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Thursday, May 26, 2022

To revive us, we need plays like the Pulitzer-winning ‘Fat Ham’ by Peter Marks

James Ijames’s comedy and Samuel H. Hunter’s “A Case for the Existence of God” amount to theatrical manna.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:54PM
Friday, May 20, 2022

World-premiere plays in D.C. confront trauma in stunning ways by Peter Marks

The very best of these, “John Proctor Is the Villain" at Studio Theatre, is nothing less than revelatory

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:06PM
Thursday, May 19, 2022

David Strathairn speaks for a Holocaust hero. It’s time to listen. by Peter Marks

Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn stars in "Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski" at Georgetown University.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:06PM

For Carol Burnett, the Sondheim award is personal by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre bestows its Stephen Sondheim Award on the legendary performer, who was the last person to be handpicked by Sondheim to receive the honor.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:12AM
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Ralph Fiennes, Jodie Comer and other stars light up London plays by Peter Marks

Great actors remind us why we go to the theater, even when we’re weary.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:54AM
Monday, May 9, 2022

Musical ‘A Strange Loop’ leads the 2022 Tony nominations, with 11 nods by Peter Marks

The nominations for the 75th Tony Awards were announced Monday morning.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:24AM
Friday, April 29, 2022

A bountiful Broadway season ends with laughs, thanks to ‘POTUS’ by Peter Marks

Selina Fillinger’s White House comedy is a hoot, but “Macbeth” and “The Skin of Our Teeth” disappoint

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:12PM
Thursday, April 28, 2022

Billy Crystal, bringing the funny in Broadway’s ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ by Peter Marks

A new musical version of his 1992 comedy has its official opening at the Nederlander Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:03AM
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

‘A Strange Loop’ is Broadway’s best new musical by Peter Marks

Michael R. Jackson’s dazzlingly one-of-a-kind Pulitzer winner features the smashing debut of Jaquel Spivey.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:37AM
Monday, April 25, 2022

With Neil Simon’s papers, Library of Congress just got a lot funnier by Peter Marks

Some 7,700 manuscripts, letters and other items belonging to the late Broadway playwright Neil Simon have been donated to the Library of Congress by his widow, Elaine Joyce.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:37AM

Beanie Feldstein attempts to scale ‘Funny Girl.' She almost makes it. by Peter Marks

The first revival of the vehicle that propelled Barbra Streisand has its official Broadway opening.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:07AM
Friday, April 22, 2022

Martin McDonagh, Paula Vogel add to spring bounty on Broadway by Peter Marks

“Hangmen" and “How I Learned to Drive” disturb and delight, while “For Colored Girls...” gets a nostalgic revival.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:24AM
Monday, April 18, 2022

Tracy Letts skewers America’s shames in stunning debut of ‘The Minutes’ by Peter Marks

The playwright’s scaldingly funny satire opens on Broadway.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:54PM
Sunday, April 17, 2022

A Russian director’s ‘Cherry Orchard’ shakes a theater to its roots by Peter Marks

A Russian director conjures Ukraine in a wildly imaginative version of "The Cherry Orchard."

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:36PM
Friday, April 15, 2022

Hello, gorgeous: ‘Funny Girl’s’ new Nicky by Peter Marks

Karimloo co-stars with Beanie Feldstein in one of the year’s biggest Broadway revivals.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:36AM

James McAvoy is a Cyrano knockout, and Sam Rockwell is a blast in Mamet by Peter Marks

McAvoy stars in a modern beatbox “Cyrano de Bergerac”; Rockwell joins Laurence Fishburne and Darren Criss in a socko “American Buffalo.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:03AM
Thursday, April 7, 2022

Jewish diversity is becoming an ever more vibrant issue onstage by Peter Marks

New efforts — a Black Shylock, commissions for Jewish playwrights of color — are occurring at the intersection of race and Judaism.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:33PM
Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Two new musicals dig into America’s past but fail to strike gold by Peter Marks

“Paradise Square” on Broadway, and “Suffs” off-Broadway, musicalize history without locating its heart.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:24PM
Monday, April 4, 2022

‘Take Me Out’ loads the Broadway bases with wit and incisive drama by Peter Marks

Richard Greenberg’s outstanding baseball play receives a top-notch revival at the Hayes Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:06PM
Thursday, March 31, 2022

‘Grace’ is a rousing new musical that could use fine-tuning by Peter Marks

Nolan Williams Jr. and Nikkole Salter’s story of a contentious family gathering makes its uneven debut at Ford's Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:33PM
Wednesday, March 30, 2022

In ‘Private,’ we ponder where to draw the line on surveillance by Peter Marks

A new play by Mona Pirnot explores the murky territory of corporate surveillance of employees

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:06PM
Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Parker, Broderick bring belly laughs back to Broadway in revival of ‘Plaza Suite’ by Peter Marks

"Plaza Suite," with Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, marks its official Broadway opening at the Hudson Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:42AM
Monday, March 28, 2022

A great actor tackles ‘The Merchant of Venice’ — one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays by Peter Marks

Shakespeare Theatre Company stages "The Merchant of Venice" with John Douglas Thompson as Shylock.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:03PM
Friday, March 25, 2022

‘The Folks at Home’ is playwright R. Eric Thomas’s paean to a beloved American staple by Peter Marks

Sitcom life risibly unfolds — without commercial interruption — on a Baltimore stage.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:12PM
Thursday, March 24, 2022

Theater J’s ‘Nathan the Wise’ highlights religious harmony — in 1192 by Peter Marks

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s 18th century play gets a refreshing adaptation by Michael Bloom.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:24PM
Wednesday, March 23, 2022

A Native American play goes on a major national tour with an unusual offer: Native Americans attend free by Peter Marks

Madeline Sayet's solo show, "Where We Belong" goes coast to coast, courtesy of Woolly Mammoth Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:06PM
Friday, March 18, 2022

‘Catch Me If You Can’ fizzled on Broadway. A new Arena Stage production loses altitude in much the same way. by Peter Marks

The 2011 musical, based on the 2002 movie, gets a overly glitzy, all too busy revival in Washington.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:42PM
Thursday, March 17, 2022

They bombed a theater in the Ukraine. Somewhere, Chekhov is weeping. by Peter Marks

The latest artistic casualty of war is the Drama Theater of Mariupol, mostly destroyed by an airstrike.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:54PM
Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Zelensky’s address to Congress was a dramatic appeal in three acts by Peter Marks

Using his performer’s instincts, the Ukrainian president captivated an American audience with plain talk and moving images.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:36PM
Friday, March 11, 2022

If you heart Broadway melodies, you’re bound to fall for ‘She Loves Me’ at Signature Theatre by Peter Marks

The 1963 musical gets the requisite TLC on the Arlington company’s intimate main stage.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:36PM
Thursday, March 3, 2022

Theater is more than ready for a springtime reseeding by Peter Marks

New offerings include ‘A Strange Loop’ on Broadway, National Capital New Play Festival, ‘Drumfolk’ at Arena and ‘Grace’ at Ford’s Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:06AM