All stories by Peter Marks on BroadwayStars

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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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Jose Llana, an actor in a regal role who's whistling a happy tune by Peter Marks

An actor from Springfield, Va., grows up to be a Rodgers and Hammerstein King.

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A longtime D.C. actress tackles her first musical, and it’s by Sondheim by Peter Marks

With “A Little Night Music,” Holly Twyford must sing “Send in the Clowns.”

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Michael Moore should leave Broadway to the pros by Peter Marks

His amateurish “The Terms of My Surrender” trips on the headliner’s ego.

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When LuPone or Midler gets sick? The show must go on, and so must the sub by Peter Marks

An understudy for Patti LuPone gets a crash course in the Broadway limelight.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Laughing along with Michael Urie by Peter Marks

The actor's turn in “The Government Inspector” makes you eager for his Hamlet.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The president opens his mouth daily, and the American theater bites back by Peter Marks

Donald Trump might be a useful punching bag, but does it work on stage?

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Monday, July 24, 2017

The Kinsey Sicks: Outrageousness tinged with outrage by Peter Marks

“America’s Favorite Dragapella Barbershop Quartet” returns to Theater J.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Who ever wrote swoonier ballads than Rodgers and Hammerstein?   by Peter Marks

“The King and I” shows again the songwriters were master heart-melters.

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Rachel Bay Jones in ‘Evan Hansen’: ‘You wake up some mornings, and your chest hurts’ by Peter Marks

The Tony winner has let the role of the title character’s mom seep deep into her bones.

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‘Ugly Betty’s’ Michael Urie will be Michael Kahn’s last Hamlet by Peter Marks

 The actor studied the role under the D.C. Shakespeare director at Juilliard.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Oscar Isaac wrestles daringly with Hamlet by Peter Marks

"Hamlet,” down and dirty.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A theater festival in the bucolic countryside, but boiling underneath by Peter Marks

Six plays burst into life at West Virginia’s Contemporary American Theater Festival.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

‘1984’: Bloody and bloodless by Peter Marks

An adaptation that fails to do its famous source justice.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

The friendly specters of 'Ghost Light' work their incandescent charms by Peter Marks

A play that posits the love of theater is eternal.

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Friday, June 16, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Oskar Eustis: 'I felt my job was to try to make the issues of “Julius Caesar” as pertinent as they could be.' by Peter Marks

Eustis directs the production of the Shakespeare play that has come under attack from ultraconservative websites and even from one of President Trump's sons.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Why does it seem the Tonys still think the musical is the thing? by Peter Marks

The show should commit to doing better at giving straight plays a platform.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Picking the Tony Awards winners: It should be a big night for ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ by Peter Marks

Since the guesses by the press about how people vote is going so well these days, I thought I'd add my two cents.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

It’s prime time rhyme time with ‘School for Lies’ at Lansburgh Theatre by Peter Marks

Molière’s “The Misanthrope” is the launching point for fourth in David Ives’s clever series.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

‘Dear Evan Hansen’: the trail of a musical comet by Peter Marks

From the twinkle in writers’ eyes to the sparkle of Broadway, a musical comes into being.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

After 40 years, Howard Shalwitz to dismount from Woolly Mammoth by Peter Marks

Artistic director nurtured dramatists and shaped actors’ careers

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