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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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Theresa Rebeck’s riff on Restoration comedy is not quite a smash by Peter Marks

Sneers at leisure class come across as stale in her “Way of the World.”

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A ticket for a bumpy ride to Eastern Europe is all this play offers by Peter Marks

“Everything Is Illuminated” meanders onto the Theater J stage.

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On this occasion, lots of bugs in Synetic Theater’s system by Peter Marks

Kafka’s ‘The Trial’ rests here on too many legs

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Kahn’s final ‘Hamlet’ at Shakespeare Theatre is off-key by Peter Marks

Michael Urie gives a showboat performance set in the proximity of “Homeland.”

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A sharp and wise play about girls devoted to soccer amid the pressures of teenage years by Peter Marks

“The Wolves” at Studio Theatre is a work that scores, and scores some more.

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Star Broadway team to bring a kinder, gentler president to Arena Stage by Peter Marks

“Dave,” the movie comedy starring Kevin Kline, will become “Dave” the musical.

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He absorbed all her high school drama expertise. And now he’s SpongeBob. by Peter Marks

Former Georgetown Day students recount their rise to leading roles on Broadway

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A new Native American drama meanders a bit uncertainly into Arena’s spotlight by Peter Marks

“Sovereignty” attempts the tricky task of making legal jurisdiction issues lively.

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10 ways to attend a play as the worst theatergoer you can be by Peter Marks

A handy guide to losing friends and irritating people.

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'August Rush' to debut as a musical next winter at Signature Theatre, with John Doyle directing by Peter Marks

The production boasts a director twice-honored with the Tony Award.

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‘Chess’ has the best cast of any musical this season. But the show itself has issues. by Peter Marks

Kennedy Center launches “Broadway Center Stage” concert series by enlisting Raul Esparza, Karen Olivo and other theater stars.

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‘Light Years’ is a new musical at Signature Theatre — with the emphasis on lite by Peter Marks

A member of the folk band Eddie From Ohio tries his hand at musical theater.

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‘Peepshow’ declares women aren’t tolerating the Harvey Weinsteins anymore by Peter Marks

A politically minded interactive troupe takes on male objectification and mistreatment.

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Will ‘Frozen’ succeed on Broadway with a British director and a different ending? by Peter Marks

Don’t worry, “Let it Go” is still in Michael Grandage’s stage version of the hit Disney movie.

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It's a Jolly 'Dolly' Day on Broadway with Bernadette Peters by Peter Marks

The smash-hit revival is as entertaining as ever

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What happens when a play about Palestinians goes to American campuses by Peter Marks

Mosaic Theater takes anguishing “I Shall Not Hate” on the road.

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'Anything Goes,' John Quincy Adams play 'JQA,' 'The Heiress,' 'Kleptocracy' on Arena's 2018-19 calendar by Peter Marks

The season announcement by one of Washington's best known theater companies.

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Why Woolly Mammoth Theatre’s new leader is a trailblazing choice by Peter Marks

Maria Manuela Goyanes of New York’s Public Theater will succeed Howard Shalwitz.

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The new Evan of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ proves to be a worthy standard-bearer by Peter Marks

Taylor Trensch takes over a role of instant legend from its originator, Tony winner Ben Platt.

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Why Sarah Burgess's D.C.-centric 'Kings' is a better play than its early reviews gave it credit for by Peter Marks

Sarah Burgess is a playwright who takes on the difficult subject of how systems go awry.

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Fans of the books will love Broadway’s Harry Potter — but will others? by Peter Marks

The “Cursed Child” plays come to the Big Apple, preparing to make a mint.

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Jimmy Buffett’s music comes to Broadway and, well, the beach party’s a dud by Peter Marks

“Escape to Margaritaville” is missing more than that shaker of salt.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt sing mash-up of 'Hamilton' and 'Dear Evan Hansen' to raise money for the gun-control march by Peter Marks

Two singular Broadway stars raise their voices together at a crucial political moment.

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