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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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Next season, Synetic gets kid-friendly in 2017. 2018 Will Be a Different Story by Tim Treanor

Synetic Theater, a DC area company known nationwide for its movement-based productions, will be taking a two-toned approach to its 2017-2018 season. The 2017 portion will be full of light-da…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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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Monday, March 6, 2017

Stories of Scalia, Simone and Lyndon Johnson in Arena Stages next season by Tim Treanor

Arena Stage will bookend its next season with two plays by John Strand: a reprise of his play about the late Antonin Scalia, The Originalist, and a new musical about a couple struggling to …

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What Christofer’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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Friday, March 3, 2017

The Gospel at Colonus, a hymn to the human experience (review) by Tim Treanor

  “We are at Church; the Minister (William T. Newman, Jr.) is about to preach the Gospel of Oedipus at Colonus, in the final years of his star-crossed life. He is a human tank of a m…

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Wallace opens Ford’s Theatre’s next season playing Willy Loman by Tim Treanor

  Craig Wallace, who smashed icons as an African-American Ebenezer Scrooge in Ford Theatre’s A Christmas Carol this season, will not only reprise that role next November but help…

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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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