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Thursday, December 5, 2019

You oughta know this about ‘Jagged Little Pill’: It’s hard to swallow as a Broadway musical. by Peter Marks

Alanis Morissette’s breakthrough 1995 album breaks no new ground as theater.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Now hear this! Playwrights are making theater for the ears. Yes, that’s a thing. by Peter Marks

Audible produces plays designed to be listened to on its digital platform and maybe also seen off-Broadway.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

‘The Inheritance’ is epic in length, but not always in satisfaction by Peter Marks

Matthew Lopez’s two-part gay drama has its official Broadway opening.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

‘Newsies’ has legs. It’s the other parts that still need work. by Peter Marks

Arena Stage digs into the Disney catalogue for the first time with a well-danced version of the 1992 movie musical.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

In ‘Mockingbird,’ a deaf actor finally gets his wish: Not to be defined solely by deafness by Peter Marks

The acclaimed Russell Harvard joins the cast of a hit Broadway play — in a pair of hearing roles.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

‘White Pearl’ is an amusing take on the beauty business. But watch out — things get ugly. by Peter Marks

Studio Theatre stages the U.S. premiere of Anchuli Felicia King’s comedy.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

‘Amadeus’ at the Folger will be music to your ears by Peter Marks

Peter Shaffer’s massive play is fully realized in Richard Clifford’s production.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

As rock-star portrayals go, it doesn’t get any better than Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner by Peter Marks

The new jukebox musical “Tina” has its official opening at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

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‘A Chorus Line’ is back, and you’ll enjoy the new spring in its step. by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre revives the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning musical, with energy and heart.

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Government support for a song? How seven teens won their own piece of the American Dream. by Peter Marks

A National Endowment for the Arts competition rewards high school musical theater songwriters with Broadway-caliber recording sessions.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A cool musical where? The autumn season of plays at American Shakespeare Center is a rich one. by Peter Marks

Troupe debuts “The Willard Suitcases,” a show that calls forth the ghosts of a shuttered insane asylum.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

In ‘Theory,’ a professor lets students say anything they want online. Disaster follows. by Peter Marks

Mosaic Theater stages Norman Yeung’s erratic thriller.

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Signature Theatre will take over the Anthem for a buoyant summer run of ‘Mamma Mia!’ by Peter Marks

“We want this to be a huge dance party,” says Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Without Michael Bennett’s choreography, is it still ‘A Chorus Line’? by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre rewrites the road map of a storied Broadway show.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

A new play asks: Should the Internet let you erase your past bad acts? by Peter Marks

If only “Right to Be Forgotten” at Arena Stage were better at addressing this vital question.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Read all about it: Why Disney owns the live stage, too by Peter Marks

As the entertainment giant marks 25 years on Broadway, Arena Stage brings back “Newsies.”

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

For ‘Everybody,’ it’s not. This riff on ‘Everyman’ has archness all over it. by Peter Marks

A new era opens at Shakespeare Theatre Company on a minor key.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

David Byrne brings his entertaining brain to Broadway in ‘American Utopia,’ and it’s totally dope by Peter Marks

“American Utopia” bathes its audience in a collective cool.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Ever wondered how China sees America? ‘Soft Power’ offers amusing ideas. by Peter Marks

David Henry Hwang’s musical-in-a-play comes to New York’s Public Theater.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Don’t believe it if they claim ‘What to Send Up When it Goes Down’ isn’t for you. It is. by Peter Marks

Courtesy of Woolly Mammoth, a play tallies the toll of racism in contemporary America.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

You’ll groove to the pop hits in this stage revival of ‘Footloose.’ And nothing else. by Peter Marks

The Kennedy Center’s musicals-in-concert series hits a road bump with this 1998 show.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Four fine actresses bring order to a world undergoing climate change in Signature’s ‘Escaped Alone’ by Peter Marks

Caryl Churchill’s one-act play is expertly staged by Holly Twyford.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

‘Slave Play’ is a funny, scalding, walk along the boundary between black and white in America by Peter Marks

Jeremy O. Harris’s seriocomedy will be one of the most talked-about events of the theater season.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

How the Kennedy Center’s theater chief sniffs out Broadway-worthy winners by Peter Marks

Jeffrey Finn embarks on his third season of the popular Broadway Center Stage series with “Footloose.”

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Revealing the holes in August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ by Peter Marks

Ford’s Theatre revives longtime August Wilson crowd-pleaser, but it’s talky and lackluster.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Miranda and company devise raps on the spot. And you’re in your happy place. by Peter Marks

Hip-hop improv show “Freestyle Love Supreme” comes to Broadway.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

In ‘The Great Society,’ history marches numbingly on, and on, and on, and on by Peter Marks

Robert Schenkkan’s second Broadway play about LBJ sputters to a disappointing end.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

How chill can Broadway get? Lin-Manuel Miranda and company throw down some ‘Freestyle Love’ to find out. by Peter Marks

The hip-hop improv show has its official opening Oct. 2 at the Booth Theatre.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Mean girls are at home in Ghana, too by Peter Marks

Jocelyn Bioh’s ‘African Mean Girls Play’ launches Round House’s renovated theater.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

It’s a hard-knock life, but often a funny one, in August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ at Arena. by Peter Marks

Production directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson reincarnates a Tony-winning 2017 revival.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

This play aims to make you uncomfortable. And that’s a good thing. by Peter Marks

Woolly Mammoth Theatre guides Jackie Sibblies Drury’s “Fairview” to a sublime D.C. debut.

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