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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Nina Simone: Four Women’ at Arena Stage by Stephanie House

In Nina Simone’s “Sinnerman” a man runs all over creation looking for a place to hide, while Simone asks him repeatedly, “Oh Sinnerman, where you gonna run to?” It’s not unlike t…

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Top Girls’ at Keegan Theatre by Stephanie House

In the original 1982 New York Times review of the Public’s production of “Top Girls,” critic Frank Rich explained the way that the playwright Caryl Churchill sees the theatre as “an …

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Wilderness’ at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by Stephanie House

There are plays that leave you breathless, there are plays that leave you speechless. “Wilderness” is one of those plays that doesn’t leave you when you walk out of the theatre, in a t…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘The Effect’ at Studio Theatre by Stephanie House

Recently, I was watching a movie from a franchise that deals heavily with superheroes, and one scene, in particular, gave me pause. In this scene, a character triumphantly throws a bag of pr…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Stones in His Pockets’ at Keegan Theatre by Stephanie House

Tucked away in the heart of America’s capital is a little slice of the Emerald Isle known as the Keegan Theatre. This theatre is so connected to their Irish roots, in fact that they have p…

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘The Arsonists’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre by Stephanie House

On August 18th, 2016, in the height of the campaign season months before election night, The New Yorker published a cartoon from Paul Noth that is still eerily relevant over a year later. It…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Skeleton Crew’ at Studio Theatre by Stephanie House

Dominique Morrisseau began writing “Skeleton Crew” when she met a woman who was living in her car in the parking lot of a hotel in her hometown of Detroit. She remembers being devastated…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Big Fish’ at The Keegan Theatre by Stephanie House

“Big Fish” is one of those shows whose origin feels a little bit like a game of telephone. Before it was a musical, it was a critically acclaimed movie by Tim Burton, with a screenplay b…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Night Seasons’ at Quotidian Theatre by Stephanie House

In a 1986 interview with the New York Times, screenwriter and playwright Horton Foote once said, “I’ve known people that the world has thrown everything at to discourage them, to kill th…

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Fringe Review: ‘Abortion Road Trip’ by Theatre Prometheus at Trinidad Theatre by Stephanie House

We drove up in our car and were faced with huge blown up signs of fetuses, babies, and a man on a megaphone screaming things at a couple of peaceful women in simple red sashes who blocked th…

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Fringe Review: ‘Quantum Suicide: A Professional Talk with Sophia Miller’ by Reliant Theatre in association with Nu Sass Productions at Caos on F by Stephanie House

Tennessee Williams once said, “There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself…

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘When We Were Young and Unafraid’ at The Keegan Theatre by Stephanie House

From Sarah Treem, the woman who brought you the incredibly nuanced and stimulating play “The How and The Why” comes another incredibly stimulating and nuanced play, “When We Were Young…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Master Class’ at Metro Stage by Stephanie House

Before Patti Lupone took on the role of Maria Callas in Terrence McNally’s “Master Class,” the New York Times hailed it as “actor proof.”  However, as “art is domination” …

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘H.M.S Pinafore’ at The Georgetown Gilbert and Sullivan Society by Stephanie House

My acquaintance with Gilbert and Sullivan began, as most high school theatre kids’ do, with the tongue twister song “Modern Major General” from “The Pirates of Penzance.” We wo…

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Theater Review: ‘The How and the Why’ at Theater J by Stephanie House

A play about the biological origins of menstruation? When he first heard about it, even Theatre J’s esteemed artistic director, Adam Immerwahr, remembers being skeptical. But as he worked …

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘Mack, Beth’ at Keegan Theatre by Stephanie House

Does the curse of the Scottish play still apply when the play is stylized “Mack (comma) Beth”? If the audience’s reception is any indication, I would say no. Keegan Theatre has shown o…

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Theatre Review: ‘The Hard Problem’ at Studio Theatre by Stephanie House

After a tirade from her tutor about the nature of human beings being derived from their status as animals and not from any superiority to the other creatures living in the world, Hilary reto…

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ at Keegan Theatre by Stephanie House

Sydney Poitier said it best when he said “So much of life, it seems to me is determined by pure randomness.” John Guare might have had this quote in mind when he was writing “Six Degre…

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Eurydice’ at NextStop Theatre by Stephanie House

“I’ll give this letter to a worm and hope that it reaches you.” With those words Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice’s absurd and ancient world is encapsulated. The play is an award-winning mode…

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Witch’ at Convergence Theatre by Stephanie House

There are few mythical creatures in our culture as pervasive as the witch. Especially around this time of year, it’s hard to go anywhere without seeing them leering at you from advertiseme…

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘What We’re Up Against’ at The Keegan Theatre by Stephanie House

It’s been quite a year for men who know next to nothing about certain industries talking over women who’ve made careers out of the same industry. I think that’s partially what inspired…

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Man of La Mancha’ at The Arlington Players by Stephanie House

Can I make a confession to you, theatregoer? “Man of La Mancha” is one of my all-time favorite plays, and this production by the Arlington Players reminded me of all of the reasons why! …

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘A Collective Rage: A Tale in Five Boops’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre by Stephanie House

At the height of the action of Jen Silverman’s “A Collective Rage: A Tale in Five Boops,” one of the Boops joyfully exclaims “art is danger and profit!” The full title: “In Essen…

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘The Last Schwartz’ at Theater J by Stephanie House

The origin story of “The Last Schwartz” is equally as endearing as its actual story. This was actually Deborah Zoe Laufer’s first play, and it was read as part of a reading of …

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Lobby Hero’ at 1st Stage by Stephanie House

In one of my previous jobs, I walked past the security guard, let’s call him Fred, every morning. Sometimes I would be running trying to get to work on time. Other times, I would be amblin…

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Theatre Review: Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at the Kennedy Center by Stephanie House

The Kennedy Center is an institution, inspiring awe from the moment you walk in the door. You get to your seat and the stage is an Elizabethan hall, with light filtering through the latticew…

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Fringe Review: ‘H5x7’ by Barabbas Theatre Company by Stephanie House

Shakespeare’s Henry V famously begins “O for a muse of fire that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention, a kingdom for a stage, princes to act and monarchs to behold the swelling…

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘We Know How You Die’ by Upright Citizens Brigade at Woolly Mammoth by Stephanie House

It seems a little presumptuous to write a review of something so amorphous as improvisational comedy. It was always an enigma to me, being so married to the written word. It was my worst sub…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Hand to God’ at Studio Theatre by Stephanie House

It’s a lovely Sunday morning in July where Jesus smiles down upon the congregation of Mount Logan Lutheran Church, who’ve just gathered round the basement in order to see the world premi…

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Theatre Review: ‘Waiting for Godot’ at Capital Fringe Theater Festival by Stephanie House

When J. Robert Oppenheimer was called upon to discuss his participation in the Manhattan Project and witnessing the destruction wrought by the invention, he recalled a quote from the Bhagava…

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Theatre Review: ‘Romanov’ at Capital Fringe by Stephanie House

When Lin Manuel Miranda announced at the 2009 White House Poetry Jam that he was planning on writing a rap musical based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, he was met with outright laughter.…

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