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Monday, December 10, 2018

Review: My Father’s Dragon, Synetic’s puppet-filled holiday gift by Tim Treanor

And so you are a cat (Sharisse Taylor) on Wild Island, which is all full of banyan trees and red vines, and one day you see an egg as big as a Galapagos turtle. Because you are a cat, you sn…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Review: Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush by Tim Treanor

There will always be an England, and its people will always tell bad jokes. If you draw a strange warmth and comfort from that, boy, do I have a show for you. MetroStage’s Christmas at…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Review: Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas at 1st Stage by Tim Treanor

No two things are more opposed to each other than war and Christmas. Christmas is a time to love life and our neighbor, to wish peace and good will toward all. War is a time to hate our neig…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Review: Accident Bear. How you can see the sold-out laundromat show by Tim Treanor

What was the best drama you saw this year? Perhaps you saw Network in New York with Bryan Cranston. Or maybe the best drama this year was at the family table, on Thanksgiving. Maybe it was i…

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Theater Alliance appoints Raymond O. Caldwell as Artistic Director by Tim Treanor

Anacostia’s Theater Alliance announced that it has selected Raymond O. Caldwell, its Associate Artistic Direct, to succeed Producing Artistic Director Colin Hovde at its helm next year. Th…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

“Heil Hitler” shouter reveals he’s a Trump critic by Tim Treanor

The man who shouted “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” in Baltimore’s Hippodrome during the intermission of Fiddler on the Roof on November 14 actually meant his outburst to be a g…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Assumed Trump supporter disrupts Fiddler on the Roof by Tim Treanor

An unidentified man gave a Nazi salute and shouted “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” as the audience returned from intermission for act two  of Fiddler on the Roof at the Hippodrome ye…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Review: Callie Kimball’s Things that are Round debuts at Rep Stage by Tim Treanor

Things that are Round, Callie Kimball’s fine new play getting its world premiere at Rep Stage, could, with justice, be called Things that are Delusional, for it is the power and author…

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Review: The Duchess of Malfi, an old school (17th century) slasher story by Tim Treanor

The Duchess of Malfi is a morality play with no morals, a revenge play in which no one’s revenged, except accidentally; a tragedy in which so many people get killed that there’s …

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Review: Venus in Fur. Ives’ cheeky play of obsession, bondage and revenge at 4615 Theatre by Tim Treanor

The masochist believes in the transformative power of magic, of the variety that the goddess Circe used to turn Odysseus’ men into swine. To the masochist, the beloved is a goddess (Ve…

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Playwright Ntozake Shange has died at age 70 by Tim Treanor

The novelist, poet, performer and playwright Ntozake Shange, best known for her 1976 Obie-winning choreopoem for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, died last…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

What’s international director Ethan McSweeny doing in small town Staunton, VA? by Tim Treanor

– Ethan McSweeny’s been handed the keys to the American Shakespeare Center. Here’s what he plans to do with them. – How the Job Found the Man He knew of the place, but he…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Review: Henry V, commedia-style, finds the funny but loses the tragedy by Tim Treanor

It is worth noting that almost all the Shakespeare histories are tragedies, and almost all the kings whose stories he recounts are fools or knaves or both. The one exception (aside from the …

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Review: How I Learned to Drive. Round House production shows why it won Vogel the Pulitzer Prize by Tim Treanor

It took a brave playwright to write How I Learned to Drive and it takes a brave company to stage it now, and if you go to see it with an open heart, you are a brave person, too. How I Learne…

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Review: Anon(ymous) by Tim Treanor

In this play, Anon (Eiren Stevenson) and his mother Nemasani (Toni Rae Salmi) flee their war-desecrated county to go to a land that they have heard is just and prosperous. But when they get …

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Review: The Events, a survivor’s view of a mass shooting by Tim Treanor

