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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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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville are the latest in a long line of distinguished actors to take the 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' by Peter Marks

NEW YORK — It’s come to that point in my relationship with “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” when the feeling is one of being on safari. Because I want to see lions. I’ve encounter…

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Why pay $100 and more for a theater ticket if you sleep during the performance? by Peter Marks

The A to Zzzzzz’s of audience shut-eye after the house lights go down.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

‘The Band’s Visit’ is the little musical that could by Peter Marks

In a season of blockbusters, a show with modest beginnings receives 11 Tony nominations.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Boy meets boy in ‘Girlfriend,’ and the audience falls for them both by Peter Marks

A modest but endearing coming-of-age musical is staged excellently by Signature Theatre.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

A critic goes to a Synetic preview and finds much to praise by Peter Marks

Company continues successful Shakespeare productions with “Titus Andronicus.”

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Monday, April 30, 2018

‘Snow Child’ at Arena Stage fails to melt hearts by Peter Marks

A new musical based on a tale of the frozen north better suited for fifth-graders.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Denzel Washington’s big star turn leads a strong ‘Iceman’ cast on Broadway by Peter Marks

O’Neill play, plus “Travesties” and “Saint Joan,” rounds out a season of old plays muscling out the new.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

If you’re waiting for a new take on ‘Waiting for Godot,’ you’ll wait some more. by Peter Marks

Druid’s version at the Lansburgh is handsome, smartly acted and, yes (yawn), utterly faithful.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

The charms of Harry Potter work on Broadway — but read the books first by Peter Marks

The book’s fans will make it difficult to get tickets to “The Cursed Child.”

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Women in classic musicals have to put up with a lot. Exhibits A and B: ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘Carousel’ by Peter Marks

Two landmark musicals with uncomfortable plots return to Broadway in the #MeToo era.

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The battle royal that's threatening Broadway's 'To Kill A Mockingbird' by Peter Marks

A major Broadway producer and the legal representative of author Harper Lee's estate square off in court over the fate of a stage version of "To Kill A Mockingbird."

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Signature Theatre offers up 'Billy Elliot,' 'Grand Hotel,' two world-premiere productions in 2018-19 by Peter Marks

Signature's 29th season will include “Grand Hotel” and “Billy Elliot, the Musical.”

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Monday, April 16, 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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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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‘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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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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