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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Horton Foote’s Night Seasons (review) by Tim Treanor

Night Seasons is forty years in the history of the unpleasant Weems family, reduced to two hours, more or less. Notwithstanding this compression, the two hours traffic of our stage seems lon…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Oblivion, an unexpected pleasure (review) by Tim Treanor

When we are young we do not hide our naked souls from the Godlike scrutiny of our parents, so we do not lie about our thinking. We lie only about our acts. Since we are all sinners, our acts…

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

King John (review) by Tim Treanor

Four hundred years ago, William Shakespeare wrote a play about a King four hundred years before him, and thus in King John we are thrust into a barely imaginable past, before the invention o…

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Daggers MacKenzie (Capital Fringe review) by Tim Treanor

There are surprisingly few one-actor musicals. Even rarer: solo musicals where the protagonist juggles razor-sharp daggers. Make your one-actor, dagger-juggling musical about a lesbian circu…

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Byhalia, Mississippi (review) by Tim Treanor

This year the Contemporary American Theater Festival, like the nation itself, has given itself over to political conflict. Whether we are in the classroom, or a Nazi interrogation chamber, o…

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Wild Horses (review) by Tim Treanor

Wild Horses is the story of a thirteen-year-old girl making bad choices, in the company of her close friends, who also make bad choices, and of their bad-choice-making associates. She has ba…

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We Will Not Be Silent (review) by Tim Treanor

At the end of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, the Judge offers the heroic John Proctor a deal. Confess to witchcraft, he says, and we will spare your life. More than that: you will go free. …

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The Niceties (review) by Tim Treanor

Eleanor Burgess’ play could, with justice, be called Oleanna — The Next Generation. Like the Mamet play, this is the story of a student and her professor. Like Oleanna‘s Ca…

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Everything Is Wonderful (CATF review) by Tim Treanor

So tell me what’s better: living in the love, support, and strength of a community at the cost of your independence, or living a life that’s free and lonely? “Living with other people …

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Being Jewish in America: Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass (review) by Tim Treanor

Screens shaped like shards of broken glass splay the Theater J stage. Upon them the company, in collaboration with the Holocaust Museum, has projected photographs and home movies taken in Ge…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Best shorts of the past 10 years at Source Festival (review) by Tim Treanor

“I can call spirits from the vasty deep,” brags the Welsh mystic Owen Glendower, in Henry IV, Part 1. “Why, so can I, or so can any man,” retorts Hotspur. “But …

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Friday, June 16, 2017

GALA’s 42nd season features world and local debuts by Tim Treanor

GALA Hispanic Theatre’s 42nd season will feature four mainstage plays, including two world premieres, as well as films, dance, and a weekend of solo shows. GALA will open its season wi…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Next season, Bedlam is back as Folger twists the classics by Tim Treanor

Folger Theatres’ 2017-18 season, announced yesterday morning, will be full of plays by the usual gang: Shakespeare, Congreve, Shaw. But not everything will seem familiar. The theater t…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Source Festival shorts: Covert Catalyst (review) by Tim Treanor

The Source Festival’s tenth birthday party is a subdued one, and this year’s lineup is but a shadow of Sources gone by. While we usually see three debuting full length plays, the…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Knockout performances by Annie Houston and the cast of Still Life with Rocket (review) by Tim Treanor

Some plays are compelling because their dilemmas are so universal they provoke the shock of recognition in all of us. Disgraced is like that. Other plays are compelling because, though the c…

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The Return: a Palestinian pays the price for peace (review) by Tim Treanor

Among all the fraught issues which torment the tortured search for peace in the Middle East, none spark a greater intransigence on the part of the State of Israel than the Right of Return &#…

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Avant Bard’s King Lear is revelatory, thanks to Rick Foucheux and director Tom Pruitt by Tim Treanor

Is it possible to learn something new from a 400-year-old play? Yes, if the play is rich in insight and wisdom; if the production is attentive to detail and willing to take risks; and if the…

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fassbinder’s Fear Eats the Soul gets US stage debut at Scena (review) by Tim Treanor

There are thirty-five characters in Scena Theatre’s production of Fear Eats the Soul, and thirteen actors to play them, but as it is a love story it is really only about two people. On…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Rick Foucheux is retiring. Here’s why he’s making his exit as King Lear at WSC Avant Bard by Tim Treanor

Behold the King. He is standing in front of a boiling, roiling thunderstorm (“Blow, wind! And crack your cheeks!”), beard laced with iron, wild hair crowned with an even wilder l…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Shakespeare’s rarely seen Timon of Athens at Folger (review) by Tim Treanor

It was a brave man who first et an oyster, Jonathan Swift once wrote. Maybe so, but not nearly as brave as someone who seeks to stage Timon of Athens, which could otherwise be known as ̶…

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Ted van Griethuysen unforgettable in The Father (review) by Tim Treanor

“People like us, who believe in physics,” Albert Einstein once said, “know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar (review) by Tim Treanor

It’s a wonder that we Irish haven’t gone extinct from all our slow courting. Beyond President Kennedy, there are no Irish Casanovas, and there are certainly none in John Patrick …

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Compass Rose’s next season will encompass turning points and yearning points by Tim Treanor

Compass Rose Theater, from their intimate Annapolis, MD space, will be offering a 2017-2018 season which will examine large issues, historical turning points, and the yearning of people for …

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Imagination Stage’s next season will get off to a smart start by Tim Treanor

Imagination Stage will fill the minds of its young audiences in 2017-2018 with the classics — some of them with a twist — but will start its season with a fresh play about a youn…

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Hamilton’s in good company at The Kennedy Center next season by Tim Treanor

So what’s going on at the Kennedy Center for the next Theatre* season? Everything. The freshest Broadway plays. One-day musical tributes. Theater in Dutch. And Norwegian. Hot director…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hub Theatre’s new season announced by Tim Treanor

Hub Theatre’s 2017-2018 season will offer a new production of a play familiar to Hub audiences, a brand spanking new play written by an area playwright, and another brand new play writ…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Next season at the newly renovated Baltimore Center Stage by Tim Treanor

Having remodeled its physical plant, created a small black box playing space, and renamed itself, Baltimore Center Stage has picked a 2017-2018 season designed to shake up its audience’…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Chesapeake Shakespeare’s next season punctuates classics with the story of the boldest Shakespeare production ever by Tim Treanor

Chesapeake Shakespeare Theatre’s six-play 2017-2018 season will feature a production of Red Velvet, the story of an extraordinary production of Othello, within a schedule of three well…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Magic Play has real tricks up its sleeve, and a real point to make about us (review) by Tim Treanor

Is it sacrilegious to suggest that Easter was a good day to see The Magic Play, since the story of Easter, if true, is the greatest magic act in human history? I here use magic in its broade…

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Monday, April 17, 2017

We Happy Few’s Henry V shifts the focus to the rabble (review) by Tim Treanor

You would expect a company which derives its name from a speech in Henry V to do a good job with the play itself, and by and large We Happy Few acquits itself well. But there are shortcoming…

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Lynn Nottage wins 2017 Pulitzer for Sweat. Hilton Als wins for theatre criticism by Tim Treanor

Lynn Nottage’s Sweat, a mystery play set in an economically deteriorating small town, has won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Pulitzer Committee announced yesterday. Sweat, whic…

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