We are riveted by a need to understand the perpetrator of a mass shooting, but isn’t it more pertinent to know what the survivor feels? After all, it’s much more likely that we w…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Reviews: Richard III, Emma and The Man of Mode at The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA by Tim Treanor

The skies opened up as Route 66, going west, became Route 81, going south, frustrating my vow to drive at 80 mph for the rest of the way. We had left at ten after ten, a reasonable enough st…

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Michael Kahn’s successor named: London visionary director Simon Godwin by Tim Treanor

The Shakespeare Theatre Company has ended its nearly year-long hunt for Artistic Director Michael Kahn’s successor with the appointment of London’s National Theatre Associate Dir…

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Imagination Stage’s season features a fairy tale musical and plenty of adventure by Tim Treanor

Cheese, wicked stepmothers, wicked stepfathers, national emergency and whatever your imagination can come up with — Imagination Stage will this season be probing all the themes which f…

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

GALA Hispanic Theatre’s new season includes another big bilingual musical by Tim Treanor

GALA Hispanic Theatre will mark its next season, its 43rd, with eyes on modern classics: a play which takes Ernest Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea as a jumping-off point, the musical v…

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This season, WSC Avant Bard puts the “Avant” in the Bard and beyond. by Tim Treanor

Love the classics, but think they’re old hat? WSC Avant Bard has something for you this year: two brand-new reimagined classics (one by the Bard), plus one classic from our own time. T…

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Washington Stage Guild foregoes Shaw for a season of regional and world premieres by Tim Treanor

Washington Stage Guild, well known as the premier DC producer of the works of George Bernard Shaw, won’t be producing any of the master’s plays this year. Instead, it will serve …

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Public Theater’s Stephanie Ybarra will be new Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage by Tim Treanor

Stephanie Ybarra, The Public Theater’s Director of Special Artistic Projects, will be the new Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage, the company has announced. She succeeds Kwam…

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Review: Dinner makes its devastatingly funny area debut at 4615 by Tim Treanor

Imagine that George and Martha from Virginia Woolf invited the squabbling couples from God of Carnage over for a spot of dinner and some Hitchcock-style mystery and you pretty much have Dinn…

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Compass Rose celebrates new space with 5 play season by Tim Treanor

Annapolis’ Compass Rose Theatre will grace its new digs at 1623 Forest Drive with a 5-play 2018-2019 season, including three contemporary plays about art and two classic musicals. Comp…

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Gaithersburg’s comedy theatre, Best Medicine Rep, to feature its funniest playwright: John Morogiello by Tim Treanor

Best Medicine Rep Company, the Gaithersburg theater helmed by noted comic playwright John Morogiello, will feature three plays written by Morogiello himself in its 4-play 2018-2019 season. C…

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

MetroStage to produce Fugard’s latest and three reprises by Tim Treanor

Alexandria’s MetroStage will open with Athol Fugard’s most recent play, and then bring back three of its most acclaimed productions to round out its 2018-2019 season. The Fugard …

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Rorschach’s Three-Play Season All World Premieres by Tim Treanor

Rorschach Theatre, whose recent work has been characterized by world premieres, outlandish concepts, magical realism and suspenseful moments, will offer three world premieres of suspenseful,…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Review: The Country Co-Ed at Capital Fringe by Tim Treanor

The Country Co-Ed is a sex comedy. Everybody likes sex, right? Everybody likes comedy, correct? So how could things go wrong? Well. it’s a little more complicated than that. The Countr…

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Review: Riot Brrrain at Capital Fringe by Tim Treanor

Aaah, dammit, Teddy (Ari Eckley) has neurosyphilis! But who gave it to her? Was it Jeff (Reid Clark), an old lover now ensconced in Canada, in marital bliss? Was it the other Jeff (Walter C.…

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Review: Heartbreak Hitman at Capital Fringe by Tim Treanor

Back in my dating days, I kept company with a certain young woman who quite impressed me. I met her at her apartment preparatory to going to dinner. Just as we were about to leave, she got a…

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