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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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Studio Theatre announces 5 of the 7 plays from its upcoming season by Tim Treanor

Qui Nguyen’s (Living Dead in Denmark) Steinberg Award-winning play Vietgone will highlight Studio Theatre’s 2017-2018, according to a partial season schedule released by the comp…

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Monday, April 10, 2017

“Champion” Librettist Wins $25,000 Steinberg/ATCA Award for play about boxer Emile Griffith by Tim Treanor

Michael Cristofer, who wrote the libretto for the opera Champion, seen at Washington National Opera earlier this year, mined the same territory to write Man in the Ring, which debuted in Chi…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Next season at NextStop Theatre, mostly musicals with dramas by Akhtar and Miller by Tim Treanor

Herndon, VA’s NextStop Theatre Company will be presenting musicals, serious drama, and seriously dramatic musicals for its 2017-2018 season. NextStop starts its season earlier than mos…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Blood Knot, directed by Joy Zinoman, at Mosaic Theater (review) by Tim Treanor

This early Athol Fugard play lacks the laser-like focus of his best work, but it packs a powerful punch and stubbornly refuses to do the expected, and at Mosaic Theater, they’re playin…

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

The National Theatre announces its 2017-2018 season by Tim Treanor

Broadway past and future is on the agenda for National Theatre during the 2017-2018 theater season — plus, for an extra fee, a ticket to Hamilton at the Kennedy Center. The historic do…

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Signature’s 2017-2018 Season: Love, Fear and God by Tim Treanor

Love, fear and the Almighty will run through Signature Theatre’s 2017-2018 season, according to a schedule jointly announced by Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and Managing Director M…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Rep Stage turns to the classics for its 25th season by Tim Treanor

Howard County’s Rep Stage, which is presenting an adventuresome collection of plays this season, will be going old-school in 2017-2018 for its 25th anniversary, with three classics an…

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Lisa Kron’s Well at 1st Stage (review) by Tim Treanor

Down with sick people! How annoying they are! When we want them to do something, they instead give us their excuses, their rheums and complaints, and what’s more, they present depressi…

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Mosaic Theater of DC adds musicals next season by Tim Treanor

Mosaic Theater of DC’s 2017-2018 season will consist of eight plays, including two world premieres, the company’s first musical, the company’s second musical, a special thr…

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Woolly amps up the politics next season by Tim Treanor

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, already notable for the socially and politically outspoken theater it brings to the Washington Stage, is kicking it up a notch with a sextet of hot-button pla…

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Theater J’s next season takes a deep look at love in the time of hate by Tim Treanor

Against a backdrop of rising tribalism in the Western World, Theater J has selected a 2017-2018 season which explores the consequences of ascendant hate, particularly during the period of i…

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

NEA shutdown? We learned its impact on theatre in the DC area by Tim Treanor

The imminent shutdown of the National Endowment for the Arts, promised in President Trump’s 2017-2018 budget, will result in fewer and smaller new plays, bring an end to cultural excha…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What Cristofer’s Champion leaves out from Emile Griffith’s deadly seven seconds in the ring by Tim Treanor

On the 24th of March, 1962, welterweight champion Benny Paret called former champ Emile Griffith a maricón at their weigh-in. The closest contemporary American-English equivalent to this wo…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Conor McPherson’s Night Alive at Scena Theatre (review) by Tim Treanor

“Blessed is he who expects nothing,” Alexander Pope once wrote, “for he shall never be disappointed” but Pope was wrong, for you can have little and expect less, like…

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Mnemonic takes a dramatic journey to discover our shared origin (review) by Tim Treanor

So we know the what of history — Truman over Dewey, say, or U.S. and England over Germany, Italy and Japan in World War II — but do we know what history smells like? Knowing the …

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Round House turns 40 with a season that embraces the new by Tim Treanor

Bethesda’s Round House Theatre has staked its claim as the area’s premiere space for new stuff in the 2017-2018 season. That season — Round House’s 40th — will …

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Olney’s colossal, immense, really, really big 80th season’s coming up by Tim Treanor

Olney Theatre’s 2017-2018 season will include early works by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ayad Akhtar, co-productions with Round House and Everyman theaters, and a return of the Hypocrites i…

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