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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Regional News & Reviews - Washington, D.C. - "John Proctor Is the Villain" - 5/2/22 by Susan Berlin

John Proctor Is the Villain, receiving its world premiere in the Mead Theater at Washington's Studio Theatre, takes a sharp and entertaining look at modern high school students and how they…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:57AM
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Washington's Signature Theatre World Premier: "Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing" by Susan Berlin

Without Debra Monk, Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing, James Lapine's play with music receiving its world premiere production at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, would simply be an amiable…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:35PM
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"Salomé," "Avenue Q," "Yerma" Lead at 2016 Helen Hayes Awards by Susan Berlin

The Shakespeare Theatre Company's production of Salomé and the Constellation Theatre Company's production of Avenue Q each received seven Helen Hayes Awards at the 32nd annual ceremony, May…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:47AM
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Arena Stage "All the Way" by Susan Berlin

All the Way, Robert Schenkkan's crackling Tony Award-winning play now at Arena Stage in Washington, lays out the high stakes that faced Lyndon Baines Johnson (Jack Willis) in the first year …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:46AM
Monday, February 22, 2016

DC's Sigature Theatre: "Road Show" by Susan Berlin

Director Gary Griffin has adapted his 2014 Chicago production for the current run in the MAX Theatre at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, and it's polished if, in large part, emotion…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 11:11AM
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Moisés Kaufman & Eduardo Machado's "Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical" by Susan Berlin

The creative team has moved the action from 19th-century Seville, Spain, to Havana in 1958, shortly before Fidel Castro's supporters came to power against the dictator Fulgencio Batista. In …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:01AM
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

"Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 and 3)" by Susan Berlin

Suzan-Lori Parks' epic work Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 and 3), at Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland, fascinates on both the intellectual and emotional levels. With i…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:00AM
Saturday, December 19, 2015

"Bright Star" at Kennedy Center by Susan Berlin

It's professionally done, with a top-notch cast and musicians, but it's so guileless as to seem precious at times.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 01:05PM
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

New Mosaic Theater Company of DC Premieres Jay O. Sanders' "Unexplored Interior..." by Susan Berlin

Unexplored Interior (This is Rwanda: The Beginning and End of the Earth) is a dazzling success ... Neither the controversy nor the success surrounding the production is completely unexpected…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:22AM
Monday, October 12, 2015

"Bad Dog" at Olney Theatre Center by Susan Berlin

Addiction, and how people deal with it, has become a common subject for dramatic treatment, but Bad Dog, Jennifer Hoppe-House's play now receiving a "rolling world premiere" production at th…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:12AM

Signature Theatre DC Premieres "Cake Off" Musical by Susan Berlin

Creative talents Adam Gwon, Julia Jordan join Sheri Wilner in adapting her original play. The setting of the 95-minute musical, with no intermission, is the 1996 "Millberry Cake Off," where …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:12AM
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Ford's Theatre Premieres Jessica Dickey's "The Guard" by Susan Berlin

... a sweet, amiable and not terribly deep consideration of the role of art in life.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 02:02PM
Friday, July 31, 2015

"Dear Evan Hansen" World Premiere at Arena Stage by Susan Berlin

The entire cast is operating at the top of its skills, but Platt's impassioned performance serves as the core and anchor of the production.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:49PM
Monday, June 1, 2015

Woolly Mammoth "Zombie: The American" by Susan Berlin

Robert O'Hara's comic-tragic-romantic-political mashup, is the kind of engrossing, utterly out-there play that has made the reputation of Washington's Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Under t…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 11:04AM
Monday, May 25, 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Helen Hayes Awards Enter a New Era: Two Sets of Honorees by Susan Berlin

The Helen Hayes Awards, recognizing excellence in Washington professional theater, entered a new era at the 31st annual ceremony, April 6 at the historic Lincoln Theatre.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:37AM
Monday, April 6, 2015

"Simply Sondheim" at D.C.'s Signature Theatre by Susan Berlin

... songs by Stephen Sondheim from throughout his solo career, performed by six outstanding singing actors and supported by a sumptuous 16-piece orchestra conducted by Jon Kalbfleisch. By ag…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 02:46PM
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Signature D.C. Premiere's Nick Blaemire's "Soon" by Susan Berlin

... a musical about what human life means when time is running out, staged with wild inspiration by director Matthew Gardiner and performed to the hilt by its four talented actors.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:03PM
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Beth Henley's "Laugh" by Susan Berlin

Studio Theatre in Washington is presenting the world premiere of Laugh, Beth Henley's zany comedy with a sincere heart.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:06PM
Sunday, February 1, 2015

"Gigi" at Kennedy Cenger by Susan Berlin

The Kennedy Center's production of Gigi is lovely to look at and charming to listen to, but the show never achieves the transcendence that one would wish for with this material.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 12:52AM
Monday, January 26, 2015

Arena Stage "Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery" by Susan Berlin

Washington playwright Ken Ludwig admires both classic farce and classic literature. His antic adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, Baskerville: A Sherlock Ho…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 12:58PM