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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Nathan Lane and Adam Driver are both starring on Broadway. Only one of them gives us a good time. by Peter Marks

“Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” never lights up; “Burn This” flames on with Driver.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

This new Broadway play about the Clintons’ marriage is as fascinating — and sad — as you’d expect by Peter Marks

“Hillary and Clinton” has its official opening at Broadway’s Golden Theatre.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

‘Hadestown’ arrives on Broadway, and well, it all goes to you-know-where by Peter Marks

Anaïs Mitchell’s score turns out to be no match for the devil.

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I watch plays for a living. The most dramatic moments aren’t always onstage. by Peter Marks

A career as a professional member of the audience is rewarding, except for the time someone threw up on me.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

In Ayad Akhtar’s play about Wall Street’s wicked ways, even the good guys live in a world of moral ambiguity by Peter Marks

Arena Stage gives a smooth treatment to the playwright’s “Junk,” tightened up since its New York debut in 2017.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

This revival of ‘Grand Hotel’ offers only cold comfort by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre applies opulence to an ’80s Broadway hit that otherwise lacks pizazz.

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She’s a playwright. He’s a scholar. Their mutual admiration was ordained and established by the Constitution. by Peter Marks

Heidi Schreck was thrilled when Laurence Tribe of Harvard contacted her after he saw her play “What the Constitution Means to Me.”

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

A radical new Broadway ‘Oklahoma!’ says it’s not such a beautiful mornin’ in America by Peter Marks

Daniel Fish’s off-Broadway hit moves to musical-theater’s big tent.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Glenda Jackson as King Lear was a good idea. Why is everything around her so wrong? by Peter Marks

A misfire of Shakespeare’s tragedy has its official Broadway opening.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Trump’s White House doesn’t support the arts. Nancy Pelosi is rallying the cause instead. by Peter Marks

The House speaker invites the “To Kill a Mockingbird” cast to Washington, and even Broadway pros choke up.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

How a new generation of black playwrights is taking on race and privilege in the age of Trump by Peter Marks

“Our blackness in white spaces is so much more present than it ever was,” says “Slave Play” author Jeremy O. Harris.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Seeing Broadway’s ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ feels like a patriotic act. Here’s why. by Peter Marks

It’s the perfect moment for a play about the legal document, and Heidi Schreck is the perfect interpreter.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

‘The Lehman Trilogy’ is so good, it expands your sense of what three actors on a stage can conjure by Peter Marks

Sam Mendes’s production at Park Avenue Armory illuminates the riveting saga of a famous banking family.

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Broadway’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ will launch national tour at Kennedy Center; ‘Hamilton’ returns by Peter Marks

Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation will run in Washington for six weeks, starting in August 2020.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Temptations are now a Broadway musical. They’re going to make you love them. Again. by Peter Marks

“Ain’t Too Proud” at the Imperial Theatre is entertaining to the max.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

‘Into the Woods’ is one of Sondheim’s most popular musicals. A delightful revival at Ford’s Theatre reminds you why. by Peter Marks

Director Peter Flynn knows how to add playful luster to the witty fairy-tale show.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

John Quincy Adams is the anti-Trump in the new play ‘JQA’ by Peter Marks

Arena Stage produces the world premiere of Aaron Posner’s play, with four actors playing the same man.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

On Broadway, I just saw my first ‘Kiss Me, Kate.’ It was worth the wait. by Peter Marks

Kelli O’Hara is luminous in this Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Cole Porter’s musical.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Two new plays want us to think about power and art. You may be thinking about where to eat afterward. by Peter Marks

Neither “Queen of Basel” at Studio nor “Masterpieces . . .” at Signature achieves liftoff.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

‘Be More Chill’ found an audience online. But in a Broadway theater, it lost me. by Peter Marks

Another teenage-angst musical opens, and it’s a noisy slog.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

What’s it like behind the scenes at ‘My Fair Lady’? We went backstage with Laura Benanti. by Peter Marks

The Broadway production, and its new lead, brim with life, onstage and off.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Michael Cohen hearing wasn’t a hearing at all. It was cheap theatrics. by Peter Marks

A desultorily expanded version of “Twelve Angry Men” played out for hours on Capitol Hill.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Studio Theatre forces out its longtime acting school: ‘We are leaving that space that we loved’ by Peter Marks

“I can’t say I’m happy about that,” said Joy Zinoman, who will take the newly independent conservatory to a new location.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Co. do it again. But this time, the hip-hop show is all for laughs. by Peter Marks

“Freestyle Love Supreme” rap improv is an up-to-the-minute, old-fashioned hoot.

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Shakespeare Theatre’s new head announces his first season, from ‘Much Ado’ to a James Baldwin play by Peter Marks

Plus “Timon of Athens,” a new “Peter Pan,” a Branden Jacobs-Jenkins play and more.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Trouble? Ya got none in the Kennedy Center’s revival of ‘The Music Man.’ by Peter Marks

The latest musical-in-concert is Meredith Willson’s 1957 melody-packed gem.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Oh, Nell, you deserved better! ‘Nell Gwynn’ is a disappointing new play at the Folger. by Peter Marks

Flabby yarn doesn’t do the 16th-century stage legend justice.

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

This may be the funniest Super Bowl commercial. But it won’t make it to the game. by Peter Marks

Live from a New York stage — it was “Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical.”

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Alexander Hamilton had his life turned into a musical. Now, John Quincy Adams gets his turn, in a new play. by Peter Marks

“JQA,” Aaron Posner’s “work of historical fiction,” will debut in March at Arena Stage.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

‘Rent’ and I, we’ve been going together for 23 years. And not even ‘Rent Live’ could break us up. by Peter Marks

Fox production of Pulitzer and Tony-winning musical reminded me of where my heart still lies.

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Is Vladimir Putin box-office poison? In a new play, he’s certainly toxic enough. by Peter Marks

“Kleptocracy” at Arena Stage portrays the Russian president’s battle with an oligarch.

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