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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

If you imagined South Africa’s racial struggles ended with Mandela, think again. by Peter Marks

‘The Fall’ at Studio Theatre portrays post-Apartheid life for black students.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

If Shakespeare in Russian is on your bucket list, here’s your chance to cross it off. by Peter Marks

“Measure for Measure” comes to Kennedy Center via Declan Donnellan and Cheek by Jowl.

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The ‘Beetlejuice’ team needed a songwriter. It was time for a ‘Perfect’ choice. by Peter Marks

Australian composer Eddie Perfect wrote the score for the film-based musical premiering at D.C.’s National Theatre.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

With Dylan songbook, ‘Girl From North Country’ is a triumph by Peter Marks

Written and directed by Conor McPherson, the musical showcases healing power of song.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

This ‘Vanya’ is a teachable moment — for how to stage a classic play today by Peter Marks

It is an eternal challenge to get Chekhov right. Richard Nelson and Jay O. Sanders do.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Two critics debate a rare rehashing of a revised ‘Macbeth,’ singing witches and all by Peter Marks

Folger Theatre revisits a Restoration-era version of the tragedy.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Tell your friends about the disturbing ‘Gloria,’ but do not tell them the plot. by Peter Marks

Woolly Mammoth Theatre stages Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s office dramedy.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Forget the cliches. The director behind the new ‘Beetlejuice’ musical is known for breaking the rules. by Peter Marks

The world premiere of Alex Timbers’s show is set for next month at D.C.’s National Theatre.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

The dilemma for Shakespeare theaters: Increasing audiences without selling their souls by Peter Marks

With generations of older, devoted playgoers getting grayer, costs of production rising and entertainment competition ever stiffer, North America's temples of Shakespeare are being compelled…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

The dilemma for Shakespeare theaters: Increasing audiences without selling their souls by Peter Marks

A look at how classical companies try to sell tickets in an era of stiff competition.

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Fall for the ravishing music in ‘Passion,’ not the love triangle’s melodrama by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre revives Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony-winning musical

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

‘Pretty Woman’ is another movie-to-stage dud by Peter Marks

If you’re thinking of seeing a musical based on a film, don’t. It was better on screen.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The provocative Mike Daisey is a straight-shooter in his solo show about guns. by Peter Marks

The monologuist is back at Woolly Mammoth Theatre for “The Story of the Gun.”

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Despite top-notch cast and crew, ‘Dave’ dissolves into camp by second act by Peter Marks

A world premiere musical at Arena Stage has enjoyable moments, though it needs work. 

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Friday, July 27, 2018

The Kennedy Center Honors are taking a risk by awarding ‘Hamilton’ — but it’s worth it by Peter Marks

The musical’s section is heartening tribute to American theater

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Can ‘Dave,’ a feel-good musical about a humane president, make Washington feel better? by Peter Marks

The beloved film comedy adds melodies in its pre-Broadway tryout at Arena Stage.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Temptations musical hits D.C. before going to Broadway — and the dancing is dazzling by Peter Marks

The story? It’s what you’d expect from a jukebox musical.

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An anguished cadre of Israeli playwrights looks to America to stage its work by Peter Marks

Joshua Sobol’s “The Last Act” had its world premiere in Boston, not Tel Aviv.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

‘On the Town’ is off its mark in fumbling production by Peter Marks

Olney Theatre Center’s revival has a great Bernstein score, but it needs more seasoning.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Sure Lancelot is dreamy, but  ‘Camelot’ owes its success to a wistful audience by Peter Marks

Shakespeare Theatre Company has the largest day of ticket sales in its history.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Will ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ be better than other jukebox musicals? by Peter Marks

The Kennedy Center hosts a tryout of a musical about the Temptations that aims for Broadway.

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‘Hamilton’ opens in Washington, and it’s a worthy successor to Broadway  by Peter Marks

The award-winning musical begins its stay at the Kennedy Center with a superb touring cast.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

‘The Vagrant Trilogy’ is a night of revelation, a glimpse of the Middle East we rarely see by Peter Marks

D.C.’s Mosaic Theater Company mounts a penetrating world premiere

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Friday, June 8, 2018

‘How to Succeed’ is a tired musical whose sexist humor is a little tired, too. by Peter Marks

The 1961 show is exuberant but worse for wear in the Kennedy Center’s concert revival.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Here are the plays that should have been nominated for a Tony. None were on Broadway. by Peter Marks

A critic’s dream of how the theater’s premier awards should cast.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Forum Theatre, a small local gem, to close its doors by Peter Marks

The Silver Spring-based company is shuttering after 14 years.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Broadway plays host to an erratic ‘The Boys in the Band’ with Parsons and Quinto by Peter Marks

Fifty years on, the Mart Crowley play finally arrives on the theater world’s biggest platform.

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Signature Theatre can’t save ‘Scottsboro Boys’ from its own self-righteousness by Peter Marks

Revival of 2010 Kander and Ebb musical still suffers from overabundant sermonizing.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Modern-day Washington giving you the blues? As a pick-me-up, try a dose of ‘Camelot.’ by Peter Marks

Shakespeare Theatre Company revives a classic musical in smart fashion.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The small-cast ‘Saint Joan’ at Folger Theatre is a mighty big deal. by Peter Marks

Bedlam’s theater Eric Tucker stages Shaw’s famous play with wit and deftness.

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