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Friday, April 28, 2017

Spine: ‘Three Sisters’ by the Maly Drama Theatre at the Kennedy Center by Robert Michael Oliver

With the Maly Drama Theatre’s Three Sisters, playing through April 30 at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theatre, theatre lovers will feast on every slow motion wonderment, every…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Review: ‘Smart People’ at Arena Stage by Robert Michael Oliver

As soon as the lights come up on Lydia R. Diamond’s Smart People, now playing at Arena’s Kreeger Theater, the focus is clear. Or is it? Are four really “smart” people…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spine: ‘Or,’ not as in Either, at Round House Theatre by Robert Michael Oliver

First of all, for theatre lovers, there is nothing as delightful as watching three top notch actors have fun on stage, and with Holly Twyford, Gregory Linington, and Erin Weaver you’ll…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Review: Geoffrey Keezer Trio with special guest Gillian Margot at the KC Jazz Club by Robert Michael Oliver

As soon as the Trio finished  Thelonius Monk’s “Brilliant Corners”, the KC Jazz Club exploded in applause. Some music is not listened to: it is experienced, your body vibr…

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spine: ‘A Human Being Died That Night’ at Mosaic Theater Company by Robert Michael Oliver

About midway through Mosaic Theater’s A Human Being Died That Night, Eugene de Kock, serving two life sentences for murder and assassination, turns to his interviewer, Pumla Gobodo-M…

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Review: ‘Back to Methuselah Part 3: As Far as Thought Can Reach’ at Washington Stage Guild by Robert Michael Oliver

George Bernard Shaw loves words. Even his stage directions are wordy. He also loved ideas, philosophy, aesthetics, politics… In Back to Methuselah Part 3: As Far as Thought Can Reach, …

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Review: ‘Battlefield’ at The Kennedy Center by Robert Michael Oliver

In The Empty Space Peter Brook declared that the stage has “two rules: (1) Anything can happen and (2) Something must happen.” In Battlefield, his collaboration with Marie-Hélène Estie…

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Review: ‘Where Can I Find Someone Like You, Ali?’ in Collaboration with Sundance Institute Theatre Program at The Kennedy Center by Robert Michael Oliver

Sometimes a story is so unique it needs no explanation. Sometimes a story dares you to disbelieve. Sometimes a story… Where Can I Find Someone Like You, Ali? is such a story. And as wr…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review: ‘Antigonón, un contingente épico’ at The Kennedy Center by Robert Michael Oliver

As the audience gathers in the Eisenhower, antique footage rolls on the screen: people gathering, moving, marching. José Martí, Cuban national hero, poet, and revolutionary flashes on the …

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: ‘What Every Girl Should Know’ and ‘Dry Land’ in Rep at Forum Theatre by Robert Michael Oliver

One hundred years separate the young women in What Every Girl Should Know and Dry Land, now playing in rep at Forum Theatre. In Monica Byrne’s What Every Girl Should Know, the fou…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: ‘Needles and Opium’ at The Kennedy Center by Robert Michael Oliver

Sometimes the viewer of a theatrical experience can only sit in wonder at the spectacle, not because elephants dance on soccer balls or trapeze artists spiral on silken threads, but becaus…

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review: ‘The Select (The Sun Also Rises)’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Robert Michael Oliver

The Elevator Repair Service’s production of The Select (The Sun also Rises) opened at the Lansburgh Theatre Monday, and I’m certain that Earnest Hemingway’s 1926 debut nove…

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Review: Regina Carter: ‘Simply Ella’ at The Kennedy Center by Robert Michael Oliver

Regina Carter and her violin: a human voice has never sounded so true. If you get a chance to experience Regina Carter: Simply Ella, the jazz quintet composed of Regina Carter (violin), Marv…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Review: ‘All My Sons’ at The George Washington University’s Department of Theatre and Dance by Robert Michael Oliver

Some plays survive the test of time. Arthur Miller’s All My Sons is such a play. And the production mounted by The George Washington University’s Department of Theatre and Dance …

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Spine: ‘King Charles III’ at The Shakespeare Theatre Company by Robert Michael Oliver

They sure don’t make kings like they used to. And maybe that’s a good thing. Mike Bartlett’s historical fantasy, King Charles III, based loosely (very loosely) on the curr…

