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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Theresa Rebeck’s riff on Restoration comedy is not quite a smash by Peter Marks

Sneers at leisure class come across as stale in her “Way of the World.”

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Richard Thomas, Pamela Reed, Daisy Eagan are sublime in ‘The Humans’ by Peter Marks

Stephen Karam’s Tony-winning play arrives at the Kennedy Center.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

‘On Your Feet!’ isn’t profound. Just fun. by Peter Marks

The story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan proves to be a tunefully easy-listenin’ antidote.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

A critic taken with Lithgow’s ‘Stories by Heart’ lists 10 other favorite solo shows by Peter Marks

Actor’s sterling piece on Broadway prompts a look back at the best of a genre.

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Friday, January 5, 2018

In some musicals of yore, female characters deserve better. by Peter Marks

The headlines about sexual harassment awaken issues in productions from the past.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

You can easily fall into like with ‘An American in Paris’ by Peter Marks

Despite its Gershwin songbook and knockout choreography, the touring musical lacks passion.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

John Kander to receive a Signature Theatre honor named for an illustrious peer by Peter Marks

The celebrated composer, will be feted in Washington on March 19.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

My favorite things in 2017 theater in Washington, New York and beyond by Peter Marks

From the song of the year to a heartbreaking play with perfect pitch.

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Monday, December 4, 2017
Friday, December 1, 2017

Sail on, 'Titanic' — from Arlington to Seoul to . . . Broadway? by Peter Marks

A Tony winner gets a new life, maybe in New York, courtesy of a Korean producer.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A quick and handy introduction to the plays of an autumn in New York by Peter Marks

Here a play, there a play, everywhere a pretty good play.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A ‘Twelfth Night’ that’s great for any night by Peter Marks

Even if you’ve seen the oft-staged comedy before, Shakespeare Theatre shows you new magic.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The dark aims of Enda Walsh are partly achieved in Solas Nua’s ‘Misterman’ by Peter Marks

But the Ireland-oriented company stakes out a new neighborhood for D.C. theater.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

‘Mean Girls’ fans: Tina Fey’s musical is a singing, dancing revenge party, and it’s funny by Peter Marks

The music numbers need work in Fey’s musical version of her cult hit film

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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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