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Thursday, October 29, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Binational playmaking takes exuberant, revealing form in the Russian-American ‘Flash Acts’ by Peter Marks

The online festival, dreamed up by singer Mary McBride and supported by Arena Stage and others, offers up 40 playlets in both languages.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

How imperiled is our democracy? ‘The Race’ wants you to weigh in. by Peter Marks

Georgetown and Sojourn Theatre revive a 2008 live format online for the 2020 election and the covid-19 era.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

The 2020 Tony nominations have been announced, and they’re the weirdest ever by Peter Marks

NEW YORK — Delayed and truncated, the 2020 Tony Award nominations were finally announced on Thursday, laying out the contenders in a painfully thin Broadway season upended and abridged by …

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The 2020 Tony nominations have been announced, and they’re the weirdest ever by Peter Marks

Aaron Tveit running unopposed for best actor? All the best scores are for plays? Hmm.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The ticket ‘Hamilton’ is selling now? Biden-Harris. by Peter Marks

The Tony-winning musical’s original cast is staging a benefit for the Democrats.

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Friday, October 9, 2020

More hardship on Broadway, as the theater shutdown pushes past Memorial Day by Peter Marks

Covid-19 continues to thwart the staging of plays, and some insiders doubt a broad rebound will happen before 2022.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks out in favor of another great man. This time, it’s his dad. by Peter Marks

A new HBO documentary, “Siempre, Luis,” celebrates the playwright’s father. And, yes, “Hamilton,” too.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

A play is birthed online, and I was in the delivery room by Peter Marks

Solas Nua unveils “The Emoji Play” after six months of trial and error.

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Renée Fleming and Vanessa Williams sang at the Kennedy Center. And it turned the electricity back on. by Peter Marks

The first indoor performance at the arts center since March 13 was a night to remember.

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Relief from Zoom sometimes comes in a box. A play in a box. by Peter Marks

A survey of theatrical enterprises, online and in the mail, including Acme Corporation’s “The Institute for Counterfeit Memory” and Olney Theatre Center’s “The Humans.”

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Monday, September 21, 2020

The union for actors on Broadway and in regional theaters endorses Biden-Harris by Peter Marks

Actors’ Equity stresses urgency of the choice in departing from a nonpartisan posture.

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave her life to the country — and her heart to the performing arts by Peter Marks

Stories of the late Supreme Court justice’s devotion to theater and opera go on and on.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Challenged to examine their White bias, some theater companies are taking on diversity — from the top by Peter Marks

A spate of recent hires suggests that an industry roiled by Black Lives Matter may at last be responding.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

To understand what’s going on in the streets of D.C., theaters are having stage artists make movies by Peter Marks

Arena Stage and Studio Theatre debut films and videos that speak to the rawness of the moment: “Now reality is ahead of anything we can create.”

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

While members of Congress chew the scenery, the arts wait for scraps by Peter Marks

The Shakespeare Theatre’s annual “Will on the Hill” fundraiser, this year online, underscores a glaring funding crisis.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

New York City can’t rebound without Broadway. And Broadway’s road back is uncertain. by Peter Marks

Why reopening the nation’s premier theater district is far more arduous than anybody predicted.

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Listen in as Dan Rather anchors the story of his own highly theatrical life by Peter Marks

“Stories of a Lifetime” jumps from off-Broadway to Audible, revealing glimpses of the CBS newsman on and off the job.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

I am a theater critic in New York. Not a hair salon in Dublin. Let me explain. by Peter Marks

How a comedy of errors on Irish Twitter led to an honorary doctorate in hairdressing.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

This actor and choreographer are on a mission: More black people running Broadway by Peter Marks

Theater vets Warren Adams and T. Oliver Reid have teamed up with a philanthropist to find jobs for young black colleagues.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

This prestigious New York theater has an unlikely season coming. All of the titles are TBA. by Peter Marks

New York Theatre Workshop, the birthplace of “Rent,” puts its faith in artistic “instigators.”

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Arena Stage is pinning its hopes on a five-play in-person season beginning in January by Peter Marks

“Celia and Fidel” is set to be the first play on a roster that includes two new musicals.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Shakespeare Theatre Company sheds a third of its staff by Peter Marks

Pandemic losses force more ‘tragic’ cuts, but the company vows to come back strong.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

These works by Richard Nelson and Lorraine Hansberry are some of the best plays online now by Peter Marks

“And So We Come Forth” and “Les Blancs” are powerful in very different ways.

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Once more unto the breach: Shakespeare returns to the Shenandoah Valley by Peter Marks

With coronavirus measures on and off the stage, American Shakespeare Center readies a July 25 restart.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

4 ideas for satisfying your imaginative appetite, online and on the page by Peter Marks

Your fine arts to-do list: Lorraine Hansberry, Michaelangelo, Richard Nelson and Shakespeare.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Broadway will remain shuttered until at least January by Peter Marks

No reopening date is scheduled, though producers are looking at next spring.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

As ‘Hamilton’ becomes a movie, suddenly we’re all in the room where it happens by Peter Marks

Lin-Manuel Miranda says “conventional wisdom is wrong”; now is the perfect time to stream the filmed version of his juggernaut stage musical.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Signature Theatre co-founder steps down amid accusations of sexual assault by Peter Marks

Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer leaves the Arlington company after allegations resurface on social media.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

What does a theater company do when it can’t make theater? Make a film. by Peter Marks

Arena Stage enlists playwrights, actors and ordinary people to represent one single day in the covid era. “May 22, 2020” debuts online this weekend.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

D.C. area theaters are mixed on reopening this year by Peter Marks

Theater J and Round House will stay shuttered until 2021. But Mosaic may be back this summer.

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