All stories by Peter Marks on BroadwayStars

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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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Monday, June 5, 2017

'A Doll's House, Part 2' extends on Broadway — big time by Peter Marks

A play moves toward hit status on Broadway.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the theatrical sun by Peter Marks

Where summer theater is concerned, give me a roof, four walls and adequate ventilation.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

DC Theater’s 2017-18 seasons: KenCen in full, Rebeck and Bedlam at Folger by Peter Marks and Nelson Pressley

Full details on KenCen’s ‘Hamilton’-powered slate.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Woolly’s ‘Hir’: laughing at the darkness by Peter Marks

Woolly Mammoth’s production recalls Sam Shepard’s family dramas.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

A quartet of actors take the gloves off in a play with four thrilling corners by Peter Marks

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” has Broadway audiences choosing sides and cheering.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

A transgender character bends traditional limits in Taylor Mac’s play ‘Hir’ by Peter Marks

The raucous absurd-realism comedy written by the Pulitzer finalist makes its regional debut in D.C.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Shakespeare’s ‘Timon of Athens’ takes a rare Washington bow by Peter Marks

With the stellar Ian Merrill Peakes, Folger Theatre stages lesser-known play.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Studio Theatre’s ‘The Father’ may mean more to students of medicine than drama by Peter Marks

A masterful Ted van Griethuysen carries the production of Florian Zeller’s play.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Even the gargoyles dance in Synetic’s fierce ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ by Peter Marks

The company makes a 19th-century French novel its own.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

The surprise smash of the Broadway season: ‘Come From Away’ by Peter Marks

A musical about kindness and humanity after Sept. 11 finds an enthusiastic audience.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

J.T. Rogers’s play ‘Oslo’ receives seven Tony nominations by Peter Marks

There’s nothing frosty about the diplomacy portrayed in the trenchant “Oslo.”

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tony Award nominations 2017: 'Natasha, Pierre' leads with 12 nominations by Peter Marks

Lead actor Ben Platt secured a nomination for his role as the angst-filled teenager.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

More than 100 years ago, Nora walked out of 'A Doll's House.' Now in 'A Doll's House, Part 2,' she walks back in. by Peter Marks

Playwright Lucas Hnath has a Broadway breakthrough with this wickedly intelligent play, inspired by Henrik Ibsen.

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Dumbing down the Bard: Are Americans too intellectually lazy to appreciate his genius? by Peter Marks

Why we see only four or five Shakespeare plays, over and over.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

GALA’s ‘In the Heights’: Party like it’s 2017 by Peter Marks

The D.C. company unveils a Spanish language version of a Lin-Manuel Miranda hit.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Why 'Put On Your Sunday Clothes' in 'Hello, Dolly!' is making people crazy happy by Peter Marks

"Put on Your Sunday Clothes” is the pick-me-up you need

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bette Midler and 'Hello, Dolly!' are a perfect match. Don't tell me you're surprised. by Peter Marks

With David Hyde Pierce's Horace Vandergelder as her humorous mark, Midler's Dolly hits a bull's eye.

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‘Fun Home’ is pure musical satisfaction by Peter Marks

The touring Tony-winning show is as good at the National Theatre as it is on Broadway.

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