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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hamilton closes the Hippodrome’s 2018-2019 season by Tim Treanor

Baltimore’s Hippodrome, which specializes in brief visits by touring Broadway hits and classics, will offer a 9-production 2018-2019 season anchored by a June, 2019 visit from Hamilton…

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Monday, January 15, 2018

45 Plays for 45 Presidents at NextStop Theatre (review) by Tim Treanor

I have the answer to the question you all are dying to ask about NextStop’s new play — “how did it treat Millard Fillmore?” — but before we get to that let̵…

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Friday, January 12, 2018

The Humans tour at The Kennedy Center (review) by Tim Treanor

“Home is the place where, when you go there,” Robert Frost wrote, “they have to let you in.” And so it is for the hapless Blake family, strivers and dreamers like all…

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Hub Theatre’s artistic director is stepping down this summer by Tim Treanor

Hub Theatre Artistic Director Helen R. Murray (formerly Helen Pafumi) will be leaving the company she helped found to take the helm of the Aurora Fox Arts Center in Aurora, Colorado in July,…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Olivia versus Sebastian: outcome of Twelfth Night Mock Trial by Tim Treanor

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve just washed up on some beach, are nursed back to health by your new best friend, and you decide to take a look around. Suddenly, two hoodlums atta…

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Friday, December 8, 2017

David Sedaris’ SantaLand Diaries (review) by Tim Treanor

Macy’s in New York now allows kids to sit on the laps of its Santas by appointment only. But David Sedaris remembers the good old days, when kids were kids and men were — well, m…

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Steve Beall’s astounding performance in St. Nicholas (review) by Tim Treanor

Rich, roiling, profound and profane, Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas is A Christmas Carol turned inside out. Whereas Ebenezer Scrooge had his blighted stinginess scoured through a visio…

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ethan McSweeny’s Twelfth Night from Shakespeare Theatre Company (review) by Tim Treanor

The Ethan McSweeny-helmed Twelfth Night currently at Shakespeare Theatre’s Harman Hall is the darkest, most melancholy production of a Shakespearean comedy I have ever seen. You too, I…

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Monday, November 20, 2017

My Name is Asher Lev. Aaron Posner adapts Chaim Potok novel (review) by Tim Treanor

The business of an artist is not much different than the business of a baseball umpire, though his field of vision is bigger. The artist must see the world, and then call it as he sees it. T…

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Review: Nora Achrati in Mystery School by Tim Treanor

The Paul Selig play that Edge of the Universe Players 2 is now performing in the Woolly Mammoth rehearsal space could, with justice, be called Five Interesting Women, Some of Whom Have Issue…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Inherit the Wind gets superb production at Compass Rose (review) by Tim Treanor

The real trial of the 20th century did not involve some imbecile driving a Bronco in a low-speed chase. Instead, it happened nearly a hundred years ago. In it, the greatest trial lawyer in A…

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True account of the dramatic “Trial of the Century” behind Inherit the Wind by Tim Treanor

Author’s note: The following is an account of the Scopes Monkey Trial, the real-life inspiration for Inherit the Wind. If you are unfamiliar with either the trial or the play,  I reco…

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Review: Brave Spirits’ Doctor Faustus by Tim Treanor

A political rival once said of the famed French foreign minister, Talleyrand, that he “would sell his soul for money and he would be right, for he would be exchanging dung for gold.…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Review: Nilo Cruz’s Sotto Voce by Tim Treanor

In 1939, the S.S. St. Louis set sail from Hamburg for Cuba with 937 passenger, most of them German Jews hoping to begin new lives away from the Nazis. Their hopes were based on a Cuban law w…

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Death of a Salesman review by Tim Treanor

There are hardly any travelling salesmen now, and yet we are almost all Willy Loman. We remember the home run we hit to win the big game in high school, when in fact we rode the bench at P.S…

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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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