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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Great Expectations at Everyman Theatre (review) by Tim Treanor

Imagine a small boy in the bleak world of 19th-century England. His parents are dead; he is in the custody of his older sister, a harridan who is prone to gusts of even more extreme anger an…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Shakespeare Theatre Company to present Pinter, Beckett, a Musical and a whole lotta Shakespeare next season by Tim Treanor

First to announce a look at their 2017-2018 season is Shakespeare Theatre Company which will open with two minimalist one-act plays by Harold Pinter and bookend them with the grand musical …

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Michael Kahn stepping down from Shakespeare Theatre Company in 2019 by Tim Treanor

Michael Kahn, the Artistic Director, director and teacher whose work has dominated the theatrical landscape in Washington for thirty years and has had a national impact, will retire as Artis…

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Monday, February 13, 2017

King Charles III at Shakespeare Theatre Company (review) by Tim Treanor

It is a bold writer who writes a history of the future. It is a bold writer who bathes his play in high Shakespearean language, replete with iambic pentameter and rhyming couplets. For doing…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

The River at Spooky Action (review) by Tim Treanor

It looks like a love story — a Heathcliff-and-Catherine love story, where the passion is so profound and misshapen that it obliterates the boundaries of everyday reality. But it isn…

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Holly Twyford leads a powerful cast in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Ford’s Theatre (review) by Tim Treanor

Jean-Paul Sartre said that Hell is other people, but in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? we look to ourselves to find Hell, horrifying and intimate. George and Martha (Gregory Linington…

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Mack, Beth at Keegan Theatre (review) by Tim Treanor

Yes, yes, I know; the family that slays together stays together. But why is it that of all the astonishing plays in Will Shakespeare’s oeuvre, it is this story of a homicidal Scottish …

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Center Stage (review) by Tim Treanor

Les Liaisons Dangereuses is like any play by Oscar Wilde, except when it isn’t. Wilde punctured the piety and pomposity of 19th-century England, to show us the underbelly of lust and g…

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Friday, December 9, 2016

At Washington Stage Guild, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (review) by Tim Treanor

A play like this, where actors play fictional actors who play roles in an entirely different play, gives you a sort of double vision. You see not Joe Brack playing George Bailey, but Jake La…

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Soft Revolution: Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah at Venus Theatre (review) by Tim Treanor

In Alana Valentine’s Soft Revolution, Meera Narasimhan as Aunt Sarrinah cooks a feast of Afghani foods for herself and her niece Shafana (Nayab Hussain). After the production you will …

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

A brilliant Moby Dick from Lookingglass Theatre, now at Arena Stage (review) by Tim Treanor

This may be the best thing you’ll see in theater all year, so hold on — to your hat, to your significant other, to your life. We are borne to the land; it is on land that we beca…

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Lucas Hnath’s powerful The Christians holds church at Theater J (review) by Tim Treanor

You are in Church. The magnificent voices of the choir (opening night was the Refreshing Spring Church of God in Christ James E. Jordan Jr. Choir) rise in song. You see them, in Theater J&#…

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Sarah Ruhl, receiving Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, challenges writers to help America recover its soul by Tim Treanor

Playwright Sarah Ruhl, whose Eurydice has just closed at NextStop Theatre in Herndon, called upon writers to work “with new urgency” as she accepted the Steinberg Distinguished …

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Eurydice at NextStop Theatre (review) by Tim Treanor

In the ancient tale immortalized by Ovid, the great poet and singer Orpheus married a woman named Eurydice. Shortly after the wedding, a poisonous snake bit Eurydice, and she died. Orpheus w…

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Compass Rose takes on Hamlet (review) by Tim Treanor

It is a brave company which takes on Hamlet, the most difficult play in the Bard’s canon and one of the most difficult plays in the English language. When done correctly, it yields not…

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Loser Letters at Catholic University (review) by Tim Treanor