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Review: Jazzmeia Horn at the Kennedy Center Jazz Club by Robert Michael Oliver

To understand the voice of Jazzmeia Horn — whether it’s embodying her own ballad, the cleverly romantic, soft “Legs and Arms,” or taking on the role of an instrumenta…

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Review: ‘Watch on the Rhine’ at Arena Stage by Robert Michael Oliver

Lillian Hellman’s Watch on the Rhine came to DC for a command performance on January 25, 1942. The occasion: Franklin Roosevelt’s 60th birthday. America had just entered World Wa…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Spine: Love and Wit in ‘As You Like It’ at the Folger Theatre by Robert Michael Oliver

Now playing at the Folger Theater, a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch and produced in association with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festiva…

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Spine: ‘Mack, Beth’ a ‘Macbeth’ for the Cyber Age at Keegan Theatre by Robert Michael Oliver

Mack, Beth by Chris Stezin, now playing at The Keegan Theatre, is a Macbeth for the Cyber Age. Set in a world where death by dagger is replaced by death by fake news, Mack, Beth makes a pers…

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Spine: Consciousness, Conscience, and ‘The Hard Problem’ at The Studio Theatre by Robert Michael Oliver

Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem isn’t so much about consciousness and the existence of subjectivity, “the hard problem” elucidated by contemporary Australian philosop…

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Spine: ‘Silent Sky’ at Silver Spring Stage by Robert Michael Oliver

On occasion, a play comes along with a bit of history, a bit of uncovered history, and that history changes the nature of the universe. Silent Sky is that sort of play. Lauren Gunderson’s …

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Review: ‘The Gabriels’ at the Kennedy Center by Robert Michael Oliver

For those who are familiar with Richard Nelson’s 4-play cycle, The Apple Family Plays, his The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family, now on stage at the Kennedy CenterR…

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Spine: ‘Charm’ at the Mosaic Theater Company of DC by Robert Michael Oliver

Philip Dawkins’ Charm takes on a high order: it wants to charm you. And to do that its lead character, Mama, has to be more than charming. She has to charm your disbelief, your cynical…

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Review: Handel’s ‘Messiah’ by NSO at The Kennedy Center by Robert Michael Oliver

Messiah is perhaps the best known of the German-born but London-settled composer George Frideric Handel. Profoundly religious, the three-part Oratorio moves from the prophecy of Christ to h…

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Spine: Pointless Theatre’s ‘King Ubu’—No, That’s Not Donald Trump You See Sitting on That Crapper by Robert Michael Oliver

Ironically, and full of unintended consequences, while watching Pointless Theatre’s production of Alfred Jarry’s King Ubu  (yes, that’s who wrote this play, translated afresh by G…

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Review: ‘The Greatest Holiday Special (N)ever’ at Silver Spring Stage by Robert Michael Oliver

The Greatest Holiday Special (N)ever, by Silver Spring Stage in collaboration with The Coil Project (a local company that writes and produces original work), is the perfect Christmas show fo…

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Review: ‘Picnic’ at The Catholic University of America by Robert Michael Oliver

Picnic comes to Catholic. And by the time it’s over, lives are overturned, dreams are rekindled, and who knows what will happen next. William Inge, master playwright of the heartland, cap…

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Spine: ‘Moby Dick’ Inside Jonah’s Whale at Arena Stage by Robert Michael Oliver

“Jonah,” I said to myself as soon as I laid eyes upon the set of Lookingglass Theatre Company’s Moby Dick. Large, curved rib-bones thrusting upward, form a cradle: “I…

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Spine: The Second City’s ‘Black Side of the Moon’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company by Robert Michael Oliver

“We are not a monolith! We are not a monolith! We are not a monolith!” chanted the six-member cast at the start of Woolly Mammoth’s Second City’s Black Side of the Moon. And,…

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Spine: ‘Straight White Men’ by Young Jean Lee at The Studio Theatre by Robert Michael Oliver

Young Jean Lee’s theatre, entitled Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company (2003-2016), was dedicated to producing “shows written and directed by Young Jean Lee.” The compan…

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Spine: ‘Milk Like Sugar’ at Mosaic Theater Company by Robert Michael Oliver

America is but an expensive iPhone. If you’ve got that, and its Pink with a sexy ringtone, then you’re in, as in the “in” crowd. Now, all you need is a baby. Or so se…

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