you may not see Shakespeare — and a lot of roles played by black actors — quite the same way by Nelson Pressley

The play by Keith Hamilton Cobb, who plays the lead part, is a diagnosis on race and theater.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

How does the ‘School of Rock’ musical cast the kids? ‘There are some 10-year-olds who can really shred’ by Nelson Pressley

Coming from Broadway to D.C.’s National Theatre, the production recruited from actual School of Rock branches, other music schools and music camps.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Theater J names Jojo Ruf as new managing director before move into renovated space in fall by Nelson Pressley

“She has a vast knowledge of the business models of theater,” says artistic director.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

The play ‘Kings’ is a comedy, but its lobbyists and politicians wield words like killers by Nelson Pressley

Written by Alexandria native Sarah Burgess, the show and its inside-the-Beltway jargon may hit Washingtonians close to home.

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‘Play That Goes Wrong’ breaks a leg (plus a few noses, noggins and funny bones) by Nelson Pressley

The comedy is athletic as a murder mystery practically kills its actors.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Politics and religion are juicy topics in two 90-minute comedies on D.C. stages by Nelson Pressley

D.C. lobbyists get skewered in “Kings,” and God gets therapy in “Oh, God.”

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Monday, December 17, 2018

‘Miss Saigon’ at the Kennedy Center brings back the megamusical’s highs and lows by Nelson Pressley

The new national tour is as big, beautiful and difficult as ever.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Theater J, still roaming across D.C., revives ‘Talley’s Folly’ by Nelson Pressley

Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer-winning romance is produced at GALA Hispanic Theatre’s Tivoli stage.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Irish immigration is played for laughs in ‘How to Keep an Alien’ by Nelson Pressley

Sonya Kelly’s autobiographical show gets its D.C. premiere at Solas Nua.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

August Wilson’s titanic ‘Gem of the Ocean’ sets sail at Round House by Nelson Pressley

The operatically scaled drama examines post-slavery America as the 20th century begins.

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Best of theater 2018: Distinguished visitors and hometown heroes by Nelson Pressley

Touring productions and local standouts that illuminated Washington stages.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ eavesdrops on men getting haircuts by Nelson Pressley

The insightful U.K. import at the Kennedy Center cuts across borders — from Britain to Africa.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

‘The Choir of Man’ invites you into a pub for a sticky singalong by Nelson Pressley

Energetic and exciting are not the same things.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Metzler’s comic ‘Cry It Out’ sings the new-parent blues by Nelson Pressley

The play at Studio Theatre gets serious about the challenges, especially for women.

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Theater Alliance names Raymond Caldwell as new artistic director by Nelson Pressley

Colin Hovde, who has run the company since 2011, steps away.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

‘Elf the Musical’ is the holiday gift you’d love to exchange for something better by Nelson Pressley

The Olney Theatre Center show lacks originality and spirit.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Want to get away? ‘Anything Goes’ sails into silly high seas by Nelson Pressley

Arena Stage revives the Cole Porter classic.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

The hippies are back in Shaina Taub’s musical ‘As You Like It’ by Nelson Pressley

Oscar Wilde’s “A Woman of No Importance” benefits from an all-female cast.

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Friday, November 2, 2018
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

In two new stage fantasies, a myth and a miss by Nelson Pressley

The winner, “Sing to Me Now,” features a muse with the blues.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

When blood and guts aren’t enough, even for a pair of tragedies by Nelson Pressley

Brave Spirits Theatre takes on “The Duchess of Malfi” and “The Changeling.”

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

A new play and a vintage satire reflect factional frenzy by Nelson Pressley

Politics invades a living room in ‘Blight,’ and Dario Fo’s ‘Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay!’ is revived.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

The creators of the ‘Beetlejuice’ musical ‘tried to run toward Burton’ visually by Nelson Pressley

Alex Timbers and David Korins offer a sneak peek at the set of their new Broadway-bound show.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

‘Actually’ anatomizes a he said/she said case of campus sexual assault by Nelson Pressley

Anna Ziegler’s Title IX drama arrives in Theater J’s show at Arena Stage.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

If you go to the play ‘The Fever,’ you’ll be part of the act, but ‘nothing is embarrassing’ by Nelson Pressley

The troupe 600 Highwaymen brings the experimental show about the human bond to Woolly Mammoth.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Paula Vogel’s ‘How I Learned to Drive’ steers into the #MeToo era by Nelson Pressley

The 1997 Pulitzer winner’s depiction of abuse has not dulled.

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