  There is art, and there is proselytizing. Great art can contain proselytizing — if you doubt me, go to Round House this month — but proselytizing is not art. That, in a nu…

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Dante’s Inferno at Synetic Theater (review) by Tim Treanor

This isn’t Dante’s Inferno. It isn’t disco inferno either. I don’t know whose inferno this is. But it’s not Dante’s. Dante’s Inferno is a story of a…

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Eleanor Roosevelt: Her Secret Journey at Compass Rose (review) by Tim Treanor

All right. Let me get to the hard part first. Had Rhoda Lerman’s play, now being given a vigorous and effective production at Compass Rose Theater, simply been called A Secret Journey …

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Friday, September 23, 2016

theatreWeek is on! Grab the best deals before October 2 by Tim Treanor

theatreWashington’s annual theatreWeek is with us again, and this year it’s lasting a little more than a week — until October 2.  Thirty-four Washington-area theaters are …

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DC playwright wins MacArthur Genius Grant by Tim Treanor

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, the DC-born playwright whose Appropriate and An Octoroon astonished audiences at Woolly Mammoth, has won a MacArthur Fellows Award — also know as a “geniu…

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Want to see America’s most produced plays? You (probably) already have by Tim Treanor

Excluding Shakespeare and holiday plays, eleven of the twelve plays being produced in America this season have either found a home in a DC-area theater or will do so soon. The most-produced …

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

WNO brings you Figaro in the Outfield for free, Sept 24 by Tim Treanor

The Stadium glows in the embrace of the fading afternoon Sun. The infield is as smooth and manicured as a billiard table. A cooling breeze floats in from the Potomac, wafting over the gorgeo…

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Playwright Edward Albee dead at 88 by Tim Treanor

Edward Albee, the seminal American playwright and three-time Pulitzer winner who is generally considered the greatest playwright of the latter half of the twentieth century, died yesterday a…

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9 at Studio Theatre (review) by Tim Treanor

We know who Clive (John Scherer) is: square-jawed, middle-aged, sandy-haired with a splash of white at the temples, refined of voice, of imperial bearing — why, he is the very model of…

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Monday, August 22, 2016

My won’t-miss shows for next season by Tim Treanor

  If you’re like me, you’ve already done your Christmas shopping, filled out your budget for the next fiscal year, and made arrangements for your final repose after The Even…

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Lonesome West, a smashing success at Keegan Theatre (review) by Tim Treanor

Here’s how you know you’re in a Martin McDonagh comedy: Father Welsh (Chris Strezin), Leenane Village’s dipsomaniacal priest, wanders into the fractious home of the Connor …

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Monday, August 8, 2016

DCTS takes to the Smithsonian stage to intro the new season by Tim Treanor

Trey Graham will headline as DC Theatre Scene makes its second annual appearance at the Smithsonian Associates’ preview of the upcoming theater year. Graham, the DCTS writer who won t…

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Trump-inspired Rapists and Drug Dealers, Capital Fringe (review) by Tim Treanor

Rapists and Drug Dealers has nothing to do with rapists and drug dealers, except perhaps in the dim mind of a political wannabe. Nor is it a “metaphor for the immigrant experience,R…

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Blood, Sweat and Fears from Molotov Theatre Group (review) by Tim Treanor

Eight years ago, the Molotov Theatre Group made its debut with Blood, Sweat and Fears, a trilogy of Grand Guignol plays, at the late, lamented Playbill Cafe. I reviewed it then. (Wait! Eight…

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Death Be Not Loud! (review) by Tim Treanor

Diana Brown and Susan Jackson as Red and Marion respectively work hard in Death Be Not Loud!, but to what end? Browns’ Red spends two scenes in direct address, ostensibly to her dead m…

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Too Close (review) by Tim Treanor

  Here, let me be completely honest with you. I was not looking forward to this show. I had reviewed another play by playwright Luigi Laraia for Fringe last year and was not pleased. La…

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