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Thursday, November 16, 2017

‘Crazy for You’ has got rhythm but isn’t wholly embraceable by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre revives a hit Gershwin “revisical” from the ’90s.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Why did the Tony Awards drop '1984'? It's a Broadway mystery. by Peter Marks

The strange case of the thwarted Tony nominator.

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You love theater? So do these 12 D.C. stage dynamos.  by Peter Marks

Get to know a younger breed of actors who are helping to define a vibrant theater town.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

'The Band's Visit' is gentle, soulful, tuneful - and the best new musical on Broadway by Peter Marks

An evocative show based on an Israeli movie opens as a irresistible entertainment

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

‘Vicuña’ is a comedy tailored to troubled political times by Peter Marks

At last, the Trump era, courtesy of Jon Robin Baitz, yields a truly fine play.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Go on, get inside Daniel Kitson’s head. You’ll find it a strange and funny place. by Peter Marks

The British monologuist comes to D.C. for the first time, with a new show.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

'Junk' is a play about debt. It owes us a better production. by Peter Marks

Playwright Ayad Akhtar explores Wall Street in the greedy '80s.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017

In nostalgic musical ‘The Honeymooners,’ Ralph is no king of the castle. by Peter Marks

The musical version of a cult TV sitcom of the 1950s is a dull affair.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Tina Fey has transformed her cult classic ‘Mean Girls’ into a pricey musical. Will it work? by Peter Marks

One of the Broadway season’s biggest events is trying out at the National Theatre. 

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A member of Pussy Riot is in a new play that dramatizes the group’s courage by Peter Marks

Political troupe Belarus Free Theatre brings “Burning Doors” to the D.C. area.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Say it out loud and proud: Michael Urie is a great actor. The latest proof is Harvey Fierstein's 'Torch Song.' by Peter Marks

Harvey Fierstein's landmark 1982 comedy-drama about gay life in New York is revived with uproarious élan at off-Broadway's Second Stage Theater.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

'Wilderness' sends teenagers into the wild to find themselves by Peter Marks

"Wilderness” is documentary storytelling for a 21st Century theater audience

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Shakespeare for modern times, done right — and wrong by Peter Marks

"Richard III” done well in German, and “Measure for Measure” muddled, in English

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

No doubt about it. Bruce Springsteen belongs on Broadway. by Peter Marks

“Springsteen on Broadway” is an affecting encounter with a great entertainer.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sex, drugs and rock and roll: sounds good? Turns out the formula’s not foolproof. by Peter Marks

Ambitious “I’ll Get You Back Again” at Round House Theatre is all over the place.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sex games in the afternoon, anyone? Harold Pinter knows how to write the rules. by Peter Marks

“The Lover” and “The Collection” at Shakespeare Theatre is half a great entertainment.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

57 plays in one evening? Who’d go to such a thing? You should. by Peter Marks

Fascinating “Love and Information” shows us humankind in bite-sized bits.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bruce Springsteen is a totally new thing for Broadway. Will it change because of him? by Peter Marks

The singer-songwriter prepares an intimate four-month residency on the Great White Way.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

In poignant 'Mary Jane,' Amy Herzog wants audiences to understand the toll of caring for a sick little boy by Peter Marks

The play at New York Theatre Workshop is a deeply moving account of a mother's devotion

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

‘Native Gardens’: Please, not in my backyard! by Peter Marks

Latino vs. white neighbors in a cliche-ridden comedy.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Detroit’s assembly line brought to vibrant life in ‘Skeleton Crew’ by Peter Marks

An important playwright, Dominique Morisseau, makes her Washington debut.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

In D.C. this season, it’s Lin-Manuel Miranda practically wall-to-wall by Peter Marks

Before “Hamilton,” three versions of “In the Heights,” including this breezy one in Olney.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Tickets to Bruce Springsteen on Broadway are on Stubhub for $8,500 each. Seriously? by Peter Marks

The Boss playing a Broadway theater leads to the inevitable friction at the box office.

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On Broadway, dramatic riches await, in both words and music by Peter Marks

“The Band’s Visit” and “Junk” are autumn highlights.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Bessie Smith lives again in the moody blues of ‘The Devil’s Music’ by Peter Marks

A bio-play at Mosaic Theater portrays a troubled, gifted singer.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

The Concert for America: A melodic charity takes to the road by Peter Marks

A benefit organization itself goes on tour, with stars, to raise money for service organizations for needy children and other causes.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Harold Prince, a Broadway master, deserves a better tribute show than this by Peter Marks

A stage retrospective of the career of director-producer Harold Prince lacks the verve of the man himself

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Signature opens season with ‘A Little Night Music,’ one of Sondheim’s precious gems by Peter Marks

Director Eric Schaeffer’s production is several cuts above the 2009 Broadway revival; Holly Twyford shines.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The New Evan Hansen is … Taylor Trensch by Peter Marks

The actor will be the permanent replacement for Tony winner Ben Platt.

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