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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Constellation’s throwing a wild, wild Wild Party review by Tim Treanor

Nothing succeeds like excess, Oscar Wilde once wrote, and nowhere is that more true than in America. We are the land that invented competitive eating; when the Olympics finally welcomed prof…

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Felicia Curry stars in Lela & Co from Factory 449 (review) by Tim Treanor

Harrowing, chilling and profound, Lela and Co. is a story about the stories we tell ourselves in order to keep sane, or in order to protect the status quo, or in order to be polite — …

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

DC man who confessed to killing Tricia McCauley agrees to 30 year sentence. by Tim Treanor

Duane Johnson, who sexually assaulted Tricia McCauley and then murdered her as she tried to fight him off, has entered a plea agreement under which he will serve thirty years in prison for f…

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An inflammatory Arsonists at Woolly Mammoth (review) by Tim Treanor

An arsonist is an artist of obliteration; a wizard at turning matter to energy, and then dissipating the energy until it is nothing. Where before the arsonist came there was a home, a painti…

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Quotidian Theatre announces its new season by Tim Treanor

The Quotidian Theatre way-back machine will be in full operation this season, as the company’s four-play season starts in the present (or near-present) and catapults us back in time, l…

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Shakespeare Theatre’s Free for All, an Othello for these times (review) by Tim Treanor

Shakespeare is our North Star because every time we do one of his great plays, it is an opportunity to rethink our assumptions, as they define our present selves. I first saw Othello in 1969…

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Creative Cauldron’s new season by Tim Treanor

It will be time for the Women’s Voices Festival next January, but at Falls Church’s Creative Cauldron, every play in its 2017-2018 season will be an examination of the experience…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

WSC Avant Bard’s 2017-2018 Season by Tim Treanor

WSC Avant Bard will bring some familiar names — in one case, in a whole new play — into its three-production 2017-2018 season. Lauren Gunderson (I and You) brings us the life and…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Forum Theatre reveals 3 of its 4 plays in its 13th season by Tim Treanor

Silver Spring’s Forum Theatre will produce four plays — one of them yet to be announced — in a season which features the human struggle against the crushing forces of conve…

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Theater Alliance’s next season includes two reinvisioned plays by Tim Treanor

Anacostia’s Theater Alliance, which scored big earlier this past June with the debut Mollye Maxner’s devised play, Still Life With Rocket, will do itself one better this year, wi…

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Monday, July 31, 2017

4615 Theatre Company launches its first full season by Tim Treanor

The 4615 Theatre Company has joined the ranks of full-time producing DC-area theaters this year with a four-production schedule balanced between classic and contemporary stories. The Silver …

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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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