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Thursday, February 20, 2020

This gutsy new ‘West Side Story’ is unlike any you’ve seen — and it’s exhilarating by Peter Marks

Director Ivo van Hove and choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker put a thrillingly distinctive stamp on a beloved musical.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

See ‘The Amen Corner’ and feel the power of James Baldwin by Peter Marks

Shakespeare Theatre Company revives a rarely seen gospel play.

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Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick revive a Broadway tradition: An out-of-town play tryout by Peter Marks

Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” with John Benjamin Hickey directing, has a Boston trial run.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

It was a dark and stormy night at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, as the talk turned to Trump . . . by Peter Marks

Ann Washburn’s “Shipwreck” is the latest play to take on a confounding political era.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Can this generation’s Tony and Maria find their place in yet another ‘West Side Story’? by Peter Marks

Director Ivo van Hove’s radically reimagined Broadway production has its official opening Feb. 20.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Here’s to Washington’s Victor Shargai: A fan, a catalyst, a mensch of the theater by Peter Marks

The region’s theaters will dedicate their performances to the late theater advocate on Valentine’s Day.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Like ‘Black Swan,’ this new ‘Phantom of the Opera’ raises goose bumps with pirouettes by Peter Marks

Synetic Theater tackles Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel in ballet form.

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Get a load of the exuberant new sister act: Mary and Martha Clarke, singing outlaw heroes of ‘Gun & Powder’ by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre stages the world premiere of Angelica Chéri and Ross Baum’s new musical.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

People said her great-great-aunts posed as white and robbed banks. So she wrote a musical about them. by Peter Marks

“Gun & Powder” will have its world premiere at Signature Theatre, where librettist-lyricist Angelica Chéri can’t wait for her family to see it.

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Friday, January 31, 2020

‘Next to Normal’ is back. It’s still a glorious, heartbreaking experience. by Peter Marks

Rachel Bay Jones and Brandon Victor Dixon lead a thrilling Kennedy Center revival.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Beware. This stylish ‘Medea’ adaptation offers no escape, for Rose Byrne or for you. by Peter Marks

Director Simon Stone revisits the classic tale of a woman bent on revenge, co-starring Bobby Cannavale.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

A Palestinian play comes to the Kennedy Center, offering a comedic olive branch by Peter Marks

‘Grey Rock,’ by a Palestinian Jewish writer-director, is on a unique U.S. tour.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

A theater highlight for D.C.: James Baldwin’s rarely seen ‘Amen Corner’ by Peter Marks

Shakespeare Theatre Company is staging its idea of a modern classic.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

In ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns,’ a searing indictment of the Taliban’s treatment of women by Peter Marks

Arena Stage brings to Washington a powerful play based on Khaled Hosseini’s novel.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Tried and true formulas work in ‘A Soldier’s Play’ and ‘Grand Horizons’ by Peter Marks

Two new Broadway productions make the most of familiar plots and patterns.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ as a sitcom? Call it ‘The Bardy Bunch.’ by Peter Marks

Folger Theatre has a funny idea in mind. On this occasion, it falls flat.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Dominique Morisseau’s ‘Pipeline’ looks at a troubled young man, and who failed him by Peter Marks

The play by the librettist of the musical “Ain’t Too Proud” is the latest Studio Theatre offering.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Laura Linney, going it alone on Broadway as both a mother and her estranged daughter by Peter Marks

“My Name Is Lucy Barton,” based on Elizabeth Strout’s novel, has its official New York opening.

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

‘My Fair Lady’ at the Kennedy Center is sheer melodious pleasure by Peter Marks

The touring production matches the splendid Broadway version.

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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Shereen Ahmed dreamed of playing Eliza Doolittle, not Princess Jasmine. Her wish came true. by Peter Marks

The actress blazes a trail in the national tour of “My Fair Lady” premiering at the Kennedy Center.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

It’s been 18 years since 9/11, but ‘Come From Away’ will still bring you to tears by Peter Marks

The irresistible musical returns to D.C. amid its triumphant Broadway run.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

This charming new version of J.M. Barrie’s timeless play is all about girl power by Peter Marks

Wendy dreams big in Shakespeare Theatre’s “Peter Pan and Wendy.”

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

‘Woman in Black’ wants to scare you the old-fashioned way by Peter Marks

A London warhorse trots into Washington at an unsurprising pace, aiming to give you goose bumps.

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Out of dozens and dozens of plays and musicals, these deserved the hottest spotlight by Peter Marks

The slate included “Fairview,” “Lehman Trilogy,” “A Chorus Line” — and a new musical in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

‘Greater Clements’ is the best new play of the year by Peter Marks

Playwright Samuel D. Hunter and actress Judith Ivey collaborate on a deeply felt drama.

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Kennedy Center Honors: It’s a boogie wonderland by Peter Marks

The 42nd annual ceremony, to be televised Dec. 15, recognizes Earth, Wind & Fire, “Sesame Street,” Linda Ronstadt, Sally Field and Michael Tilson Thomas.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

You oughta know this about ‘Jagged Little Pill’: It’s hard to swallow as a Broadway musical. by Peter Marks

Alanis Morissette’s breakthrough 1995 album breaks no new ground as theater.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Now hear this! Playwrights are making theater for the ears. Yes, that’s a thing. by Peter Marks

Audible produces plays designed to be listened to on its digital platform and maybe also seen off-Broadway.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

‘The Inheritance’ is epic in length, but not always in satisfaction by Peter Marks

Matthew Lopez’s two-part gay drama has its official Broadway opening.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

‘Newsies’ has legs. It’s the other parts that still need work. by Peter Marks

Arena Stage digs into the Disney catalogue for the first time with a well-danced version of the 1992 movie musical.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

In ‘Mockingbird,’ a deaf actor finally gets his wish: Not to be defined solely by deafness by Peter Marks

The acclaimed Russell Harvard joins the cast of a hit Broadway play — in a pair of hearing roles.

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